Frankford News

Town of Frankford, Delaware

Population:

  • 847 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • First Monday of the month, at 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday in February

Town office:

  • 5 Main St., Frankford, DE 19945 (302) 732-9424

Web site

Town Council:

  • Joanne Bacon, President
  • Pamela Davis, Vice-President
  • Skip Ash
  • Greg Welch
  • Marty Presley

Town Administrator:

  • Cheryl Lynch

Police Chief:

  • Michael Warchol

Emergency:

  • 911

Frankford water plant set for June startup

Imagine this: fresh clean water pumped out by a brand spanking new water plant and channeled directly to your faucet.

That Brita filter could become obsolete and the Culligan man will surely get fewer calls, because the Frankford Town Council has taken the action to get its two-year old dormant water plant up and running by a tentative mid-June completion date.

Deadline nears for Frankford council seats

The deadline for new voter registration in the town of Frankford is approaching — new residents, or residents who’ve come of age this year, will have to stop by town hall by the close of business on Friday, Jan. 13.

Federal officials visit Frankford elementary

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Ray Simon stopped in little ol’ Frankford, Del., on Jan. 10, including local students in celebrations of the past four years’ progress under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Frankford deadline nears

The deadline for new voter registration in the town of Frankford is approaching — new residents, or residents who’ve come of age this year, will have to stop by town hall by the close of business, Friday, Jan. 13, in order to vote this year.

Frankford to apply for improvement grants

Frankford Town Council took the bull by the horns Dec. 5 when they unanimously decided to apply for community development block grants (CDBG) in an attempt to revamp their community. The grants are earmarked for refurbishments and renovations to homes owned by low-income residents in Frankford.

Frankford considers third land planner

Frankford Town Council may be narrowing in on a partnership with a land-use planner, following the town’s third visit from such a professional. In recent months, Kyle Gulbronson (URS) and Chris Jakubiak (Jakubiak & Associates) have stopped by town hall to introduce themselves, and Council President Robert Daisey said Dave Nutter (Nutter Associates) made three at the Nov. 7 council meeting.

Local firefighters provide free smoke detectors

“Wake Up Delaware” coordinator Tom Mitten wants a working smoke detector in every single household in the state. If giving away free smoke detectors and replacement batteries is what it takes, so be it.

Every volunteer fire company in the state of Delaware will have someone available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, to do just that. Area locations include:

Frankford creeps toward water fix

Yet again, the main topic of discussion around Frankford remained the problems with central water, at the Oct. 3 town council meeting.

Crystal Holland, a regular at council meetings but a rare speaker, broke silence. “We keep hearing about the problems at the water plant — why is it taking so long to get them fixed,” she asked.

'Blueberry wars' spark over signage

The berries are sweet, but the competition for customers has apparently turned sourer than all the lemons in a large meringue pie.

Frankford steps closer to clean-up of town

Frankford Town Council voted unanimously to move forward on a short list of uninhabited, dilapidated houses on Mill Street, at the Sept. 12 council meeting. This is step two, as Council Vice-President T. Maynard Esender pointed out.

Smith looking to keep Frankford rolling

Duncan Smith will be taking over for retiring Principal Sharon Brittingham at Frankford Elementary School this year, and he recognized his predecessors for their efforts.

Frankford looks at crime

Frankford, Del. — a small rural town, population less than 750, no taverns, plenty of churches, a feed mill and a brand new high school. And, as any real estate agent will tell you, it’s minutes from the beach.

Frankford water woes continue: "terrible"

Frankford Town Council reported less than stellar service from the town’s venerable water plant and pressure from a private utility at the Aug. 1 council meeting.

When Council President Robert Daisey asked Council Member Jesse Truitt for his report on water, Truitt pulled no punches — “It’s terrible,” he said.

Frankford adopts 2006 budget

Frankford Town Council President Robert Daisey presented a $366,300 operating budget for the coming year showing considerable line item adjustments, and a nearly 10 percent bottom line increase in expenditures since fiscal 2005, at a budget hearing on Aug. 1.

Frankford revisits dilapidated houses

Frankford Town Council members revisited the issue of dilapidated houses at the July 11 council meeting, as Fire Hazard Inspection Committee Member Elma Gray reported the preliminary list of problem buildings had been compiled.

She stopped short of delivering that list to council, but rather formally announced the committee would be doing so at next month’s meeting (Aug. 1).

Frankford council continues budget work

Members of the Frankford Town Council decided to increase the budget for a town park and building maintenance significantly at their annual budget hearing Monday, June 27, while also re-allocating more than $31,000 in surplus from the previous fiscal year.

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.

Frankford calls for water surveys

Frankford is in the midst of a Comprehensive Land Use Plan update, and has sent out surveys with 245 water bills, seeking some input from town residents.

It’s been a couple months now, but as Town Manager Terry Truitt reported at the May 2 town council meeting, the town’s only heard back from 38 residents so far (16 percent response).

Postal workers welcome IR class prez

Indian River High School’s senior class president Deniz Nhan took the helm at the Frankford Post Office on April 21 (for the day).

31st Annual Health and Awareness fair

The Roxana CHEER Senior Center is hosting its 31st Older Americans’ Health and Awareness Fair on May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will be held at the senior center in the Edward Pyle State Service Building located on Route 20 in Frankford.

Frankford considers four-duplex project

Frankford resident Dean Esham addressed the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last week (April 7 P&Z meeting), asking for a change of zone to accommodate four duplexes at 65 Reed Street.

Frankford hears requests from Church

Nearly 20 members of Frankford’s Antioch African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church attended the April 4 town council meeting.

Frankford looks at directed growth

The town of Frankford has plans for expansion. Toward that end, Council Members and former-President Ron Atherton have begun working on revisions to the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

Frankford addresses dilapidated structures

Frankford Town Council took a first formal step toward cleaning up various tumbledown, potentially dangerous houses at the March 7 council meeting.
Resident Elma Gray had approached council at the Feb. 7 meeting, asking for action on the unsightly homes.

Daisey welcomed back as Frankford mayor

Frankford Town Council returned Robert Daisey to President and welcomed Maynard Esender as the new Vice President at the Feb. 7 council meeting.

Pam Davis presided over the swearings-in. Council made Davis Secretary/Treasurer for another year, and returned her as police liaison.