Millsboro council says no to night construction, Facebook

The Millsboro Town Council had to make a quick decision at their July 5 town council meeting.

With DelDOT scheduling roadwork construction on West State Street between Washington Street and Ellis Street this coming week, the government-run transportation agency was seeking approval to work at night, which they estimated could cut down construction time on the project by as much as two months.

However, with the contract stating that they would begin construction with night hours should they not receive word otherwise, the council decided to deny the request, by a vote of 5-1, without time to gather a consensus from those living in the area.

“I wouldn’t be happy with it if it was in front of my house,” said Councilman Tim Hodges, after further review found that the construction could include the use of jackhammers, bulldozers and other noise-generating machinery.

With results from a DelDOT survey unavailable at the time, the council’s concern was State Street residents not being able to sleep at night due to the noise level.

“You don’t sleep in the daytime,” said Mayor John Thoroughgood during the discussion.

Construction will now span during the day on Mondays through Saturdays, for approximately 150 calendar days.

After researching the pros and cons of a social media presence with other municipalities in the area, the council also said no this week to having a Facebook page for the Town, opting to instead make an attempt to update the Town’s website more frequently.

“Taking into account research that was done in other towns and what their results and thoughts were from having one, plus with our own experience, we decided that the Town of Millsboro was better off utilizing our website,” Hodges said, “perhaps updating it more often and gaining more control over it.”

Also at the July meeting, the council approved a one-year extension of approval for preliminary plans for the Villages and Millwood, Phase 2 of Plantation Lakes; and approved a future Blue Star memorial marker to honor veterans, as requested by the Millsboro Garden Club, which was formed in January. The site and specifics for that marker have not yet been decided, but the council will maintain the final word on where it is eventually located.

The next regularly scheduled Millsboro Town Council meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 1, at Millsboro Town Hall.