Bacon re-elected Frankford town council president

FRANKFORD – During Frankford town council’s annual reorganization Monday night, Joanne Bacon offered to relinquish the council president’s reins to any willing taker.

With hands on the Bible, Pam Davis, left, and Velicia Melson take the oath of office as they are sworn in to their Frankford council terms.

“If someone wants president that would be absolutely fine with me,” she said.

There were no takers.

Nominated by council member Pam Davis, Ms. Bacon was hastily re-elected president for another year during council’s reorganization session at the Feb. 12 meeting.

Gregory Welch was re-elected council vice-president while Velicia Melson, one of three winners in the recent municipal election, was voted secretary/treasurer.

Mr. Welch will remain council’s water department liaison.

Prior to reorganization, Ms. Melson, Ms. Davis and Edward “Skip” Ash were sworn in by town solicitor Chad Lingenfelter. They secured two-year council terms in the Feb. 3 election.

Town of Frankford solicitor Chad Lingenfelter looks on as Edward “Skip” Ash signs his name after being sworn in to another term on council.

Envision Frankford

Kathy Murray announced that Envision Frankford will host another Egg Scramble on Saturday, March 31 at the town’s community park.

The event will run from noon to about 3 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

On hand will be a dressed rabbit. Rita’s Ice will return and plans to donate a percentage of their sales that day to Envision Frankford in support of its community programs, Ms. Murray said.

Trash talk

As he did back in the fall of 2016, town resident Jerry Smith addressed council on a recurring issue of roadside trash and litter along Reed Street.

After much discussion, it was decided that the town would contact the Delaware Department of Corrections and request possible clean-up assistance from the Sussex Correctional Institution prison crew, possibly several times a year.

In the meantime, town clerk Cheryl Lynch said she would ask town maintenance worker Dave Ward to help in the clean-up.

Mr. Smith told council he planned to round up some volunteers and pick up trash. He asked that the town be responsible for picking up bags filled with trash. Mr. Smith also asked the town to contact the Department of Transportation for several large “No littering” signs for public posting in that area.

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