Selbyville council discusses alert and water systems

Selbyville Town Council’s meeting was short and to the point on a chilly Monday, Jan. 4.

• Selbyville’s new emergency notification service is off to a good start. CodeRED alerts were sent to businesses on Route 113 and Church Street regarding a string of burglaries, said Police Chief W. Scott Collins.

Landlines in town limits should already be in the CodeRED system, but people can add cell phones, text numbers and email addresses.

Free registration is available online at, by following the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.

For help or more information, call Selbyville Police Department at (302) 436-5085 or Selbyville Town Hall at (302) 436-8314.

• Town Hall continues to report unpleasant odors emanating from the Mountaire plant. “It’s the same odor every time,” said Mayor Clifton Murray.

People are being encouraged to report the odors, so Mountaire staff can compare times and complaints with weather and operations logs.

• The Selbyville Police Department had about 18 applications for one open position. Testing begins this week to choose a top candidate.

• Designs for a new water filtration system are “99.9 percent” complete, said engineer Jason Loar. With just a few details left for Town Hall to review, the council unanimously approved the bidding documents for an additional water plant.

Advertising will begin soon, and contractors can submit bids to perform the work. Loar said he was hopeful that Selbyville will have a competitive bid process, as he saw a similar project elsewhere receive seven or eight serious inquiries.

The project has been delayed already, as bidding was expected to begin a year ago.

Councilman Rick Duncan Sr. asked that the solar panels be considered as a future add-on, especially as “green” energy grants are available.

“It can be done,” said Loar, the principal/engineer of Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc.

The town council’s next regular meting will be Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.