By Mike McClure

The Delmar Council (Delaware) approved the town’s Halloween resolution regarding trick or treating during its online meeting last Monday night. The Council also voted to accept five favorable recommendations by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Council voted 3-0 to approve the Halloween resolution regarding trick or treating, which will take place Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. for children ages 12 and under. Councilman Bill Boyan asked if there will be social distancing enforcement.

Mayor Michael Houlihan said CDC and state division of public health guidelines will be followed, adding that it will be left to the discretion of people to use their best judgement. He said he and his wife plan to have individual bags on a table in their driveway for children to grab and go.

“We have to give them (kids) some kind of normalcy right now,” said Houlihan.

Police Chief Ivan Barkley reported that a suspect was in custody following vehicle break-ins on the eastern side of town. The police department also assisted the Wicomico Sheriff’s Department in a search on Pine Street, resulting in the recovery of weapons and drugs.

Barkley also said the Delmar Police Department will have extra staff on duty Halloween night and that all state guidelines will be followed. It has also been asked to enforce PPE rules at high school sports games.

The Utility Commission responded to a plumbing issue on Chestnut Street in Maryland. It was determined that the copper setting was disconnected on the owner’s side, creating a significant leak. Town Manager Sara Bynum-King said the town adjusted the resident’s utility bill based on three months of normal usage, but the resident wanted the town to pay for the plumbing bill.

The Council voted to accept the Planning Zoning Commission’s favorable recommendation on four new homes and a new sign request on a store front window on North Bi-State Blvd.

Bynum-King said a soft opening was planned for the town’s municipal building and lobby, which will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays. She also reported that there will be an event in State Street Park on Oct. 24 from 3-5 p.m. to pray for and show support for police.

During Council comments, Councilman Greg Smith praised the Public Works department for getting the weeds out of sidewalks.