Camden Residents Speak on Release of Sewer Authority Salaries - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Camden Residents Speak Out on Release of Sewer Authority Salaries

Posted:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

CAMDEN, Del.- Time is running out for the Camden-Wyoming Sewer and Water Authority. Delaware Superior Court Judge Robert Young issued a recent opinion stating that according to Delaware law, the authority has to release employee salary information to the public. The authority refused.

People who live in Camden had various reactions to the court's ruling and the authority's subsequent response.

"It seems like they're hiding something. If it's not that big of a deal, or if it is, why not just tell us," said Bianca Trivits or Camden.

"I think they should get paid for the work that they do. (Knowing their salaries) doesn't really make any difference to me," said Carrie Gibbons of Camden.

The issue began last May, when Georgette Williams, the treasurer for the Town of Wyoming, submitted a request for their salaries. The authority denied the request, stating it was not classified as a "public body." 

The court ruled the authority is a public body because it either is supported in whole or part by any public funds; expends or disburses public funds, including gifts or is charged by any other public official, body or agency to advise or make reports, investigations or recommendations.

Williams then filed a lawsuit with Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.

No one from the authority would speak with WBOC on- or off-camera.

Biden released this statement, reading in part: "The law clearly gives Delawareans access to public information about their government. The sewer and water authority is a public body and the salary information sought by this citizen must be released."

Camden resident Terri Hodges said she does not understand why the authority is holding back.

"Transparency is always the best policy and if there's nothing to hide there's really no reason not to report it," Hodges said.

The authority is expected to release a statement sometime this month.

Members have less than 30 days to appeal the decision.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • NASA to Release Artificial Clouds Above the Maryland Coast

    NASA to Release Artificial Clouds Above the Maryland Coast

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 4:46 AM EDT2017-05-30 08:46:57 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 4:46 AM EDT2017-05-30 08:46:57 GMT

    NASA will release luminescent clouds above the Mid-Atlantic coast while testing a new system to support studies of the ionosphere.

    More

    NASA will release luminescent clouds above the Mid-Atlantic coast while testing a new system to support studies of the ionosphere.

    More
  • Two Easton Crashes Lead to Drug, Alcohol Charges

    Two Easton Crashes Lead to Drug, Alcohol Charges

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 3:03 AM EDT2017-05-30 07:03:12 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 3:03 AM EDT2017-05-30 07:03:12 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)

    Two weekend crashes in Easton led to two arrests on drug and alcohol charges.

    More

    Two weekend crashes in Easton led to two arrests on drug and alcohol charges.

    More
  • Boat Catches Fire at Millsboro Marine Storage Yard

    Boat Catches Fire at Millsboro Marine Storage Yard

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:40 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:40:02 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:40 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:40:37 GMT

    Firefighters in Sussex County spent the evening of Memorial Day putting out a boat fire at a marine storage yard. According to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company, crews responded to an active fire at the Shorts Marine Storage Yard on Long Neck Road in Millsboro around 5 p.m. Monday.  The fire company says it looked like a Maxuum Marine Unit was on fire, and they out it out upon arrival.  Emergency response units from Indian River included Tanker 80 ...

    More

    Firefighters in Sussex County spent the evening of Memorial Day putting out a boat fire at a marine storage yard.

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Boat Catches Fire at Millsboro Marine Storage Yard

    Boat Catches Fire at Millsboro Marine Storage Yard

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:40 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:40:02 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:40 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:40:37 GMT

    Firefighters in Sussex County spent the evening of Memorial Day putting out a boat fire at a marine storage yard. According to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company, crews responded to an active fire at the Shorts Marine Storage Yard on Long Neck Road in Millsboro around 5 p.m. Monday.  The fire company says it looked like a Maxuum Marine Unit was on fire, and they out it out upon arrival.  Emergency response units from Indian River included Tanker 80 ...

    More

    Firefighters in Sussex County spent the evening of Memorial Day putting out a boat fire at a marine storage yard.

    More
  • Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Coming to Delaware

    Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Coming to Delaware

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:30:34 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:02:16 GMT
    Gordon Ramsay; Photo Credit: MGNGordon Ramsay; Photo Credit: MGN

    DOVER, Del. (AP) - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is coming to Delaware for a race at the Dover International Speedway.      

    More

    DOVER, Del. (AP) - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is coming to Delaware for a race at the Dover International Speedway.      

    More
  • Maryland Couple Arrested after Fight with Officer

    Maryland Couple Arrested after Fight with Officer

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:22 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:22:36 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:05 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:05:04 GMT
    (Photo Credit: DSPD)(Photo Credit: DSPD)

    DEWEY BEACH, Del. – Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland couple for fighting with a security officer on patrol at Indian Beach.

    More

    DEWEY BEACH, Del. – Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland couple for fighting with a security officer on patrol at Indian Beach.

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Dover PD Investigating Weekend Homicide

    Dover PD Investigating Weekend Homicide

    The Dover Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 31-year-old man that happened late on Sunday night.

    More

    The Dover Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 31-year-old man that happened late on Sunday night.

    More
  • Dover Leaders Say High-Crime Areas Will be Saturated With Police

    Dover Leaders Say High-Crime Areas Will be Saturated With Police

    After a number of shooting incidents in recent weeks, Dover's mayor and police chief on Friday announced officers will be focusing their efforts in high-crime areas in the city.

    Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen said the effort comes after the city has seen more than 20 shooting incidents in 2017 and at a time when the summer is fast approaching and children and teenagers will be leaving school.

    More

    After a number of shooting incidents in recent weeks, Dover's mayor and police chief on Friday announced officers will be focusing their efforts in high-crime areas in the city.

    Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen said the effort comes after the city has seen more than 20 shooting incidents in 2017 and at a time when the summer is fast approaching and children and teenagers will be leaving school.

    More
  • Memorial Day Observed in Kent County

    Memorial Day Observed in Kent County

    Light rain and drizzle didn't stop hundreds from participating in Memorial Day events in Kent County ON Monday, as veterans and families of service members honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

    A parade kicked off in the morning along Main Street in Smyrna as veterans and families made their way to the Smyrna Municipal Park for an annual memorial service.

    More

    Light rain and drizzle didn't stop hundreds from participating in Memorial Day events in Kent County ON Monday, as veterans and families of service members honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

    A parade kicked off in the morning along Main Street in Smyrna as veterans and families made their way to the Smyrna Municipal Park for an annual memorial service.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices