Welcome to Chapman for Newark!
Luke Chapman has proudly been representing District 5 on Newark City Council since 2012. He is eager to continue serving his friends and neighbors throughout the District and hopes you will vote Chapman for Newark on April 8, 2014.
Since being elected, Luke has brought a strong voice of fiscal responsibility to City Council and is continually expanding his outreach in District 5. Be sure to stop by one of his coffees the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott.
Take a look around the site. If you are interested in getting involved with Luke’s re-election bid, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a very important election coming up on April 8th, and I wanted to provide as many opportunities as possible for voters to hear from myself and my challenger side-by-side. Here are the most recent articles covering the March 26th candidate forum, as well as a questionnaire from the News Journal’s Delaware Voter Guide.
Please take the time to read these and decide for yourself, however I believe it is evident that my experience, focus and passion is desperately needed for the next two years to continue representing District 5 on Newark City Council.
Candidate Forum coverage by the News Journal
Candidate Forum coverage by the Newark Post
News Journal – Delaware Voter Guide
I look forward to your continued support on April 8th. Thank you.
Thank you to the neighbors who joined me this morning at the Courtyard Marriott for my monthly coffee. We had at least one person from multiple neighborhoods and it was terrific to have feedback from across our district.
This morning we discussed several topics including the TDC/power plant issue, Storm Water management issues, and more broadly considered ways we can work to bring our community back together.
Given that the board of adjustments appeal hearing took place Wednesday night I understand TDC/power plant was on many folk’s minds. I shared that I agree that there are several things about this project that bring me great concern and make me uncomfortable. Not being able to vote on it being just one major frustration. Before we moved on to another neighbor’s question I stressed that there is a process and it is being followed. The project is not a foregone conclusion and that there would likely be another appeal bringing the issue to the supreme court.
Our conversation then turned to storm water management and the “fee” being referenced so much lately. We tried to recap as best as possible the items discussed and ideas introduced at the three recently held workshops throughout the city to get public input. Everyone agrees that we have a severe problem and that we absolutely need to begin addressing it citywide as soon as possible. The conversation and big question then is how to do this as equitably as possible, and refrain from burdening our residents any more? From all of the feedback and great ideas collected at the workshops I am confident that the next recommendation made by the city staff on this will be fair and properly address our decaying infrastructure.
A common theme of concern I hear all too frequently is the feeling that our community has become so divided and abrasive in the recent year. I agree and am actively working to bring us back together. What I am talking about here is along the lines of a paradigm shift and I understand that this is no easy task, however I am confident that everyone from all sides of any given issue share a love for our city and only want the best for our community. With that common truth at heart I believe we can capitalize on this time as an opportunity to redirect the increased public engagement for accomplishing so many positive changes in our neighborhoods and city alike. After the election I will be reaching out to the neighborhood civic associations and various neighbors I have identified as neighborhood ambassadors to sit together for the purpose of discussing how we can better communicate, as well as ideas for community building projects.
Thank you again for those that joined me this morning and I am looking forward to our April chats at the next Coffee with your Councilman. Thursday, April 17th 8:30-10AM at the Courtyard Marriott on New London Rd.
With the upcoming election on April 8th my challenger and I were asked to complete a questionnaire to shed insight on our thoughts on various items that may be on the voter’s mind. Here is a link to see the questionnaire and responses. http://delawareada.org/advocacy/electoral-politics/newark-council-elections/district5/questionnaire/
I am sure many of my neighbors have noticed and been concerned about the police activity on Fremont Rd in Fairfield Crest since last night. It saddens me to share this news regarding the discovery of the skeletal remains of missing person John Dohms , who was last seen in Sept. 2012. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Dohms’ family.
Here is the Newark Police Department press release for more information: https://www.facebook.com/notes/newark-delaware-police-department/skeletal-remains-found-identified-as-missing-person-john-dohms/483040288485216
Thank you to all those to came out to the Courtyard Marriott this morning for my monthly Coffee with Councilman Chapman. We had a good turn out and I thought it would be good to review share with those who could not make it today what items were raised by our neighbors.
- City Utility Billing online access: Issues of a lack of user-friendliness, recent billing timeliness, and easier electronic payment ability. Luke’s Notes: I agree, our system is difficult. I am looking into this with both the Finance Director and newly improved Technology team.
- City Vehicles: Do they have radio communications in every vehicle? Issue being a resident saw one of our City plow operators speaking on their cell phone held to their face while plowing the street. Luke’s Notes: Not only is this illegal and un-safe, it is an obvious issue needing to be addressed. I have passed the details along to our City Manager, Carol Houck and expect a strong message to be shared with all employees.
- Plowing: Many issues here with such a snowy Winter. Plowing quality in the neighborhoods and on Main Street specifically have been very poor. Many streets are left to be barely more than single lane. Also, on major roadways plowed by DelDot the plows push the snow with such force that it is being thrown well into private property and making the shoveling of sidewalks near impossible. Luke’s Notes: I have been working with City staff already to address a few of these issues. I know that our Public Works Director met with DelDot today to discuss this and am waiting for a briefing. Also, I am exploring the idea of the City taking some responsibility for sidewalk clearing on those “emergency route” roadways where DelDot is plowing.
I look forward to providing updates on all these and more as soon as possible.
Hope to see everyone at the next Coffee with Councilman Chapman Thursday, March 20th from 8:30-10am, at the Courtyard Marriott.
Hot off the presses – check out the District 5 Newsletter. Click the image below for the full PDF. Also a print copy should be delivered to your doorstep this weekend.
District 5 Newsletter 2-2014
In conversations with residents and businesses the topic of homelessness in Newark has been brought to my attention. Tuesday night I, along with Mayor Sierer took the opportunity to participate in the annual Point-in-Time count organized by the Homeless Planning Council of Delaware. The experience and interaction with both our City’s homeless, as well as volunteers working to help was humbling and educational. Perhaps Newark can be a leader in addressing the many issues associated with homelessness in our community, and I look forward to being a part of that process. http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20140130/NEWS/301300038
City Staff and City Council are looking for resident participation to address the significant issue of storm water management and the aged storm water infrastructure in our City of Newark. Please attend at least one of the community meetings in February to provide feedback.
Stormwater Program Infrastructure Fund
The City of Newark is hosting several community meetings regarding its proposed Stormwater Program Infrastructure Fund. Please join us at one of the meetings listed below to gain an understanding of the issues facing our community and provide input in advance of decisions being made.
City staff will be on hand prior to the presentation to answer any questions. Displays and information will be available for viewing.
|Tuesday, February 11, 2014
||Tuesday, February 18, 2014
||Thursday, February 27, 2014
|Newark Senior Center 200 White Chapel Drive
||City of Newark Council Chambers 220 South Main Street
||Church of the Nazarene’s Family Life Building (lower building) 357 Paper Mill Road
|Doors open at 2 p.m. Presentation at 3 p.m. Formal Q&A
||Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m. Formal Q&A
||Doors open at 5 p.m. Presentation at 6 p.m. Formal Q&A
Resources: Check http://www.cityofnewarkde.us/ on February 1 for the presentation materials and other resources.