Melson resigns in Frankford, Sample takes her place

Frankford Town Council treasurer Velicia Melson resigned last month and has since been replaced in her role on the council and as treasurer — by a new council member and a non-voting treasurer.

Melson said on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that she had resigned from the council for “strictly personal” reasons and that she is hopeful that “with new blood in council and new residents getting involved, great things can happen in town.”

Replacing Melson on the council, Jimmy Sample was sworn in by Council President Joanne Bacon in at the Monday, Aug. 5, town council meeting. Sample said after the meeting that he is a lifetime resident of Frankford.

“I want to see Frankford grow,” Sample said. “We’ve kind of been in a standstill,” he said.

Also at the council meeting, John Wright was sworn in as the official town treasurer. He will not be a voting member of the council.

The council also reorganized at the Aug. 5 meeting, with Bacon nominated to remain as council president and Greg Welch as vice president. Sample will now serve as the liaison with the maintenance department, a position that had been held by Skip Ash.

Frankford’s 2019/2020 budget was also approved during the Aug. 5 meeting, with the Town’s expenditures expected to be $653,333 for the period from July 2019 to June 2020.

Notable within the budget is a small expenditure for a town police department that does not currently exist. Listed under expenses for “public safety” is $20,600, including $17,000 for supplies and equipment, and $3,600 for uniforms.

Welch said after the final budget hearing on July 25 that the Town will have to look at ways to raise revenue to support a police department, which may include raising taxes.

Bacon said at the Aug. 5 meeting that the Town will be working with outgoing Dagsboro police chief Floyd Toomey in an advisory role, as he transitions from his current position to one with the Indian River School District. The Town of Dagsboro had previously offered to work with Frankford toward a combined police force serving both towns, but Frankford backed out, saying they believed Frankford couldn’t financially support such an effort.

“Hopefully, we can get that started soon,” Bacon said of the Town’s efforts to re-start its police department. The Town currently pays for 12 hours per week of additional patrol coverage by the Delaware State Police.


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter