Free bilingual paralegal service benefits Selbyville

Because of the large number of non-English-speaking crime victims locally, Community Legal Aid Society Inc., will now provide free bilingual paralegal services once a week at Selbyville Town Hall.

“We’re pretty proud. It’s us and Seaford. We’re one of two towns doing that,” Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins told the town council on March 12.

The offering could help anyone who can’t get to the Georgetown office easily.

“It makes it a little bit easier for them to get services, whether that be translation services to report a crime,” Collins said, “or whether they’re a victim trying to get their paperwork done to become a citizen — anything dealing with paperwork for the non-English-speaking community.

The aid service will be available on Tuesdays. For more information, call (302) 856-0038 or visit

In other news from the SPD:

• The Selbyville PD is benefitting from the social network “Nextdoor,” which has been especially popular with communities on the east side of town. For example, police reported a suspicious vehicle and, within hours, residents had sent license plate numbers and more details.

• A bad batch of heroin got into town lately, but all the people who overdosed were saved, Collins said. SPD officers do not carry the overdose-reversing medicine naloxone, but they performed rescue breathing until an ambulance arrived.

In other Selbyville Town Council news:

• Sworn in for another two-year term were Mayor Clifton C. Murray and Council Members Clarence W. “Bud” Tingle Sr. and G. Frank Smith III.

• The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will no longer host the annual Selbyville Christmas Parade, to the Town must find new support to manage the event. The Chamber has recently adjusted its mission, pulling out of many community events (including Fenwick Island’s summertime movies on the beach) to focus instead on business development.

• Construction is currently allowed at any time of day, which concerns resident Mike Adams. “I’ve been in construction 45 years. That’s the last thing I want to hear on Sunday morning, is a Bobcat or saw,” he said, remembering a recent Mother’s Day when a neighbor had heavy machinery at work.

Selbyville does have a general noise ordinance, but no construction times ordinance. Some towns limit construction working hours to perhaps 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and often less on weekends.

Although Clifton Murray and Councilman Jay Murray questioned whether an ordinance was needed, Councilman Rick Duncan countered that an ordinance would give police power to address a problem, especially as the town grows. The council will consider the issue in the future.

• Once again, the EPA has awarded Selbyville high marks for its wastewater industrial pre-treatment report: a 98.1 percent score for 2016.

• Because it would require a $15,000 match, the council opted not to apply for a state grant to study the current state of the town’s entire stormwater infrastructure system. Although Duncan said that Selbyville has many failing storm drains, Tingle said, “I’m not sure you get much bang for your buck with studies,” especially since any storm will alert the town to most deficiencies. Plus, half the town has new systems, council members said.

• Selbyville did not win the comprehensive plan grant that would have allowed it to hire the KCI engineering/consulting firm to do much of the legwork for its upcoming 10-year comp plan update. Selbyville’s updated plan is due to the State by this autumn.

• Selbyville did win an asset-management program grant for water (results of a wastewater grant are pending). That will help create a maintenance schedule for the Town’s massive infrastructure.

• The Selbyville Public Library hosts their monthly “Coffee with a Cop” on March 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. The goal is to build trust between law enforcement and the communities they live in and serve, offering an opportunity to get to know the Selbyville police officers, to ask them questions or just to say “thank you.”

• Recent Planning & Zoning meetings have been dedicated to Jeff Wilgus’s desire to open a pre-owned car sales lot on the Pomeroy property on Route 113. The site plan is newly complete, and the proposed business fits the existing zoning code, without requiring a special exception or conditional use.

In future, the commission may consider changing that type of business to a conditional use only, since there are already four car lots in town, and they questioned whether they want many more.

The next Selbyville Town Council meeting will be Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m.