Possible Compromise Over Controversial Well in Frankford - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Possible Compromise Over Controversial Well in Frankford

Posted: Updated:

FRANKFORD, Del.- The town of Frankford says it is currently discussing a financial compromise with Mountaire Farms, after the poultry company split off from the town's water well last year. 

The town says Mountaire Farms offered to pay the town $1,000 a month over a 10-year period to help mitigate the financial impact caused by the company's withdrawal. The town says Mountaire Farms accounted for 33 percent of its water usage and subsequent revenue.

Frankford Councilman Marty Presley says the town countered Mountaire Farms' offer, asking for $3,000 a month, but that counteroffer was rejected. Presley says Frankford's lawyer has since written to Mountaire asking for clarification on its offer and what contingencies may exist.

"It's not over yet," Presley tells WBOC. "We probably won't hear back from them for a month or two. They obviously have to confer with their attorneys, but our proposal is out there."

Mountaire Farms did not respond to WBOC's request for comment by press time. As the town awaits Mountaire's response, Presley says the town is seeing progress on their settlement with DNREC. Presley says Frankford is set to receive $30,000 in grant money from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for a feasibility study into putting fluoride into the town's water. That study is the first step in achieving loan forgiveness from DNREC on the town's outstanding $450,000 debt on its water well. If the fluoride is put in place for 90 days, Presley says the town will get the loan forgiveness and permanently postpone a hearing on DNREC's decision to let Mountaire break away and build their own non-potable well.

The first hearing was set for Feb. 28, but was postponed as this settlement was reached, Presley says. 

Presley is optimistic the town will find a compromise with Mountaire Farms, as it did with DNREC.

"It's been going on now for a year with a lot of bad blood involved," he says. "I think Mountaire wants to work with us, and obviously we want to work with them, so I think we can reach some kind of agreement." 

For more background on this story, click here.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • 4 Sought in Armored Truck Robbery in Salisbury

    4 Sought in Armored Truck Robbery in Salisbury

    Jan 22, 2018 8:19 AM2018-01-22 13:19:00 GMT
    Monday, January 22 2018 10:56 AM EST2018-01-22 15:56:29 GMT
    Four armed robbers held up this armored truck Monday morning outside the SECU on Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)Four armed robbers held up this armored truck Monday morning outside the SECU on Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)
    Police are looking for four suspects wanted in connection with the armed robbery of an armored truck driver outside a bank in the 1100 block of Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, Maryland.More
    Police are looking for four suspects wanted in connection with the armed robbery of an armored truck driver outside the State Employees Credit Union in the 1100 block of Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, Maryland.More
  • Maryland Governor Unveils $5 Billion Package to Woo Amazon

    Maryland Governor Unveils $5 Billion Package to Woo Amazon

    Jan 22, 2018 10:40 AM2018-01-22 15:40:00 GMT
    Monday, January 22 2018 10:45 AM EST2018-01-22 15:45:51 GMT
    (Photo: AP)(Photo: AP)
    Maryland's governor is trying to land Amazon's second headquarters by offering a $5 billion package of tax incentives and transportation upgrades.More
    Maryland's governor is trying to land Amazon's second headquarters by offering a $5 billion package of tax incentives and transportation upgrades.More
  • Man Robbed of Cellphone in Dover Downs Parking Lot

    Man Robbed of Cellphone in Dover Downs Parking Lot

    Jan 22, 2018 10:08 AM2018-01-22 15:08:00 GMT
    Monday, January 22 2018 10:08 AM EST2018-01-22 15:08:37 GMT
    Dover Downs Casino in Dover (Photo: WBOC)Dover Downs Casino in Dover (Photo: WBOC)
    Dover police are looking for three suspects wanted for robbing a man of his cellphone at gunpoint in the parking lot of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.More
    Dover police are looking for three suspects wanted for robbing a man of his cellphone at gunpoint in the parking lot of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 4 Sought in Armored Truck Robbery in Salisbury

    4 Sought in Armored Truck Robbery in Salisbury

    Jan 22, 2018 8:19 AM2018-01-22 13:19:00 GMT
    Monday, January 22 2018 10:56 AM EST2018-01-22 15:56:29 GMT
    Four armed robbers held up this armored truck Monday morning outside the SECU on Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)Four armed robbers held up this armored truck Monday morning outside the SECU on Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)
    Police are looking for four suspects wanted in connection with the armed robbery of an armored truck driver outside a bank in the 1100 block of Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, Maryland.More
    Police are looking for four suspects wanted in connection with the armed robbery of an armored truck driver outside the State Employees Credit Union in the 1100 block of Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, Maryland.More
  • Women's March in Ocean City

    Women's March in Ocean City

    Jan 21, 2018 5:16 PM2018-01-21 22:16:00 GMT
    Sunday, January 21 2018 5:16 PM EST2018-01-21 22:16:28 GMT
    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City as part of the 2018 Women's March.More
    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City as part of the 2018 Women's March. More
  • Dover Kills Food Truck Program After Backlash

    Dover Kills Food Truck Program After Backlash

    Jan 19, 2018 6:34 PM2018-01-19 23:34:00 GMT
    Friday, January 19 2018 6:34 PM EST2018-01-19 23:34:12 GMT
    DOVER, Del. --- A program offering food trucks parking spaces on Loockerman Plaza for a monthly fee was cancelled in Dover after backlash from restaurants and local businesses, officials said. Assistant City Manager Kirby Hudson said the pilot program wasMore
    DOVER, Del. --- A program offering food trucks parking spaces on Loockerman Plaza for a monthly fee was cancelled in Dover after backlash from restaurants and local businesses, officials said. Assistant City Manager Kirby Hudson said the pilot program wasMore
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices