A Moment With The Mayor

 
Dear City of Seaford Residents and Property Owners,
 
Did you know we have an election coming up on Saturday April 20, 2019 at City Hall from 7 AM - 3 PM at City Hall?  This is your opportunity to have your say on who will serve as our next City Council person for a 3-year term.  The City Council sets the direction of our City.  Elected officials collectively commit their time, talent, and energy towards what they want to see is best for Seaford.  The City Council members serve a critical role in representing you!
 
Anyone eighteen (18) years of age or older who is a bona fide resident is eligible to vote and must have be registered at Seaford City Hall by 5:00 p.m., E.S.T., March 22, 2019.  A nonresident property owner to be eligible to vote must be owner of record for a period of six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the Annual Municipal Election (October 20, 2018) and shall have one vote provided he or she is registered on the “Books of Registered Voters” maintained at the City Hall.  Please note, this registration process is seprate from the State and Federal election registration processes.  Registration hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by appointment if you cannot register during these normal business hours.
 
I, along with the City Council, would like to thank Councilwoman Leanne Phillips-Lowe for her 12 years of service on City Council.  She has served with excellence as liaison for the following departments: Police and Fire, Public Works, WWTF, Administration, Parks and Recreation. She also served as the Vice Mayor from 2014-2016.  She will be missed on City Council, but we know she will remain involved in our community.  Thank you, Leanne, for your love of Seaford and leadership on City Council.

 
David Genshaw
Mayor

The City of Seaford Chief of Police Resigns

February 12, 2019 – The Chief of the City of Seaford Police Department has tendered his resignation.  His last day on the job will be Friday, March 1, 2019.
 
Chief Robert Kracyla submitted his resignation to the City Manager on Monday.  He outlined his reasoning for the resignation as a new opportunity which is closer to his family.
 
“We are sorry we didn’t have Chief with us longer here in Seaford, but we certainly understand how important family is to him and we are happy he will have the opportunity to serve closer to them.  We have a great leadership team in place at the Seaford Police Department.  We are confident in the men and women at the department, who will continue the mission to serve, as they have over the past year.  Seaford will continue to be proactive against crime and drugs, as well as continuing the commitment to our community,” said Seaford Mayor David Genshaw.
 
During his time at the Seaford Police Department, many changes have occurred.  Officer visibility has significantly increased, thus driving the crime numbers down.  Officers have engaged the community’s help in solving crimes through the use of social media.  Additionally, the department is currently holding its first Citizen’s Police Academy and will be hosting a Youth Citizen’s Academy in collaboration with the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club.
 
Charles Anderson, City Manager, stated, “Chief Kracyla will be missed by our entire community, both residents and business owners alike.  We have the highest confidence in the men and women of the Seaford Police Department and 911 Center to not only carry on the initiatives that the Chief started, but improve them with professional service and community connection.  On behalf of the employees of the city, we would like to wish Rob the best of luck in his new endeavor.”
 
When asked about his departure, Chief Kracyla stated, “I certainly have enjoyed being a part of the Seaford family and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as your Police Chief for almost a year. I feel we as a City of Seaford team have attained some distinguished accomplishments which I am so proud to have been a part of.”
 
 
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Charles Anderson                                    (302) 629-9173                   canderson@seafordde.com

The City of Seaford Promotes 22 Year Officer to Deputy Chief of Police

February 11, 2019 – The City of Seaford Police Department has promoted Sergeant Michael C. Rapa, a 22-year departmental veteran, to the position of Deputy Chief of Police, effective February 11, 2019.   Sgt. Rapa was hired by the Seaford Police Department and graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy in 1998.
 
Chief Robert Kracyla stated “I want to extend my congratulations to Sgt. Mike Rapa on his promotion to Deputy Chief.  He brings a multitude of assets that fit the needs of the Seaford Police Department and City of Seaford.  His 22 years of dedicated service, as well as his diverse experience, will bring quality and professionalism to the Police Department as well as the community.  Deputy Rapa will carry on the tradition and direction of community policing in Seaford in his role as the Deputy Chief.”
 
During his tenure with the Seaford Police Department, Deputy Chief Rapa has worked as Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and was a member of the Seaford Police tactical team for 19 years.  Deputy Chief Rapa has obtained certifications in Clandestine Lab Collection, Advanced SWAT, NTOA Team Leader and Risk Mitigation, and completed Baltimore County Observer/Counter-Sniper certification.
 
“Deputy Chief Rapa has been an outstanding officer for the City of Seaford for the past 22 years and we look forward to the continued contributions he will make to our community in his new role”, said City Manager Charles Anderson.
 
When asked about his promotion, Deputy Chief Rapa stated “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as Seaford Police Department’s Deputy Chief.  I look forward to working with my fellow officers and the community to further strengthen our relationship through professionalism and integrity.”

New Disconnection Proceedures Begin January 1, 2019

Starting JANUARY 1, 2019 Electric disconnects will be done remotely AND NEW FEES IN EFFECT.
 
NEW FEES:
Electric/Water DELINQUENT FEE $40.00 on all payments not received by end of business day on the 5th
Additional Electric Meter Deposit $25.00
*NEW* Electric RECONNECT FEE $25.00 (Business Hours)
*NEW* Water RECONNECT FEE $40.00 (Business Hours)
*NEW* Electric RECONNECT FEE $100.00 (After Hours)
*NEW* Water RECONNECT $60.00 (After Hours)
 
Cash will NOT be accepted as a form of payment afterhours. Check, Money Order, Or On line payment (payment confirmation must be taken to Police Station or forwarded to: 302-841-7622.
 
Notices will NOT be left at your door on day of disconnect
Please read your bill for all your payment options.
 
If you have questions about getting service restored after business hours, please call: 302-841-7622.

Audited Financial Statement for the Period Ending June 30, 2018 Now Available 

At a City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, members from S B & Company, LLC presented the Audited Financial Statements for the period ending June 30, 2018 to the members of the City Council and public. The complete information can be found below. 


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City of Seaford Launches New Citizen Reporting Tool Powered by SeeClickFix

April 6, 2018 – The City of Seaford has partnered with SeeClickFix to announce a new platform which will allow citizens to report quality-of-life issues and request City of Seaford services.
 
With the free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools, City of Seaford citizens will now be able to provide staff with pictures, videos, specific descriptions, and more — valuable information needed to get the job done efficiently. In addition, the SeeClickFix platform provides a centralized issue management system to manage issues from creation to resolution — engaging City of Seaford citizens throughout the process.
 
Mayor David Genshaw is excited about this app and notes the “interactive, fast response tool allows our community to be part of making Seaford better and provides us with a measurable tool to the problem resolution”
 
This partnership not only allows City of Seaford citizens to report problems, but also to view, comment on, and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests — not just the ones they report.  “See Click Fix is a great technology advancement the City has invested in to better connect us with our residents and businesses. The mobile app is convenient and easy to use” said City Manager Charles Anderson.
 
SeeClickFix officials say they “are honored to partner with Seaford to expand their citizen services. It’s exciting to watch a city partner with their residents to improve their community through better efficiency and transparency. In addition, Seaford launches as the first SeeClickFix partner in Delaware!”  The SeeClickFix mobile app is available for download on Android and iPhone, and then just search for Seaford, DE within the app after is installed.   In addition to the mobile apps, citizens can send reports to the City’s website https://www.seafordde.com and click on the Report Concerns button on the home page and also at seeclickfix.com https://seeclickfix.com/seaford
 
 
About SeeClickFix
 
SeeClickFix was founded in 2008 to empower citizens with tools to publicly document quality of life concerns in their neighborhoods. By radically improving the quantity and quality of this data, SeeClickFix was quickly adopted by local governments, who needed a better way to receive information from citizens.
 
This exchange helped to build one of the largest neighborhood networks in the world — upon which public agencies and public citizens engage to improve communities. Today, SeeClickFix has official partnerships with hundreds of cities, engaging hundreds of thousands of citizens in the resolution of millions of issues.
 
SeeClickFix has worked with government partners to develop municipal management tools on top of this citizen network. As SeeClickFix is adopted into the everyday lives of government users, the benefit of the engaged citizen base continues to grow.
 

City Offers Bill Pay and E-Bill Options

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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FY2015 Audited Financial Statement Now Available

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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Sussex County Launches Smart911 Service For Public


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.