The May Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM (Over with by 9:00). Last night's missing members were Delaware Councilman Woody Payne and Maryland Commissioner Karen Wells. My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. Again tonight there was a smattering of cell phones going off – not from the council – from the audience. I don’t see why the mayors just don’t say turn off your cell phones before the meeting begins. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real stories go to the meeting or buy a newspaper.
The meeting started with The Pledge of Allegiance
The meeting went in an unformatted fashion tonight so I will just highlight a few things in no particular order that were of interest to me.
Dr Lori Dewald was recognised for her accomplishments
The break-in and theft at the concession stand last month was solved and some items were recovered. Two juveniles were arrested.
The Bloosurf lease was signed by both towns.
Chesapeake Waste won the bid for waste removal in both towns so the garbage pickup rate will stay the same. It is my understanding Delaware came out ahead on this deal as Gov. Markell’s mandatory curbside recycling will be included in this rate.
The budget was approved for next year. The Town employees and elected officials did an exceptional job on the budget this year resulting in the same tax rates and same services with no furloughs or laying off of town employees.
Public works is looking at taking the Delaware Side of town branches, leaves, grass clippings to the Wicomico County Mulching facility. As you know Gov. Markell has stopped those items from going into the Delaware garbage pits. The cost will be $27.50 a ton.
The town had selected a tree trimming company to trim trees that are blocking the street lights on the Maryland side of town but the company had problems with their equipment and will not be able to start for another couple of weeks.
The town is now responsible for the bathrooms at Gordy Park. They have renovated them. The town is buying the security gate from the Little League to go over the bathroom doors when the bathrooms are not in use for $800.
Woodcreek Development took up an abnormally large part of the joint council meeting time last night. Again the residents there are trying to pass the cost of maintaining their development back to the town government. There are 200 plus empty lots in Woodcreek plus the Golf course that will need grass cutting and since the town has an ordinance against tall grass the town will have to cut the lots and golf course and place a lien on the individual properties. The golf course for an initial cutting will cost $4,750 to do, than about half that amount each month. An individual from Woodcreek once again said the town should buy the golf course. This time his suggestion was to apply for Maryland open space grant money, as Maryland supports other golf courses with this taxpayers money. The grant money could also be used to buy equipment to maintain the golf course. The Woodcreek group also complained about the owners of the bankrupt development not turning the irrigation system on to water their lawns and now their grass is turning brown and they would like the town to do something about it. Hell I don’t have an irrigation system I just hook my hose up to the outside facet and connect a sprinkler to it. Of course I have to pay the water bill for that water and maybe once again Woodcreek is just trying to pass a cost off to the town instead of taking responsibility for their property.
The town gave the auditing firm of TGM Inc an audit contract with only one bid. So much for competitive bidding.
Once again the traffic pattern at the High school was pushed off to next month.
Chef Saylor attended the meeting tonight to talk about Redspeed. As you may recall from the January Joint council Redspeed USA is a company that will supply a speed camera to be put in school zones. The company will issue a ticket of $40 for speeding and $25 of that will go to the town. Chef Saylor is saying if the town doesn’t go with a Redspeed or a similar company Wicomico county will, also the state of Delaware is looking at doing this on all school zones and construction road sites. He feels if someone is going to do it anyway we might as well do it and get the money. Before the Chef and the council were not overly in favor of this but now there is a complete turn about and everyone was discussing how much money could be made. They were even more excited about the idea, when the Redspeed representative said if the town supplies them with vehicle information than they would see that ‘special’ people never received a ticket from their company. Special as in mayor and council, town employees, undercover police, volunteer fire company people or anyone the town thought was one of the good old boys network and deserved not to get a ticket. I can’t say there was any mention of children safety, just money and special exceptions. Frankly I was ashamed of the whole bunch of them tonight.