SEAFORD, De-State, Local and Federal leaders in Seaford today celebrate securing $1.2 million in funding to relocate a sewer pipeline to the shore of the Nanticoke, making way for the next phase of park development Towns Oyster House.
The funding was secured by Delaware Senator Tom Carper, as an additional position in addition to the Build Back Better funding secured by Delaware.
“It’s what we would call aid on gambling, with this funding helping to get people recreating to come to Seaford and investing in critical infrastructure like sewage,” Senator Carper said.
The plan is to move the pipeline, currently located at the bottom of South Pearl and South Cannon Street further inland and upstream, freeing up the river basin for further development and protecting the pipes from the threat of rising waters. .
Park advocates, thanking the senator’s involvement in securing the funds, are excited to begin drafting plans to move the pipes, which could take 18 months.
“I think this park will bring enough traffic to downtown that I think can revitalize the city itself and we can’t go to the full park plan unless we move the sewers, so it’s absolutely essential that Senator Carper receives this money,” the Chesapeake Conservancy president said. Randall Larrimore.
Seaford Mayor David Genshaw said that although the sewer only moves about 30 feet, the price tag of moving it was too high for the city to handle on its own.
“It’s critical infrastructure, but it’s not necessarily something that people see and that’s always when we talk about infrastructure upgrades of millions and millions of dollars and it takes so much of time,” Genshaw said.
Senator Carper tells us he’s thrilled to be able to help the town and hopes the community will enjoy the park when it’s finished.
When I come here I want to see people recreating, living here and people who want to visit here spending money here and helping support the economy.