Town of Millville, Delaware
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Local crime maps show uptick in incidents
Although summer is the busy season for the area, it appears that local crime increased this past autumn. As a result, police coverage will also increase in Millville. The town council voted this week to hire Delaware State Police troopers for up to 20 hours per week.
A long-planned housing development in Millville may take even longer to get constructed, after the Millville Town Council this week voted unanimously to deny developers a third extension of the Town’s approvals for the Dove Landing project.
With their management company heading out the door, Millville Town Center, LLC, got permission to continue building in Millville by the Sea.
Got old paperwork gathering dust? In Millville, County Bank is hosting a paper-shredding event, open to the public on Friday, Oct. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. People can bring up to three banker-size boxes worth of papers (a standard-size financial container is approximately 10 by 12 by 15 inches).
Citizens are so excited about the prospect of a new Millville playground that they protested even the thought that town council might delay discussion of the project by two weeks.
But the Millville Town Council was pleased with the park concepts discussed on Oct. 11, voting unanimously to approve the layout, general concept and the purchase of about $115,000 in playground equipment (which includes a $103,000 grant the Town will receive from the manufacturer).
“We’re starting with a blank slate. It’s a piece of grass on Dukes Road,” said GameTime representative Brian Lewis.
Big plans and millions of dollars could go into those 4.9 acres.
A pirate ship may be coming to Millville. That’s the theme of playground equipment that Town staff are considering for the new town park.
Millville’s two biggest projects are proceeding according to plan, as a police and municipal building goes up, and as old buildings are cleared for the future Millville Town Park.
For perhaps the first time, Debbie Botchie was speechless at a Millville Town Council meeting. But she had just been named Delaware’s Town Manager of the Year for 2016.
That’s a high honor among the 57 municipalities and three counties included in Delaware League of Local Governments.
Replaces Lingo, who served town for 38 years
For the first time in more than 23 years, the Town of Millsboro will have a new chief administrative officer, as the Millsboro town council unanimously voted Sheldon P. Hudson in as the municipality’s new town manager at the town council meeting held on Monday, Aug. 1.
Hudson fills the role left by the long-tenured and recently retired Faye L. Lingo, who was honored with a goodbye ceremony after making her retirement public on Tuesday, July 5, marking July 29 as her official last day after 38 years with the Town.
“She’s definitely missed — that’s for sure,” said Hudson of his predecessor. “She always had a smile on her face.”
Hudson had previously spent seven months serving as assistant town manager, which he said was invaluable in preparing him for his new role at the helm.
“I was really fortunate to have those seven months with Faye,” he said. “I was able to really learn more about the needs facing this town.”
A lifelong area resident and graduate of Indian River School District schools, Hudson went on to attend Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated with a degree in political science. From there, he went on to earn his master’s degree in government from Regent University.
Millville contains a road that is 0.3 miles long, bends sharply in an L-shaped curve and has a new playground coming that will soon attract pedestrians, cyclists and more cars.
And, inexplicably, tiny Dukes Drive has an un-posted speed limit of 50 mph.
Four Food Lion supermarkets in Sussex County, including one in Millville and one in Millsboro, have been purchased by Pennsylvania-based Weis Markets.
Millville Mini Storage has gotten the green light for three new storage buildings at 35101 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26).
The Millville Town Council approved the final site plans at their June 12 meeting.
Researchers have known for some time that children who experience abuse and neglect will continue to be negatively affected — even as adults.
It was a simple enough vote: The Millville Town Council agrees that enough roadway has been completed in Bishop’s Landing that it can release some bond money back to the developer.
But the two-minute vote on June 28 followed an hour of discussion and citizen complaints on June 14, plus subsequent meetings and walk-throughs of the neighborhood.
It’s up for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to decide, but many stakeholders have said that conversation needs to continue before aquaculture begins full-time in Little Assawoman Bay.
Golden shovels glowed with sunshine at the groundbreaking for Millville’s future police building last Friday, as the Town of Millville begins building a town hall addition that will serve as a Delaware State Police outpost.
Construction should be done in about seven months, Mayor Robert “Bob” Gordon told the assembled crowd on June 10, which included members of the Town of Millville staff and town council, DSP, designers GMB, builders Harkins Contracting Company, representatives of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and more.
Millville has a new leash law for dogs, starting immediately, after the town council unanimously approved Ordinance 17-03 at their May 24 workshop.
“It’s minor. It’s just for dogs being on a leash,” said Councilman Steve Maneri.
It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.
Valerie Faden is a Pennsylvania attorney who’s used to talking through big problems. She’s made a career from mediation, and she’s bringing that know-how to her first term on the Millville Town Council.
To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.
A former treasurer for the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) is the focus of an inspection report conducted by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA).
A recent school fire only resulted a few hours of lost instructional time.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School suffered a small electrical fire on Friday, May 6, at 11:52 a.m. in a heating panel on the second floor of the school.
With those wires mostly producing smoke, it was barely a fire, said Indian River School District spokesperson David Maull.
“It was producing smoke on the second floor, so they went ahead and evacuated the building and called the fire department,” Maull said.
The fire was extinguished by the time the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived.
Hundreds of students stood outside in a light but persistent rain. But they were being ushered into the gymnasium by 12:15 p.m.
For-profit vendors will now pay a fee for displaying their wares in the Town of Millville.
On May 10, the Millville Town Council approved a $25 event license, per vendor, per day. This is Millville’s first peddler license of this kind, for food trucks and other vendors.
Delaware State Police have arrested a 36-year-old Dagsboro man after an audit of a local fire company’s accounts reveal he allegedly stole more than $190,000 in funds.
Justin K. Oakley turned himself into detectives Tuesday, May 10, after the Troop 4 Financial Crimes Unit received a forensic audit from the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts.
A fiscal inspection report released by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) on Tuesday, May 10, reported that $190,433.61 was allegedly embezzled from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) by their former treasurer between the years of 2012 and 2015.
The treasurer’s name was not found in the official report.
The Millville Town Council discussed a little of everything during two April meetings, with topics ranging from food trucks to cell phone towers.
Food trucks and other vendors don’t currently have a permitting system in town. On April 26, the council considered a proposal to regulate them a bit more.
Food trucks are flat-out forbidden from just parking in town during lunchtime.