Town of Frankford, Delaware
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It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.
Event featuring Grammy-nominated guitarist to benefit Delaware Wild Lands
Grammy-nominated musician Courtney Hartman will headline the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival in Sussex County on May 21. In addition to her solo career, Hartman is also guitarist and vocalist for the all-female group Della Mae.
Having just celebrated his one-year anniversary as chief of police for the Town of Frankford, Michael Warchol announced to the town council on Monday, May 2, that he would be leaving the post.
“I am going to be leaving. My wife has accepted a job with transfer with her job in the Baltimore area. I’m not sure of the date yet, but I am notifying council that it will be coming.”
Next year, Justice of the Peace Court 1—Criminal, Truancy will move out of its Frankford location. Town Councilman Marty Presley said the Town had been told the Court would not be renewing its lease, which ends in January 2017.
The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
This drill has been in the making for at least 5 years and has taken countless hours of coordination between the departments, owner and government agencies.
The Frankford Town Council has voted to settle a lawsuit brought by former town administrator Terry Truitt for part of her back vacation and sick time.
“It’s a very emotional, touchy issue, because we all have our personal opinions about this,” said Councilman Marty Presley of the lawsuit.
At the Feb. 1 Frankford Town Council meeting, Councilman Marty Presley announced that the Town was facing a lawsuit filed by its former administrator, Terry Truitt.
“She’s suing for 100 percent of her back vacation and sick time,” said Presley. “We actually received the suit a couple months ago.”
The citizens of the Town of Frankford made their votes count this week, in an election held on Saturday, Feb. 6.
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.