Route 113 is about to see a reduction in the speed limit for the stretch of road that runs through Dagsboro, thanks to a recent approval from DelDOT.
Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd J. Toomey alerted the town council at their Monday, Sept. 17, meeting that the Town’s request for the speed limit reduction to 45 mph had been approved and that signs with the reduced limit have been ordered for the stretch of DuPont Boulevard that runs through the town’s boundaries.
There will be 12 new signs erected along the stretch of road — six in each direction — alerting drivers of the new speed limit — down from 55 mph. There will be a 30-day notice posted once the signs are installed, to allow drivers to become accustomed to the new speed.
Dagsboro considering water rate change
Also at the council meeting on Monday, members of the public informally offered support for a change to Dagsboro’s water rate.
Presented with funding scenarios by Jean Holloway of the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Inc. in a special meeting on Aug. 29, the council had decided to bring those scenarios to the public during the regular council meeting in September.
The scenario being considered by the Town would be to lower the flat monthly water rate to $35 for each water account, plus $4.15 per 1,000 gallons of water used. The current water rate is $40 per month, which includes the first 3,000 gallons, and then $4 per 1,000 gallons used over the 3,000 allowance.
The water rate study was done in July, under the authority of the town council, as the water department has had an ongoing deficit, as well as the need to start planning for funding for any future emergency repairs to the department’s infrastructure.
Councilman William Chandler conducted an informal poll of the approximately 20 people in attendance at Monday’s meeting, counting only of those who were Dagsboro residents, to see if they would be amenable to the change. He garnered a positive response, so a formal public hearing on the matter will be held on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Bethel Center, 28307 Clayton Street.
Artesian puts out feelers to council
Artesian Resources Vice-President of Operations John Thaeder spoke to the council on Sept. 17 about preliminary plans to dig a well within the corporate limits of Dagsboro, on a parcel of land off of Armory Road.
Dagsboro’s engineering consultant Kyle Gulbronson of AECOM had a few technical questions for Thaeder that could not be answered at the time, due to the need for further studies being done on the lands involved in the potential project.
Thaeder said Artesian would be contacting the Town when they have further information to share, and if the project were acceptable, they would present before the Planning & Zoning, as well as the council for all final approvals.
Vice-Mayor Theresa Ulrich had expressed concern over the waste that Artesian would create from treatment at the facility. Thaeder responded that all waste would go into a holding tank and would then typically be transported to Maryland. The waste would never be sprayed or released on the lands in the surrounding area, he said.
Police to expedite DUI evidence process
Toomey requested and received approval from the council regarding the use of The Lab at Seascape (TLS) for any cases of suspected DUI in the town.
The unanimous approval will allow for the police to contact TLS, at a charge of $100 per incident, and their mobile unit will come to the police station to process the necessary bloodwork and other matters pertaining to the procedure.
“I believe this will help us in saving manpower, wear and tear on the vehicles, and fuel,” Toomey said, “not to mention the amount of time it takes to drive to the hospital, and wait for them to process the blood. It is taking anywhere from 4 to 5 hours. The Delaware State Police use this company,” he noted.
“We had an incident, I believe in July, and the state police called them for us. The whole process was done in about three hours, so that is a significant amount of time when you add it up.”
Miller appointed to P&Z
Also on Sept. 17, Audrey Miller was unanimously approved by the council to take a position on the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission that became available following Scott Crater leaving the post. Her term will run through December 2019.
By Jason Feather