National Guard renovations up for Dagsboro council approval

The Dagsboro Town Council appears set to approve planned renovations at the National Guard facility in Dagsboro.

The plans include expanding parking and equipment service facilities, installing a security fence to meet “buffer standards” for surrounding residential areas, upgrades to current water tanks and tearing down the existing maintenance facility, while still keeping the same “footprint” and basic function, in order to modernize the building.

According to Jeff Harman, a civil engineer from the Becker Morgan Group, the National Guard is aiming to fast-track the project and hopes to receive final approval from the council in time to move forward next month.

The council did voice some concerns about aesthetics during discussions at their regularly scheduled council meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, and suggested the implementation of a sidewalk for future use, in addition to making the fence barrier more visually pleasing.

Harman was receptive to the suggestions and was set to relay them to the National Guard before turning around plans to be considered by the Town’s Planning & Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 15, so that the council could consider final approval for the plans at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 27.

“It’s going to match the readiness center, in terms of being a brick building,” explained Harman of the upgraded facility. “It will, hopefully, have a nicer aesthetic.”

Smoking could be torched on town grounds

While no official action has yet been taken, the council this week also discussed the possibility of banning smoking on municipal property, including Dagsboro Town Hall and the police station, and extending to parks and playgrounds as well. Vehicles under Town ownership could also be subject to the potential ban.

At the meeting, several members of the council shared personal stories of loved ones being affected by smoking, leading them to the decision to take the next steps in the process.

“I’m all in favor of putting every obstacle possible in a person’s way who chooses to smoke,” said Councilman Bill Chandler after sharing with the council his story of witnessing the effects of smoking leading to lung cancer in his own life.

Several residents in attendance offered support for the proposal, and the council was prepared to advertise a vote on the issue.

The next regularly scheduled town council meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m.