Demolition is a step forward in plans to sell power plant

By Lynn R. Parks

In its continuing effort to ready the old power plant for a new use, the city of Seaford is taking steps to demolish an old garage at the plant site. Parks Department equipment that is currently stored in the garage will be moved to the former Community Pool building.

The city council last Tuesday night voted to hire engineering firm George, Miles and Buhr to design a retrofit for the pool building. Cost of the engineering work is $11,000.

City manager Dolores Slatcher told council members that there aren't any plans for the old power plant, built in 1939. "But people are looking at it," she added. "We don't have any idea of the timing of something going in there. But we want to continue getting ready."

The city started the decommissioning process last year, when it sold the plant's two 29,000-gallon fuel tanks for $2,000 each.

In February, the city hired NCM Demolition and Remediation in Salisbury to remove all of the plant's equipment. For payment, NCM kept most of the equipment, metal and cable that its workers removed. The one exclusion was the plant's medium-voltage switchgear, which the city sold in April for $30,000.

As for the former bathhouse, it will be fitted with a garage door so that equipment can be driven in and out. Engineers will also survey the existing building and identify areas that will need to be upgraded.

The engineering study will take six to eight weeks to complete. After that, Slatcher said, "we will need to find the construction dollars for the project."

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