Bonnie Walls is named director of development
By Mike McClure
The Bridgeville town commission announced that it had hired Bonnie S. Walls of Seaford as the town’s Director of Development during the commission’s meeting on Monday, August 12.
Walls, who retired from her post as town manager of Laurel last December, was in attendance at Monday’s meeting.
Walls retired at the end of 2001 after working for the Town of Laurel for 31 years. She said she got bored after six months of retirement and is looking forward to serving in the newly created position of Director of Development.
“I cleaned everything there was to be cleaned and pulled every weed there was to be pulled,” Walls said of her retirement. “They were looking for someone and we were able to work something out.”
Walls will be responsible for the annexation and development process in Bridgeville and will make recommendations to the Commission throughout the entire annexation procedure.
She will coordinate the activities of the town with the prospective development south of town and will work closely with state and county governments as the new development goes through the process of annexation and development. Walls will also be available to the town to assist with other duties.
Walls will be paid through a grant from Allen and Rocks, Inc., the developer of a proposed golf course and housing development on land currently located outside of town.
While the company is providing the grant, Walls was hired entirely at the discretion of the town commission.
“Bridgeville appears to have been quiet for a while; now it appears on the verge of taking off and growing,” said Walls. “Everybody is nice here.”
As Laurel’s town manager Walls was responsible for the day-to- day operation of the town and the supervision of all town departments. She also has extensive experience in the grant process as well as the requirements of state laws in the development process.
Walls is a graduate of Seaford High School and Jefferson School of Commerce in Salisbury and resides outside of Seaford with he husband, Lee. Another new face at town hall is Debbie Miller, who was hired as the town’s new treasurer.
In other business, commission president Joe Conaway announced that $3,800 in back taxes have been collected by the town as of August 7. The town plans to send a second letter and a copy of a lien that will be filed to begin the process of selling houses to property owners who have not paid back taxes.
The town’s elections will now take place the first Saturday in March instead of in January following the signing of a bill by Gov. Minner. The terms of Conaway, Commissioner Bill Jefferson, and Pat Correll will run through March 2003.