Fenwick moves forward on makeover

As sand continues pumping into Fenwick Island’s beaches, the town’s streetscape has been chosen for a green makeover. The town council passed a motion Friday, Aug. 26, to approve the twofold Living Fence Project.

Fenwick Island will receive $5,000 in grants for the beautification initiatives, while labor costs — projected at $6,325.76 — will come from town coffers.

The purpose of Phase I will be to screen the recycling bins from West Bayard Avenue, outside of town hall, with trees and shrubs, according to Agnes DiPietrantonio, Fenwick Island’s office assistant. The $3,000 Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) grant will be spent to install the following plants: five Northern Bayberries, five Nellie Stevens Hollies, seven Variegated English Hollies, three Inkberry Hollies, six Dwarf Fountain Grasses, one Thunderhead Japanese Pine, ten Stella D’Oro Day Lilies and ten Rudbeckia Goldstrums (Black-eyed Susans).

The purpose of Phase II will be to screen the Public Works Pumping Station and Public Works Facility from West Cannon Street. The $2,000 U&CF award will purchase the following plants: two Northern Bayberries, seven Nellie Stevens Hollies, eight Dwarf Fountain Grasses and 16 Stella D’Oro Day Lilies.

Ronnie’s Garden World in Smyrna, Del. will provide the vegetation and Grizzly’s in Milton, Del. will deliver the mulch and soil. Volunteers and Public Works staff will offer the landscaping manpower. Under terms of the grant, the project must be completed by April 30, 2006 with maintenance following for two years.