Frankford News

Town of Frankford, Delaware

Population:

  • 847 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • First Monday of the month, at 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday in February

Town office:

  • 5 Main St., Frankford, DE 19945 (302) 732-9424

Web site

Town Council:

  • Joanne Bacon, President
  • Pamela Davis, Vice-President
  • Skip Ash
  • Greg Welch
  • Marty Presley

Town Administrator:

  • Cheryl Lynch

Police Chief:

  • Michael Warchol

Emergency:

  • 911

Frankford Holiday Expo a day to shop

Coastal Point • File Photo: At the 2015 Frankford Holiday Expo, projects were crocheted on-site by Richayla (right) and Antanell Bailey.Coastal Point • File Photo: At the 2015 Frankford Holiday Expo, projects were crocheted on-site by Richayla (right) and Antanell Bailey.’Tis the season to shop, and Frankford’s Annual Holiday Expo will return Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for people who want to find a unique gift or some holiday décor for their own homes.

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host about 40 vendors, selling many types of gifts, including crafts, decorations, kitchen goods, beauty products and homemade candy. Decorations on offer can fill a range of tastes, including cozy woodworks, delicate glass artworks, evergreen Christmas wreaths and more.

Independent consultants will sell items from LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef and Scentsy.

Organizer Crystal Hudson is a vendor, but she said she particularly loves the community aspect of a holiday market.

“I love the fact that you get to meet new people,” she said. “It’s just the fulfillment of being able to meet people and be involved in something.”

Shoppers can ask questions and learn about the items they’re buying.

“You get to meet a variety of people. … You get to have a one-on-one with the people who are making the product or selling the product. I think it’s nice,” said Hudson, owner of Country Heaven gift shop in Frankford. “You get people dedicated to their product or what they make.”

Frankford continues to discuss Mountaire and wells

At its monthly meeting earlier this week, the Frankford Town council gave an update on discussions council members have had with representatives from the State and Mountaire Farms related to well permits issued to the poultry company.

Selbyville water back to safe TTHM levels, according to tests

Selbyville is getting back to normal after a water violation earlier this year. Drinking water tested at south Main Street showed decreasing levels of a disinfection byproduct called Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs).

Frankford Fall Festival to feature food, fun and frights

From aliens to zombies, the streets of Frankford will be taken over by all manner of costumed residents on Saturday, Oct. 29, as the town once again celebrates the season with its all-day Fall Festival.

Frankford to host Community Health Fair on Saturday

Firetrucks, flu shots and freebies — oh, my!

The Frankford Community Health Fair is back, and the Beebe Medical Center-sponsored event, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to supply some fun along with a multitude of free health screenings and other beneficial offerings.

Frankford looks to sell police property, move to court building

At the Frankford town’s council’s regular monthly meeting on Oct. 3, Councilman Marty Presley said the council had recently spoken to a number of Realtors regarding Town-owned property.

Frankford continues to discuss audit, Mountaire well permits

Although the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released a report on its inspection of the Town of Frankford’s financials, the town council and some citizens are dissatisfied with the findings.

Frankford appeals Mountaire well permit approval

Earlier this month, the Town of Frankford filed a statement of appeal to the State’s Environmental Appeals Board following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small related to well permits issued to Mountaire Farms.

After months of review, auditor releases report on Frankford

Last week, the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released its report on the inspection of the Town of Frankford.

Investigation finds Frankford financial procedures lacking

Frankford Town Council members have expressed by letter and in comments at the council’s regular August council meeting that they are “disappointed” in the state auditor’s report on its investigation into town finances.

Frankford approves subdivision after scrambling for quorum

An atypical Planning & Zoning meeting was held in the Town of Frankford on July 6, planned to review two applications — one for a temporary office building, the other a minor subdivision.

The meeting started almost 30 minutes late, as there was not a quorum of members. While Commissioners Duane Beck and Ronald Hall were in attendance, Dora Bell-Isler and Jason Taylor were not present.

Frankford Town Council discusses budget shortfall

The Town of Frankford held its first public hearing for the 2017-fiscal-year budget on June 2.

Property owner Kathy Murray, who sat on the Budget Committee, reported to the council that the group met nine times, and had met with each council member regarding the town departments they oversee.

BREAKING NEWS: OVPD seeks drug suspect after he flees on foot from traffic stop

Jamar A. Manuel, 26, is being sought by Ocean View police after fleeing a traffic stop with suspected drugs in the vehicle.

The Ocean View Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Jamar A. Manuel of Frankford, after he allegedly fled on foot from police when stopped for driving on a suspended/revoked license.

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.

Beyond books: Frankford library wins for innovation

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Frankford Public Library staffers, from left, Trina Coyle, Cindy Givens, director Rachel Wackett and Jessica Bowman gather to celebrate their recent award.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Frankford Public Library staffers, from left, Trina Coyle, Cindy Givens, director Rachel Wackett and Jessica Bowman gather to celebrate their recent award.The Frankford Public Library staff is working to reduce adult illiteracy and teach kids technology. On the way, their groundbreaking innovation has earned them the 2016 Library/Institutional Award for 2016 from the Delaware Library Association.

For director Rachel Wackett, the peer-nominated award “recognizes the fact that we’re being very progressive with the types of programming we’re offering … particularly with technology and STEAM.” Wackett has aligned the library programming toward basic literacy, creativity and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

The library staff has found new ways to interact with their community, said nominator Sarena Fletcher, an administrative librarian at the Delaware Division of Libraries.

Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival set for May 21 in Frankford

Event featuring Grammy-nominated guitarist to benefit Delaware Wild Lands

Grammy-nominated musician Courtney Hartman will headline the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival in Sussex County on May 21. In addition to her solo career, Hartman is also guitarist and vocalist for the all-female group Della Mae.

Warchol to leave Frankford PD

Having just celebrated his one-year anniversary as chief of police for the Town of Frankford, Michael Warchol announced to the town council on Monday, May 2, that he would be leaving the post.

“I am going to be leaving. My wife has accepted a job with transfer with her job in the Baltimore area. I’m not sure of the date yet, but I am notifying council that it will be coming.”

J.P. Court to leave Frankford, police officer resigns

Next year, Justice of the Peace Court 1—Criminal, Truancy will move out of its Frankford location. Town Councilman Marty Presley said the Town had been told the Court would not be renewing its lease, which ends in January 2017.

Fire companies to hold live-fire drill on Saturday 3/19

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
This drill has been in the making for at least 5 years and has taken countless hours of coordination between the departments, owner and government agencies.

Frankford Town Council votes to settle Truitt lawsuit

The Frankford Town Council has voted to settle a lawsuit brought by former town administrator Terry Truitt for part of her back vacation and sick time.

“It’s a very emotional, touchy issue, because we all have our personal opinions about this,” said Councilman Marty Presley of the lawsuit.

Frankford faces suit from former admin

At the Feb. 1 Frankford Town Council meeting, Councilman Marty Presley announced that the Town was facing a lawsuit filed by its former administrator, Terry Truitt.

“She’s suing for 100 percent of her back vacation and sick time,” said Presley. “We actually received the suit a couple months ago.”

Davis, Presley, Ash to serve in Frankford

The citizens of the Town of Frankford made their votes count this week, in an election held on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Frankford candidates get in the last word before election

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Frankford Town Council in the Feb. 6 election. Voters will choose between incumbents Pamela Davis and Marty Presley, and challengers Dawn Beck and former councilman Edward “Skip” Ash.

Polls open Saturday at 1 p.m. and will close at 4 p.m., with voting at Frankford Town Hall. Those who are voted in will serve a two-year term.

Frankford officials continue to discuss charter changes

The Town of Frankford’s Charter Committee will meet next Tuesday to continue discussions on updating the Town’s charter.

Recently appointed Councilman Greg Welch said at the Feb. 1 council meeting that the committee met twice in January and is working on drafting a voter registration outline, as well as a provision that would allow for absentee voting.

Frankford council appoints Welch to vacant seat

Welch will finish Carpenter’s term

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Greg Welch was sworn in to the Frankford Town Council by Mayor Joanne Bacon last week.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Greg Welch was sworn in to the Frankford Town Council by Mayor Joanne Bacon last week.Frankford resident Greg Welch was appointed to the Frankford Town Council at a special meeting held last week.

Welch and fellow resident Dora Bell-Isler both voiced interest in the vacant seat left by Elizabeth Carpenter when she resigned from the council in December. Welch was appointed by a 3-0 vote of the council. He will complete Carpenter’s term, which is set to expire in 2017.

Following the unanimous vote, Welch was sworn in by Mayor Joanne Bacon and joined the council for the rest of the special meeting.

The Town’s annual council election is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, for the seats currently filled by Charles Shelton, Pam Davis and Marty Presley. At the Jan. 24 special meeting, it was announced that four candidates — Davis, Presley, Skip Ash and Dawn Beck — had all filed to run in the election. Shelton, who had not attended a council meeting since Presley’s and Carpenter’s appointments by two of the then three remaining council members, did not file to run for his seat.