Temporary permit granted for trailers

By Lynn R. Parks

Delmarva Teen Challenge has been granted permission to use four semitrailers to store items for its new thrift store at least for now.

The Seaford City Council has approved a motion to permit the storage trailers to remain behind the store, located in the former Food Lion building on U.S. 13 in Seaford.

The trailers are parked at the southeast corner of the thrift store lot, blocked from the view of people traveling on the highway by the store building and of residents of the nearby Villages of Stoney Brook apartment complex by a line of trees.

Teen Challenge director Bob Carey told the city council that the trailers had been moved to their current site from the organizations previous store, on Middleford Road.

That property, however, is not in city limits. City code forbids the use of semitrailers for storage for more than 120 days.

Carey first took his concerns to the citys Board of Adjustment. At a Dec. 7 meeting, city solicitor James Fuqua said that he felt that it was not the boards place to allow the trailers. Rather, he said, a land-use decision like that should be made by the council.

At the city council meeting, Councilman Dan Henderson suggested that Teen Challenge get the trailers tagged. Then they would be parked legally, he said. What could be said to a legally parked trailer?

Mayor David Genshaw, though, said that even if they are tagged, the trailers cant be parked there indefinitely.

Henderson also suggested that Teen Challenge could change the way that it moves inventory. Now, it stores donated items in a warehouse on the west side of town, where they are sorted. The items are then transported to the trailers, and from there moved into the store as there is room.

Councilwoman Leanne Phillips-Lowe asked Carey if, given some period of time, Teen Challenge could come with an alternative to the trailers. Have you considered building something more permanent? she asked.

Carey replied that 240 days would give the organization time to pursue other options.

Council members gave unanimous support to Councilman William Mulvaneys motion that Teen Challenge be allowed to keep the trailers behind the thrift store for 240 days.

But Mulvaneys motion also said that there will be no extensions.

We are giving 240 days for Teen Challenge to get where it needs to be, he said. Then that will be the end of it.

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