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Welcome to The Refuge at Dirickson Creek! More than a destination, a community should be welcoming and also inspire residents toward common goals. We encourage all residents to be involved in making The Refuge the best it can be to benefit us all. Our community’s website is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for current and potential residents, and for the public. 
 
What's Happening
Refuge HOA Board Meeting-1st Qtr
Thursday, January 18th, 4:00 p.m. at Clubhouse
The Board of the Refuge HOA will meet beginning at 4 p.m. Agenda
Refuge Townhome Assoc Board Meeting
Saturday, January 20th, 10:00 a.m. at Clubhouse
The Board of the Refuge Townhome Association will meet beginning at 10 a.m.
Annual Whiskey Winter Golf Outing & Scotch Whiskey Dinner
Saturday, January 27th to Sunday, January 28th
The Delmarva Whisky Club is holding its Annual Whisky Winter Golf Outing and Scotch Whisky Dinner the weekend of January 27th (dinner) and January 28th (golf).   Last year there were over 100 participants at the dinner.  All proceeds raised go to OPERATION SEAs THE DAY.  Click here for the attached flyer.
 
For further information, please contact:
Kevin Clover
President
Delmarva Whiskey Club
215 815 1706
www.delmarvawhiskey.com
Refuge HOA Board Meeting-2nd Qtr
Thursday, April 19th
4pm  at the Clubhouse
Refuge HOA Board Meeting-3rd Qtr
Saturday, July 28th
9am Clubhouse
Refuge Annual HOA Meeting
Saturday, November 3rd
Annual HOA Meeting 10am Swann Keys Clubhouse

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Neighborhood News
For Updates and Information Regarding HOA Business, Visit the HOA Reports Pages.
 
Do you have an event to announce or a piece of news to share with the community? Please send your request to martin.rosenhaft@gmail.com and please copy jpoole@seascapepm.com .
 

Special Statement from the Delaware Department of Education (Released 12/5/17):

The public comment period for proposed 225 Prohibition of Discrimination Regulation closed yesterday. The department received more than 11,000 comments, which deserve careful review before a decision is made. Secretary Bunting is asking the Development Team to reconvene in January to review the comments and make recommendations for changes to the regulation.  If substantive changes are made, the regulation will be published in the Register again with another 30-day public comment period before any decision on a final regulation is made.  Secretary Bunting thanks those who shared their feedback during the formal comment period. All comments received will be posted online so the public as well as committee members can review them prior to the January Development Team meeting

 
Crawlspace Encapsulation
The Men's Crawlspace Encapsulation Committee has met and discussed proposals with four (4) reputable contractors.  Based on quality, reputation and cost, Custom Mechanical is being recommended by the committee to best serve the needs of our community. Click here for a recap of the Encapsulation Process from the 12/15/2017 meeting which was based on inspection of the Calloway, Dorsey and Goodman/Rambler models.
 
These estimates may differ depending on actual scope of work to be performed after the initial FREE INSPECTION. Key points to note are:
  • Termite treatment is not included in estimate (if needed)
  • Mold treatment is $850/home (if needed) unless significant amount is found (not included)
  • Rerouting of Dryer vent is included (a different Men's initiative)
  • An Energy Audit must be performed ($100/home) to receive rebate.
Click here for the Calloway estimate, here for the Dorsey estimate and here for the Goodman/Rambler.

 

Road improvements on Rte 54 are now underway through the end of March

DelDOT has announced that the road improvements associated with the new Royal Farms convenience store on Route 54 east of Route 20 are now underway and will continue through the end of March. DelDOT states that all contract work on this project must be complete prior to March 30, 2018.
 
According  to DelDOT, the contractor must submit to DelDOT a two-week "look ahead schedule" each Thursday before the work is to begin. The schedule is to reflect specific details related to the actual construction activities proposed for those following two weeks. In order to alert motorists to potential travel delays as a result of the upcoming work, Rep. Gray has requested that DelDOT share the contractor's schedule so that he can pass along the information to constituents. He will keep constituents posted as information becomes available.
 
The Refuge at Dirickson Creek
Homeowner’s Association - Board of Directors
 
IMPORTANT TOPIC Re: Sussex County Planning & Zoning:
Click here for documents discussed by Rose Watkins at the 2017 HOA Annual Meeting regarding Sussex County Planning and Zoning:
 

Website Security Update:

The Refuge website has been updated to provide enhanced security. You will not notice any change in accessing content on the site. This update is completely transparent. The change was the addition of implementing an SSL Certificate to encrypt login information when you are logging onto the site. The only change is that “ https:” now appears in the URL address status bar.
This change will minimize or reduce the ability for a potential hacker to access login information.

The Refuge at Dirickson Creek
Homeowner’s Association - Board of Directors
 
Route 54 Traffic Meetings
Please see the following documents courtesy of Dr. Mohammad Akhter,
and Jeanette Akhter:
If this topic is important to you and you would like to be involved, please consider learning more about these local groups and organizations:
SARG (Sussex Alliance for Responsible Growth)
League of Women Voters
38th RD Democratic Committee (includes both parties; nonpartisan stance)
SSCCAG S(outhern County Citizens Action Group)
 
Yard Waste Pick-up Reminder
Yard waste pick-up is scheduled every other week on the Tuesday after "recycle Monday". Remember to put your bags out the night before as they come very early in the morning. Stickers may be purchased from Seascape Property Management for $2.00 each. Please complete the Yard Waste Sticker form and mail it per the instructions on the document.
 
Please see the attached document for information about being aware and prepared in case of evacuation due to weather or other emergency.
 
Household Battery Recycling: Please continue to utilize the collection bucket located in the foyer of the Clubhouse. Please see this document for more information.
 
Mobile Patrol Security: The Bayside Security Patrol agreement has expired and is not being renewed at this time. If you have an emergency please call 911. During normal business hours, please also report the incident to the HOA Property Manager, Jonathan Poole at SeaScape PM, 302-645-2222.