Building Plan Released For New Supermarket
By: Patti Martin
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, July 16, 2015
DINGMANS FERRY-Township supervisors announced that they have received a building plan for the large supermarket on Route 739, between Pie’s On and Bayada.
near Wells Fargo.
The plan also includes space for gas pumps between the supermarket and the smaller stores. The gas station will be a part of the supermarket.
The shopping center will be large enough to require a traffic light on Route 739. The owner of the supermarket remains a secret. The plans are now available at the township building for anyone who wishes to view them.
Supervisors also discussed several possible upgrades to Akenac Park, including water system upgrades, a caretaker, streetlights, and raising the hall rental fee.
The water system upgrades are under way, since the park needs to be “more consistent with DEP requirements,” according to Supervisor Tom Ryan. The project is now in the final stages. The park is also in need of a lighting upgrade. Ryan noted that when it gets dark, “it really gets dark.” This could be a safety hazard for several reasons including people getting lost, or attacked. The streetlights would resolve this problem.
Supervisors also discussed having a caretaker at Akenac Park. The position would include on-site housing, and allow for round-the-clock maintenance. Ryan stated, “it’s reached the level that we should have someone 24/7, or at least in the evening.” Supervisors agreed to take further discussion on the matter at the next meeting.
Because of these, and other upgrades, supervisors discussed raising the hall rental fee. Township
Treasurer Administrator Krista Predmore stated, “the hall is in demand at this point. Once the kitchen is finished, demand will increase. We’re putting a lot of money into it.” Supervisors decided to not set a new rate for the moment.
The park also found a new use, when Shawn Boles, from Eastern Pike Soccer Club, requested space to use as a soccer field. Boles stated they have 400-500 kids in the program each year, and it’s getting more difficult to find space to play. Boles added, “We’ll put the goals in. We’ll give back if you can help us.
Ryan responded, “The best thing we can do for kids is give them something they can really do.” He also noted that they already have baseball, softball, and football practicing there, so there would be plenty of room for a soccer field in Akenac.
The next Delaware Township meeting will be July 22, at 6pm, at the township building.