Saturday, December 23, 2006
Cape Henlopen School District Audit
Friday, December 22, 2006
Is There A Santa Claus?
First Day of Winter
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Snap Out Of It
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Charles C. Habliston Died
Monday, December 18, 2006
Monday Council Meeting
The Town's accounting firm presented a draft copy of last years financial report for the towns of Delaware, Maryland and the Utility Commission. Jason Gidge of Trice, Geary & Myers was the presenter. He spent about five minutes for each of the three entities going thru a 30 page financial statement for each. He than asked if there were any questions. Amazing, why did he think there would be any questions? With that much information in front of them it would impossible to ask a question. The important thing was the accounting firm was giving a clean, unqualified opinion that the reports fairly represent the financial position of the three entities and there were no significant internal control problems. I took a couple of notes regarding the net profit for the year for the three entities, the town of Delmar Maryland made a profit last year of $640,000. The Town of Delmar Delaware made a profit of $25,000. The Utility Commission made a profit of $1,215,119. Now tell me, as I have been harping on this for two years, that the Utility Commission is charging to much in rates to the user and a rate reduction should take place. Somewhere there should be a middle ground of having a reserve to replace aging pipeline and overcharging the customer. Again these are draft financial reports, subject to change, but I doubt there will be any change.
Jeff Clark representing Blackwater Creek development made some comments. Mainly, he had dropped off material describing Blackcreek to the Mayors and councils and wanted to know if there were any questions. He said he wanted to keep the lines of communication open and Blackcreek wants to be a good neighbor.
There was presentation to the town by Maria Andaya of DELDOT and Mike Angelo of McCormick Taylor (a Contractor to DELDOT) about streetscaping for the business section of Delmar Delaware. It mainly consisted of light poles, make believe brick walks, and decorative fencing. The project would cost $400,000 and the town of Delmar Delaware would pay 8% ($32,000). Most questions asked were from the Maryland Council (the ones who won't be paying the bill). The most concern was the lack of change to the present parking on Pennsylvania avenue. The concerns were regarding the parking for the possible apartment dwellers, there didn't seem to any concern over the retail trade. The $32,000 price for Delmar is good, but I just see a repeat of downtown Salisbury where millions have been put in to it and there isn't shit there. Downtown areas are dead and they should be torn down instead of artificially being supported by welfare.
Vance Phillip from the Sussex county Council appeared to wish everyone Merry Christmas and to tell us he had money he could give us if we apply for it.
Ordinance 144 for the Town of Delmar Delaware was read and passed. It rezoned a specific property in the 600 block of North second street from industrial to residential.
Road paving in town and on Connelly Mill road was discussed. The lack of available money was an issue. The Maryland side has a paving project on Walnut street that will cost $1,700,000. On the Delaware side the Jewell Street project between 7th and 8th street will cost $191,000. These costs are not just for paving but also replacing water, sewer and stormdrains.