Selbyville council approves budget, talks development

While the Selbyville Town Council may have approved the coming fiscal year’s budget without much change from last year’s, there was much talk this week of the potential benefits to growing housing developments, such as Lighthouse Crossing and Lighthouse Lakes.

The 2016-fiscal-year budget was approved by the council at their April 6 meeting, with Town Manager Bob Dickerson noting only modest increases from last year.

“Basically, based on what we did last year,” said Dickerson, “not much changed. You’ll see some change in the police department, but that’s all offset from Mountaire professional duty that we’re providing — but that’s all paid for by Mountaire, so that’s basically a wash.”

Dickerson went on to note that there were no increases in water and sewer rates.

“We had a pretty good year last year,” he said. “So we’re not recommending any increases in sewer and water. We’re trying to keep a modest, conservative budget.”

Town growth looming

As noted in the meeting, several developments around the town could have a beneficial impact as they continue to escalate.

“I think we’ll start seeing some growth now,” said Dickerson. “We have the infrastructure in place and paid for. The more users we get on our system offsets the cost of running the system.”

One development mentioned was Lighthouse Crossing, which could be looking to expand even more in the future.

“It’s turned out to be a real nice community back there,” said Dickerson. “I think they’re looking to further expand down the road. They made several inquiries about some additional property.”

The town’s newest development, Lighthouse Lakes, is also taking shape.

“The entrance is soon to be complete. That’s coming together real nice,” Dickerson said. “Hopefully, we’ll start some pre-marketing sales and get some sales on it — a lot of interest in that.”

He went on to note one of the development’s potential impacts.

“That will greatly impact our impact our income for taxes, impact fees, transfer taxes, water and sewer usage, which we have to pass right now to accommodate,” he said.

Permanent Drug Take-Back box arrives

The Selbyville Police Department has received a permanent drop-off box from CVS for the Drug Take-Back program, which is designed to provide residents with a way to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs and medications.

The box is located at Selbyville Town Hall, and right now is scheduled for group pickups of accumulated medications twice a year.

“We’ll see how much we’re getting in a time,” explained Police Chief W. Scott Collins. “With the twice-a-year Take-Back, we’re averaging a little over 100 pounds each time.”

The box is available for residents at any time, without any kind of drop-off schedule.

“People can drop off anytime,” said Collins, “anything but needles or aerosol.”

The next regularly scheduled town council meeting is Monday, May 4, at the Selbyville Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.