Quest Adventures will offer kayak rentals at Milton Park

Milton City Council is set to debate a proposal by Quest Adventures to allow kayak rentals and a storage area at Milton Memorial Park.

Quest Adventures will make a presentation at the regular council meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Milton Library.

Quest had operated a self-service kayak rental from 2011 to 2019 on private property behind Irish Eyes. That property has since changed hands and Quest’s Kayak Tours manager Mark Carter said the option of continuing a rental business was not on the table.

Thus, the company proposes to operate a similar business on land owned by the city.

If allowed to operate in the park, Quest would set up a temporary storage area – including a rack system with a protective fence and locking door – near the storage barn along the train tracks.

Carter said if the proposal is approved, Quest would appear to be up and running by Memorial Day, but most likely by early June. The establishment would close on Labor Day.

Kayaking along the Broadkill River is a popular summer activity in Milton. The annual kayak race, usually held as part of Bargains on the Broadkill, attracts kayakers from all over. Last August, the state cut the ribbon on a new boat ramp and kayak launch at Wagamons Pond.

Council awards Magnolia Street drainage project

After more than two years of planning, City Council is about to award a bid for a drainage and partition repair project in the Magnolia Street car park.

The work includes rebuilding 85 feet of the sheet pile wall, modifying the storm sewer pipe and restoring Governor’s Drive and the boardwalk. Within the parking lot itself, the project involves demolition and reconstruction to provide a stormwater pond, stormwater pumping station and reconfigured parking area, as well as replacement of sidewalks and curbs along the parking lot. Magnolia Street.

The project was born to alleviate the problems of flooding in the parking lot, especially after storms. About a third of the batch is often unusable because it is covered in water. A drainage improvement plan was first introduced in early 2019. The fixes would cost the city 19 parking spaces and would not prevent flooding during storms, but the project would reduce daily flooding.

The exact cost of the project will be revealed once the winning bids are announced on May 2. The city previously estimated a cost of $835,000, but costs could reach $1 million due to rising material costs. The city received $560,000 in state grants for the project; what is not funded by grants would be funded by the city’s transfer tax reserves. The project was originally to improve the drainage in the Magnolia Street parking lot, but it grew to include repairs to the bulkhead when Pennoni Associates engineers discovered that a 30-inch drain pipe s flowing to the river had collapsed, causing loss of soil behind. the wall. The wall around the pipe also corroded.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday August 1 and is expected to last 240 consecutive days.

Attic vote expected

After being postponed at the April 4 council meeting, the final vote on the proposed 450-acre annexation off Sand Hill Road that would be developed as a 1,350-unit granary at Draper Farm is up. May 2 agenda.

On April 4, council approved the plot’s zoning and amended the city’s land use map to show residential R-2 zoning with a large plot development overlay, but deferred the vote on the annexation itself.

The attic annexation was recommended by the city’s special review committee and a public hearing was held. If the annexation vote is affirmative, the project will then proceed to the planning and zoning commission to begin the site plan review process.

The May 2 council agenda also includes an update on the Delaware Department of Transportation’s Coastal Corridors Study, which includes the area from Route 16 through Milton. Council will hear a request from the Special Review Committee to extend the review period for the proposed 50-acre annexation on Harbeson Road that would be turned into a 163-unit development known as Scarlet Oaks. Other old cases include reviewing Chestnut Crossing development checklist items.

In new business, council will discuss a memorandum of understanding with DelDOT regarding a transportation improvement district, hear a request for waiver of sidewalk and curb requirements by Thomas Tobin of 113 Marshall St., appoint Charles Burton and Mark Carter at the Economic Development Committee, conduct the semi-annual review of the fiscal year 2022 budget and discuss orders relating to traffic control devices and sight distances at intersections.

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