Frankford to host children's day-park again


Unite Sussex will once again be able to use Frankford’s town park this summer for a refuge for school-age children with their second US Camp, Town officials confirmed this week. Last summer, they had 121 children registered over the seven weeks and served them 2,378 meals.

About 50 volunteers, from Dagsboro Church of God, the Army National Guard, the Dagsboro and Frankford police departments, Trinity Holiness Church, Department of Corrections personnel, Sussex County paramedics, the Father’s House and West Mont Christian Academy made the camp possible.

In addition to meals and games, they also partnered with the Town of Frankford to promote fitness through organized physical activities and with the Indian River School District to teach educational activities.

The Rev. Kim Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God said he has pastored at many places and saw “the greatest life change in just seven weeks” with children at the camp. “We really got to know them and got to be a part of their lives.”

Town Administrator Terry Truitt added that they have gotten “lots of positive feedback” about the camp.

Tephabock said he hopes to have a similar setting as last year, with possibly a few more children and possibly field trips to area attractions, such as Shorebirds games or entertainment at the Freeman Stage at Bayside.

For more information on Unite Sussex or US Camp, visit them online at unitesussex.org.

Also at the April 2 town council meeting, Truitt said she expects to have requests for bids out for the planned fitness walking path and basketball half-court at the park back in time for her to possibly report on the bids by the May council meeting. She said she hopes that the additions to the park could be started by the end of May.

Police Chief William Dudley added that he had talked with Councilman Charles Shelton about setting up a meeting with the kids who might be using the basketball court. He said he had heard from some people that they were “afraid what a basketball court might bring.”

“If we allow these individuals to help set the rules, it will be better,” Dudley said. “Then they can police themselves, rather than us just setting the rules and saying, ‘Here they are.’”

In other news from the April 2 council meeting:

• Dudley reported that Frankford police issued 39 speeding citations, 14 license violations, one registration violation, 19 miscellaneous violations, four criminal arrests and a total of 23 complaints from March 5 to April 1, 2012.

• Truitt reported that the Town of Frankford has approximately $70,000 in their Water Department fund, $41,000 in their General Fund, $2,000 in their Municipal Street Aid fund, $57,000 in the Water Capital Reserve fund, $6,000 in the Sinking Fund, and $71,000 in their Transfer Tax fund.

Truitt said they had three building permits applied for in the prior month, with a revenue of $203.