Frankford News

Town of Frankford, Delaware


  • 847 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

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


  • 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


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Frankford pushes on with appointments

FOIA, quorum questions surround latest actions

The Town of Frankford held a “special emergency meeting” on Saturday, Sept. 5.

According to Delaware Code Chapter 100, §10004(e)(1), an emergency meeting could be called, “for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, or to the General Assembly.”

Another significant resignation comes down in Frankford

Terry Truitt, who served as the Town of Frankford’s town administrator for nearly 15 years, resigned on Sept. 2.

“I wanted to leave on my terms,” said Truitt of her departure, “It was a compilation of a couple of different things. The council had a different direction that they wanted to go in…

Validity of Frankford council appointments uncertain

The Frankford Town Council held a second special meeting last week in order to appoint residents to the Town’s two vacant council seats.

Propane fumes escape Frankford train — no leak

Downtown Frankford was briefly stuck behind an emergency perimeter on Tuesday, Aug. 25, due to a potential propane leak on the railroad track that runs through the town.

Just before 11 a.m., the Frankford Fire Company responded to the railroad tracks north of Frankford Avenue.

Frankford still down two council members

Following the resignation of two council members this month, the Town of Frankford was unable to come to a unanimous decision as to who should fill the seats earlier this week.

A special meeting was called by the council following the resignation of Jesse Truitt on Aug. 3 and Velicia Melson on Aug. 11, to potentially appoint two citizens to finish out their terms.

According to the town charter, the positions must be filled within 45 days from the date of resignation. Truitt’s seat must be filled by Sept. 17, while Melson’s must be filled by Sept. 25.

At the Aug. 18 meeting, Mayor Joanne Bacon said four residents had sent letters of interest. Council Members Charles Shelton and Pam Davis said they had not seen all four names.

Deacons dig in to serve Lutheran community

Coastal Point • Laura Walter  : Called to serve, deacons Dave Pittinger, left, and Jim Gelato, right, took a unique leadership role at Community Lutheran Church. Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Called to serve, deacons Dave Pittinger, left, and Jim Gelato, right, took a unique leadership role at Community Lutheran Church.

When two men in their 60s got a urge to serve, they showed up with a gusto to learn.

At Community Lutheran Church near Frankford, retirement offered the perfect chance for Dave Pittinger, 69, and Jim Gelato, 65, to follow their dreams of becoming Lutheran deacons.

And they finished the three-year training in half that time.

Deacons are deemed to have a call of “word and service,” meaning they can preach and serve, (in contrast with pastors, who have a call of “word and sacrament”). They finished the required coursework in 20 months.

“I wanted to get it done before I got too old,” Pittinger said.

Three years can really drag out, Gelato added. “It was good for us. You’re totally focused on that.”

Pittinger, 69, focuses on visitation, so he leads the team of volunteers who visit members who can’t attend regular service, whether they’re stuck at the hospital, at home or in physical therapy. He also leads other service projects.

Melson next to resign from Frankford council

On Tuesday morning, Frankford Town Councilwoman Velicia Melson resigned from the council, after serving the Town for just five months.

“After much consideration, I have decided to remove myself from Town Council, effective immediately,” she wrote in an email to council on Aug. 11.

Truitt resigns from council

Town still seeking solicitor

Jesse Truitt resigned from the Frankford Town Council this week, following a discussion regarding hiring a new town solicitor and issues of conflict-of-interest that involved both the hiring of the solicitor and Truitt’s presence on the council.

Frankford approves budget, continues tower discussion

The Town of Frankford this week approved its 2016-fiscal-year budget, after some confusion.

Resident Greg Welch asked why the line item “operating transfer” for $29,210 was listed as going out of both the proposed General Fund Budget expenditures and the proposed Water Budget expenditures.

“Where is that being transferred to?”

Frankford discusses refreshed bids for water tower care

The Town of Frankford held a workshop earlier this month to discuss the repair of its 125,000-gallon elevated water tower.

“We have to do something,” said Council President Joanne Bacon at a June 15 workshop. “The main thing is how are we going to pay for this? I think that’s going to be a huge question.”

Libraries serving children free meals all summer

This summer, all local children are being invited to eat free meals at the Selbyville and Frankford public libraries, no questions asked.

“It will help to fill the gap with food insecurity throughout the summer,” said Frankford Public Library Director Rachel Wackett.

Frankford teen wins state’s Youth Fishing Tournament

Warm breezes and sun after a light morning shower greeted 175 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 6, at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.

FlutterBy House celebrates opening with ribbon-cutting

Coastal Point • Submitted: FlutterBy House held it’s ribbon-cutting event on Friday, May 15. The new store is located at 31854 James Lowe Road.Coastal Point • Submitted: FlutterBy House held it’s ribbon-cutting event on Friday, May 15. The new store is located at 31854 James Lowe Road.Vine’s Creek Nursery is bringing big changes to its Frankford location. Its new building, the FlutterBy House, offers both unique shopping and picturesque views 8 miles west of Bethany Beach, just off of Omar Road. A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the shop’s opening was held on Friday, May 15, with a grand opening ceremony the next day that featured a live butterfly release.

“I’d like to introduce our new home and garden store at Vine’s Creek Nursery: The FlutterBy House,” said owner Tom Lowe, “It’s a unique store with unique gifts and foods. We’re very excited about it.”

The FlutterBy House offers everything from lamps and wreaths to birdhouses, sunhats, wind chimes and other décor. Also in stock are fresh Amish baked goods, including pies, breads, cakes, sticky buns, whoopie pies, fudge, gourmet popcorn, cookies, cream cheese spreads and more.

Frankford discusses water tower, town hall hours

The Frankford Town Council this week discussed painting its water tower. At their June 1 meeting, the council reviewed two estimates for repainting the water tower, with the estimated cost ranging from $113,000 to $195,000.

“Our main concern is how we’re going to pay for this,” said Council President Joanne Bacon.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Frankford names Warchol as new police chief

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Frankford’s new police chief, Michael Warchol, started patrolling the town on April 27. Warchol joins the Town after serving as police chief in Ellendale.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Frankford’s new police chief, Michael Warchol, started patrolling the town on April 27. Warchol joins the Town after serving as police chief in Ellendale.The Frankford Town Council announced at its meeting this week that their vacant police chief position had been filled by Michael Warchol. Chief Warchol’s first day with the Town was April 27. He had previously been chief of police at the Ellendale Police Department.

“I’ve always preferred law enforcement in a small-town setting,” he said on Tuesday. “You’re able to be more personable with people. I like that. I like the fact that last night at the [town council] meeting, the guys were chatting with me and seemed to be excited that the police department opened up.”

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Warchol started his career in law enforcement in 1987, as a prison guard for the Florida Department of Corrections. In 1989, he went to the police academy to become a Florida police officer, and started with the Leesburg (Fla.) Police Department. After three years in that department, he moved on to the Lake County (Fla.) Sherriff’s Office. During his nine years there, he went from road patrol duty to being a detective in 11 months.

Frankford extends offer to candidate for police chief

The Frankford Town Council voted 4-0 on Monday to extend an offer to an applicant for the Town’s chief of police. The position has been vacant since the end of 2014, when former police chief William Dudley retired.

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Frankford discusses policing, searching for new attorney

The Town of Frankford will be looking to hire two part-time police officers, on temporary loan from the Selbyville and Dagsboro departments. Currently, the Town does not have any officers on its own police force.

Drugs, cash, gun found in local homes

Detectives from the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit, Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Georgetown Police Department last week conducted search warrants that led to the arrest of three people in the culmination of an investigation into illegal drug sales.

Frankford elects Bacon and Melson to serve on town council

In the Feb. 7 town council election, the residents of Frankford voted to elect Velicia Melson and re-elect incumbent Joanne Bacon, with 92 votes each.

Residents’ appeals over election practices denied

Following a special meeting of the Frankford Board of Elections related to two complaints, submitted by residents Jerry Smith and Greg Welch, an appeal was held before State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove last week.

In his complaint, Smith argued that voting in the municipality’s scheduled election could not end before 4 p.m.

Frankford voters to select two council members

Frankford voters will head to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at town hall, to select two council members for new two-year terms. Candidates in the 2015 election include incumbents Joanne Bacon and Cheryl Workman and challengers Dorsey Dear Sr. and Velicia Melson.

Citizens appeal Frankford election rulings

Two Frankford citizens have appealed to Delaware State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove following two decisions reached by the Town’s Board of Elections after a special meeting was held to address complaints regarding the Town’s upcoming election.

The hearing was held on Jan. 30 before Frankford BOE members Elma Gray, Peggy Schaffer and Pamela Hoban.

Citizenship question, letter another concern in Frankford election

Frankford resident Liz Carpenter spoke to the Town council at its monthly meeting on Feb. 2 about her concern regarding “profiling and discrimination” after hearing that a number of Town residents who filled out voter registration applications were sent a letter regarding their citizenship.