Dewey Commissioners Vote To Hire Independent Engineering Firm To Oversee Ruddertowne Project

Dec 11, 2012 -- 11:19am

The Dewey Beach Board of Commissioners voted during its December 8 meeting to hire the engineering firm of Remington, Vernick & Beach to oversee the Ruddertowne redevelopment project. The topic was added to the agenda after several residents expressed concerns over Dewey Beach Enterprises' plans for the project that recently came to light.

According to an application submitted to DNREC, DBE would like to build a six-foot-long by 244-foot-wide pier with a 10-slip marina, a six-foot by 44-foot dock, an eight-foot-wide by 330-foot-long public baywalk, and an eight-foot by 32-foot crabbing and fishing platform. The application also includes plans for extending the town's outfall pipe by 50 feet, and use 2,000 cubic yards of sand to extend the bayside beach on Van Dyke Street (next to the Que Pasa restaurant) by 80 feet. Citizens To Preserve Dewey, the group of residents and property owners that's been opposed to the project, has also expressed concerns about the lack of proof of a performance bond that DBE was supposed to pay the town under the terms of the Mutual Agreement and Release that ended DBE's six lawsuits against the town over the project.

Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson says an outside firm was needed because of the size and scale of the project, which is likely to be the largest in town history. She says the firm will help ensure that the interests of both the town and DBE are being protected, and the work is being done in compliance with the terms of the mutual agreement. She says Remington, Vernick & Beach brings expertise in environmental issues and large-scale building work that isn't readily available at Town Hall.

Remington, Vernick & Beach was hired at a cost of $6,800, which Hanson says isn't as big a deal as some residents were making it out to be. One resident had written a letter to the editor in a local newspaper claiming that the town was spending $70,000 to hire a firm.

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