Annexation vote set for Wednesday

By Lynn R. Parks

A public vote on the proposed annexation into the city of Seaford of property on the corner of Middleford Road and U.S. 13 will be held Wednesday. All residents and property owners in the city are eligible to vote.

Voting will take place at city hall. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the city council agreed to hire engineering firm George, Miles and Buhr to manage the project to get sanitary sewer service to the property. If the annexation goes through, the city plans to extend its wastewater line from the Dairy Queen on the north side of U.S. 13 slightly to the south, take it across the highway and north to Middleford Road, then across Middleford Road to the property.

Cost for the extension would be about $510,000. The citys contribution for the project would come from its savings accounts: realty tax transfer fund ($169,000), sewer impact fees ($150,000) and downstream impact fund ($122,000).

Developer Frank Czerwinski would be required to pay $69,000 toward the cost. Czerwinski has said that he wants to put a restaurant on the property, now home to Tom and Gerrys Auto Repair. The business, which he hopes to have open by fall, would employ about 30 people, he said.

Plans for the sewer extension could change, though. Slatcher told the city council Tuesday night that the city is working to obtain required rights of way. It is not final tonight what direction we will be going in, she said. But we continue to move the project along.

In December, the city council considered several options for getting sewer service to the 40,000-square foot corner lot. Among them was a direct line from the Popeyes restaurant on U.S. 13 to the lot, estimated cost of which is just $75,000. But that option would serve that one purpose only. The option that the council selected allows for extensions south on U.S. 13 as properties request annexation.

The direct line from Popeyes would give us no future growth options, Slatcher told the council then. Properties to the south of the intersection include a Gulf gasoline station, Burger King and the Seaford Professional center, in which is located the Del One Federal Credit Union.

Eventually, assistant city manager Charles Anderson said, city sewer service could extend south along U.S. 13 to the Nanticoke River.

For your information: A public vote on the annexation into the city of Seaford of property on the northwest corner of the Middleford Road/U.S. 13 intersection will be Wednesday, Jan. 18. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Seaford City Hall. All city residents and property owners are eligible to vote. For information, call 629-9173.

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