Following the re-election of Councilmen Norwood Truitt and William Chandler, each to new two-year terms, the Dagsboro Town Council has now shuffled the deck, so to speak, with some of the same faces now getting to sit in new spaces.
Brian Baull was the only council member to return to his previous post, as the town’s mayor, following unanimous approval from his fellow members at their meeting on Dec. 17.
Pat Miller takes over as the town’s vice-mayor, as Theresa Ulrich willingly stepped aside to serve only as a councilperson. Norwood Truitt is now the secretary/treasurer for council, while Chandler will serve as the assistant secretary. Both Truitt and Chandler were sworn in for their new terms by Town Solicitor Greg Morris prior to the re-organization of the council.
Baull, Miller and Ulrich will be heading into the final year of their terms in 2019.
Also on Dec. 17, the council held a public hearing and vote on a request by the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department to approve private activity bond financing for the fire department.
The request was for a bond to not exceed $600,000, for the purchase of a 2018 Sutphen Engine Pumper firetruck that would have a 500-gallon capacity, with a pre-connected Hale, 2,000 GPM pump and pre-connected foam concentrate pump. The fire department request also was for confirmation of the continuation of provision for fire protection services to the town.
The floor was opened for public comment for or against the request, and no one in attendance spoke during that time. The council then unanimously approved the request for the fire department.
Police Chief Floyd J. Toomey gave the monthly report from his department, noting that over the course of the 30 days in November, there were 35 criminal arrests made, as well as 159 total traffic citations.
The numbers for the criminal arrests included 10 incidents for drugs, four for criminal trespass, five total arrests for theft and three for DUI. The rest of the incidents were singular events.
The department also apprehended six wanted subjects for local jurisdictions and the courts, and there were six investigations conducted for collisions.
In other news from the Dec. 17 council meeting:
• Engineering consultant Kyle Gulbronson gave an update on the Town’s comprehensive plan for the Preliminary Land-Use Service review.
• Cathy Flowers and Cindy Gallimore were unanimously approved for new three-year terms as Planning & Zoning commissioners. Those terms will end in December 2021.
• Dana Miller spoke on behalf of the Dagsboro Business Alliance, requesting help from the council to become an official Town committee under their jurisdiction. Baull requested more information for the council to review on how Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island are handling similar situations.
• The council approved an expenditure of $2,800 for Sussex Tree to remove from Katie Helm Park a tree with dead limbs that is overhanging a home in The Woodlands. The tree is the responsibility of the Town, and the council agreed that it needed to be removed as soon as possible, to prevent any potential liability issues.
By Jason Feather