Selbyville sewer/water bond hearing set

The Selbyville Town Council will hold a public hearing next month to weigh borrowing more than $2 million for sewer and water distribution projects.

The open forum on the issue, approved unanimously at the town council meeting held Monday, July 11, will take place at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.

General obligation bonds could amount to as much as $2,048,430. The funds would go toward the town’s “New Project,” which comprises expansions, extensions and improvements to the town’s sewer and water systems, and any associated engineering costs.

The sewer phase of the project will include the installation of two pumping stations: the first on Route 54 near its intersection with Route 387, and the second at the intersection of Routes 17 and 388.

The stations will have submersible sewage pumps, standard gravity collection systems, force mains, manholes, automatic control systems and manual transfer switches for connection to portable generators.

The water aspect calls for the extension of the 10-inch water main, a test-well program and the installation of a production well to bolster Selbyville’s water-supply capacity.

Offering grants of $2.1 million and $1.76 million, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has promised permanent support for the New Project. Selbyville, in turn, would pledge its taxing power to finance the principal and interest on the bonds, payable quarterly over a 40-year period.

The town, according to the resolution passed Monday, anticipates electing to fund the New Project through the issuance of the $1.76 million bond.

In 2000 and 2001, the RUS supplied Selbyville with $850,000 in bonds for sewer and water work. Selbyville saved $287,429 of that money by scrapping plans for aeration towers and would transfer it to the New Project, bringing the project’s budget to the $2,048,430 limit.

Other council meeting happenings included:

• Selbyville Town Manager Gary Taylor announced that a handful of railroad enthusiasts have volunteered to staff the town’s new railroad museum. The public, therefore, will now be able to peruse the memorabilia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month, and by special request.

The museum, housed in the old Railroad Station, opened Saturday, June 18, in conjunction with the town’s Old Timers Day celebration. For more details or to volunteer, contact Virginia Pepper, the museum curator, at (302) 436-8314.

• Representatives from Mountaire announced the poultry processing plant has reported no monthly wastewater violations, its best performance in memory. A plan to pre-treat the Selbyville plant’s wastewater and ship it to the facility in Millsboro for final processing, they said, is also close to completion.

• Police reported issuing 185 tickets and collecting $4,000 in fines during the month of June.

• One of Selbyville’s water towers may soon need repainting, according to Council Member Richard Duncan. The last fresh coat came circa 1990, he said.

• The Pop Warner Football Association installed irrigation devices to its football field and will soon re-sod the playing surface.

• The council voted to send the Indian River Football Boosters a $100 donation.