Ocean View

Ocean View shop celebrates bird-feeding

Outside of a kitchen window in the back yard of the house where Connie Marshall grew up, her father had a bird feeder.

He didn’t take trips with his binoculars to find birds. He wasn’t even an avid bird watcher. He was just what Marshall called a “back-yard bird feeder.”

So, in turn, she became one, too.

Committee gets conservative on OV transfer tax

Usually, within 30 days of a property sale within Ocean View town limits, the transfer tax — 1.5 percent of the sold property’s worth — is deposited into the town’s bank account.

That tax has been the town’s largest source of revenue since 2002, and helps cover expenses in the town’s public safety and public works budgets.

Ocean View narrows budget supporters

Ocean View Town Council members met for a double-header — a special meeting and workshop — on Jan. 17, trying to set some priorities in the coming budget. In the end, they reached consensus to maintain the status quo, at least for the next couple of years.

Ocean View financial committee looks ahead

Ocean View’s Long-Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC) didn’t approve, modify or outright reject even a single line item at the Jan. 3 meeting. But in another way, the committee took a substantial step toward what will one day become this year’s (2007 fiscal year) budget.

Jan. 3 was a day for clearing the air, stepping back to get a fresh look.

Ocean View talks outdoor liquor ordinances

Ocean View Town Council introduced an ordinance that would govern cocktail service to outdoor restaurant tables at the Jan. 3 council meeting, responding to a request from NorthEast Seafood Kitchen (NESK) proprietors.

This would be as a conditional use, requiring a new site plan, and only in the General Business (GB) district.

Ocean View hears opposition to church project

Ocean View Church of Christ representatives recently introduced plans to raze an older auditorium/Sunday school and construct a new building, to house a “gymnasium and office/classroom space,” but the project has encountered some vocal opposition from neighboring residents.

Ocean View wants to design Route 26 specs

Ocean View’s hopes neatly parallel Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans, as far as bike lanes and sidewalks along Route 26. But there’s more to building a pretty Main Street than curbs and striping.

Ocean View prepares to borrow $4 million

The big Ocean View police station project is out for bid, and Ocean View Town Council authorized the town to borrow up to $4 million to finance the project at the Dec. 6 council meeting.

Local to read at South Coastal Library

Ocean View resident and poet Joan Springer can’t say enough about the children’s programs at the South Coastal Library.
“I think the library’s trying to get children interested in reading at a very young age,” Springer commended.

Ocean View receives stormwater tutorial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission returned to design templates for the Route 26 corridor at a Nov. 17 workshop, spending most of the meeting in question-and-answer with Sussex Conservation District’s Jessica Watson.

Town officals consider $4 million loan

Ocean View officials have made the first step needed to approve borrowing up to $4 million for the town’s planned new police station. At their Nov. 1 meeting, town council members held a first reading of the ordinance that would allow the loan amount — an increase from the $3 million originally considered.

Council expresses concern over possible loss

At the Nov. 1 town council meeting, Ocean View Town Manager Kathy Roth reported from her attendance at an Oct. 31 Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) taskforce meeting, saying she found the meeting “not real encouraging” regarding the department’s financial crunch and its impact on municipalities.

Ocean View mulls speed-limit changes

Ocean View officials are considering reworking the town’s speed limits after receiving a request from home owners in the Village at Bear Trap Dunes to raise the speed limit in that development from 15 mph to 20 mph.

Ocean View officials reconsider new post office location plans

Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith added a last-minute item to the Nov. 1 town council agenda, noting that he had received an unusual amount of correspondence, telephone calls and in-person comments regarding the town’s preferred location for a new post office.

Ocean View continues commercial design

Ocean View has created a business district along the Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) corridor — but until the town adopts some design criteria, it’s anyone’s guess what that district might look like 20 years from now.

Local firefighters provide free smoke detectors

“Wake Up Delaware” coordinator Tom Mitten wants a working smoke detector in every single household in the state. If giving away free smoke detectors and replacement batteries is what it takes, so be it.

Every volunteer fire company in the state of Delaware will have someone available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, to do just that. Area locations include:

Ocean View scrutinizes Kool Bean cafe

The recent arrival of a new 8- by 10-foot refrigerator at the Kool Bean café proved perhaps the most complex application before the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at the Oct. 20 P&Z meeting. Other applications involved:

Ocean View seniors manage to connect

Not a week goes by that Ocean View Senior Singles Mingle hasn’t scheduled one activity or another. But just what it is they do is a little harder to pinpoint.

Ocean View leases interim police building

Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously to move forward into lease negotiations, in an effort to move the Ocean View Police Department out of its roughly 20-by-30 foot present home, and into a more spacious triple-wide trailer near Bear Trap, at the Oct. 4 council meeting.

Ocean View studies radio towers

Someone is raising a 50-foot-tall ham radio tower in Ocean View, less than a block away from town hall. But while some of the neighbors have expressed concerns about its appearance, not even town hall has much say in governing amateur radio operators.

Ocean View Town Council Member Eric Magill (a neighbor himself) mentioned the work in progress at a recent work session, Sept. 20.

LB students might see delayed move

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Students have taken up residence at the recently renamed John M. Clayton School (JMC) this year, while construction crews complete an extensive renovation project at Lord Baltimore.

Ocean View designs business district

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission has started work on what will eventually become a design template for the newly rezoned business district along Route 26.
The P&Z met on Sept. 15 to hash out some of the details. Kyle Gulbronson (URS), Ocean View’s planning consultant, opened with suggestions for a comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, system of sidewalks.

Ocean View plans for financial future

Discussion turned on a potential loss of Real estate transfer tax revenue, at Ocean View’s first Long-Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC) meeting of the fiscal 2006 budget cycle, Sept. 20.

Ocean View looks at stormwater

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission considered three sets of plans at the Sept. 15 P&Z meeting. While they all had their quirks, stormwater issues related to a fledgling subdivision at 49 Woodland Avenue proved the central topic for discussion.

Ocean View ponders tax of its own

Ocean View Town Council has been looking over its shoulder since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Transportation Trust Fund came up more than $200 million short, in July.

Ocean View weighs fate of historic home

Ocean View is trying to build a Department of Public Works (DPW) building, a group of property owners is hoping to establish a historical district, and a 103-year-old house is caught in the middle.

Two big local builders local to Katrina relief

Two major U.S. builders with local offices — Toll Brothers (Ocean View) and Centex Homes (Dagsboro) — have committed major funding to support disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Hocker draws a good crowd for coffee

Hocker’s Deli — not the place one might expect to find a rather substantial public meeting, but more than 30 area residents turned out for an Aug. 31 meet-your-legislator forum, hosted by Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District).

Ocean View CHEER opening draws crowd

The Aug. 25 ribbon-cutting at the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center was bittersweet, as perhaps all important things are. The Mason-Dixon Post 7234 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Color Guard hoisted the flag — the first time it had flown over the new center, on Cedar Neck Road, north of Ocean View.

Local gallery features Bishopville artist

Constance “Tinsel” Hughes will hold a one-woman exhibit this weekend at the Beach Cottage, Route 26 in Ocean View (83 Atlantic Ave). She specializes in local landscapes and seascapes in a traditional, realist style.

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