Curbside recycling is coming to Frankford. A state-wise mandate requires that trash haulers offer curbside recycling to residents before mid-September – and Frankford and its waste hauler, Chesapeake Waste, are getting caught up with a change many area towns have already completed.
Town Clerk Terry Truitt reported this week that recycling pick-ups will start Tuesday, July 5, and will be held every other week.
Prior to that first Tuesday, residents will receive a separate recycling container to be used only for recyclables. It will be the same size and shape as their existing trash receptacle but will have a green recycling emblem on it.
The town will in the coming weeks be sending out a list of what is considered allowable to put in the bin as a recyclable. The trash company will not take contaminated recyclables, so cans and jars will need to be rinsed out.
Costs for trash service, with the recycling included, will rise $4 per month per customer. Residents will see it as a separate line item on their water and trash bill, through which residents reimburse the town for the upfront costs they pay for trash hauling.
Truitt also noted this week that the existing DSWA recycling drop-off facility will eventually be removed from Water Plant Road, possibly sometime after July.
Frankford Fire Chief John Wright also reported on May 2 that April was the slowest month “in a long time” for the company, and he congratulated the town for its record for fire safety. Wright said they had only four alarms in April – two for vehicle accidents and two assisting the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company. They had 44 ambulance calls in April.
On May 21, the fire company will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit Brenda Bacon. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children.
Wright also reminded residents that there is a burn ban from May 1 to Oct. 1. Campfires and other ceremonial fires are permitted, but trash and brush burning, among other types of fires, are prohibited.
For more information on what is permitted, visit the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Web site at www.dnrec.delaware.gov or the fire company Web site at frankfordfire.com.
Truitt noted on Monday that the fire company will now be one of the standing reports included on town council agendas, and she added that it is “nice to have them working with us.” All town council meetings are now being held in the Frankford fire hall meeting room.
Wright said he is looking forward to keeping the lines of communication open with the town.
Police Chief William Dudley reported on May 2 that there were 17 speeding violations last month, one insurance violation, one registration violation and three miscellaneous violations. There were four criminal arrests, 20 complaints and nine traffic warnings. He also welcomed Nate Hudson, who joined the town’s police force on April 18.
In the citizen’s privilege portion of the meeting, former council president Greg Johnson asked the council if they couldn’t discuss items – and give residents a chance to comment on those items – before council voting. The way the agenda is arranged now, citizen’s privilege is at the end of the meeting, after any votes on new business, he pointed out.
“People haven’t seen it before,” he said of some items on the council agendas. “And you are representing the residents of the town. They should know about what you are talking about. Am I right?”
In other news from the May 2 meeting:
• Truitt thanked Mountaire for a $1,000 donation and thanked the Used Car Factory for a $150 donation to go toward the town’s matching grant for park equipment.
• In the water plant report, council president Jesse Truitt said they are still finishing up with the fluoridation of the water.
• The council set a date for a public hearing on requested uses for Robert and Marla Daisey’s property at 13 Main Street. It will be held Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m., the town council will hold a budget hearing for the 2011-2012 fiscal-year budget.
• The town council also discussed having a clean-up day but decided to revisit the issue in the fall, to see what prices are for containers at that time. They also discussed having a town–wide yard sale, possibly sometime in June. It will be advertised beforehand.