Millsboro council approves RPC standards, talks parade

Parade to stay at night into the future

Having heard a presentation from the Delaware Department of Transportation on plans for improvements to Routes 113 and 24 prior to the official start of their April 6 meeting, the Millsboro Town Council covered a number of issues from around the town.

The council approved an updated list of residential planned community (RPC) standards. The compilation included the various agreements that the Town and developers of Plantation Lakes have approved, but all in one place.

While reviewing plans at Plantation Lakes, Councilman Ron O’Neal asked about stormwater drainage being used for irrigation. Several ponds also store water that is pumped from a well, but the development still buys thousands of gallons a year just to irrigate the golf course holes that are open.

Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons reported a successful business coffee event and Easter egg hunt. However, the council was unenthusiastic about her suggestion to move the Christmas parade back to daytime. Simmons said it’s harder to get volunteers on a Wednesday night than a Saturday morning.

Mayor Robert “Bob” Bryan said the “pretty” nighttime displays really swayed his opinion in favor of nighttime parades.

In that case, she said, the public and parade marchers had requested more lighting throughout the route.

“We’ll keep it as a night one more year, see how things go,” Simmons acquiesced.

The public can also attend a free business expo Thursday, April 23, at the Millsboro Town Center. The Chamber is inviting people to network and learn more about the local business community, ask questions and listen to guest speakers, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Another parade is coming to town — on May 2 at 2 p.m., as part of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association’s 2015 convention. The Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company also has a new fire boat that will come into service in May. Training has begun for firefighters.

Several members were invited to a Washington, D.C., congressional dinner to meet Delaware legislators and discuss emergency and other issues.

In other Millsboro news:

• The mayor commended the Millsboro Police Department for wintertime snow patrols.

• Seashore Striders was approved for its annual charity 5K run on Aug. 1 from 6 to 10 a.m. at Cupola Park.

• Council approved renewal of John Atkins’ lease for a produce wagon along the tracks at Railroad Avenue.

• The election board will remain unchanged, with Sandee Brigandi, Peg Buzzelli and Helen Jackson serving.

The next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m.