The Delaware Department of Transportation has the green light from the Georgetown Town Council to make improvements to the intersection of U.S. Route 113 and Ennis Road.
According to Town Manager Gene Dvornick, there were two options on the table, one being installation of a traffic signal, and the other being installation of channelizing islands to prohibit eastbound and westbound left-turn and through movements while permitting northbound and southbound left-turns and U-turns.
Dvornick said DelDOT has recommended the channelized islands, as the traffic signal is more expensive and does not achieve as high of a reduction in vehicle collisions.
At its May 8 regular meeting, the council unanimously agreed to support the islands over the traffic signal.
"I think they're answering a big problem at Ennis Road by doing this, because there are a lot of bad accidents," said Mayor Mike Wyatt.
There is no start date yet for work on the intersection.
Also at the May 8 meeting, the council unanimously approved a no-cost, one-year lease with farmer Sammy Swann for the town-owned 80 acres adjacent to the Georgetown Wastewater Reclamation Facility on Cedar Lane.
According to Dvornick, Swann will plant and harvest a pay crop on the land and, as part of the town's permit with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Swann must conduct an agricultural analysis and send the results to the state.
"This is a one-year lease, just to make sure he follows through with everything, so we're not locked into something long term," Dvornick said. "The farmer we had [there] the last four years did not do a very good job for us."
Fixing the fountain
In his May 8 departmental report to the council, Bill Bradley, director of Public Works, said Georgetown's fountain, which was damaged April 22 by a suspected drunk driver, must have all of its brickwork re-done.
"There's no way to get all the bricks to match without [replacing all of them]," Bradley said. "Apparently it's the coloration … the age and deterioration of the bricks. You'll always have a patch job, and you'll definitely see it."
The estimated cost of this repair, as well as repairs to a fire hydrant, signs, and bushes, has not been made available to the public. Bradley said the town's insurance company will make contact with the driver's insurance company regarding compensation for the repairs.