Dagsboro council OKs interconnect agreement with Artesian

DAGSBORO — Town of Dagsboro officials have taken a formal step that in the not-too-distant future could result in tapping a new water supply source for the town and its water customers.

By 4-0 vote, town council this week approved an interconnect agreement with Artesian Water Company, which is undertaking a new well system in the immediate Dagsboro area.

Town council members Theresa Ulrich, Norwood Truitt, Patrick Miller and Mayor Brian Baull supported the agreement.

This action at the June 17 meeting follows council’s approval at the May meeting of preliminary site plans for Artesian’s project. Those plans include three new wells, a maintenance building and a one-million gallon elevated water tower on property off SR 20 not far from the Vines Creek Road (SR 26) intersection.

“The agreement with Artesian doesn’t mean we are doing any business them until our agreement with Millsboro runs out,” Mayor Baull noted prior to council’s vote.

“Unless we had an emergency,” Dagsboro Town Administrator Cindi Brought said.

According to the agreement, the town of Dagsboro “will not include purchasing water from Artesian at this time unless there would be an emergency situation with Millsboro not being able to supply the town with water. Dagsboro is in a binding contract with the town of Millsboro in regard to serving water to the town through December 2022. At the conclusion of our contract with Millsboro the plan is to consider switching water service from the town of Millsboro to Artesian services as they will have the connections set up for us to come online with them.”

Ms. Brought at the May meeting stated that the town’s 20-year contract with the town of Millsboro has no clauses “to give Dagsboro an out at all.”

Also, during Dagsboro’s May council meeting, John M. Thaeder, vice president of operations for Artesian, said Artesian has undertaken test drilling in the immediate Dagsboro area and found a quality water supply that would fit the company’s growth plans.

Police chief search

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey, who in May announced his plans to retire later this year to take a school security position with the Indian River School District, updated council on the application process in the search for his successor.

“We have seven resumes that we have received at this point,” Chief Toomey said. “Actually, quite honestly, there is probably four or five of them that are all well-qualified to do it.”

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 21.

Chief Toomey has been Dagsboro’s top cop since January of 2007. He has been in law enforcement for 32 years, including the chief’s position with the Ellendale Police Department prior to coming to Dagsboro.

Ms. Brought at the May meeting said the town is hoping to have a new chief hired by July 22.

Chief Toomey, 62, has accepted a school safety/constable position at Phillip Showell Elementary School, which is near his residence in Selbyville.

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