Frankford gets its new water plant up and running

Frankford’s new water plant is in transition and on target for its final phase of development, officials reported at their Sept. 10 town council meeting. The project is earmarked for completion by January of 2008.

The new plant was turned on and tested as operational on Sept. 12, during the daytime hours. It experienced no technical difficulties, officials reported Wednesday, but will initially run in parallel with the old plant, as apart of a phased-in approach.

The last phase of development involves determining just how much residual discharge will be emitted from the old plant. Currently, the town is in the process of gathering the necessary data to determine the amount of storage space needed for it.

Town Manager Terry Truitt mentioned that the residual discharge would be stored in a storage tank or retaining pond — either of which would have to be pumped in the end, to clear out the discharge.

The council on Monday also unanimously voted to accept resolution 07-0806, which recognizes the Frankford Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) as its primary source of fire protection. By accepting the resolution, the FVFD has already received a tax-free reduced-rate loan from Citizen’s Bank, totaling $3 million dollars, to be paid back over a period of 25 years. The loan will help the FVFD build an addition to their current station located on Clayton Avenue.

FVFD Chairman of Construction and Vice-President Robert Murray noted that “25 to 35 percent of the project will be paid up front,” with money they’d set aside for the past five years. He also reported that there will be no additional cost to Frankford citizens to fund the project, aside from funds Delaware homeowners already indirectly give to non-profit organizations such as the FVFD.

“There are no specific costs to the citizens of Frankford,” Murray declared. “Any homeowner in the state of Delaware has a portion of their homeowners insurance go to non-profit organizations like volunteer fire departments.”

The new FVFD station is tentatively slated for a completion date somewhere around early summer of 2008. And Murray quickly dispelled any rumors that the town hall parking lot would be closed during the construction phase. On the contrary, the parking lot will be open all but one to two weeks, when it will be closed to allow the water pipes to be installed and for repaving. Murray said the brief closure tentatively could come sometime in February or early March.

“Our goal is to have the parking lot open as long as possible,” Murray said.

In addition to progress Frankford’s main projects have made, the town council also announced a date for the annual Fall Festival. The festival will be held on prior to trick-or-treating, from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27. Trick-or-treating will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. that evening.