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The City of Dover is located in central Delaware in Kent County and is the capital of Delaware. Dover is approximately 90 miles south of Philadelphia, Pa., and 90 miles east of Washington, D.C. While its population is significantly less than that of Wilmington... more.
Technical Advisory Committee
Member, Technical Advisory Committee
Civil Engineering and Public Administration
University of Delaware
Civil Engineering and Public Administration
The cleaning operations generated a lot of noise, especially in the early morning, causing several nearby homeowners to complain, Dover City Manager Scott Koenig said.
"The first day, there were a lot of unhappy people," Koenig said. Koenig said the upcoming city budget estimates Dover stands to receive about $1.6 million in new water and wastewater fee revenue from Calpine. The plant also will become Dover's number one patron when it comes to water usage, he said. "It's going to place a huge demand on our water system," Koenig said. "They'll become our largest water customer overnight." The city relies on 20 deep- and shallow-production wells to supply water to both residential and commercial clients, which will be sufficient to support the plant, Koenig said. However, if the company eventually decides to double the size of the plant, the city will have a search for additional water resources, he said. Page 2 of 2 - Koenig envisions a temporary increase in brown water complaints once that happens once the plant starts production. The brown water - which although not aesthetically pleasing is otherwise considered harmless - results from changes in the direction and pressure of water moving through the city's 220-plus miles of pipeline. That problem should clear up once the city's water system adjusts to the additional load, he said. Koenig added there is continuing progress at other parcels in the Garrison Oaks site. The Uzin Utz flooring plant is nearing completion, additional work is being done on water and sewer infrastructure and a large water tower is under construction. "Now that [Calpine] is coming to an end, we can focus additional attention on developing the balance of the lots in the park," Koenig said. "We've had some additional bites, but we don't have any signed agreements," he said. "We're getting closer."
The key to success will be encouraging investors to commit their time and money to downtown Dover, said Dover City Manager Scott Koenig.
That includes not only Loockerman Street, but also side streets to the north and south, he said. "We're in a transition," Koenig said. "There's been investment in parts of the downtown, such as the library, Wesley College and the new courthouse, but these are large scale projects." Those projects have meant a combined investment of almost $111 million by the city, Wesley College and Kent County. But other types of investment are needed, Koenig added. "There is significant need for medium- and small-scale development," he said. "We need to run the gamut of all kinds of downtown redevelopment. There already has been significant public investment, but there still is room for significant improvement." That includes projects outside the immediate downtown area, such as solving the flooding problem along Water Street, which could cost up to $15 million; replacing aging water lines; and burying utility lines along Division Street to improve the visual aesthetics of the roadway. "These are expensive projects, in some cases requiring public investment that needs to happen over time," Koenig said. This was somewhat successful, garnering interest for about 20 projects, Koenig said. "It would be great if we had a large number of people investing in the program," he said. While the city would welcome commercial redevelopment, Koenig said housing also cannot be overlooked when it comes to establishing a Downtown Development District. "We need to strike a balance between business and housing stock that people can afford to live in," he said. "What we want to do is improve the quality of our building stock downtown, with new, modern buildings that meet codes, as well as trying to meet the needs for different levels of affordable housing. What we don't want to do is convert it to all-commercial districts and move all the people living there out." Having people live within a short distance of where they work is an appealing scenario, Koenig said. "For a city the size of Dover, the potential of having people living there and being able to walk to work is attractive," he said. New commercial development and improvements to the downtown housing supply also will help deter crime, giving police a chance to focus their efforts elsewhere, Koenig added.
Dover City Manager Scott Koenig, City Solicitor Nicholas Rodriguez and Dover attorney Glenn Mandalas took up the grievance complaints in talks with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 15 President Master Cpl.
According to the settlement documents, Scott is to receive $100,000, with half payable by May 30 and the remainder to be paid in January.
Dover City Manager Scott Koenig has recommended raises for four key staff members to reflect either the additional duties they had taken on or for promotions they had received since a reorganization of managerial staff back in December 2011.
Koenig made his recommendations at Dover City Council's Legislative, Finance & Administration Committee meeting held Monday night in City Hall. The Legislative, Finance & Administration Committee voted 3-1, with one absent, to recommend approval of Koenig's request to Dover City Council. Koenig said the city saved about $215,000 in annual salary by implementing an interim managerial plan in late 2011, but he wanted to compensate four staff members who had since taken on additional duties or permanent assignments since that time by increasing their salaries by a combined $30,274. In 2011, for instance, Director of Planning & Community Development Ann Marie Townshend accepted the additional duties of overseeing life safety, building inspections and the Economic Development Office, Koenig said. Koenig then asked Townshend to become the parks & recreation head in addition to her planning duties, with the exception of Dover Public Library Director Margie Cyr, who became a direct report to the city manager as part of the changes, Koenig said. Koenig then asked Townshend to become the parks & recreation head in addition to her planning duties, with the exception of Dover Public Library Director Margie Cyr, who became a direct report to the city manager as part of the changes, Koenig said. Her duties as head of two departments had allowed the city to save at least $81,000 per year, Koenig said. But, to fairly compensate her, he recommended that Townshend's salary be increased 16.93 percent to $107,315, including her managerial bonus of $4,200 and $11,340 for her parks & recreation duties. Townshend addressed the legislative committee to clarify the proposal she had made to Koenig relative to her salary, which she requested as compensation for increased hours at the office. Townshend pointed out that, technically speaking, she requested a 16.9 percent salary increase, but if the bonus was factored in, the increase was 11.8 percent over her current compensation, she said. Townshend said she had enthusiastically accepted her additional duties. Among other things, she worked to reverse declining revenues for the parks & recreation department while working with the business community to simplify the zoning process, continued the city's tough stance toward vacant and dangerous buildings and worked with Dover Police Chief James Hosfelt to develop the safe communities program. "Throughout my seven years with the City of Dover, I have been a devoted employee and have always worked hard to make sure that my efforts and those of my staff are in the best interest of the city," she said. "This is my home too, and I am firmly committed to making Dover a great place to live and work." Koenig also recommended raises for Water/Wastewater Maintenance Supervisor Ralph McDougal, Information Technology Director Andy Siegel and Financial Reporting & Accounting Manager Tracey Lisiecki. Based on the salary range of a similar position in Kent County, Koenig recommended a raise of 11.77 percent to $61,000 for McDougal. Within the Information Technology Department, Siegel was temporarily upgraded to interim IT director by the former city manager, Koenig said. Koenig then promoted Siegel to IT director, but no adjustment was made to his salary and his two and a half years of service as interim IT director. To compensate for his error, Koenig recommended that Siegel's salary be increased 7.53 percent to $82,059. As for the Department of Finance, City Controller Donna Mitchell's office had assumed much of the duties of preparing the budget as Koenig shifted most of those duties from his office. But, based on the recommendation by human resources, Koenig recommended increasing Lisiecki's salary 4.01 percent to $71,600.
Scott Koenig has been named the new city manager of Dover.
Dover City Council voted unanimously to formally approve Scott Koenig as the city manager on a permanent basis, removing the "interim" moniker from his title Monday night at City Hall. Councilman David Bonar (Third District) pointed out that there were several qualified applicants for the job from across the country. "It shows that the city of Dover has positioned itself in a matter of respect throughout many states - as far away as Texas, Oregon and Washington State," he said. Indeed, search committee chairman Councilman William Hare (Second District) said Koenig emerged as the top choice from a pool of 63 candidates. "I'd like to congratulate Mr. Koenig on the result," he said. Koenig has been employed with the city of Dover for 21 years. He had been the public services manager/director of public works. After council voted 9-0 to appoint him, Koenig thanked City Council for the opportunity. "Over the last 21 years, I've had the opportunity to work with a very talented workforce," he said. "There are a number of people who are very dedicated to this city. And I think the city has been an outstanding employer. "I would like to express my interest and commitment to the city's infrastructure," Koenig added.