I went to the Ribbon Cutting for Delmar's wastewater treatment facility this afternoon. Big turnout of politicians and State officials. Notably missing were Maryland Officials everyone from Delmar Mayor Anderton, Commissions Gibb, Commissioner Ring, Vice Mayor Wells but Commissioner Tom Luffman was there. No Maryland Governor nor any underlings, except David Costello who is a nice guy. Delmar Delaware Vice Mayor Mary Lee Pase, Councilmen Gregory Smith, and Robert Thompson were there. Generally it was a big photo op.
Delaware Senator Coon, Delaware Gov Markell, Maryland State Delegate Mike McDermott, Delmar Delaware Mayor Mike Houlihan
Delaware NREC Secretary Collin P. O’Mara, Maryland Dept. of the Environment Deputy Secretary for Planning and Policy David A. Costello, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator (Region 3) Shawn M. Garvin, and Delaware Senator Chris Coon
The Governor, senators and the above people have mastered the art of having a permanent smile on their face.
Mayor Houlihan gave the opening remarks and introduced a ton of people. I thought he did well.
Gov Markell gave his create jobs thru infrastructure speech
Senator Carper gave his speech
Senator Coon gave an uplifting talk. It was the first time I heard him talk and he he is good.
Finally after all the talk a ribbon cutting took place.
Mayor Houlihan telling the world (or at least WBOC) about the Sewage Treatment plant.
Investments at the facility were made possible by a collaborative effort among the states of Delaware and Maryland, the EPA, and the Town of Delmar. The improvements have long-lasting benefits – protecting the health and safety of families, ensuring cleaner, healthier water quality for our waterways, while creating and supporting jobs.
"Local" construction and engineering companies have worked for more than a year to transform the outdated facility.
If you believe the politicians the renovation transformed an outdated plant to an innovative, effective wastewater treatment plant that will now protect the health and safety of the local community. No doubt the way the Federal Government and States work we will be renovating it once again next year. lets face it with the number of government employees we have, they have to justify their jobs someway.
It was a toss up as to rather U.S. EPA Regional Administrator (Region 3) Shawn M. Garvin or Gov. Markell had the best shined shoes.