Frankford getting positive response to new park amenities

The town park remained a bright spot in Frankford this week as Police Chief William Dudley and others praised the new basketball court that has been installed and the walking path and other improvements that have been made in the past few weeks.

Dudley said it has been “very pleasant” to watch kids using the basketball court and that he has heard nothing but appreciation from residents for the new amenities. Town Clerk Terry Truitt said the badminton and volleyball courts should be in later in the month, as they are just waiting for the installer to find the correct sand.

Truitt said she was also looking into extending the matching grant the Town received or to find new grant money to finish the project, which would include exercise equipment placed around the perimeter of the park.

Truitt also reported this week that the charter change the Town had requested regarding its election procedures had been signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell on June 19.

To address procedural questions raised during the 2012 town council elections, the town council had considered and requested changes to the town charter. The proposed changes amend Chapter 401, Volume 62, Section 5, regarding the manner of holding elections and making nominations, to rely more heavily upon state election code.

Language in the current Section 5 is being substituted with clearer information about when the election will be held, as well as information about who is eligible to vote and who is eligible to run for council. It would leave all other election-related procedures, including the conduct of general elections and absentee voting, to be governed by state code, as set out in Title 15, Chapter 75, of the Delaware Code.

“In order to resolve the conflicting terms of the state municipal election law and the Frankford charter, I have recommended that the Town defer to the supremacy of the state law in all procedural matters,” explained Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader at a Feb. 13 council meeting. “This should eliminate almost all of the problems that have been associated with this general election.”

In other news from the July 2 town council meeting:

• The council voted to host a National Night Out event on Aug. 7, with hamburgers and hot dogs being served, at the park in the evening. Dudley said the intention behind the event is to bring the community together. He noted that the Town had participated in the past and said he wanted to bring it back this year.

• The council passed a motion to spend $2,210 for initial treatment and a $150 as a yearly inspection fee paid to Brasure’s Pest Control for pest control at the police station.

• The council passed a motion to spend $2,695.62 for semi-annual preventative services at the water plant, to include a four-hour load bank test by Cummins Power Systems on the water plant generator.

• Council President Jesse Truitt reported that the Town had conducted a telephone poll on June 19 to bid out emergency replacement of the air/heat pump at the water plant. He said the low bid was by Ferrell Cooling & Heating, in the amount of $3,150. The council passed a motion retroactively approving that money being spent for the emergency replacement.