Saturday, March 29, 2008
1952 Ad - Jimmie and Marie's
Friday, March 28, 2008
Elbert For Governor
Mrs Peapod Teacup Cottage
Thursday, March 27, 2008
March Planning and Zoning
Charlie Towers of Towers Signs came before the P & Z Commission to ask about putting a "For Sale Or Lease" Sign on some property by Ashley Furniture. The commission said it was okay as long as it didn't exceed 6' by 10' (60 sq ft).
Bill Mervine again came before the commission asking for a favorable recommendation to build a house on lot #3 of Bynum Lane. Bynum Lane is located in Delaware on the West side of Delmar off N. Memorial Drive. Mervine of Prestige Homes brought this land at an auction and now wants to build a home for first time buyers on the property. All kinds of arguments have been put up by the Delaware Mayor and Council and the P & Z Commission for him not to build on this lot as they feel it is too small. In 1962 the land on what was to become Bynum Lane was made into an approved subdivision for six houses. Who ever made the subdivision had approval from the "Town" for six houses and that person sold the land and made his or her profit from the six house subdivision. Most all of the houses are on small lots and most have had to have an approved variance for the homes and additions put on the homes. Mr. Mervin has come up, on his second try at building a home there, with a two story design that calls for a 7 foot variance on the backside of the house. The house will have parking for two cars on site. The commission voted 5 to 1 to not give him a favorable recommendation to the Board of adjustments. William Boyan being the only to speak out saying Mervin could build.
Now I have drove by this lot and photos of it are in this post however you can't tell much from photos as to how it fits into the existing property. I suggest you all ride by and look at it. I think this is arbitrary discrimination against Bill Mervin in building this home. The neighborhood has gotten use to having the lot vacant and doesn't want anyone else moving in, so all the arguments about too many cars, the traffic etc are being thrown up. As I said before who ever made the subdivision got their money out of it. Bill Mervin should be allowed to build. The lot is pretty much the same size as the other lots on Bynum Drive. If the people who live on that street didn't want anyone building on the lot they should have purchased the lot themselves and took it off the market.
You can get an ideal of the size of the property by going to the Sussex County On-Line property map click on Search Option and entering the Parcel ID of 532-20.14-6.00 You can expand out and see how it relates to the other properties. You may have some difficulty with entering the website as it took me a couple trys before I made it.
Some years ago a small house was put on a small frontage lot by the post office. I didn't think the lot was big enough and I didn't think that size and style house fit the neighborhood but it was built and now I don't even notice it as I have gotten use to it. I am sure it will be the same way when Mr. Mervin builds the House on Bynum Lane.
McDonalds was given approval for their restaurant
Henry Hanna and Frank Nachay came about the zoning for LightHouse square. This project has been going on since 2002 and still nothing has been built on the property by the Holiday inn. They decided the original annexation agreement called it "Commercial" and they would go with that zoning. This is typical of the developments in Delmar - approval is given - then the owner flips the property to another buyer - nothing is done and they just keep flipping the property until it ends up in a tangle web of paperwork.
Jeff Webb, Robbin Roberts, and Phyliss Roberts came to ask if the "Blue House" on Bi-State Blvd (Maryland) would be allowed to continue as commercial property. As long as I have been here it has always been some kind of low traffic commercial property (Piano store) with a rental apartment in the second story. They want to put a private investigation company in the bottom and continue to rent out the top.
Pat Hurley said he owns a 42 acre farm by Yorkshire estates and he will probably sell it to a developer as with the existing and proposed developments he doesn't see being able to continue farming there.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The History of Nineteenth Century Laurel
Karen is posting again
Planning and Zoning meeting Thursday
Trip to the Delaware Public Archives
Yesterday's project was to look at the Sanborn Maps of Delmar. Sanborn is a company that did maps of towns for use by the fire insurance companies for insurance assessment. The company is still in business. On microfilm, the archives have for Delmar; the 1911, 1923 and 1931 maps. They are fascinating to go thru. Okay you have to be interested in history, infrastructure, etc for them to be fascinating but there is something about a map that draws you too it. Over that 20 year span of maps you could see how the motor car effected the town with stables being replaced by service garages and gas stations. The detail information is great also, it doesn't just show a square indicating a house is on a certain lot, it shows the shape of the house, the pourches that were on it, and the out buildings, stables etc that were on the property. Of course the street names changed over the twenty years and business that were going full blast then, today are just residential homes. As to be expected water lines and fire related infrastructures are marked. I found it a surprise that in 1911 the movie theater was along side the Bank of Delmarva, and the tomato canneries in town supplied housing to their work force, and the undertaker was located across Grove Street in which is now the funeral home parking lot. I finally gave up as my cold was returning.
After leaving the archives I stopped off at Spence Market for a midweek fix on my flea market addiction. Always a good crowd there and I had some of that good food they have. It intrigues me how these "flea Market' operations work, one will be open here one day during the week, another will be open there a different day of the week. The people that work them travel from one to another and they have complete operations set up at each one for that one day a week that it is open. I would think to set up a complete kitchen must be some expense and to only use it one day a week seems like a waste. Yet being open only one day a week must be the attraction as they have a better crowd turn out than places I have been that are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I have been to Green Dragon on their one open day during the week and had difficulty finding a parking space.
As I said I have had a cold for the last few days so traffic bothers me more than usual. On the way up to Dover, besides the road construction, I must have encountered every backhoe, piece of earth moving equipment, farm equipment and overloaded truck that couldn't get out of second gear that could be put on the road that morning. On the way back it was no better. Certainly my cold had returned and when I got to Seaford and came across their usual two mile backup I cut off onto old RT13. I discovered old 13 is the route all the scrap metal dealers use, so I got behind about three different pickup trucks loaded to the sky with scrap metal going about 30 miles an hour. Driving was a no win deal yesterday.
First Street Work
As I left town yesterday I saw construction equipment on First street and thought they were finally getting ready to re-pave it. On returning later that afternoon I found they were just putting in a new water line to the laundromat. On a street that had a number of pot holes before now it has three more street cuts and holes. Won't be long until we look like the Maryland side of town.
1962 Ad - Delmar Fire House
Monday, March 24, 2008
Delaware Property Tax reassessment
First Cutting of the Grass
Delmar Maryland Real Property Tax Increase
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Adam Express Co.
Before there was a banking industry in Delmar (1897), Merchants had to rely on other ways to do their banking. I guess they had two ways; one was deal with a bank in a town along the rail line, train traffic being much more common then as opposed to now - Salisbury or Philadelphia might be used. A second method however was Adam Express. Adams Express, with it’s competitors of Wells Fargo, and American Express, were the UPS and Fedex of the day. The express car of trains (the one with the gold and money in it) were usually owned and run by them and the train holdups so frequently shown in western movies were usually directed at them. Adam’s Express offered additional services other than just delivering documents and moneys to where they were directed. I am under the impression Adams Express would buy the merchants checks and money orders, at a discount of course, and give the merchant cash or act as his agent to cash the check. If the check later bounced Adams Express would come back to the merchant for reimbursement. This was in the days before effective clearinghouses for banks. In my post on a
fraudulent check, Adams Express was handling the cashing of the check.
Adams Express was started in 1840 by Alvin Adams. He had a business that carried small parcels, bank drafts and other valuables between Boston and New York. The express company grew and expanded into the mail business. Altho there was a US Government postal Service established in 1775 it was not efficient and small independent companies were cheaper and more efficient in sending mail. By 1845 the US government had crushed those mail companies and mandated only the Post Office was authorized to carry letters for a fee. In the 1850, with the gold rush, Adams Express expanded to the west coast where it would transport gold or buy gold from the miners and transport it back. Due to holdups etc it lost money on the operation and eventually settled on the Midwest, South and East Coast as it areas of operation. During the Civil war it split the company into the Adam Express company for the North and the Southern Express for the Confederates. It operated as pay master for both the Union army and the Confederate army. In 1918 the US Railroads were federalized and the US Government degreed the railroad express carriers of Adams Express, Southern Express, American Express and Wells Fargo would become the American Railway Express. The Railroads eventually purchased the shares Adam express had in American Railway Express and with this money Adams Express moved into the Stock trading business forming a closed fund in 1929. In 1976 they moved from wall street to Baltimore where they continued to deal in stock.
Girl Scout Sunday - 1990
Girl Scout Sunday was observed March 11 at St. Stephen's UMC with Girl Scout Troop 208 attending as a group. Leading in the impressive service were co-leaders Karen Gordy, Joanne Gum and Elaine Messick. Processionist was Kara Gordy, and greeters were Karen Hill and Kristy Short.
The following were ushers; Dawn Palmer - head, Alice Perchin, Shawn Scott, Jeanna Cooper and Michelle Messick. Acolyte was Brandy Smith with presentation by Rachel Gum, Erica Wagenhals, Emily Wilson and Michele Messick.