Selbyville News

Town of Selbyville, Delaware

Population:

  • 2167 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

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

Elections:

  • First Saturday of March

Town office:

  • 68 West Church St., Selbyville, DE 19975 (302) 436-8314

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Clifton C. Murray, Mayor
  • Richard Duncan, Sr., Council Member
  • Jay Murray, Council Member
  • G. Frank Smith III, Council Member
  • Clarence Tingle, Jr., Council Member

Town Manager:

  • Robert Dickerson

Secretary/Treasurer:

  • Deborah McCabe
  • Sandra Givans (Asst. Secretary Treasurer)

Code Enforcement:

  • Michael Deal
  • William Hoyle

Police:

  • Scott Collins, Chief

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 436-5085

Selbyville talks guns, cars, water, power

The Selbyville Town Council on June 6 passed two ordinances, each unanimously, but tabled a third proposed ordinance until the council members could consider some deeper implications.

Town, Mountaire clash on waste

Tensions between Selbyville officials and Mountaire Inc. have ebbed and flowed over the years.

The poultry processing plant in Selbyville is the sole industrial user of the town’s sewer system, and problems with levels of nutrients in the wastewater it puts out have often meant thousands of dollars in fines assessed by the town.

Celebrating America

On May 17 every year, Emanuel and Franca Ortiz have a party. Complete with a cake and decorative icing, the celebration looks more like a birthday party than an anniversary. But May 17 is an anniversary for Franca Ortiz, formerly Franca Ferraro. And this year’s 50th anniversary of her arrival in America was momentous for the four-year Selbyville resident and anyone in attendance.

Wilgus cleaners loses 67-year old location to fire

A business that has been in Selbyville for nearly 70 years was completely destroyed along with its contents in an early-morning fire on Saturday. According to a release from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, an employee from a nearby business reported the fire at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Cactus Cafe celebrates 15 years of service

To celebrate its 15-year anniversary in business, the Cactus Cafe is giving back to its customers by offering menu items at the price they were originally sold when the restaurant first opened its doors.

DNREC offers land protection suggestions

“Open Spaces & Natural Places” — Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) staffers held a public workshop on the topic in Georgetown on April 26, sharing recommendations on how much to protect, and where.

Selbyville restaurant regular stop for fundraisers

It seems like someone’s holding a fundraiser every month, at the Georgia House restaurant in Selbyville — and that’s because they are.

The Georgia House (located at Main and Church streets) hosts one fundraiser a month, including, in recent months, events for two sports booster clubs (Indian River soccer, Indian River softball) and Agape, a Christian group.

Selbyville officials award wasewater contract

At a Monday town council meeting, Selbyville councilmen awarded the contract to upgrade the town’s wastewater facility to Greensburg Environmental Contracting Services Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company licensed in five states.

Finally, he's the bride

Burk to be recognized for lifetime achievement

Selbyville Wastewater Treatment Facility Manager Jim Burk is familiar with an old cliché. “I’m always the bridesmaid and never the bride,” he said.

Selbyville drafts new parking regulations

Selbyville town officials read a draft of a changed ordinance at Monday’s council meeting. If adopted, the ordinance would prohibit people from parking on both sides of four streets in the town for safety reasons.

“There’s just not a lot of room to park on both sides,” said Clifton C. Murray, Selbyville’s mayor.

Selbyville to hold student art show in town

Last year, for the first annual Selbyville Community Club Art Show, more than 300 students turned in pieces to be judged by the club’s members. According to Lucille Creel, the art chairwoman for the club that founded the show, that participation was far above what the club expected and they could hardly handle the resulting size of the show.

Selbyville police arrest two in theft

Selbyville police officers recently arrested two local women for allegedly using a credit card to steal about $37,000 from Fireplace Specialties, a Selbyville business.
After they turned themselves in, Selbyville’s officers charged Fern “Jean” Goepel, 31, of Milsboro, and Yvonne Greene, 28, of Frankford each with 54 counts of theft, unlawful use of a credit card and conspiracy.

Selbyville opens up process for wasterwater bids

After more than three years of planning and designing its new wastewater plant, Selbyville opened the bids on Thursday in preparation to construct the state-funded project. All four bids received came in above the estimated construction cost of $1.3 million, ranging from $1.8 million to $3.2 million to replace the outdated, existing plant on Polly Branch Road.

Selbyville library bridges language gap

About two weeks ago, a Spanish-speaking Selbyville Public Library patron stood near the front door, dangling a set of keys in front of Jill DiPaolo, the director of the library.
The middle-aged man was trying to ask DiPaolo a question, using the keys as a prop. But since she doesn’t speak much Spanish, the conversation wasn’t going anywhere.

Selbyville keeps the lights on in community

Residents of the Buntings Mill community in Selbyville avoided having their neighborhood’s lights turned off this holiday, thanks to the quick thinking and generosity of the town’s mayor.

Selbyville applies for housing grants

Selbyville Town Council members unanimously agreed Monday to apply for community development block grants (CDBG) for the town again this year. The grants help low-income property owners and landlords with low-income tenants make needed refurbishments and improvements to their homes.

Selbyville considers multiples issues

The Selbyville Town Council has approved — again — a resolution for an $850,000 bond for water and sewer system improvements, based on votes in 2000 and subsequent years. The re-approval of the council resolution was needed due to some minor changes in languages from when it was passed at the council’s November meeting.

Annual holiday parade set for Friday

Area residents can get what will likely be their first glimpse of Santa Claus this year at the popular Selbyville Christmas Parade, set to step off Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Santa will again conclude the parade this year with his arrival via horse-drawn carriage.

Selbyville cracks down on 'dance hall'

Selbyville Town Council Members were not encouraging to the manager of the Captain’s Table restaurant at their Nov. 7 council meeting, repeatedly stating the town’s ordinances do not allow him to operate the establishment as a “dance hall.”

Selbyville notches 17th straight win

Selbyville Middle School football is on a roll following their 40-6 defeat of Laurel Middle School on Oct. 20. Selbyville’s record improved to 5-0, which marks their 17th game won in a row.

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:

Halloween parade set for October 26 in Selbyville

One of the highlights of the year in Selbyville will arrive Wednesday, Oct. 26, when the annual Halloween parade steps off on its brief route through the streets of the town at 7 p.m.
Organized by the town’s Lions Club, the parade is one of the few Halloween parades in coastal Delaware and is expected to be even be bigger in 2005 than in previous years.

Selbyville approves $400,000 water bond

Selbyville Town Council members unanimously approved two resolutions at their Oct. 3 meeting, agreeing to form a committee to investigate vacating Long Street to allow access to two properties and approving the sale of $400,000 in bonds to fund ongoing improvements to the town’s water and sewer systems.

Selbyville moves forward on water expansion

Selbyville is one step closer to expanding the area of its water and sewer service. By unanimous vote of the five council members at their monthly meeting Sept. 12, the town council approved proceeding with the plan on the basis of a successful referendum last month. The town solicitor will now proceed with the related bond issues.

Water and sewer get the vote

The Selbyville electorate, in a referendum Wednesday, Aug. 31, authorized town officials to borrow $2 million for sewer and water distribution projects.

“It’s important for the town because we can expand our water and sewage into our comprehensive plan area,” said Town Manager Gary Taylor. “Without that we don’t have growth.”