Unite Sussex plans summer camp in Frankford

The Frankford Town Council on June 6 approved the use of its park for a summer-long camp sponsored by Unite Sussex, an organization that seeks to “foster a collaboration between all groups, churches and organizations that serve those in need in our communities.”

The Rev. Kim Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God, who has spearheaded Unite Sussex, explained to the council that, since there wasn’t any type of summer-school program this year, they wanted to fill the need. He said students who might otherwise get subsidized breakfasts and lunches would have had no access to those meals if something had not been done, and this was a way to help.

He explained that they planned to have an educational and recreational component to the camp, as well. Nika Reid of the Parent Resource Center at the G.W. Carver School (housed in the former Frankford Elementary School) said the camp could help to promote some of the educational resources and activities the center offers and help to “enhance those skills that can sometimes be lost in the summer.”

She said Georgetown and Millsboro have similar programs, and both she and Tephabock expressed excitement that a similar concept could be brought to the Frankford area.

They proposed to use the park every weekday from about 9 a.m. to noon for children in first through fifth grades, with about a half-hour before and after for set-up and clean-up. They plan to have between 20 and 60 children attending, but are hoping for between 40 and 60 from the Frankford area.

Councilman Charles Shelton asked about supervision, and Chief Bill Dudley asked if children had to stay the entire time allotted. Tephabock said volunteers would be on hand and children would be expected to stay.

“Once we get approval, we were hoping that area churches would be interested in ‘adopting’ a week. Once we get a commitment, we’ll start promoting it to congregations in the area so we can meet with them.”

They hope to run the camp through Aug. 12.

Tephabock also said they have been in contact with honor society students and students at Delmarva Christian High School who might want to volunteer to help for community service hours. He said he would be in contact with the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company to see if they might be able to provide space for the program in inclement weather, such as storms or excessive heat.

In other news from the June 6 council meeting:

• The council introduced an ordinance to “establish a process for the procurement of material and services for the Town of Frankford.”

• They approved a proposal from Circle C Outfitters for services during the 2011 Fall Festival in the amount of $550.

• They approved the release of the final draw to Melvin Joseph Construction, in the amount of $25,838. (The State of Delaware has reimbursed the town $25,506 from DelDOT funds.)

• They approved a 15th disbursement, in the amount of $28,222.60, from the town’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Grant account.

• The council approved payment to Shureline Construction for partial payment for a change order furnishing and installing a fluoride feed system at the water plant, among other work, in the amount of $21,387.60.

• Other water plant expenses included $10,700 for engineering services and administration of post-chlorine injection pipe and tubing, and furnishing and installing chlorine tubing and conduit, filters and piping improvements in the amount of $15,696.60.

• The town council will meet on Monday, June 27, for the second public hearing on the 2011-2011 proposed budget.

• The town council set the date for the town-wide yard sale as Saturday, June 25.

• The town council moved their July council meeting to July 5 at 7 p.m., because of the July 4 holiday.