Lions Club offers $10,000, manpower, for town projects
By Mike McClure
During the commission meeting on Monday, Nov. 11, the Bridgeville commission presented a certificate to the Bridgeville Lions Foundation recognizing its participation in the town’s community wide cleanup, which took place last weekend.
The commission also received a report from the town engineer on a water/wastewater facility plan.
Commission president Joe Conaway presented a certificate of appreciation to Ron Hatfield, president of the Bridgeville Lions Club, for the organization’s role in the town’s cleanup day.
“There would not have been any cleanup day in Bridgeville if it had not been for the Lions Club,” said Conaway.
Later in the meeting Hatfield said the Lions Club would like to continue to be an active member of the community and offered to contribute $10,000 and manpower toward a town project.
“We’ve had a very active Lions Club and I’m proud of it, but we want to go further,” Hatfield said. “We don’t want to give you the $10,000 and walk away.”
The commission came up with a list of possible projects and left it to the Lions Club to decide how to spend the money.
The suggested projects include: putting a bulletin board in the park across from town hall, getting house numbers and putting them on houses in town that don’t have them to help the fire company, installing a new Bridgeville “If you lived here you’d be home” sign, putting benches in the park and painting curbs in town.
Hatfield said the purpose of doing a town project is for members to have fun and be involved in the community. He also said that the organization, which has gone from 65 members in the past to 29 current members, used to do a number of community projects.
Wastewater plant update
Town engineer Annie Williams gave a presentation on the water/wastewater facility plan. According to Williams, the town and its engineers applied for a wastewater grant in 1999 because of water quality issues involving the Nanticoke River.
The engineer recommended building a spray irrigation system. DNREC has asked towns to stop discharging waste into tributaries of the Nanticoke River. Bridgeville currently dumps its treated waste into the small branch of the Nanticoke that runs east of town.
Last year the cost of the project was estimated at $3.2 million. A $1.9 grant and a low interest loan from the USDA and the state were lined up to a pay for it.
Prior to the the town’s recent growth the town’s system was expected to average 180,000 gallons per day (Bridgeville 100,000 gallons and Greenwood 80,000 gallons). With the anticipation of 2,000 new homes and golf course as well as commercial growth on US 13, Williams has projected the town’s future daily flow at over 800,000 gallons per day. She is working on an estimated cost of the larger system.
Williams also said that there are water and sewer needs to be met with the projected growth. The commission adopted the concepts presented by the town engineer.
The town, in conjunction with the Delaware Forestry Service, will plant 20 trees on Delaware Avenue next week. It will try to plant additional trees on Walnut Street next year.
“It’s our hope that the tree-lined Bridgeville scape that was our history will be back,” said Conaway.
Caroling set for park
The town’s Caroling on the Green will take place at the Bridgeville Historical Park on Delaware Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The event took place last year at the park across from town hall. Carolers are asked to bring canned food for donation to local food banks.