Frankford Town Council talks interconnection

Frankford Town Council moved one step closer to a cooperative agreement with the town of Dagsboro at the June 6 council meeting, following a discussion on emergency water interconnection.

Dagsboro’s central water system is now online, with residents starting to make connections, and project engineer Chuck Hauser (Davis, Bowen & Friedel) asked Mayor Brad Connor and friends to consider the cooperative arrangement at last month’s council meeting in Dagsboro.

Frankford Town Manager Terry Truitt said she’d received a call from Connor requesting same, and Council President Robert Daisey reviewed his prior discussions on the subject with the mayor next door.

There was a general consensus to have Truitt forward a draft to Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader for review.

Frankford has a brand new water plant, but it hasn’t come online yet (apparently due to miscommunications during the permitting process). In the meantime, the older water plant continues to serve, but has developed a bit of a limp.

“He (Connor) understood we were under a little bit of pressure here,” Daisey noted, and he said they would have would have to work out details regarding procedures for notification, rates and billing, etc.

Daisey also noted an ongoing dialogue regarding wastewater treatment capacity — the two towns share a common sewer district.

And, there was some discussion about – not a joint police force, but possibly some resource sharing with neighboring municipal police departments — or, maybe even a police department exclusively for the town of Frankford.

As it stands, Frankford contracts with the Delaware State Police (DSP) for 20 hours of service a week. However, Council Member Greg Johnson noted a few recent criminal incidents and suggested it might be time to think about building their own dedicated police force.

He said he’d asked Sen. George Howard Bunting (20th District) about funding availability, and also with Sussex County Council Member Vance Phillips (5th District).

Johnson said there were some funds available from the county — $25,000, as a matter of fact. However, as Council Vice-President Thomas “Maynard” Esender pointed out, those funds had to go for capital improvements (couldn’t be used to pay salaries).

Johnson covered a variety of smaller items as well, and asked the other council members to approve the purchase of a pair of barbeque grills, for Town Park. They unanimously approved that expenditure.

Finally, Daisey said he was compiling responses to questionnaires recently mailed out to the residents regarding the town’s update to the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).

He said there wasn’t much to report, but it did seem that (1) quite a few people wanted an increased police presence and (2) no one wanted Frankford to turn into a throughway to the beach.

Those discussions will continue on Monday, June 13, at 6 p.m., as the town hosts Office of State Planning Coordination’s (OSPC’s) Ann Marie Townshend. The CDP is part mission statement for the town, part blueprint on the extent to which, and where, Frankford should direct future growth. Daisey welcomed public participation, and the meeting will take place at Town Hall (5 Main St.).