Top designer tagged to build Bridgeville course
By Mike McClure
The Bridgeville Commission was also updated on plans for the Heritage Shores golf course and community, including the name of the golf course designer, during last Monday’s Commission meeting. The commission also passed ordinances concerning abandoned and inoperable vehicles, swimming pools, and the placement of signs.
Nick Rocks of Allen and Rocks, Inc. reported that golf course designer Arthur Hill will design the Heritage Shores golf course. Hill is one of the country’s top five golf course designers.
The developer will also present plans for the clubhouse during a future Commission meeting. Rocks also said that they are looking to have houses in the development by October.
One resident asked how the new development will benefit the existing community.
Commission president pointed out that the developers will construct a walking trail that will run parallel to Wilson Farm Road, and that they have donated one acre of land to the Bridgeville library. (It is up to the library board whether it wants to use the land for a new library or renovate the existing library.)
Allen and Rocks, Inc. is also donating the baseball and softball fields to a town group (they used to be privately owned) with the Woodbridge Little League having the perpetual right to use them.
The company is also donating $200,000 ($100 per house sold)
to the library and the Bridgeville Fire Company. Conaway pointed out that another benefit to the town is that the 800 acres of land to be used for the golf course and development will bring in property taxes, which were not being collected when it was farmland. Conaway said this could possibly lead to a decrease in town taxes.
Rocks also reported that the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is looking at having the Route 404/13 interchange done by March 2006, starting with the Bridgeville side. The intersection will be at a 90 degree angle and a series of service roads will be made.
In other business, the Commission passed an ordinance requiring public and private pools in town to have a fence and meet other requirements regarding setbacks and drainage.
The Commission also approved an ordinance giving the town more authority for the removal of abandoned and inoperable vehicles. Vehicle owners will have 72 hours to address the problem or request a public hearing once a vehicle on public property is declared abandoned.
Residents can not have a wrecked or inoperable vehicle on public or private property. Once the 72 hour deadline has passed, the town will go in and move the vehicle at the owner’s expense.
The vehicle owner will also be charged $100 per day for each violation following the 72 hour period. Abandoned and inoperable can be stored in a homeowner’s garage.
The ordinance will become effective May 10 and residents will be sent a letter detailing the three new ordinances.
The third ordinance prohibits the placement of signs the keep people driving or walking from seeing the road.
The Commission also voted to authorize the study of local farmers’ fields for possible spray irrigation sites for the town’s new wastewater system. The town wants to have the system in place by January 2006.
At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Pat Correll announced that Conaway received a plaque during the Bridgeville Lions Club Show. The honor, which is usually given to Lions Club member, recognized Conaway for his service to the county, the state, and the town.
“I’m very humbled by it,” said Conaway. “I accepted it for the entire community.”