Over 60 residents met with State Representative Valerie Longhurst, State Senator Nicole Poore, and County Councilman Bill Bell at the Delaware City Library to discuss The Refuge. At the conclusion of the meeting, these elected officials each received the written request for Next Steps below:
July 2, 2019
Schedule a community meeting to inform area constituents of the history and status of The Refuge.
Elected officials, not community members, should conduct the necessary outreach to encourage attendance at the upcoming meeting.
Discussion points to be addressed at the next meeting:
- Why were neighboring constituents neither consulted nor informed of the decision to operate The Refuge at 4185 Kirkwood St Georges Rd?
- How and why was this location selected?
- Does the operation of The Refuge at this location comply with all applicable Federal, State, and County codes and regulations?
- What other locations were considered?
- Identify all owners and operators at this location.
- How were the operators selected?
- Discuss the previous experience of the operators in providing similar services.
a. Number of offenders served
b. Of that number, how many became absconders?
c. What were the 1, 2, and 3-year recidivism rates of all offenders treated?
- Which offenses have been committed by offenders served at The Refuge?
- Will sex offenders ever be served at The Refuge?
- What security measures are in place at The Refuge to protect neighboring constituents?
- Provide a disclosure of all public funds provided to owners and operators at this location.
- Were any conflicts of interest by the recipients of these public funds disclosed or discovered, and if so, how were they addressed?
Listen to the public meeting at the Delaware City Public Library on July 2, 2019: