Letters to the Editor -- July 2, 2010

Thank you from Friends of the Canalfront Park

The Friends of the Lewes Canalfront Park would like to thank everyone for their support, participation, donations, hard work, assistance and guidance to make “Flip Flop Fun,” the 6th Annual “Taste of Lewes,” a big success.

In spite of the heat, everyone enjoyed the culinary creativity and tasty spirits from Béseme, The Buttery, Café Azafram, Dogfish Head Brewery, The Greene Turtle, Half Full, Irish Eyes, Jerry’s Seafood, Kindle, Party Time Catering U of D, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ry-Breads, 1776 Steak House, Striper Bites, Sugar Baker Cakes, Teller Wines and Villa Sorrento, while enjoying the steel drum music of Plenty Problems.

A very special thank-you to all of the participating food and spirits purveyors for their generosity; the many volunteers who make the event possible; Blooming Boutique, Pure Bliss Salon & Spa, and Ocean Retreat Health Spa for providing discount certificates; and Lewes Printing and the Virden Conference Center for their professional assistance. Finally, a very important thank-you for the continued support of our primary sponsor, Community Bank Delaware.

“Taste of Lewes” is the Friends’ premier fundraising event. It funds ongoing support of the Canalfront Park, park activities and enhancements, and Net House (park office) improvements.

Thanks to the support of many, more than 400 people enjoyed the day.

Longtime residents, newcomers and seasonal visitors all praise the unique charm and sense of community they experience here in Lewes. One of the major factors creating that feeling is the strong and active volunteer base and commitment of both the business and residential communities to the greater good of the Lewes community. This is reflected in the success of the many events like “Taste of Lewes.”

Again we sincerely thank everyone involved with the event and hope that residents and visitors alike will continue to enjoy the wonderful Park.

Tracy Mulveny, President
Friends of the Lewes Canalfront Park
Barbara Warnell and Shannon McGinn
Taste of Lewes co-chairs

Resident takes issue with town’s water rates

The Town of Frankford has announced that our town has increased our water rates, as of July 2010, from $5 to $8.75 per thousand gallons. The Town attributed this increase to the projected operating expense of the new water plant.

Our water rates were increased from $3.50 to $5 per thousand in 2008. The Town of Frankford has not amended the ordinance governing our water rates to show the 2008 or the 2010 water rate increases. Ordinance 26, an ordinance amending Ordinance 3, which establishes water rates in the Town of Frankford was last amended in 2000 to establish the increase from $1.75 to $3.50 per thousand gallons.

The Town of Frankford declared that our rates have been increased without properly amending this ordinance and before our town adopting its 2010-2011 budget. It is being used to deny the discussion on why our rates are being increased.

The mismanagement of our water system is the reason our water rates are going up. Not following the procedures of amending the existing water rate ordinance, and declaring that the rate changes have already been made, are purposely being employed to deny residents the discussion on why our rates are increasing. The purpose of the procedure of amending this ordinance is to ensure that this discussion takes place.

Greg Welch