The Dagsboro Town Council welcomed incoming councilman Brian Baull at last Monday’s council meeting, which Baull attended but did not participate in. Baull was elected to the council in voting on Dec. 7, finishing second among five candidates vying for the three available council seats.
Marjorie Eckerd topped the voting with 85 votes, followed by Baull with 74 votes and Theresa Ulrich with 67 votes. Candidate Diane Carey (61 votes) and councilman William DeHaven (50 votes) were unsuccessful in their bids for two-year terms.
Mayor Patti Adams, Councilwoman Cathy Flowers and Councilman John Hansken did not seek re-election. The seats held by Councilmen Norwood Truitt and Brad Connor will be up for grabs next year.
At the Dec. 9 council meeting, Mike Jones, representing a local contracting group, discussed possible home-improvement loans that he and his company are hoping to make available to Dagsboro residents who need work done to their homes but who may not be able to afford it. There is no interest or principal paid on the loan, but residents must have less than $15,000 in the bank to qualify.
Those 62 or older are eligible for a five-year loan, while those 62 or younger are eligible for a 10-year loan. Residents must remain in their homes for at least five years after the loan is given, and it must be their primary residence in order to qualify.
The council also discussed two ongoing matters during the meeting: the Town’s water tower maintenance and the planned Indian River High School sign.
The council voted unanimously to go ahead with the water tower maintenance after looking over the contract and having their questions answered. The council’s main concern was an article in the contract about sediment removal, but they opted to sign the contract after determining that the annual premium would be increased for the company to take care of it. The council also wanted to sign the contract before Dec. 18, when it the premium was expected to increase, due to the anticipated rise in material costs next year.
According to Town Administrator Stacey Long, Indian River High School should be ready to present their signage proposal at the council’s next meeting, in January.
Other business discussed at the Dec. 9 meeting was whether or not town employees would receive Christmas bonuses this year. After reviewing the budget, the council determined that they could afford $100 Christmas bonuses for all employees.
“I’m certainly OK with $100,” said Councilman Norwood Truitt.