Bridgeville Events
Thursday, March 14, 2002

Greenwood spaghetti supper
An all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Supper will be held on Wednesday, March 16, at the Greenwood Mennonite School in Greenwood to benefit the Music Department. A variety of sauces will be available. The supper will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym. Take out will also be available. Cost is adults, $6; children 4-12, $4; and under 3 are free. For more information, call 302-349-4131.

B’ville to ask state to change election day

By Mike McClure
The Bridgeville Commission voted to pursue changing the town’s election date and times during its meeting on Monday, March 11. The commission also certified the results of the annexation referendum, which passed by a vote of 39-1. The commission has been discussing a change of the date and hours of the town elections of commissioners since last January’s commission meeting. Despite some concerns voiced by commission members that moving the date back from January to March might not give new members enough time to learn about the budget, the commission voted to ask the state for permission to change its charter. If the state allows the town to change its charter, elections will be held the first Saturday in March from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some citizens asked the town to open up the polls earlier than the current noon start. Commissioner Margaret Sipple suggested that the town move the elections from January because they are to close to the holidays.

The commission also certified the results of the annexation held Saturday, Feb. 23. The annexation of property, which included the future Kenny plant and the site of the new Woodbridge middle school, passed by a vote of 39-1. The annexation election was open to citizens who were registered to vote in the general election. It was not open to owners of properties that were requesting annexation or business owners who are not registered citizens of Bridgeville. Corporation owners (and citizens who are 18 or over) are eligible to vote when the town seeks permission to sell bonds. Also during the meeting, the commission decided to take action against owners of dilapidated houses and properties that contain rubbish in their yards. The commission also received an update on the town’s street project. The town’s current ordinance calls for a $100 fine (plus the cost of cleanup) for dilapidated houses and properties with excess rubbish on them. The second violation increases the fine to $500. On Monday, the commission took the next step in the process by agreeing to have an ordinance drawn up that would allow the town to sell a property for failure to pay taxes. Under the ordinance, the town can put a lien on the property following the first two violations. “It’s not fair for the rest of us to pay the bills (while others do not),” said commission president Joe Conaway. The commission voted to accept a bid by Jerry’s Inc. of Milford for the town’s street repairs project. The company’s bid of $90,873 was the lowest of six bids received by the town. The project will include street repairs, cutting down and removal of trees and road patching. Bridgeville received $100,000 in grants from the state for street repairs. The commission also voted to move forward with the street project.