The Selbyville Town Council has allowed the addition of beer sales at the 62nd annual Old Timers Day festival on June 15.
When two big-name vendors requested to sell beer at the outdoor street fair, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lauren Weaver promised to pass along the message.
“We’re not just trying to bring in a Budweiser truck and have a free-for-all,” Weaver said of the caterers, which are both ABC-licensed. “This is what they do.”
With no objections from the police chief, the town council unanimously voted to allow beer sales in a designated location of the fair.
With so many people outdoors for the car show and concert, Selbyville council members are hoping for a pleasant atmosphere in more ways than one.
Mountaire will begin a new odor-control initiative around April 9 to 15. Between the live chickens, meat processing, sanitation, wastewater treatment and related activities, odors commonly escape the Hosier Street poultry processing facility.
“We’re hopeful we can get things a little improved, probably coming from our live-haul area,” said Mike Tirrell, a company vice president. Mountaire hired a contractor to help, “and this company is convinced they can get it oxidized, rather than masked. … This will be replacing the perfume, which was not effective.”
To cover the odor, Mountaire had tried a type of air freshener, which sometimes left the general town smelling like household air freshener.
Pinpointing odors is tricky, because the plume may pump straight up into the air but land a mile away or an hour later.
“It’s strange, because I’ll smell it sometimes when you’re not even operating,” said Councilman Clarence “Bud” Tingle Jr.
“You’re working on it, and you know better how to find your own problem than we do,” said Mayor Clifton Murray.
“We got professionals, engineers, who are on it, not just guys with toolbelts,” said Tirrell, adding that he doesn’t want the residents or council to serve as quality-assurance inspectors.
“If this doesn’t resolve it, we do have some other ideas” about wastewater trucks, Tirrell said
Police setbacks in staff and safety
In Selbyville Police Department, the new cadet did not successfully complete his first week at the police academy, due to a medical issue in his family. Selbyville will have to re-test him or any other recruits to be eligible for the next police academy in September.
Police have seen an overall reduction in crime, they said, but also some increase in traffic incidents and actual arrests. Many incidents involve the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, and citations for marijuana have quadrupled. (It’s still illegal, but people get the equivalent of a traffic ticket, instead of an arrest warrant.) There was also some internet credit card fraud, which added to arrests.
Selbyville officers have also recently won several awards for overdose rescues, a sunken car incident and solved robbery cases.
There was another fatal car collision at Route 54 and Hudson Road, which has prompted Police Chief W. Scott Collins to request intersection improvements by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).
The trouble, he said, is that all three recent accidents have occurred during daytime, so street lights aren’t the answer. Perhaps DelDOT would add additional signage or flashing lights to indicate approaching traffic, like on Route 17, he suggested.
In other Selbyville Town Council news:
• Any group planning an Earth Day cleanup from April 19 to 22 can get free supplies and garbage hauling. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will deliver bags, gloves and additional equipment to groups that want to participate (located at the Chamber in Fenwick, Selbyville Town Hall, Millville Town Hall or Dagsboro Town Hall).
Volunteers can clean their neighborhood or street, or be assigned to an area in need. Free disposal is being offered those who want to participate. Volunteers are being asked to sign up beforehand. For details, call Susie at (302) 539-2100, ext. 110, or visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4ca9ab22a1fc1-community.
• Selbyville’s nearest hospital facility is Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) in Berlin, Md. Some of the top AGH brass presented an annual update to the council, discussing the emergency department, access to primary care and physicians, specialized medicine and community wellness.
A new patient with non-urgent needs might wait three or four months to see a primary physician.
“There’s a lot going on in healthcare right now. There’s a lot of change we’re making around the campus and in the community … because of what’s happening at the federal level because of Medicare and in Maryland. … We’re really working in this region to stabilize physicians’ practices” said AGH President and CEO Michael Franklin.
• A resident announced that USPS mail hasn’t been delivered properly to her and other addresses around town. Local mail filters through both the Selbyville post office and Roxana’s regional annex. The U.S. congressional delegation has been notified.
• As recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission, the town council unanimously approved some lot-line adjustments around town. On Cypress Road, two lots were adjusted so all of the chicken houses could be on a single property (Tax parcels 533-9.00-14.00 and 18.00). Also, to more easily sell their old hall property, the Improved Order of the Red Men’s Wissahickon Tribe also requested to give about 20 feet to the post office, which was already using the land as a parking lot (Tax parcel 533-16.16-11.00).
• Updates continue on the 10-year Comprehensive Plan, which could be adopted by September, after council review and public presentation.
The Selbyville Town Council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m.
By Laura Walter