The Delmar Council (Del.) was updated on a number of items during its virtual meeting Tuesday night including a major forced cleanup that the town’s code enforcement department performed in town as well as the status of work on the caboose, and two planned marches that will take place in Delmar this month.
Town Manager Sara Bynum-King reported that the town performed a major cleanup on the Alberti property, located at York Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. She added that the owner of the property is blaming the town for damage done to the property that the town says was done by him and his workers.
“I’m pretty sure this is going to be a long bout with him,” said Bynum-King.
“We gave him a year before notice and a month before notice and it definitely needed to be cleaned up,” Mayor Michael Houlihan added.
The Council was scheduled to hold an oath of office for the board of elections supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting but was unable to do so because the meeting was virtual. Houlihan will administer the oath to the three board of elections supervisors at town hall, individually if they can’t all meet at the same time.
The town’s election will take place on Oct. 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at town hall. The town will use portable voting booths it received from Wicomico County since voting will take place in Delmar, Md. The deadline to file to run for office is Sept. 10.
The town is looking for two student advisors, one from Delaware and one from Maryland, to give reports during the Council and Commission meetings. Classes for both schools, which started on Tuesday, are currently being held virtually.
At the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting, Bynum-King reported on the work being done on the caboose, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, calling it a work in progress. She said donated pine for the siding is unusable, so the town is getting quotes for cedar. The workers had enough siding to do work on the cupola, but need more wood for the body of the caboose.
“It’s taking a lot longer than we anticipated,” said Bynum-King.
During the town manager’s report, Bynum-King said a peaceful demonstration promoting racial equality and social justice is planned in Delmar on Sept. 20 from 4-6 p.m. The match will take place starting and ending at State Street Park and will take place on the town’s sidewalks. Organizers held similar peaceful demonstrations in Georgetown and Milford.
St. Stephens United Methodist Church plans to hold a prayer walk on Saturday, Sept. 26 at noon, on the same day as the prayer march in Washington, D.C. The walk will also take place on the town’s sidewalks and there will be water stations. The group plans to walk and pray for the country.
The town has until April 2021 to have its comprehensive plan certified. A virtual workshop will take place via Zoom today (Thursday). Bynum-King said the town received a number of responses to its surveys via Facebook.
Delmar has received notification that it will received $80,000 for housing rehabs from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The program, which helps financially disadvantaged people make repairs to their homes, has five Delmar residents on its waiting list.
Police Chief Ivan Barkley reported that the department is looking for a new crossing guard to serve once students go back to learning at the schools. The position requires working an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon.
The police department has been assisting the code enforcement department with forced accounts. It has also been providing information for new police reform bills in both states.
Councilman Greg Smith said he would like to have a trailer on wheels for the Community Love Light Tree ceremony (Nov. 29), like the group had last year. He also reported that the tree that was planted in State Street Park to serve as the Love Light Tree each year has been sprayed twice but is struggling. Smith added that he may need to go to Pennsylvania for a tree as he has done in the past.