Greenwood voters approve upgrades in water system -By Mike McClure
The citizens of Greenwood voted, 32-9, in favor of a referendum that will allow the town to borrow up to $932,000 from the state for water system improvements. The vote took place on Saturday, Feb. 16, after the town held two public hearings at the Greenwood VFW to provide information to its citizens.
The purpose of the water system improvements is to improve the quality of the town’s drinking water and increase residents’ water pressure. One of the major components of the $932,000 project is the addition of a 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank. The town’s current tank holds 65,000 gallons, which is roughly a day’s worth of water.
The project also includes electrical control and chemical feed improvements and water main replacements and upgrades. The water main replacements and upgrades will take place on North First Street, West Market Street, Snyder Avenue, Mill Street, Governor’s Avenue, Beaver Street (Loop), and Main Street (Road Crossing).
To pay for the improvements, residents’ user rates will be gradually increased from $120 per year ($30 per quarter) to $324 per year ($81) over a three-year period (from 2003 to 2005). The project will be discussed during this month’s Cabinet Committee meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2003 and is expected to be completed by December 2003. The town plans to bid the project in November 2002, open bids in January, and award the contract in February.
Greenwood Spaghetti Supper
An all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Supper will be held on Wednesday, March 16, at the Greenwood Mennonite School to benefit the Music Department. A variety of sauces will be available. The supper will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym. Take out will also be available. Cost is adults, $6; children 4-12, $4; and under 3 are free. For more information, call 302-349-4131.
Ground breaking held for Vocational Center in Woodbridge district -By Mike McClure
The Woodbridge School District held groundbreaking ceremonies for its new vo-tech building, located at the Woodbridge High School, on Thursday, Feb. 28.
School board members, town and county officials, and representatives from the project’s construction manager, EDIS, and design experts, Tetra Tech of Wilmington, attended the ceremonies.
“We are commemorating the next step in our vision for the Woodbridge School District,” said Barry Cooper, supervisor of Administrative Services. “Our vision is to provide the best educational opportunity for our students.”
Citizens who live within the Woodbridge School District voted in favor of the district’s plan for the vocational building and a new middle school in a referendum last year.
The 6,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed by September, in time for the 2002-2003 school year. This year the district hopes to pass its first current expense referendum in 15 years. A current expense tax referendum vote will be held on Tuesday, March 26.
If the referendum is successful, the district will increase its current expense tax to help pay for the operation of the new middle school. Residents will see an increase of $3.56 per month per residential property (12 cents per day) if the referendum passes, school officials said.
The referendum will take place at the Woodbridge Elementary School (Greenwood) and Woodbridge Senior High School (Bridgeville) from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 26.
Residents of the Woodbridge school district who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to vote. Citizens are asked to provide a picture ID as proof of residency. Absentee ballots are also available through the department of elections.
U.S. Marine Corps promotes Julie L. Rementer
Julie L. Rementer was recently promoted to the rank of lance corporal. Lance Cpl. Rementer is the daughter of Charles and Sandra Rementer, Bridgeville, and the sister of Evolyn and Brock Anthony of Harrington. She completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., and after 20 days of advanced training at Camp Lejuene, N.C., is now in Pensacola, Fla., for a year of schooling as an aviation electronics technician. Lance Cpl. Rementer is a 1996 graduate of Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville, and a 2000 graduate of Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.Va.