Selbyville sets clear construction guidelines

Selbyville officials are hoping to make building guidelines crystal-clear for developers. The town council recently adopted a construction standards and specifications manual, which includes everything the town code demands, plus specifics.

Town Administrator Bob Dickerson said Selbyville wanted to be able to “hand someone a book. ‘Here’s the requirements we have for our streets, our curbs, our sewer, what kind of … fire hydrants we want … what bonds are required.’”

The council also approved amendments to the town code to now cite the manual.

“We hope, as things develop in our town, we’ll be prepared to provide this to someone who’s investing in the town, so they know what’s expected and we know what’s expected,” Dickerson said.

Fair numbers

Selbyville scored “fair” on a recent financial audit for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2014, which determined the Town’s financial statement was properly presented.

Leslie Michalik of PKS offered no particular recommendations, saying the Town has “strong controls and procedures in place as far as accounting procedures,” like a “well-oiled machine.”

However, the firm commented that the water and sewer operations are very strong, supporting the general fund, which had a $47,000 deficit, despite a more-than-$100,000 influx of utilities money. Selbyville needs to continue to “monitor general expenses,” which includes police, highway, streets, parks and administration, PKS recommended.

In other Selbyville news:

• Ash Arms Apartments representatives presented preliminary plans for rebuilding after a wintertime fire ousted several families.

• Selbyville Middle School and Phillip C. Showell Elementary schools are preparing to build two new classrooms apiece this autumn.

• Lighthouse Lakes is working to get final plans completed for approval to begin building 300 housing units on Route 54.

The Selbyville Board of Adjustment will meet Thursday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m., regarding a possible variance to combine a residential unit over a commercial building. The town council will meet next at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1.