Bridgeville adopts $1.5 million budget
By Mike McClure
The Bridgeville Town Commission adopted the town’s Fiscal 2004 budget during its meeting on Monday, June 9. The commission also discussed its sewer agreement with Greenwood.
The commission entered Monday’s meeting needing to adopt the FY ‘04 budget by the end of the night. It is the largest budget in the town’s history, with no property or capitation tax increases included.
The budget includes an anticipated income of $1,580,647 and $1,525,337 in expenditures with the remaining $55,310 to be put in reserve for contingencies.
Among the programs included in the new budget are: the hiring of a part-time code enforcement officer (16 hours a week) to enforce the town’s regulations in zoning, solid waste, grass cutting, and renting violations of occupancy; the hiring of a town manager (Bonnie Walls); Emergency Service grants; and the continuation of a program to collect back taxes and sell property for those who have not paid their town taxes.
The budget also includes money for the update of the zoning ordinance by the University of Delaware and the creation of a new subdivision ordinance; a 24 hour, seven day a week police force; testing to allow the town to obtain a spray irrigation site for the required updates to the wastewater treatment facility; and $129,000 in street, alleyway, and sidewalk improvements (from Senator Thurman Adams and Representative Ben Ewing).
The town is also planning for the continuation of its water tower maintenance program, and the first phase of a two-step program to upgrade the starting salary of Bridgeville policemen (to $26,500 in FY 04 and $28,000 in FY 05).
Some town employees will also see a one percent salary increase and an additional one percent increase in January 2004 (if funds are available).
In other business, the commission discussed a problem with an excess of sewage that is being collected from the town of Greenwood.
The two towns recently renegotiated a 40-year contract, but according to commission president Joe Conaway, Greenwood has recently been exceeding the cap of 80,000 gallons a day (which is sent to the Bridgeville Wastewater plant).
Conaway said the town has repeatedly exceeded the daily and monthly average allowed by the current agreement. He attributed this to the infiltration of storm water in Greenwood’s system.
Bridgeville’s engineer recommended raising the cap to 98,000 gallons, but Conaway recommended raising it to a maximum of 90,000 gallons,
“There’s no carrot for them to correct the problem if we just roll over and give them the capacity,” said Conaway. “If we look at what’s being built in Greenwood, there aren’t many new houses and there aren’t many new businesses.”
The commission members were in agreement that Greenwood has made an effort to correct the problem in the midst of recent heavy rainfalls.
“They’re trying to get that infiltration out,” Conaway added. “We’ve got to find a way to make them pay for what they’re sending us.”
The commission agreed to send a letter to Greenwood concerning the problem. Commissioner Margaret Sipple noted that representatives from the two towns have sat down to work things out in the past.
The Hopkins, Murray and Palmer Family Day will be held on June 22, at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, 28 Church St., Bridgeville, at 4 p.m. Guest preacher will be the Rev. JoAnne Maxwell-Jenkins, Pastor of New Bethel U.M. Church, Berlin, Md. For more information contact Sister Betty Murray, 337-8880.
Festival and Reunion
The 3rd Annual Phyllis Wheatley School Festival and Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 5, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Passwaters Park, Bridgeville. Admission is free. There will be plenty of food, fun and games. Vendors are welcome. Fee for vendors is $25.
Banquet will be from 7-9 p.m. with a DJ from 9 p.m.-midnight at the Bridgeville Fire Hall. Fee for Banquet is $25 per person. There will be no admissions paid at the door. Deadline for registering is June 27. For more information call 628-3395 or 629-9799.
Summer Reading Club
The Greenwood Public Library encourages children to come to visit this summer for free programs and activities through Aug. 6.
The 2003 Reading Program, “Laugh It Up @ Your Library” is open to young people preschool age and older, with a special teen version for kids 12 and up.
Here is a partial schedule of events for Greenwood’s summer of fun. As always, all programs are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, or to make your reservation, call 349-5309.
- Wednesday, June 26, Under the Sea, 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 2, Veggie Tales Silly Songs, 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, July 9, C Shells, 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, July 16, Silly Storytelling, 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, July 23, Trading Card Swap Meet, 10 a.m.