Delaware State Police Lt. Douglas Deveney warned those attending the Townsend Council meeting Aug. 7 that eight burglaries were reported to the State Police in the Townsend zip code in July.
"That's almost double compared to the month before," he said.
In one case, the suspect entered the residence by pushing a window unit air conditioner into the house and going through the window.
"If you're going on vacation, take the air conditioner out and lock the window," Devaney said.
The majority of the other burglaries were from sheds.
"A motorcycle was taken out of one shed, so make sure your sheds are locked," he said.
Mayor Jermaine Hatton asked for more information to determine how many of those burglaries happened in town limits. Devaney shared the addresses with Town Manager Dawson Green so town officials and police would know which locations had been targeted in town.
Resident Dwain A. Haines asked if the state police could park a patrol car on Commerce Street to watch for speeders, especially on Saturday mornings and afternoons.
Citizens at the meeting also brought up concerns about tall grass and weeds at the town hall property, and a sidewalk in need of repair on South Street where a woman fell and was hurt.
Financial changes include on online bill payment system
Mayor Hatton said the town staff is nearly ready to accept online payments for trash bills.
"We are getting 99.9 percent usage out of our new financial software," he said. "We should be able to get trash bills online soon, but there's one glitch to work out. The system is working for tax bills [online]. The new financial reports we're getting [with the new software] are better and give a more detailed account of funds."
The latest trash bills have a four-digit PIN number at the top next to the account number. The PIN number is required if residents want to pay their trash bill or tax bill on the town's website.
In other financial news, Hatton said the town has moved its checking account to PNC "to get more services at a reduced cost."
Streetscape project planned
Town Engineer Owen Hyne announced that the town will be opening bids on the streetscape project on Aug. 21. The project – on Main Street from South Street to Chestnut Street – includes new curbs and sidewalks.
"It's going to beautify that area of town," said Hyne. "We hope to award the contract in September."