Smyrna Town Council finally agreed to move in some type of direction in terms of the proposed police station at Monday night’s council meeting even if they didn’t actually vote on whether or not to move forward with the project.
In a 6-1 vote, council approved a motion to send consideration of the proposed police station – voted down in the town’s April 30 referendum – to the Finance Committee.
The committee is being charged with taking into account the existing and future capital projects for the town including the upcoming utility projects to Commerce Street and north of Duck Creek to see how the projects will impact the town and how the proposed police station figures in to these numbers to basically see if expanding the police station is a possibility at the present time.
Smyrna to work with state on Route 13 corridor plan
Council approved a memorandum of agreement between the Town of Smyrna, the State of Delaware, and the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization in reference to a Route 13 corridor plan. While the memorandum hasn’t been finalized by the state, council agreed for Mayor Pat Stombaugh to execute the final version of memorandum as soon as it’s received.
With the agreement, the town will work with state offices and the MPO in coming up with a design and land use ideas to help Route 13 blend with towns across the state. Funding for this project comes from DelDOT and the MPO.
“With the this, we’ll do a better job of – as we build utilities – having the highway function as part of the town of Smyrna as opposed to what we unfortunately see in much of the rest of the state where major highways tend to look like every place else,” said Town Manager Dave Hugg.
Fundraising sub-committee dissolved
The Police Building Fundraising Committee – a subcommittee of the Police Building Committee – was dissolved by council.
The fundraising subcommittee was started earlier this year to help raise funds for the possible project.
However, concerns were raised by council members with the way the committee was being handled. Councilman Jeff Flairty questioned if the town should be fundraising for the project and suggested residents start a private organization to fundraise; council agreed with this and voted to disband the subcommittee.
Concerns with council
The past few meetings have featured a few heated arguments among members of council; Monday night was no different as tempers flared not only regarding the fundraising subcommittee but prior to public forum as well.
Page 2 of 2 - Stombaugh told residents that due to issues with people going over their allocated three minutes during the recognition of visitors portion that residents shouldn’t expect a response from council. Other members of council quickly jumped at the statement including Councilman Anthony DeFeo and Councilwoman Valerie White, as council hadn’t discussed the issue of people talking over their three minutes.
Resident Cindy Cogar sited this as an example of council not getting along during a portion of her three minutes.
“There is a lack of control at these meetings. As mayor, it is your responsibility to take control of the meetings and you didn’t do that last time,” Cogar said.
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