Deadline nears for Frankford council seats

The deadline for new voter registration in the town of Frankford is approaching — new residents, or residents who’ve come of age this year, will have to stop by town hall by the close of business on Friday, Jan. 13.

Council Members Pam Davis, Greg Johnson and Jesse Truitt are all up for reelection this year. As of Jan. 4, Town Clerk Terry Truitt said she still hadn’t heard who planned to sign up for another term.

Would-be candidates will need to file a written nomination at town hall, “signed by the nominee or five other citizens of the Town,” at least 10 days before the election. (Frankford will hold its election on Saturday, Feb. 4.)

There’s nothing in the charter that suggests candidates have to be registered to vote, but they do have to be at least 21 years of age and Frankford residents (and citizens of the state of Delaware).

A public hearing will be held on Jan. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. to give any new applicants one last chance to submit their candidacy.

If no new candidates apply then the existing reapplied council members would remain in office.

As far as residency in the town of Frankford, the charter notes at 30-day requirement. Truitt recommended renters bring in a lease agreement, but she expected she’d have paperwork on file for most new homeowners.

Would-be voters should bring a couple forms of identification — one photo ID, plus a piece of mail addressed to the resident, should suffice.

Elections happen every year, as does the town Christmas light display. And it will again in 2006, if the town council has anything to do with it. As noted at the Frankford Town Council’s Jan. 9 meeting, they are looking to purchase eight to nine new lines of lights to replace old or withering lines.

Town officials are confident that purchasing lights at this time of year will cut their cost by at least half. The current budget is $5,000 but word on the street is that it might be worth every penny.

“I’ve gotten a lot of compliments that we had the best Christmas light display,” said Council President Robert Daisey.

Ocean View and Selbyville also display lights, but it’s hard to compete with Frankford because they have kept their time-honored tradition. Frankford has more variety and color of lights and is able to post their lights up on the street poles because they never discontinued their display. Selbyville and Ocean View aren’t granted the same privilege by Delmarva Power because they stopped the display at least once over the years.

A number of Frankford residents placed in the 2005 Holiday House Decorating Contest, which will also, no doubt, ensure that the town’s Christmas tradition endures.

Dennis and Cheryl Workman earned first place in best overall display. Adelle Mumford placed second, and Kirk and Bonnie Holden snagged third place.

Russell and Patricia Davenport earned first place in best-decorated door and Elizabeth Tubbs placed second.

Denise and Robert Murray Jr., Edgar and Janet Hearn, Thomas and Lisa Bacon, Fleda Campbell, Crystal Holland, George and Lois Wolford, Albert and Barbara Franklin, Antonio and Stephanie Williams, Wayne and Barbara Hudson and Ruth Tyre all earned honorable mentions.

Frankford Town Council has a big plate in front of it in the month of January, and town residents are encouraged to attend all the scheduled events.

A planning and zoning meeting is set for Jan. 17 and is open to the public. Two properties are up for rezoning (15 Frankford Avenue and 32 Thatcher). The home on Frankford Aveue is up for re-zoning and the Thatcher home’s owner actually wants a step-down in zoning from a neighborhood business to a medium-density zoning.

The Thatcher property, if rezoned, would allow for the owner to rearrange his property so he could sell a parcel.

In other town council business, resident Pam Hoban introduced a possibility of attaining legislation to curtail cruelty to animals (primarily dogs that have been chained up for a distressing length of time). Hoban noted that dogs that are chained up for long periods of time lose their friendly nature and become exponentially dangerous.

The council told Hoban that town legislation would do little good because of an enforcement issue but stated that it would support her through channels to achieve legislation on a state-wide level.