Greenwood Events
Thursday, January 13th, 2000
 
Greenwood considers new water tower
By Bill McCauley

Apprehensive of a repetition of the December meeting which lasted till midnight, Greenwood commission president Randy Willey gaveled the town commission to order at 7:30 p.m. after first hearing from a couple wishing to establish a day-care center.
Commissioner Carl Peters gave voice to Willey's wish saying, "I've been up since 3:30 a.m. so..."
He then made rolling motions with his hands indicating that the meeting should get rolling along and not get stuck in a rut along the way.
But the early riser was not spared. In the absence of office personnel Brenda Jones, absent because of illness, and Theresa Tharp on vacation, Peters soon found himself doubling as secretary.
Consideration of a new water tower again came before commission. Town engineer Charles Houser reported that a 250,000-gallon water tower would cost about $850,000.
This amount would include about $200,000 for associated costs such as bringing lines from town wells to the new tower.
"We don't have that kind of money. We'll have to apply for grants and low-cost loan money," said Willey.
Houser stated that the USDA has plenty of money available.
He suggested that the amount needed could be raised by a combination of grants and loans at 4 and 1/2 percent interest over a 40-year period.
He also stated, "If you raise rates [water rates], grant money would take care of it. Now is a good time to proceed."
Commission agreed that the new tower should be placed behind the present 60,000-gallon tower.
Houser agreed to put together a comprehensive plan within the next month and submit it at the next town meeting. Opinion was offered that a referendum would be required.
Should the town go forward, construction would be completed 18 months from inception, including six months for actual construction.
During citizen privilege, Tutse Tonwe M.D., expressed his desire to expand his Greenwood office hours through the week. Tonwe, with his home office in Millsboro, visits his office at the juncture of Sussex 581 and US 13 on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
He stated that though he closes his door at 5, patients in the waiting room keep him till at least 6 p.m. and longer.
He requested the commission prepare a letter to him stating a need for more medical service in the Greenwood area.
He will forward the letter to the Immigration and Naturalization Service in hopes that the INS will grant a waiver for a doctor from a foreign country to immigrate to the U.S. outside of the usual immigration quotas.
Commission agreed that it would comply with his request.
Commission approved the removal of two trees at the library so that a new sidewalk can be poured.
Members commented that one old tree had been removed prior to the construction of the library.
Another tree needing to be removed has branches "pretty well beaten up from ice storms," commented Willey.
Members indicated they favored replacement with flowering medium-size trees such as cherry.