Bridgeville - Greenwood News Briefs
Thursday, August 19, 2004

Breakfast and Yard Sale
A pancake breakfast and yard sale, will be Saturday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast served until 11 a.m., $5, at Greenwood CHEER Center, U.S. 13 northbound, Greenwood. Tables are available for the yard sale for $10. All proceeds benefit Greenwood CHEER nutrition program and membership.

Antique Tractor Show
The First State Antique Tractor Club annual show at Yoder Farms in Greenwood on Sept. 24 and 25. Admission and parking are free. There will be antique tractors, cars and trucks, flea market, and entertainment on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday there will also be a petting zoo, tractor games, a kiddie pedal pull and an auction. As always there will be plenty of good food. Contact Rose Hastings at 875-3040 or

  Bridgeville introduces new curfew ordinance
By Mike McClure

The Bridgeville Commission discussed the feedback it received from a July 27 citizens watch meeting as it met on Monday, Aug. 9, for its regular meeting. One point that the citizens who attended the meeting made was the need for a stronger curfew, which the commission addressed during its meeting. Commission President Joe Conaway said he felt the citizens strayed from the point of the meeting, to set up a system of neighbors watching out for one another. According to Conaway, some people blamed a lack of recreation in town for the problem of kids being out on the streets at night. He also pointed out that the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, located in Seaford, is available to Bridgeville youth. “We don’t have a big crime problem but it can get better if the neighbors become the eyes and ears of the police,” Conaway said. The town currently has a Halloween ordinance (18 and under) and a nighttime ordinance (17 and under) which allows children to be on the streets without supervision until 11 p.m. Conaway rewrote the ordinance for consideration by the Commission which would allow children 18 and under to be out until 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The exception to the proposed curfew would be for those coming directly home from a school activity or work. The previous penalty was for the offenders to be escorted home by police after the first offense with a $20 fine on the second offense. The proposed ordinance calls for a $50 fine after the first offense with the fine being incremented by $50 with each offense. Bridgeville police chief Allen Parsons said few curfew violations occur after children are escorted home by police after the first offense. The proposed ordinance will be discussed during the commission’s Sept. 13 meeting. Commissioners Bill Jefferson and Earl Greason each indicated a problem with the times of the proposed curfew, but the commission approved its introduction. Town manager Bonnie Walls announced that Bridgeville’s clean up day will be on Sept. 18 with all trash to be at curbside by 8 a.m. Items such as furniture, stoves, household trash, and bundled limbs (four inches in length) will be collected on that day while freezers, fridges, breaks, tires, and batteries are among the items that will not be picked up. Scrap metal can be dropped off at town hall (on cleanup day) and large limbs will be collected at the treatment plant. C&J Auto of Felton will also offer free vehicle pickup (need title if possible). Residents are asked to call 284-3593 before clean up day to have a vehicle taken. Immediately following cleanup day Bridgeville police plan to strongly enforce the town’s abandoned and inoperable vehicle ordinance, which carries a $100 penalty with each offense. “This is a chance for people to clean up and get rid of those vehicles,” said Walls. Walls said residents can contact their trash hauler to arrange for refrigerators and freezers to be picked up. Anyone who needs help getting rid of an item that will not be collected on clean up day can call Bonnie Walls at 337-7135. (A flyer detailing cleanup day, the crime watch group, and the proposed curfew is being mailed to residents this week.) Walls also reported that the SPCA has been going up and down the streets patrolling for stray animals and has been highly visible in town. The workers have been talking to residents, issuing citations, and capturing some animals. “I’ve had people stop me and say they’re pleased that we’re doing something about the animals,” Conaway said. A public hearing was held during the meeting concerning two trailers on the 603 North Cannon Street property, which is owned by Joe and Georgiana Burden. Under the town’s dangerous housing ordinance (adopted in April) the owners had an opportunity to have their say on whether the structures are a public hazard but they were not present. Conaway said the trailers, which he called eyesores, have been abandoned for years. The commission agreed to move forward with condemning the property. The town’s solicitor will begin the paper work to remove the trailers. They will be removed at the cost of the owners. If they don’t pay that amount it will become a tax lien. The commission also agreed to move its October meeting up a week to Oct. 4.