Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Delmar Joint Council Meeting May 29th
The members of the Police Commission presented two citizens, Harry Naugle and John Roberts, with awards for helping to assist with the capture of the alleged killer of Van Crawford.
The approval of last months minutes was made with no changes. This may be a first and a round of applause was given for Cindy Fisher, the Council clerk.
Sandy McMullen, from Chestnut Street, came in to raise hell about the way the streets and property were kept in her neighborhood. She asked if anyone on the town payroll ever rode around town and why couldn't they see the problems. She had with her a selection of photos. She said many properties were the same one she complained about last year.
Michael Lane of Becker Morgan Group (A North of the canal company) gave a presentation of the concept of phase II at Ponds Edge development on the Maryland side. It looked like a nice plan with eight apartment buildings with 24 units a piece renting in the $1,000 to $1,200 a month range. A large commercial area next to Route 13 will have a food store as an anchor plus several smaller store and there will be five restaurant pads by Route 13.
The Delaware council annexation committee gave their approval to the land owned by Old Stage Road LLC, Brittingham and Chesapeake LLC. The Delaware council, since they have never seen a bad annexation, voted to approve the annexation.
The Councils approved the budget for the upcoming year, no request for public input was made before being voted on. I guess the Police Chief has pissed off Diane Buckley as she made the approval contingent on not giving the Police force any new improved items in their budget until the Police Commission review certain items with Chief Saylor.
Sam Lenox, I think she is from Woodcreek, discussed the survey that is in the Town Summer newsletter. The Town is letting her compile the data from the survey and present it to the Town. Remember to mail or drop off your survey. No doubt if you do not have a copy you can get one from Town Hall. Since the survey does not ask for your name I would think you could submit a number of survey forms and sway the outcome of the survey results in whatever direction you want for it to go.
She would like $1,500 to fix up the basketball courts. She would like lights put there and at ten o'clock they would be turned off. Sam Lenox suggested four movable basketball goal post be placed on the old tennis court. This would expand the number of places to play basketball and allow for a basketball league to be played in Delmar at night.
Sam Lenox took it upon herself to buy four movable basketball goal posts and told the Town council her husband and herself would donate one, the basketball players would donate another one but she would like for the Town to reimburse her for the other two. My opinion is the town should thank her for donating all four, you certainly can not have people going out, unauthorized, buying things for the town or you would have the budget shot in no time.
The Town is currently looking into insurance issues on using these goal posts.
Sam Benson suggested a donation booth at Day in the Park to help pay for improvements at the basketball court.
Jason Jones from Salisbury University spoke about the need for the courts. He said in the 12 years he has played on them there has been no resurfacing of court.
At public comment time other residents around the court spoke up and said they didn't want night basketball as there was enough of a problem currently with foul language and other issues at the court. As one resident said "It is nothing but trouble".
Someone (Andy) from Wicomico County Recreations and Parks spoke saying there were other basketball leagues in Wicomico County and they played at night. The leagues were done by ten o'clock.
The basketball court problem is one that the town is obviously trying to avoiding. Usually when you bring up insurance issues it means the town is trying to postpone the problem and hope it will go away on it's own. I think there is a need for improvement to the basketball courts as a number of the town residents use them. I can also understand the complaints of the residents who live around the court. Frankly, I would not want to live next to them, but I also would not want to live next to the softball fields. You would think with the basketball court being close to the police station, the police would be around frequently to observe it. The softball fields, playground and basketball court were there before many of the residents purchased their homes so they must have been aware of the presents of those facilities at the time they purchased their homes. The social aspect of those facilities however could be improved. I think that night lights are a bad idea and all the facilities, basketball and softball/baseball, should be shut down once night arrives and the park cleared of people.
The new Public Works director is Jerome Reid. The town has purchased a used street sweeper from Georgetown. It is hoped to have it in operation in three to four weeks.
Now, you know I have complained before about the petty crimes in Delmar. Commissioner Hitchens commented that about a third of the flags put out at the local cemetery for Memorial day were stolen. Another person commented that flowers planted around a monument by a church were dug up and removed. You can't get any lower than that.
And, I might add, although there are not many, there are people who would like to have the tennis courts refurbished so that tennis could be played in town. My kids have to go to Salisbury to play on a public court there. Delmar's tennis courts have no nets and are covered in glass.