At the Regular Mayor and City Council Meeting on November 7, 2016 S B & Company, LLC presented the Audited Finanical Statements for the Fiscal Year that ended on June 30, 2016.
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SEAFORD — The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA), in collaboration with the Delaware Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare (OAW), will launch a large-scale cat sterilization program in November to spay/neuter all unaltered cats in Seaford and Georgetown at no cost to the public. The program will be funded with a $100,000 grant the OAW helped the BVSPCA obtain from an anonymous organization. The program aims to stabilize cat populations in those towns and research the effects of targeted trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR).
“Our goal is to launch a targeted program that relies on research, collaboration and ongoing program assessment to successfully manage the challenges that our neighborhoods face with community cats,” said Adam Lamb, Chief Executive Officer of BVSPCA. “We’re confident that this program will show that targeted spay/neuter is the best approach to managing cat overpopulation and will eventually provide best practices to be implemented in other communities struggling with similar situations.”
Spay/neuter services will be offered to all free-roaming and owned cats in Seaford and Georgetown over several months with the help of the Delaware Humane Association (DHA), Delaware Friends of Animals (DFOA) volunteer network and individual animal rescuers. BVSPCA and volunteers will evaluate the number of unaltered cats in Seaford and Georgetown, and coordinate trapping and transport of cats for spay/neuter surgeries. DHA has offered the use of its mobile spay/neuter clinic so surgeries can be completed within close proximity.
“We are pleased to be a partner in this important community initiative,” said OAW Executive Director Hetti Brown. The funding this grant provides will also help many people who were previously unable to have the cats in their care or on their properly, sterilized, by providing trapping, transporting and free surgeries. Delaware has struggled with cat overpopulation and we hope this program, which includes research and evaluation, will be the first of many to reduce unwanted litters and allow existing cats to live healthier lives.”
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), spaying female cats reduces their chances of developing pyometra (a fatal uterine infection), uterine cancer, and other reproductive system cancers. The HSUS states male neutered cats have a reduced risk of developing testicular and prostate cancers.
By sterilizing a substantial percentage of community cats in a targeted area, TNVR prevents the birth of more unwanted cats, and cat populations gradually decline. TNVR results in fewer nuisance issues, protection for people and pets against rabies, and reduced animal homelessness and suffering. Several municipalities in Delaware have successfully implemented TNVR, abandoning old “catch and kill” methods that were costly and ineffective.
“Seaford is glad to see a service being rendered to reduce the free-roaming cat population and assist our residents, especially those who want to obtain such services but are not able to pay out of pocket,” said Seaford City Manager Dolores Slatcher. “The success of this program will serve to reduce complaints, and assist owners and those who tend to free-roaming cats with the right action to reducing the cat population in Seaford.”
“The Town of Georgetown welcomes the opportunity to partner with BVSPCA and OAW in providing this valuable service to our residents and the cat population within Town,” said Georgetown Town Manager Gene Dvornick.
To schedule an appointment for spay/neuter services, please call 302-312-4290.
For more information about the Brandywine Valley SPCA, please visit www.bvspca.org.
About the Brandywine Valley SPCA:
Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA was the first open admission shelter in Pennsylvania to achieve No Kill status and serves as the only open admission shelter in Chester County. Its mission is to put the “human” back in humane animal treatment and advocate on their behalf. Each year, the BVSPCA cares for nearly 5,000 stray, owner-surrendered, wayward owned, and abused and neglected animals. In 2016, the BVSPCA opened a new shelter in Delaware. For more information, please visit www.bvspca.org.
Delmarva Power recently issued a letter dated August 29th to its customers regarding their new transmission project. The letter states the following:
To improve electric service in western Sussex County, Delmarva Power will rebuild a 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line along established right-of-way between Seaford and Laurel, Del.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in October 2016 and be completed by March 2017. We are informing residents who live near the line about this project, which features the modernization of infrastructure including the installation of steel poles, new conductors and fiber optic cable.
Delmarva Power will make every effort to minimize, if not avoid, any disturbance to properties near the work area. You may have noticed that we have already started some survey and other utility-related work in the right-of-way in preparation for this rebuild project.
Over the last five years, Delmarva Power has invested more than $550 million into its electric system and customers are benefiting from those investments, which have produced a 17 percent drop in the number of outages and a 44 percent increase in the speed in which outages are restored. The Seaford to Laurel project is one of several transmission upgrade projects that are planned for the Delmarva Peninsula over the next several years, all of which are designed to maintain safe and reliable electric service.
The attahced fact sheet provides more details on the project along with company contact information.
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Downes Associates, Inc. recently provided the City of Seaford with the preliminary design phase status report and estimated project budget for the Pine Street Electrical Substation and Reconstruction Project.
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Did you know the City of Seaford offers several bill pay options for your utility services? We also offer electronic billing too! For more infomration about these options and a description of our billing and collection process, please see the document below, or visit the Admistration Department page.
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At a Council meeting on Tuesday, November 25, a member of Pigg, Krahl and Stern presented the FY2015 Audited Financial Statements to the members of Council and the public. The complete information can be found below.
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The Community Fishing Pier, located on S. North St along the Nanticoke River, will be closed for an extended period of time over the coming months. As part of the construction taking place for the Residences at Riverplace, the Community Fishing Pier will be reconstructed. Until the new Fishing Pier is opened, the public is invited to use the City’s Riverwalk Park for fishing along the Nanticoke River. The Riverwalk is located west of Market Street adjacent to the old City Power Plant.
The Community Canoe & Kayak Launch, located on the east end of Water Street, will be closed for extended periods of time over the coming months. This is due to the construction taking place for the Residences at Riverplace, and concerns for public safety in this area. Until all of the construction is completed on Water Street, the public is invited to use the City’s floating dock in Riverwalk Park for launching Canoes & Kayaks into the Nanticoke River. The Riverwalk is located west of Market Street adjacent to the old City Power Plant.
Sussex County wants the public to be smart when it comes to preparing for the worst.
The County, in partnership with Delaware State Police, the Sussex County Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Seaford and Rehoboth Beach 9-1-1 dispatch centers, announced Thursday, Sept. 11, a new high-tech tool designed to give first responders critical information about those in need when seconds count.
Called Smart911™, the online service allows any Sussex County resident to create a Safety Profile for his or her household, and pre-load information in that profile should someone ever need to call 9-1-1. The service, which is completely voluntary and free to use, is unique in that it allows users to control their information, which travels with them wherever they may go in the United States, so long as another jurisdiction uses the Smart911™ program. The service, available at www.smart911.com, is especially helpful for people with specialized conditions, young children, or mobile phones, which unlike a home or business, do not have a physical address.
For instance, a diabetic with asthma could include his or her specific medical information in a Safety Profile, which would also include that person's mobile telephone number and home address. If the user ever dials 9-1-1, the pre-loaded information will display on a dispatcher's screen at any 9-1-1 center that uses Smart911™ - whether in Sussex County, Del., or King County, Wash. Meanwhile, parents can include pictures of their children in their household profiles that could be used to give first responders an instant image should a child ever become lost.
Information is encrypted and never released publicly, and is only relayed to dispatchers when a phone number associated with a household's pre-loaded profile calls 9-1-1.
"Taking a few minutes now to answer some basic questions could be a life-saver when you or someone in your family needs help," said Sussex County Council President Michael H. Vincent, who is also a longtime volunteer firefighter and former Seaford fire chief. "What Smart911 allows the public to do is to plan ahead, when people are calm and thinking clearly. They answer many of the same questions dispatchers would ask during an emergency call, when the situation might be chaotic, and it all can be done in just a few minutes. That could save precious minutes later on when timing is everything."
Smart911™ provides details that otherwise would have to be collected in the moment of crisis, which can affect the type and speed of response when an emergency call is placed. That can mean the difference between life and death.
Sussex County is providing the new service to the public at no cost to individual users or families. County Council included funding for the service beginning in the FY2014 budget.
"The Smart911 service represents another critical investment Sussex County has made in public safety," County Administrator Todd F. Lawson said. "Public safety is the single-biggest, and arguably most important, investment the County makes each year, from our award-winning EMS service and state-of-the-art 911 center to our partnerships with local fire companies and local and State police. We're proud to be able to offer this life- and time-saving service to the people of Sussex County."
Developed by Rave Mobile Safety and launched in 2010, Smart911™ is available in more than 1,000 communities in 35 states. In Delaware, Sussex County is the second jurisdiction to implement Smart911™; New Castle County has utilized the service since 2013.
"Smart911 allows a person to add cell phone numbers, pictures of family members, and any conditions or information that they believe would help dispatchers send the appropriate response," Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joseph L. Thomas said. "This will be especially helpful for those visiting our communities. If you are here on vacation and have a Smart911 profile, and an unfortunate emergency arises, this tool will give our 911 dispatchers the information they need to assist quickly in a time of need. We're proud to be able to offer the peace of mind that Smart911 provides."
To learn more about Smart911™ or to sign up, click the Smart911™ badge on the Sussex County website at www.sussexcountyde.gov or go directly to www.smart911.com. For residents without Internet service, Smart911™ information and registration is available at any library in Sussex County.
For further information or assistance, please call (302) 855-7801.