Frankford considers expansion of town's water service

The Frankford Town Council agreed this week to look into the cost of making town water service available to Trinity Holiness Church and several houses on the south side of Delaware Avenue, after residents came to the Town and said their water was undrinkable.

The houses and church are outside of town limits, explained Town Administrator Terry Truitt at the council’s Oct. 1 meeting, but she said annexation of the parcels could be a possibility in the future. Whether or not they are ever annexed, for the Town to provide the service, water mains would have to be run to the area, as they don’t exist now. But the council said they were willing to contact contractors to get prices so they could continue the discussion of the request.

Council President Jesse Truitt said that the Town wouldn’t be able to bear the brunt of the installing the infrastructure to have water available across the railroad tracks but did say there were sometimes grants or other help available for such projects.

“We’ll see what we can come up with,” he said. “We will have to get a price.”

Terry Truitt said they could work on it and possibly have something put on the agenda for the November council meeting.

The town council also voted to continue their existing Web site maintenance agreement with R.J. Stancliff for another year, for $460, and voted to purchase a replacement water meter reader from Belair Road Supply for $548.50.

The town council also voted to have Peninsula Oil bid for the town’s trash service. Terry Truitt said she had been approached by Peninsula Oil representatives, who said they could offer trash removal for $500 less per month than what the Town is currently paying Chesapeake Waste, but the price would only be good for one year.

“What happens that second year?” asked Jesse Truitt, to which Terry Truitt replied, “I don’t know.”

The council voted to put the trash service out to bid, so that other companies, including Peninsula Oil, could bid with specifics.

The council also voted on Oct. 1 to put the demolition of 12 Mill Street out to bid. Terry Truitt said they had been advised by the town solicitor that, by the time all the advertising for bids is complete, they would have all of their legal background work completed to be able to go ahead with the demolition.

The Frankford Town Council this week also voted to have Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader write a more formalized natural gas franchise agreement with Chesapeake Utilities that would cover the entire town limits. In October 2011, they approved a draft franchise agreement between the Town and Chesapeake Utilities that would have encompassed the Route 113 corridor only.

Council members and residents first heard from representatives of Chesapeake Utilities in March of 2011 about a possible franchise agreement for natural gas. Darrell Wilson, director of Business Development and Planning for the utility, came before the council and explained that Chesapeake had done several conversions to natural gas over the past 18 to 24 months at businesses including Allen’s Family Foods, Perdue and Dogfish Head Brewery.

He said Chesapeake had been asked by Mountaire Inc. if they would be able to serve their Frankford facility, as well. That would be in addition to Mountaire’s plant in Millsboro, which they already serve.

“We have a franchise agreement in Dagsboro, although we haven’t extended that far south yet,” noted Wilson, explaining that a franchise agreement basically means that, if they need to bore under a road inside town limits in order to expand the service, the agreement would spell out that they would repair any damage done, etc.