Three are running for two seats on Seaford’s council
By Lynn R. Parks
Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Seaford City Council. Cindy Bice, 405 Washington St., is challenging incumbents Larry Miller and Grace Peterson for the three-year seats.
“I want to be the voice of the people,” said Bice, 41. “I feel that everyone should have a chance to be heard.”
Bice said that she decided to run after encountering difficulties in building her house. “I have had so much frustration with the city over this, I can understand what other people are going through,” she said.
Bice is opposed to construction of a new city hall on High Street. Construction on the new building is already under way and is expected to be complete by the end of this year. Anticipated cost for the municipal building is $1,385,700.
“That money could have been spent to fix roads,” Bice said. “Local residents should be allowed to vote on projects that big.”
Miller, who has been on the council for 17 years, said that
the city hall is needed. “The city has expanded in population and with commercial growth,” he said. “The building that currently is the city hall was built and designed in the 1950s. It was not wired for all the computer equipment that we use now. Desks are back to back and you have to step around cabinets sideways to get through many doors.”
Peterson, a nine-year veteran of the council, agrees. “I really appreciate the job our employees have done under those conditions,” she added. “It is very important for our staff to have good working conditions.”
Bice also objects to the construction of the fire museum on High Street, calling it “ridiculous” and “a total waste of money.” The museum will house the newly-renovated 1919 Engine No. 1, which was given to the city by the fire department.
According to city manager Dolores Slatcher, the museum did not cost city taxpayers anything. “All the city did was provide in-kind services,” she said.
“That is our history,” Miller said. “We had so many hours of volunteer labor, donated materials; that museum is an example of people working together to help our community.”
Miller said that he is interested in continuing to work with the city’s electric department in its negotiations with Conectiv regarding power charges. He also wants to work toward increasing the city’s capacity to generate electricity.
“Our city is progressing,” he said. “The council, the mayor and the city manager are working very well together and it is nice to be part of such a good, well-working group.”
Peterson said that in addition to completion of the new city hall, she would like to see the city’s sports complex completed. She also wants to continue working with the Seaford Block Watch, a citizen’s organization for residents of the central part of town.
“The city has made important changes in the code department regarding duplexes,” she said. “That really helped the older section of town.”
She added, “I would just like to see the continued positive growth in the city. I’m thinking positive.”
Name: Cindy Bice
Education: Seaford High School, 1980,
Wilmington College, 1986, with a
bachelor’s degree in criminal justice,
elementary teaching certificate, Wilmington College
Occupation: Sixth-grade language arts
and social studies teacher, Laurel Inter-
Family: Daughter Ashley, 12
Name: Larry Miller
Education: Seaford High School, 1964
Occupation: Owner, Miller Auto Interiors,
Family: Wife Lorraine, daughter Crystal, a
college student in West Palm Beach,
Name: Grace Peterson
Education: Laurel High School, 1961,
Delaware Technical and Community
College, 1993, associate degree in
Occupation: Full-time caregiver for her
Family: Husband Ben, two adult children
and five grandchildren
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