Greenwood approves Comprehensive Plan
By Kye Parsons
The Greenwood Town Council last week unanimously approved the municipality’s first-ever comprehensive land use plan. The council made the decision during its Tuesday, Oct. 1, monthly meeting held at the Greenwood Town Hall.
Vice Mayor Randy Willey made the motion for approval with Councilman Alan Pongratz seconding it. The rest of the council voted aye. Mayor Donald Donovan Sr. said the plan is the first of its kind in town history.
“It’s kind of a milestone for us,” he said. “We never had one before although we had tossed the idea around and thought about doing it.” He said with state law now requiring municipalities to have comprehensive land use plans of their own, the council began working on its plan in March of this year. The local engineering firm of Davis, Bowen and Friedel was hired to assist in the plan’s development.
Like most other comprehensive land use plans, Greenwood’s plan provides ideas and guidelines on how towns and counties can grow and develop while avoiding the problems of urban sprawl.
In Greenwood’s case, the plan states its chief goal is to promote land use consistent with the vision of the town as a small, residential community. The plan envisions a town, which remains largely residential, where local services and shopping once again are centrally located.
New businesses serving the traveling public are attractively presented along the U.S. 13 corridor, according to the plan’s stated vision. Ideas and recommendations on how the town can continue in its quest to revive its downtown are major components of the plan.
For example, the plan encourages local shopping in the downtown district within walking distance of residential neighborhoods for the benefit of pedestrians and bicyclists. To support this goal, continued sidewalk and drainage improvements are recommended.
In addition, the plan recommends the town continue utilizing Community Redevelopment Funds for improvements in the downtown district. One of the plan’s chief goals is the implementation of a major water system upgrade to address flow and pressure deficiencies in the town and to prepare the town for future expansion possibilities.
The plan also calls for the implementation of the Corridor Preservation Plan for U.S. 13 through Greenwood, as proposed by the Delaware Department of Transportation. The town’s zoning codes are also scrutinized for inconsistencies and ideas of how to refine the town’s commercial zoning code are also incorporated in the document.
After giving the plan its approval, the council forwarded the document to the state. Various state agencies involved in planning and development will now read and evaluate the plan.
The state will next send the plan back to the town with any recommendations for changes or improvements.
In other council business:
- The council decided that trick or treat night for Greenwood will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. Only children 13 years of age and younger can participate.
- Council members showed no interest in a proposal from Joseph Setting II, who inquired if the town would be interested in purchasing the post office building that he owns.
Mayor Donovan said of the building, “I don’t think we need it.” The council’s lack of interest in the proposal resulted in the agenda item dying for lack of a motion.
Greenwood Library Seasonal Fun Oct. 17
The Greenwood Public Library is hitting the road for seasonal fun and invites children of all ages to join the activities.
A Pumpkin-Painting Program is planned to start at Elmer’s Market in Georgetown and wind up at the Greenwood Library on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 3:45 p.m.
Children who attend the tour at Elmer’s will get a free pumpkin to take to the library to paint.
Space is limited for each of this activity, so call the library at 349-5309 to reserve a seat.
Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival Friday & Saturday
The 11th Annual Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival will be held on Oct. 11 & 12. Bridgeville will be the center of attraction for approximately 30,000 people.
Attractions include live entertainment hourly, a scrapple carving contest, a new hog calling contest, apple pie contest, craft shows, health fair, carnival, kids games, huge town & country car show, antique tractor pull, including a kiddie tractor pull, a corn maze, pony rides, trade show, art show and sale. New for this year will be tethered hot air balloon rides and a fun-filled scrapple chunkin’ contest.
Foods include apple dumplings, apple pies, apple fritters, oyster sandwiches, pig roast, wings and fries, boardwalk fries with cheese, hot dogs, pit beef sandwiches, barbequed chicken, blooming onions, italian sausages, crab cakes, cheeseburgers, hand-dipped icecream, thai chicken, barbequed pork, kettle corn, candies, cakes, and drinks of any kind.
A street dance on Friday will feature the “Tiderunner” Band and a street dance on Saturday Night will feature the “Kaktus” Band.
The purpose of this festival is to help promote the Bridgeville area and to help support local non-profit groups.
See the schedule of events on pages 8 and 9.
Home Decorating Contest
In an effort to beautify the community of Bridgeville and to encourage the Apple/Scrapple Festival spirit, the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeville will again sponsor the Apple/Scrapple Festival Home Decorating Contest.
The “Apple and Pig” are depicted in the official Apple/Scrapple Committee Logo, and those residents that choose to participate in the contest must incorporate into their decorating theme the use of apples and/or pigs.
All homes within the town limits of Bridgeville are eligible to participate. The home owner does not have to complete an entry form to enter the contest. All they must do is decorate their residence and the Kiwanis judging committee will make their selection on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 10. The winners for: first place ($75), second place ($50) and third place ($25), will be announced Friday evening, Oct. 11, from the Apple/Scrapple Festival entertainment stage. Call 337-7070 for information.
Bridgeville Basket Bingo
Basket Bingo featuring Longaberger Baskets will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 7-10 p.m., at the Bridgeville Fire Hall. Sponsored by the Bridgeville Ladies Auxiliary. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door, doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket includes entry for grand door prize, large hamper with lid.
Call to order tickets 302-337-0381 or 302-337-3871. Refreshments will be served by Jimmy’s Grille.
Storytime in Greenwood
Storytime at the Greenwood Library features a new face. Join Donna Prine and her pre-school friends every Wednesday at 10:30 for stories, songs and activities chosen to spark a love for reading. For more information, call 349-5309, or stop by the Greenwood Library which is located at the corner of Market and Mill streets, next door to the Post Office.