Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Frankford Town Council in the Feb. 6 election. Voters will choose between incumbents Pamela Davis and Marty Presley, and challengers Dawn Beck and former councilman Edward “Skip” Ash.
Polls open Saturday at 1 p.m. and will close at 4 p.m., with voting at Frankford Town Hall. Those who are voted in will serve a two-year term.
The Town of Frankford’s Charter Committee will meet next Tuesday to continue discussions on updating the Town’s charter.
Recently appointed Councilman Greg Welch said at the Feb. 1 council meeting that the committee met twice in January and is working on drafting a voter registration outline, as well as a provision that would allow for absentee voting.
Welch will finish Carpenter’s term
Frankford resident Greg Welch was appointed to the Frankford Town Council at a special meeting held last week.
Welch and fellow resident Dora Bell-Isler both voiced interest in the vacant seat left by Elizabeth Carpenter when she resigned from the council in December. Welch was appointed by a 3-0 vote of the council. He will complete Carpenter’s term, which is set to expire in 2017.
Following the unanimous vote, Welch was sworn in by Mayor Joanne Bacon and joined the council for the rest of the special meeting.
The Town’s annual council election is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, for the seats currently filled by Charles Shelton, Pam Davis and Marty Presley. At the Jan. 24 special meeting, it was announced that four candidates — Davis, Presley, Skip Ash and Dawn Beck — had all filed to run in the election. Shelton, who had not attended a council meeting since Presley’s and Carpenter’s appointments by two of the then three remaining council members, did not file to run for his seat.
These 4-year-olds don’t care that they’re learning motor skills or socialization. They’re just excited to play on their new playground equipment at the Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) program.
In Frankford, the Indian River School District’s TOTS program serves 60 special-education preschoolers. Now, those youngsters have an age-appropriate playground, built in a small courtyard at the G.W. Carver Educational Center.
Previously, staff had to chase kids around the massive playground left onsite by the former Frankford Elementary School, said teacher Noël Lenhart.
At the Jan. 4 Frankford Town Council meeting, Councilman Marty Presley opened up the session by giving a “state of the town” address, focusing on some of the positives in town.
The Town of Frankford is still considering how to address its water tower and providing citizens with access to water, following the council’s monthly workshop on Jan. 4.
At the meeting, Town Engineer Kyle Gulbronson of URS said he had reviewed two bid proposals from the “very qualified firms” of Southern Corrosion and Pittsburg Tank & Tower Maintenance Co.
The Town of Frankford is seeking candidates for its February town council election, as the seats currently filled by Charles Shelton, Pam Davis and Marty Presley have terms that are set to expire.
The Town’s annual election is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at town hall, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The residents of the Delaware Avenue Association are still hoping to connect to the Town of Frankford’s water system.
In its ongoing struggle to maintain a full council, the Town of Frankford is once again down a councilperson, after the resignation of Elizabeth Carpenter, who was serving as council president, on Friday, Dec. 11.
It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.
Frankford has hung the holly and decked the halls for the first annual Lighting of the Park on Saturday, Nov. 28. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The holiday event aims to build holiday and town spirit. Local church choirs will lead the night’s music, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will host children at Santa’s House until 8 p.m.
Toni Presley believes that town pride still exists in Frankford. She can’t wait to see it displayed at the “Christmas in the Park” tree-lighting on Nov. 28, with families, carols and Santa Claus.
At the Frankford Town Park, the lights display has already been a nighttime holiday destination for several years.
“However, we are envisioning a smaller version of Ocean City’s [Winterfest of Lights] … which means a lot more lights!” Presley stated. “We are also trying to get community involvement by having different churches and community organizations decorate sections of the park.”
Under the “Envision Frankford” team, fundraising is under way to improve the decorations for a full-blown town event.
“What we’re trying to do is get people involved in the town again,” said Presley, a 30-year resident. “I used to think how cute this little town was. But over the years, it just looks like people lost interest, which we’re trying to revive … We want the community spirit to grow.
The Town of Frankford recently discussed the possibility of annexing land west of Route 113, where a developer hopes to build a commercial center.
Family fun can be had this Halloween by visiting Frankford for its revived Frankford Fall Festival.
Organized by the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, the Town of Frankford and the Frankford Public Library, along with the United Methodist Church, Antioch AME Church, the Frankford Presbyterian Church and the Father’s House, the event was organized to bring people together in the town.
Delaware State Police this week were continuing their investigating a fatal crash that occurred last week just outside Frankford.
The Town of Frankford will be receiving a forensic audit, according to Councilman Marty Presley, who made the announcement at the Town’s monthly council meeting earlier this week.
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will present to area residents an update on the U.S. Route 113 North/South Study for the Millsboro South area at a public workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center, 322 Wilson Highway.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).
Community Lutheran Church celebrates 20 years of worship and service
Twenty is the special number for Community Lutheran Church, just outside of Frankford. This weekend, the church celebrates its 20th anniversary, still located next to the blinking traffic light at the intersection of Route 20 and Omar Road.
After the worship service on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m., guests can enjoy lunch at noon in the church hall, catered by Jimmy’s Grille. The luncheon will include guest speakers and presentations.
“We’re a welcoming community of disciples that are dedicated to doing God’s work with our hands,” said member Sophia Riehl, who joined in 2003.
Lutherans are based in the Protestant Reformation and named for Martin Luther, known for pinning his “95 Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Germany, criticizing the Catholic Church on “selling” forgiveness of sins. He emphasized the forgiveness of sins through faith, not through payment.
The Frankford Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, at which point Councilman Marty Presley stated that he would be submitting a formal request on behalf of the Town, to the State of Delaware’s Audit Committee, to have the Town’s financial books completely audited.
FOIA, quorum questions surround latest actions
The Town of Frankford held a “special emergency meeting” on Saturday, Sept. 5.
According to Delaware Code Chapter 100, §10004(e)(1), an emergency meeting could be called, “for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, or to the General Assembly.”
Terry Truitt, who served as the Town of Frankford’s town administrator for nearly 15 years, resigned on Sept. 2.
“I wanted to leave on my terms,” said Truitt of her departure, “It was a compilation of a couple of different things. The council had a different direction that they wanted to go in…
The Frankford Town Council held a second special meeting last week in order to appoint residents to the Town’s two vacant council seats.
Downtown Frankford was briefly stuck behind an emergency perimeter on Tuesday, Aug. 25, due to a potential propane leak on the railroad track that runs through the town.
Just before 11 a.m., the Frankford Fire Company responded to the railroad tracks north of Frankford Avenue.
Following the resignation of two council members this month, the Town of Frankford was unable to come to a unanimous decision as to who should fill the seats earlier this week.
A special meeting was called by the council following the resignation of Jesse Truitt on Aug. 3 and Velicia Melson on Aug. 11, to potentially appoint two citizens to finish out their terms.
According to the town charter, the positions must be filled within 45 days from the date of resignation. Truitt’s seat must be filled by Sept. 17, while Melson’s must be filled by Sept. 25.
At the Aug. 18 meeting, Mayor Joanne Bacon said four residents had sent letters of interest. Council Members Charles Shelton and Pam Davis said they had not seen all four names.
When two men in their 60s got a urge to serve, they showed up with a gusto to learn.
At Community Lutheran Church near Frankford, retirement offered the perfect chance for Dave Pittinger, 69, and Jim Gelato, 65, to follow their dreams of becoming Lutheran deacons.
And they finished the three-year training in half that time.
Deacons are deemed to have a call of “word and service,” meaning they can preach and serve, (in contrast with pastors, who have a call of “word and sacrament”). They finished the required coursework in 20 months.
“I wanted to get it done before I got too old,” Pittinger said.
Three years can really drag out, Gelato added. “It was good for us. You’re totally focused on that.”
Pittinger, 69, focuses on visitation, so he leads the team of volunteers who visit members who can’t attend regular service, whether they’re stuck at the hospital, at home or in physical therapy. He also leads other service projects.
On Tuesday morning, Frankford Town Councilwoman Velicia Melson resigned from the council, after serving the Town for just five months.
“After much consideration, I have decided to remove myself from Town Council, effective immediately,” she wrote in an email to council on Aug. 11.
Town still seeking solicitor
Jesse Truitt resigned from the Frankford Town Council this week, following a discussion regarding hiring a new town solicitor and issues of conflict-of-interest that involved both the hiring of the solicitor and Truitt’s presence on the council.
The Town of Frankford this week approved its 2016-fiscal-year budget, after some confusion.
Resident Greg Welch asked why the line item “operating transfer” for $29,210 was listed as going out of both the proposed General Fund Budget expenditures and the proposed Water Budget expenditures.
“Where is that being transferred to?”
The Town of Frankford held a workshop earlier this month to discuss the repair of its 125,000-gallon elevated water tower.
“We have to do something,” said Council President Joanne Bacon at a June 15 workshop. “The main thing is how are we going to pay for this? I think that’s going to be a huge question.”