Newark Municipal Building

The Newark Municipal Building on South Main Street is shown in this file photo.

Newark Municipal Building

City council this week reappointed Kevin Hudson to the Newark Board of Adjustment.

A resident of Dallam Road, Hudson has served on the board for 11 years.

“My years on this board working with the other members, on both small and large controversial matters, while maintaining professional and respectful relationships in order to come to decisions, even while disagreeing, is a testament to my ability to work as part of a committee effectively,” Hudson said.

A graduate of Widener School of Law, Hudson works as a technology manager for the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Prior to that he was a deputy attorney general, prosecuting violent felonies.

He was re-nominated to the board of adjustment by Mayor Jerry Clifton and confirmed by council unanimously.

“In my opinion, he does an absolutely superb job,” Clifton said.

The five-member board of adjustment primarily decides on requests for zoning code variances. It also hears and rules on appeals to decisions by the planning department – a role that thrust the board into the spotlight in 2014 when it heard an appeal regarding the controversial Data Centers LLC project.

In other action during the Oct. 12 meeting:

• Council appointed Denise Forman Gaines, a real estate agent who lives on Old Coochs Bridge Road, to serve on the Newark Housing Authority’s board of directors.

• Council awarded a $132,000 contract to Newark-based Grassbusters Landscaping Company to install 37 ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps throughout the city – mostly in College Park, Stafford, George Read Village and the Woods at Louviers.

• Council passed an ordinance allowing management employees to petition to carry over 10 additional unused vacation days to the following year – on top of the 10 already allowed – in the case of “an extreme and unforeseen circumstance.” The measure was prompted by the pandemic.

• Clifton announced that in its first week in operation, Sean’s House saw 70 visitors, including one high school student who was having a mental health crisis. “The parent commented back how well things are going and essentially said, ‘You saved her life at Sean’s House,’” Clifton said. Named for Sean Locke, a former University of Delaware basketball player who took his own life in 2018, the house at 136 W. Main St. is manned 24/7 by UD psychology doctorate students and aims to be a safe haven for teens and young adults battling depression or suicidal thoughts.

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