The Dagsboro Town Council’s November meeting was both quick and productive, with a number of minor issues getting resolved with unanimous votes from the council members present on Nov. 19.
Among the issues resolved was the decision to end the process of re-installing the “Welcome to Dagsboro” signs in the Route 113 median at the town limits. Mayor Brian Baull accepted a “fall by the wayside” motion from Councilman William Chandler to halt the sign installation.
“I don’t feel strongly about this, frankly, one way or the other, but the prospect of spending a lot of time and money doesn’t… I don’t have much of an appetite for that,” Chandler explained. “Putting [Town Administrator] Cindi [Brought] and the staff through that, and the chief and everyone else that would probably have to get involved...
“For something that people traveling at the rate they do, and paying more attention to these devices,” he said, waving his cell phone, “than to the road — how much do they really see a sign that says, ‘Here’s Dagsboro’?” Chandler questioned. “I’m a little skeptical they pay attention to that, or that it really means anything. But for lovers of history and tradition and so forth, I can understand why they would feel differently than me.
“Right now, I don’t feel strongly. I don’t feel like it’s worth it, but that’s just me.”
Baull agreed, referring to the related paperwork from DelDOT and saying, “I think, at this point, we have one — I mean we still have the other sign up. I’m the same as you. It sounds like they want you to jump through way too many hoops to make this happen. I agree with you that they pretty much — without telling you they don’t want you to put it back out there — they basically told you they don’t want you to put it back out there.”
The council on Nov. 19 also discussed the upcoming hydrant flushing, planned for Nov. 27-28, and offered some helpful hints to residents for those days.
“If the weather is not cooperating, we will move it to the following two days, on the 29th and 30th,” Brought said. “Just remember: try not to do laundry those days. Try to pay attention, because it is being done. It will stir up the sediment in the lines. No white clothes. Let your water run until it clears. At least for several days.”
Election set for Dec. 1
The town’s annual election will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 — the first Saturday in the month of December — and voting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Dagsboro fire hall, at 28331 Clayton Street.
Those who cannot vote in person will need to cast their vote via absentee ballot. Ballots can be picked up at town hall. They will need to fill out a form recording why they need an absentee ballot but will be able to get all the needed forms at town hall.
Three candidates are vying for the two council spots up for election this year. Incumbents William Chandler and Norwood Truitt are seeking re-election, while James Thompson is running as well.
The Boards of Elections members were also confirmed for this year, with Meri Jo Montague serving as inspector, and Robert Flowers and Janice Kolbeck being the judges.
Among the items unanimously approved by the council on Nov. 19:
• All town employees will receive a Christmas bonus again this year, which has been done for many years.
• Janice Kolbeck has been re-appointed to the Board of Adjustment.
• Advertisement will be made for a public hearing to be held in December to discuss the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department bond financing. The date for that hearing has yet to be determined.
The Town’s Christmas Tree Lighting will be held this Saturday, Nov. 24, at Katie Helm Park at 7 p.m. Also, the Dagsboro Christmas Parade will be on Tuesday, Dec. 11, also at 7 p.m. The parade lineup is on Main Street near the back entrance of Indian River High School. The parade route continues down Main Street toward town before turning left onto Clayton Street and ending at the new Dagsboro fire hall.
By Jason Feather