Mountaire offers $1 million to Selbyville in bid to quell traffic concerns

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Mountaire Farms has offered $1 million in reaching a solution to traffic issues at the street leading to its plant in Selbyville.

At the request of the Selbyville Town Council, Mountaire Farms has been reviewing options for traffic flow on the street where its processing plant is located.

The town has raised concerns about live haul chicken trucks backing across Hosier Street from one Mountaire owned property to the plant. Selbyville is located in a rapidly growing area of Sussex County.

The company has hired an engineering firm to perform traffic studies of Hosier Street, and propose options for traffic that include closing the street from Railroad Avenue to a location near the Southern Delaware School for the Arts.

In a presentation to the Town Council last week, Mountaire attorney Mark Dunkle presented a few options, including closing the road to thru traffic, the preferred option for the company. Normally, when a town permanently closes a portion of a street, the ownership reverts to the property owners on either side, at no cost.

But Dunkle said Mountaire was willing to offer a donation to the town of $1 million. The money could be used for any number of projects including restorations to the Post Office, upgrades to the Police Department or any other needs in the town.

The company asked the Town Council to appoint a Committee to study the issue. Earlier this month, the Town Council unanimously agreed to appoint a committee to study the issue.

Mountaire Farms is an agricultural food processing company that employs 8,500 people at facilities in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

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