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  • Council orders repair or demolition of Dover pool

  • Members of Dover City Council have declared one property in the city as dangerous and deferred action on another.
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  • Members of Dover City Council held a relatively short, 45-minute session Monday night, voting to declare one property in the city as dangerous and deferring action on another.
    After the meeting, council members recessed into executive session to discuss potential litigation against the police department and to address a completed Department of Justice audit of police grants.
    Following the closed session, Council President David Bonar said the council took no action on either issue.
    The possible litigation involved “issues that have been resolved, mainly personnel issues,” Bonar said, adding that City Controller Donna Mitchell and Chief of Police Paul Bernat would be reviewing the issue of the DOJ audit.
    Bonar provided no additional details.
    During its regular session, council members unanimously voted to declare a pool and pump house at 814 Maple Parkway as a dangerous property, giving the owner, Frank P. Jones, and others, 10 days to either make repairs or demolish it.
    The house adjoining the pool has been vacant and vandalized several times, said City Manager Scott Koenig. It was condemned in November 2013. The dangerous property designation does not apply to the house, however.
    “This has been a source of neighborhood complaints, as you can imagine,” he told council.
    Koenig also had been prepared to address demolition of a property at 39 N. New St., but asked council to defer action for two weeks while the owner, Erin L. Cooper, sought bids to either demolish or refurbish the property.
    Council also approved a new contract to service the city’s 17 emergency generators, giving the nod to Roy’s Electrical Services of Cheswold. The contract pays the company $9,985 annually over three years, with options for two one-year extensions.
    The generators are used to provide emergency power to city facilities, including City Hall, wells, pump stations and the water treatment plant.

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