Frankford Town Council returned Robert Daisey to President and welcomed Maynard Esender as the new Vice President at the Feb. 7 council meeting.
Pam Davis presided over the swearings-in. Council made Davis Secretary/Treasurer for another year, and returned her as police liaison.
Committee Members Greg Johnson and Jesse Truitt signed on for another year at parks/grants and water, respectively, and Esender picked up the streets committee assignment.
“I’ve always considered myself a man of the streets,” he remarked.
Following various committee reports, council considered Mackie and Teddy Banks’ (mother and son) proposal for a duplex at 15 Frankford Ave.
Teddy Banks said the existing home had been poorly maintained, and was basically unfixable.
Council looked at a picture of the duplex that would replace it — the “Wexford” modular, from Penn Lyon Homes, and seemed impressed.
“It’s a beautiful project, and would enhance the neighborhood 110 percent,” Daisey admitted.
However, the land is zoned neighborhood business, which doesn’t permit multifamily.
They could apply for a lower zoning designation, medium-density residential (MR), which permits multifamily — but only on lots larger than 2 acres.
Resident Edna Gray rose to protest the town’s inability to address abandoned houses around town.
“What I’m after is these dilapidated places that aren’t even boarded up,” she said.
According to Gray, it appeared some of the rundown houses were occasionally inhabited by vagrants.
Daisey agreed it was a problem. He recommended the town create a new position of fire safety inspection officer, or find some other way to lean on the owners.
“I know these property owners are aware of the situation, but they aren’t being pushed,” he said.
Council announced a new round of renovations for the town’s comprehensive land use plan, which was approved back in 1999.
According to Truitt, Frankford was the first town in Sussex County to have one.
Daisey said he planned to send out a questionnaire to town residents, and announced past-Council President Ron Atherton had agreed to help with the effort.
“This will let us possibly expand town boundaries, and look at some town planning,” Daisey said. “We do want growth, and this is the way to start.”
In other business, Johnson said he was rounding up a committee to work out the details of the second annual Community Day (car show, and perhaps a parade).
He asked for permission to secure a deejay for the May 21 event.
Mountaire’s John Stainbrook addressed council regarding a pair of recent outbursts of feed dust.
Residents near the feed mill have found their homes and cars coated with the yellow dust two times in recent weeks.
Stainbrook said the cyclone-style mills were designed to keep the “fines” contained, but sometimes clogged in the wintertime.
“We’re looking within the industry for some kind of warning technology,” he said — maybe some kind of pressure gauges.
In the meantime, Stainbrook said they’d instituted a new policy, whereby the employees have to keep checking for a potential blowout, and sign off that they’ve done so.