Millsboro approves zoning request, produce stand

The committee designated to review a request for a daycare facility in a residential zone in Millsboro has recommended the Millsboro Town Council approve the request.

“The committee met again, and I think this time we have a resolution,” said Councilman Jim Petruzella.

The request was submitted by Richard and Jennifer Spinks in November 2013, in the hopes of opening an early childhood development center on West State Street.

Petruzella said the committee recommended the approval of the request, noting that the facility would have to provide one parking space for every six children, and one space per employee. Additionally, any play area with road frontage would have to have a 6-foot-tall fence, with no spaces in between. Areas without road frontage could have fencing such as chain link, he said.

The council voted 6-0 to approve the request, with councilman Tim Hodges absent.

“Thank you very much,” said Richard Spinks.

The council also unanimously approved this week allowing John Atkins to resume use of the town-owned property across from Bodie’s on Railroad Ave. for his produce stand this season.

Last year, Atkins occupied the lot with a produce stand, and he stated there were no parking or traffic issues. He requested to be allowed to open earlier than Memorial Day this year, to offer strawberries and asparagus.

Atkins said the stand employs eight to 10 kids during the months it is in operation.

“I think everybody enjoyed it last year,” he said.

The council unanimously approved for a lease to be drafted, as requested by Atkins.

In other town news:

• Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons reported that the Central Sussex Bridal Show was a great success. She added that next year is the 20th year the bridal show will be offered in the community.

• On April 19, at 11 a.m. the Chamber will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Cupola Park.

• The Millsboro Town Council will hold its next monthly meeting on May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Millsboro Town Center.