Dagsboro council hires Dover firm for ‘as needed’ solicitor duties

DAGSBORO – As needed, a Dover-based law firm will be called upon to handle town of Dagsboro’s solicitor duties.

Town council July 16 voted 4-0 to hire Liguori & Morris on an “as needed” basis. Attorney Gregory Morris of Liguori & Morris will represent the town in the solicitor role, according to Dagsboro Town Administrator Cindi Brought.

“It’s only ‘as needed.’ Basically, he is going to help me get caught up on delinquent taxes, water, condemnation; things that have been untouched for years now,” said Ms. Brought.

Attorney Rob Witsil had served as Dagsboro’s solicitor for about a decade, Ms. Brought estimated.

The solicitor issue surfaced at the April 2018 council meeting. Councilman William Chandler brought to council’s attention in the annual audit that the town budgeted $5,000 for legal fees and actually spent over $9,000.

“We have a budget of $5,000 a year,” said Ms. Brought. “We went over that a good bit last year. But it depends on what is going on. We had some big issues come up last year.”

“We did determine – the council did – that we do not have to have an attorney at every single meeting. It’s just not necessary. That will cut that cost for sure. We don’t need them at planning and zoning.” Ms. Brought said. “So, any bigger issues that come up is the only thing we will need him for. I’ll be his main contact as far as needs to be done. It will be a lot less than what we have paid out.”

The town received five response proposals for solicitor. Town council’s appointed committee – Mayor Brian Baull, Ms. Brought and Mr. Chandler – interviewed four of those law firms.

“I think we came to a conclusion as to which one we thought was the one that would be the right fit for Dagsboro,” said Mr. Chandler, adding the Liguori & Morris law firm would be the firm that “would fit our needs and be able to represent us well.”

Mr. Morris will be available in September, Ms. Brought said.

Sign ordinance amendment

An amended sign ordinance is in place.

Council at its July meeting voted 4-0 in approving the amendment that allows commercial properties on larger parcels to have larger signage. The allowable size is now 32 square feet, basically the size of a 4 by 8-foot sheet of plywood.

It pertains to commercial properties and signage must be on-premise, creating no safety hazard.

“The sign ordinance was more of a clarification issue,” said Ms. Brought. “We’re just trying to clarify things.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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