UPDATED BY ANDREW KOCH: Rep. Ruth Briggs met with a handful of constituents to discuss issues they're concerned about over breakfast this morning at the Georgetown Family Restaurant. Issues related to manufactured housing, townhouse and condo communities dominated much of the discussion. Residents also raised concerns about what they felt was a lack of advance notice for the Indian River School District referendum (which was approved yesterday). They also discussed the fraternal organiation charitable gaming bill (House Bill 1) that Governor Markell will soon sign into law. Briggs King voted in favor of the bill.
Residents feel that people who are buying homes in developments are being left in the dark when it comes to the details of their leases, and in some cases, the developers aren't holding up their ends of the bargains, such as not completing promised amenities like paving roads and finishing clubhouses. Briggs King, as a real estate agent hersel, says she's heard about issues like these at Real Estate Commission meetings. She says she's planning to introduce legislation that will require people who sell real estate to be licensed. Residents say in some cases where they had issues in their developments, they dealt with people who were related to the developers, and weren't able to answer basic questions because they didn't have any real estate background.
Some residents said that they didn't find out about on the Indian River School District referendum until about a month or less before Tuesday's vote. Briggs King says she'll look at the state law to see if the school district gave enough advance notice of the referendum, and then bring the concerns to the attention of Superintendent Dr. Susan Bunting.
On the charitable gaming bill, Briggs King told residents that she felt it was a good stopgap measure that will bring the machines into compliance with the Delaware Constitution, but also allow the organizations, such as Legion and VFW posts and Moose and Elks Lodges, to continue bringing in revenue for their community projects. She says some details, including the state's cut of the machines' net revenues, will have to be worked out between when the General Assembly reconvenes in March and the end of the session on June 30. Briggs King says she's proposed an amendment that will be worked during that time that would call for the state to apportion half of its cut to grants-in-aid for non-profit groups.
Briggs King's next constituent meet-and-greet will be at 7 a.m. on February 20 at the Ocean Grill Diner in the Shoppes at Long Neck.
State Representative Ruth Briggs King starts her “Meet and Greet” sessions with constituents today.
Over the next few weeks, Representative Briggs King is inviting residents of the 37th District, which includes Georgetown and the Long Neck area, to stop by one of four “Meet and Greets” to ask questions or share any concerns they may have about the district or state government. T
Today’s “Meet and Greet” will be held at Georgetown Family Restaurant starting at 8 a.m. WGMD’s Andrew Koch will be hanging out with Briggs-King. We’ll hear what some people had to say later today.
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