Delmar Joint Council salutes Delmar superintendent, holds public hearings

By Mike McClure

Delmar Mayors Carl Anderton (Md.) and Michael Houlihan (Del.) recognized Delmar Superintendent Dr. David Ring during Monday's Delmar Joint Council meeting. Ring was recently named the 2014 Delaware Superintendent of the Year. The Council and Commission also each held a public hearing during the final scheduled Joint Council meeting. The Delmar Council (Del.) and Commission (Md.) will hold separate meetings starting in August.

Houlihan and Anderton presented Ring with a plaque in recognition of being named Superintendent of the Year. Ring was hired as the Delmar Superintendent in 2005. Delmar High School was recently named the top high school in Delaware by U.S. News and World Report, one of Ring's several accomplishments during his tenure.

"It has been the best experience," Ring said. "It takes a team to build a district. Never in my nine years have I looked at my job as something that was powerful."

The Commission held a public hearing on the annexation of a lot located at 203 Spruce Street. The property is 85 feet wide and 20 feet of it was already in town limits. The Commission voted, 5-0, to approve the annexation request.

The Delmar Council held a public hearing on a proposed charter amendment dealing with dismissal of Council members who miss consecutive meetings or are convicted of a crime. The Council voted, 3-0, in favor of the amendment.

Police Chief Hal Saylor commended his officers for their work on a drug investigation, which wrapped up July 19 with the arrest of several individuals. Four adults were arrested for suspected heroine and crack cocaine distribution and other charges. A second search warrant resulted in the arrest of six individuals for possession of 145 packets of heroin and other charges.

Saylor said work on the public safety building is ahead of schedule. A dumpster at the site caught on fire on Monday, but there was no damage to the building. He also reported that he expects to hear whether the town will receive a grant for a school resource officer.

The Joint Council agreed to allow Saylor to sell surplus military property through an online auction. The money raised will go toward furniture and other items for the new police station.

Joseph Brittingham of Troop 185 was recognized for his work on behalf of the Delmar Fire Department to distribute 110 smoke detectors.

Brittingham, troop members, and members of the fire department knocked on 650 doors, handed out 110 smoke detectors, and installed 20 of them. Brittingham put in time on the project in pursuit of his Eagle Scout badge.

Commissioner Stephanie Ring reported on plans for Heritage Day, which will take place Sept. 21. The committee is looking at having some type of contest, such as tug of war, between the two towns. She also said that the Abraham Lincoln impersonator will be back this year and will recite the Gettysburg Address in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

Ring also suggested having a ribbon cutting for the public safety building in conjunction with Heritage Day. The committee is in need of more volunteers who can attend its meeting and is also in search of entertainment. The meeting usually take place the third Wednesday of each month. Contact town hall for more information.

The town has been in contact with DelDOT and Representative Tim Dukes regarding funding for delineators which would be placed in the middle of Eighth Street (Delaware) in front of the high school to help control traffic before and after school.

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