Dagsboro council OKs parking lot bumpers, signage, town administrator contract

 

The parking lot at Dagsboro Town Hall and Dagsboro Police Department headquarters on Main Street is getting parking stop-bumpers and a handicap parking sign.

DAGSBORO – Dagsboro town leaders are updating the town hall/police station parking lot.

Town council at the April 16 meeting approved the purchase of parking stop-bumpers and handicap signage for seven parking spaces in the lot off Main Street. Council’s vote was 4-0, with one council member absent.

Ordered this week, the parking bumpers are made of durable hard plastic and can easily be anchored through the blacktop base into the ground with 18-inch spikes.

Six bumpers are yellow.

“Yellow is probably a lot more noticeable,” said Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey.

The other is blue, designating the space for handicap parking.

Total cost with shipping is around $350, Dagsboro Town Administrator Cindi Brought said.

At present, there are no plans to stripe the lot.

The handicap sign runs about $30, Ms. Brought said.

Bumpers will not only serve to specify parking spaces but hopefully prevent vehicles and plows from striking a fence on neighboring property. The fencing has been struck several several times.

Town administrator contract

In a motion presented by councilman William Chandler, council voted 4-0 to authorize a $3,000 annual raise in approving the “expired” town administrator contract with Ms. Brought.

Cindi Brought

Noting Mayor Baull and councilman Norwood Truitt, council’s secretary, previously signed the contract, Mr. Chandler felt the contract needed to be addressed in public forum.

“We let this kind of get by us. The contract kind of expired and so we needed to renew the contract,” Mr. Chandler said. “I think we need to formally approve the contract in open public session. Naturally, I am willing to make a motion to approve the contract with Cindi as the town administrator.”

“I will go one step more and say that I think – it may not be appropriate to do it tonight if everyone wants to think about it some more – but I think it would be appropriate to give her a salary increase,” said Mr. Chandler. “She is paid $42,000 now. I think she deserves more than that. I would be in favor of raising it; I’m going to say $3,000 to $45,000. I don’t know what the temperature of the council is, but I just wanted to put that out there for your consideration.”

“I have no problem with her getting a raise,” said councilwoman Theresa Ulrich.

“I think that’s money well spent,” said Dagsboro Mayor Brian Baull. “She has done a tremendous job. I don’t have a problem with it all.”

“That’s all I hear from people who tell me they’ve gone into town hall for something and they all say to be me,’ Bill, really, I got treated well,’” said Mr. Chandler. “So, I think we should recognize good talent when we’ve got it.”

The affirmative vote was 4-0.

Mr. Chandler also made note of a provision in the town administrator’s contract.

“The only other thing I would add; the contract calls for something to be done. And I know it’s a pain in the neck, but it really is something that the employee deserves – and that is to get an annual review for their performance. And mayor, I apologize because it kind of like falls on you to do that,” said Mr. Chandler. “I do think that is something that we have not really done in the past very well or very religiously. It really is I think useful for the employee to get the feedback. I’m sure it is going to be a very positive feedback. But anything that can come back to the employee about their performance, and what they are doing and how they are doing it, I think is useful to them as an employee. I would urge that we try to work that into our agenda.”

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

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