Like everyone else at this time of year, one is inclined to craft a Year in Review type report. After compiling a list in preparation for doing just that, it became quite obvious that such a document would be more like a book. It would violate the simple belief that this verse should be brief. Therefore, in keeping with this principle of less is best, this report will be segmented into specific broad accomplishment categories with key outcomes noted. Indeed, your Town Council has been busy doing their very best for you and our community.
Should one be so inclined, the minutes of the Town Council Meetings are on the Town website offering each the opportunity to view in greater detail the substance of each item of note in this report. In addition, just a reminder – all are welcome to attend and participate in all the Town Council Meetings, the dates of which are also on the Town website or you may contact any one of your 5 Council people directly – contact information is on the Town website too.
RELATIONSHIPS – The SB Fire Company; DelDot – Water on Road warning signage; US Army Corp of Engineers and DNREC about beach replenishment; fostering positive dialogues with federal/state/county/municipal elected officials; Same with federal, state and county government officials; Involvement in mutual interest groups such as Sussex Co. Association of Towns, Alliance of Bayshore Communities, Resilient and Sustainable Communities League; Coast Day; Coastal Cleanup.
ADMINISTRATIVE – $100k DEMA flooding analysis/mitigation Grant; UD College of Landscape Architecture project to ID a masterplan for combating sea level rise; completed the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the Emergency Operations Plan; finalizing the DNREC Resiliency Grant Outcomes Report; the smooth transition to the Artesian Water Company from the SB Water Co; USDA studies completed on water and wastewater; partnership to successfully design, fund and build an educational boardwalk into the salt marsh (construction to begin January 7, 2019); First Annual 5K race and fundraiser (approx.. $14k split and awarded to the SB Fire Co and the DE Nature Society. Next May 5, 2019 will be the same event with all the proceeds to benefit our fire Co).
MAINTENANCE/SECURITY/SAFETY – Increased State Police town patrols; new security cameras; Phragmites Control spraying; paint/roof repair/electrical upgrade to pavilion and restroom; parking lot paving; rehab of all town access roads; playground/tennis and basketball court repairs.
ENVIRONMENTAL – total of 6 Osprey chicks fledged from the two nest platforms in SB and one at the DuPont Nature. The DuPont Nature Center is an asset to the Town and Council has been involved as a partner with them in projects like DelDot elevating Lighthouse Rd, the solar powered Nature Cam and the Osprey Cam (both live-fed to our Town’s website); the jetty rehab project and the Mispillion Harbor sandbar removal.
In closing, although it is quite a list of accomplishments, we look forward to raising the bar…..reaching even greater heights for you in 2019.
With that being written it is the proper time to recognize two special individuals who have retired from state service in 2018. State Reprehensive Harvey Kenton and State Senator Gary Simpson have long been a true ally for the Town. (For example, the $50k they collectively contributed to the boardwalk project.) They will be missed but never forgotten. With their exit from public service, it is only appropriate to extend our hand and warmly welcome their successors – State Representative Brian Shupe and State Senator Dave Wilson. The Town is looking forward to collaborating with them in as productive a manner as was done with Harvey and Gary over the many years for the benefit of all in our community.