Selbyville council gets updates on water and Mountaire

After much delay, the Town of Selbyville expects to officially close on a loan for the town’s new wells this month. That will clear the way for the Town to receive $2,526,300 to build a water filtration system to filter out gasoline additive methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE).

With that funding, Selbyville could order final engineering plans for the project. They hope for bids in mid-summer, followed by nine to 12 months of construction. Both loans have zero percent interest and 100 percent principal forgiveness upon completion of the project.

Town Manager Bob Dickerson said the MTBE levels in the water are decreasing, according to monthly readings, giving Selbyville more time to fix the problem.

Some new residents came to the April 7 council meeting and learn about town issues. Asked if they had any comments, they noted that water quality in their home falls when they take week-long trips.

Councilmember Rick Duncan suggested they decrease their hot water heater’s temperature, flush their faucets and annually flush the heater. Residents are welcome to call Town Hall if they have trouble.

In the sewer department, the EPA has awarded Selbyville a 98.1 percent score for its industrial treatment report, said Frank Smith. That’s an increase from last year’s 98 percent.

Duncan asked if there’s any progress on odor from the Mountaire plant.

Jay Griffith, the new director of operations there, reported that new installations should be coming by the end of April.

“I’m not going to promise a silver bullet, but it’s a different system from what we’re using. We hope it will work better,” said Griffith, who has begun attending town council meetings on Mountaire’s behalf.

Duncan suggested a carbon-based sock-like fixture, to catch particles.

“We’ll look at anything,” Griffith said.

Officials noted that the Planning & Zoning Commission had recently reviewed Mountaire’s application for a 70-by-45-foot engine room, but it needs to go to the Board of Adjustment for a variance, scheduled for consideration at a May 8 meeting at 4 p.m.

In other Selbyville news:

• The Strike Out ALS 5K Run & 2-Mile Walk will begin and end at Next Step Learning Center on May 3. There will be road closures on parts of Ellis Alley, Church Street, McCabe Street and Railroad Avenue from 7 to 10:30 a.m. for the event. Online registration for the run is at

• Duncan noted that Homeland Security has grant money available for projects that improve public safety. He requested funding for additional lighting at the Selbyville pump station, and Dickerson asked that Selbyville request more for additional locks.

• The town’s recreational fields are almost completely booked. The Town is also brainstorming ways to fund a $100,000 athletic storage building. “We have the design, just need the funding,” Dickerson said.

• The Lighthouse Crossing development on Route 54 has sold nearly 30 homes in the first phase of construction and is preparing to reserve lots in the second phase of 50 lots, Dickerson reported. Right now, they’re installing force main and sewer.

The next regular town council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m.