Bridgeville solving car problem, gets funds from county
By Mike McClure
Bridgeville police chief Allen Parsons updated the commissioners of Bridgeville on the status of unlicensed vehicles in town during Monday night's commission meeting.
The commission also received a $15,000 check from Sussex County councilman Finley Jones as part of the county's realty transfer tax program.
According to Parsons, letters were sent to owners of the 66 abandoned vehicles in town and police officers followed up with two visits to each owner. There are now only seven unlicensed vehicles in town.
"That's a major accomplishment," said Joe Conaway, president of the commission.
Parsons also said that second notice letters will go out to the owners of the remaining seven vehicles in violation.
Last month the commission threatened to take violators to court if they didn't remove the vehicles from their properties.
The town received a $15,000 check from Councilman Jones because the town had collected less than $20,000 in realty transfer tax money during FY01. The town was originally told that it had surpassed the limit required to receive the money by $300.
Upon further review, the town's bookkeeper Watha Hostetler discovered that that town had actually received less than $20,000 during the fiscal year since a check for June hadn't been received during the fiscal year.
Once town officials stated their case, the County agreed that they were eligible for the $15,000, which will go into the town's budget.
Commissioner Margaret Sipple told the commission that she had received a request to have a "children playing" sign put up on South Cannon Street to help slow down beach traffic.
Sipple questioned whether motorists would take notice of the sign and also mentioned a concern that residents on other streets might also want the signs.
Conaway said he liked the idea but suggested that the town would need to put up more than one sign. Commissioner Earl Greason asked if the signs would indicate the violators would be fined.
"If you put up signs, to me they should be enforced," Sipple added.
The commission asked Parsons to make recommendations on where the signs should go during next month's meeting. Conaway also said they would have to look into the costs associated with installing the signs.
Bridgeville spared serious consequences of storms
Joe Conaway, president of the Bridgeville Commissioners, said a stretch of road at Frog Hollow on North Cannon Street suffered damage to its underpinning, but that was the only flood-related problem in the town this past weekend.
He said the town has sought help with the problem at Frog Hollow, but in the past only patch jobs have been done. He is hopeful for a more permanent solution.
Damage to the roadway temporarily closed the street, but it has reopened.
The only other storm-related problem concerned the town's sewer plant, which had to treat hundreds of thousands of additional gallons of water.
Conaway said a lot of water gets into the Greenwood system, which is treated at the Bridgeville plant. About 230,000 gallons of storm water entered the plant, he said.
A pump station on US 13 at Wawa's had to be shut down temporarily, but the businesses in that area cooperated with the town and everything is now back to normal.