Low-interest loans to save town money
By Brian Cordrey
Both Delmar town councils have been working hard to save taxpayers' money by refinancing the utility commission water and wastewater debt at a much lower interest rate of 4.3 percent through the Bank of America. The loan for the new garbage truck is also being refinancing through the Bank of Delmarva at a rate of 4.75 percent. Both of these debt loans previously had interest rates of 9 percent.
The councils are also waiting to see if funds are going to be made available from the state legislatures on June 30 to finance the purchase of pipes needed to drain off water that floods Pennsylvania Avenue and the Mason Dixon Ball Park complex when it rains. The project is expected to cost $36,000. The councils also hope to receive money from the state legislatures to complete the Doctor's Museum and Alderman's Court building across from the post office.
The Department of Natural Resources has sprayed Delmar to curb the mosquito population and the county has sprayed to kill weeds along the sidewalks and curbs on State Street.
Homeowners are responsible for controlling the weeds in their sidewalks and along their curbing.
A new analysis of Delmar drinking water by the state shows that it passes all tests and is safe to drink. The report is available from the town office.
The town will begin a review of the street signs posted around town to insure that they are needed and up to date.
It's time to formulate the town's budget and both councils have been putting in extra time before their regular meetings to get the job done.
The councils are very concerned over building codes in Maryland and Delaware. Maryland is adopting the International Building Codes. Keeping the town's housing and businesses up to code is difficult because the laws are often different in Wicomico and Sussex counties, councilmen said.
The Delmar Police Department has a web site, www.delmarpolice.com.
The site includes information on property checks, animal control complaints, bike registration and general complaints.
Complaints can be sent by e-mail to the Delmar police.
New lighting and signs have been installed outside the Delmar Police Department.
The department hopes to also illuminate the flags and the shields on the building for better visibility at night.
Residents have until Aug. 15 to register as a high volume water user in order to qualify for reductions in their summer sewer bills.
A high volume user is a customer who has a pool, garden or excessive shrubbery and flowers.
The Mason-Dixon Park is the home of new playground equipment, installed by the town's maintenance department. The Hang Ten is perfect for climbing and for swinging.
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Dale and Dottie Dukes, Marian Gordy, Faye Collins, Betty Elliott, Annabel Cordrey and Doris and Herb Dayton were among more than 200 guests for a supper cruise on the Twin Capes that cruised around the Delaware Bay. They left from the ferry terminal in Lewes on Friday, June 8. The Delaware Bay and River Pilots' Association hosts this event every other year.
Friends and family helped Phillip Scott Hastings celebrate his graduation on Sunday, June 10, 2001, at the home of Kim and Brett Free. Congratulations, Phillip, and good luck in your future endeavors.
This is a reminder: The Melson United Methodist Church is holding its vacation Bible school June 14 and 15, beginning at 9 a.m. The church is located east of Delmar, off of Delaware 54.
The Wee Wisdom Pre-School of Laurel held its graduation at the Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel on June 8. Among the many children who graduated were my twin grandsons. They all wore white caps and gowns and were just adorable. You can just imagine 4- and 5-year olds walking down the aisle with smiles on their faces when they see someone they know. Thanks to Miss Elaine, the preschool teacher, for an outstanding job teaching over the year and a wonderful and memorable graduation she did for the children.
Hello World, here come the Delmar Readers. Sign-up for the library's Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Reading around the world is their goal. Eight weeks of reading, entertainment, music and crafts should see the Delmar children embark on the trip each week and explore the globe and arrive safely home Aug. 9. A party, awards and heaps of praise will end the program. Sign your children up for a fun summer. If you have any questions, please call the library.
Sandy Scott, director of the Delmar Public Library, and the staff would like to thank the Friends Group and the community for their support during our three spring programs.
Our ice cream social, vaudeville shop and the Milford Community Band concert were a great success, thanks to everyone.
Rusty Adams of Delmar and Tommy Sonnier of Parsonsburg hiked the first day at Cedar Run and the second day at White Oak Canyon. Both of these are part of the Appalachian Trail.
During their outing, they saw eight snakes (two ring-necks, two big black snakes and four timber rattlers). They are planning these adventures at least twice a year.
Their next trip is planned in the fall to the Old Ragged Top; this hike will take approximately three days. They're rekindling a 20-year reunion from their Boy Scout days and it's a tradition they're planning on keeping.
Mindy Lynn of Wilmington, N.C., visited her sister, Sarah Adams and her daughter Caitlyn for a few days. During her visit, she had quite an experience at Leonard Mill Pond. Thinking that they could feed the geese with no problems, they soon found out that not only one goose but several of them wanted to be fed.
Mindy, Sarah and Caitlyn had to get on the hood of their car to feed the geese. Geese were everywhere.
So if there is anyone planning on traveling to Leonard Mill Pond to feed the geese, beware, you might get more than you bargain for.
And take plenty of food.
Laurel Saddle Friends will have their Game Show Saturday, June 16, starting at 6 p.m. at Portsville (close to Phillips Landing) outside of Laurel.
This is a fun time for everyone. There will be lots of good food and entertainment.
If you have a horse and want to give it a try, come on down.
Thought for the week: Be careful of your thoughts. They may become words at any moment.