Town of Frankford, Delaware
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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.
Last week, the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released its report on the inspection of the Town of Frankford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The citizens of the Town of Frankford made their votes count this week, in an election held on Saturday, Feb. 6.
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.
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.
Welch will finish Carpenter’s term
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.
These 4-year-olds don’t care that they’re learning motor skills or socialization. They’re just excited to play on their new playground equipment at the Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) program.
In Frankford, the Indian River School District’s TOTS program serves 60 special-education preschoolers. Now, those youngsters have an age-appropriate playground, built in a small courtyard at the G.W. Carver Educational Center.
Previously, staff had to chase kids around the massive playground left onsite by the former Frankford Elementary School, said teacher Noël Lenhart.
At the Jan. 4 Frankford Town Council meeting, Councilman Marty Presley opened up the session by giving a “state of the town” address, focusing on some of the positives in town.
The Town of Frankford is still considering how to address its water tower and providing citizens with access to water, following the council’s monthly workshop on Jan. 4.
At the meeting, Town Engineer Kyle Gulbronson of URS said he had reviewed two bid proposals from the “very qualified firms” of Southern Corrosion and Pittsburg Tank & Tower Maintenance Co.
The Town of Frankford is seeking candidates for its February town council election, as the seats currently filled by Charles Shelton, Pam Davis and Marty Presley have terms that are set to expire.
The Town’s annual election is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at town hall, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The residents of the Delaware Avenue Association are still hoping to connect to the Town of Frankford’s water system.
In its ongoing struggle to maintain a full council, the Town of Frankford is once again down a councilperson, after the resignation of Elizabeth Carpenter, who was serving as council president, on Friday, Dec. 11.
It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.