Bridgeville Events
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Greenwood Library Fun
The Greenwood Public Library 2003 Reading Program, “Laugh It Up @ Your Library” is open to young people preschool age and older. Below is the schedule of events. For more information or to make a reservation call 349-5309. July: Wednesday, July 23, Trading Card Swap Meet, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, July 30, Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre, 10 a.m.
August: Wednesday, Aug. 6, Comedy-Magic Show with Tom Lilly, 10 a.m.
Summer Programs for Teens
Thursday, July 3, Jeans Decorating, 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, July 10, Talent Night, 6-8 p.m.

New Woodbridge Summer Camp
A new joint 4-H/YMCA Summer Camp will start July 28 at the Woodbridge Middle School. With a focus on fun and enrichment, Woodbridge and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension are planning a camp for youth who were in grades 5-8 last school year. Parents who wish to reserve a place for their youth should contact Dennis Rhodes or Consuelo Gonzales at 856-7303, weekdays from 8:30 until 4.

Bridgeville developer may break ground by end of this year
By Mike McClure

The Bridgeville Commission received an update from the developers of Bridgeville South, the 769-acre residential planned community and golf course to be built on the Passwaters Farm property, and gave preliminary approval of the overall site plan during a meeting on Monday, July 14. Robert Rauch, president of Robert D. Rauch and Associates Inc., gave a presentation to the commission on behalf of developer Allen and Rocks Inc. and its president Nick Rocks, who was also in attendance. Last month the developers presented its preliminary plan to the town at a meeting which took place at the Bridgeville fire hall. According to Rauch, no changes have been made to the concept plan since that meeting although “minor modifications will happen as we move through the design process”. The developers recently met with the state and reported no problems from the meeting. They have begun traffic counting in 17 locations as to assess the impact of the future development. Rauch anticipates one minor change in plan based on the meeting with the state: The developer will minimize the project’s impact on a strip of wetlands that are located on the property. On Monday, the commission granted Allen and Rocks’ request for preliminary approval of the overall site plan by a unanimous vote. The first phase of the project will include the 18-hole golf course and amenities, the entrance road, and 245 houses. Rauch said the next step is to move forward with final plans for the first phase. He set an admittedly ambitious goal of receiving the necessary permits by December and breaking ground by the end of the year or early next year. “A lot needs to take place. We’re working just as fast as we can,” said Rauch. He added that the biggest challenge involved with the project is planning stormwater management due to the flat land. “From an engineering standpoint, very flat and very steep are a challenge. We have very flat,” Rauch said. “Getting water to flow is a challenge.” Rauch said the project will feature a system of canals that will move water from pond to pond as part of the golf course. He also said a 30- to 40-acre lake may be created on Wilson Farm (if the residents allow the addition), which is located south of the development. “It will remain as an agricultural feature, it will not be developed,” said Rauch. He also stated that he is not sure if the lake will be needed to manage stormwater, but if it is created it would be open for light recreation. In other business, commission president Joe Conaway and town manager Bonnie Walls met with the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the United State Department of Agriculture last week regarding the town’s wastewater and spray irrigation facility expansion. Walls reported that the town will receive $6,534,300 in loans and grants for the project. The town will receive a little over $2.5 million in grants and close to $4 million in loans. The first part of the loan will not be due until 2007. According to Conaway, the project is necessary due to plant violations of the Clean Water Act, but he added that it will be ready to serve future residents of Bridgeville South.