Seaford votes to conduct Clean-up

By Tony E. Windsor.

Seaford resident Bea Roth expressed a great deal of appreciation, as well as a certain amount of pride, as she listened to city officials unanimously agree to reinstate a community wide spring clean up. In recent weeks Roth spearheaded a campaign to gather signatures as a means to oppose the city's decision last month to cancel the traditional spring cleanup until the spring of 2002. She brought a petition to the April 24, meeting of mayor and council with about 200 signatures from residents. Roth argued that by holding off until next year, the city would force residents to wait almost 18 months between community clean up efforts. City Manager Dolores Slatcher pointed out during last months city council meeting that the city had over spent on last September's clean up and finances dictated a second look at whether to hold another clean up during the 2000 fiscal year. It was also pointed out at the council table that some people abused last years clean up by putting such prohibited items as refrigerators and air conditioners out for pick up causing the costs to the city for disposal to be increased. It was also stated that people from out of town brought items to be hauled away during the city clean up, also creating enhanced clean up costs. During the Tuesday, May 8 meeting of Seaford Mayor and Council Mayor Dan Short presented a report from Slatcher, who was not in attendance at the meeting. In the letter Slatcher explained that after receiving complaints and questions from members of the community, city staff re-examined the financial situation. City Finance Director June Merritt said after reviewing available funds she advised that there is about $20,000 in a budget reserve fund that can be used for clean up. She said, however, that this would mean that if the money were used for clean up it would not be available for any capital projects that may come up. Merrit also said that of the costs of the clean up exceeded the $20,000 reserve money, it would be necessary to have council authorize a withdrawal of money from another area of the budget. After little discussion Councilman Ron MacArthur motioned to have the city schedule a Spring Clean Up in May. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Grace Peterson and unanimously approved. Public Works Supervisor Bobby Nibblet suggested the dates of May 29 through June 4, as the dates for the Spring Clean up. He said by doing this it would give residents two weekends to get items out on the curb line for pickup. He added in the memo that it also gives two weeks "for others to sort through the material and add things from outside the community."

After council agreed to schedule the clean up during the week suggested by Nibblet, Roth asked to say a few words to mayor and council. "We would like to thank mayor and council for allowing the citizens to speak and for your willingness to re-visit the clean up issue," she said. "We feel this will benefit the city all the way around." Short told Roth and the citizens in attendance that the clean up issue was settled in a way that represented a good political process. "This is how the process should work," he said. "It should be a friendly process where a concern is expressed and we as a city re-visit and reach a decision. You are to be commended." Short also commended city staff and MacArthur for their efforts to solve the clean up situation. City clean up is scheduled to begin on May 29 in the area of east Seaford from Pond Street to Front Street. The clean up would then follow with Front Street to the railroad tracks, including Virginia Commons on May 30; railroad tracks to Martin Farms. The clean-up will conclude with Westview, Parsons Village and Woodside Manor on June 1.

Georgetown man dies in accident near Bridgeville

On Friday, May 11 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle being ridden by Keith A. Pepper, 42 of Georgetown, and David Riddle, 38, of Georgetown, was westbound on Del. approximately three miles east of Bridgeville. The motorcycle failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway, ran off the road, and into a ditch. Both occupants of the motorcycle were ejected. Keith Pepper died at the scene of the crash as a result of multiple injuries. David Riddle was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was admitted with a concussion, fractured jaw, and numerous contusions. Neither occupant of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet. A preliminary investigation revealed alcohol involvement by both occupants of the motorcycle. At this time it is unknown who was operating the motorcycle at the time of the crash. The investigation is on going by the State Police Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Troop 7 at 645-8221.

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