Millsboro officials discuss zoning, water credits

The Millsboro Town Council this week voted to approve on a first reading a proposed amendment to the Medium-Density Residential (MR) district, after Richard and Jennifer Spinks requested to open an early childhood development center on West State Street.

The council voted 5-0, with Councilman John Thoroughgood abstaining, to approve the recommendations provided by the committee appointed to review the request.

The committee recommended an amendment to the MR district that would require the business to have a license for a minimum of 80 children, have 20 square feet of property and have a solid-fenced play area on the rear and sides of the property, secured, with a minimum height of 6 feet, unless state requirements are greater.

The committee also recommended that the facility be required to provide one parking space per employee and one space for every three children (approximately 30 spaces), unless the state requirements are greater.

A public hearing for the proposed amendment will be held at the March 3 council meeting.

In January, the Town of Millsboro received a letter from Dagsboro Mayor S. Bradley Connor, requesting that the Town of Dagsboro be reimbursed for water usage that Dagsboro officials said were not accurate.

“We have been monitoring our metered consumption versus Millsboro’s billed consumption very closely since 2010, and we are very confident in the figures that are being provided to substantiate Dagsboro’s claim that re-imbursement or a credit is due,” wrote Connor.

At their Feb. 3 council meeting, Millsboro council members voted unanimously to appoint a committee to review the information provided by the Town of Dagsboro, to see whether or not such a reimbursement is warranted.

“We certainly want to be fair to the Town of Dagsboro and to the Town of Millsboro, as well,” said Councilman Tim Hodges.

In other town news:

• The council approved a conditional-use application for Chimes — a not-for-profit organization that provides an array of educational, employment, vocational, residential, rehabilitative and behavioral health services and supports to those with disabilities.

The conditional use will allow Chimes, which has its Irv & Phyllis Levin Center adjacent to the property in question, to have on the property an accessible home for intellectually disabled individuals for citizens of Southern Delaware, in the Highway Commercial zone. Albert Bussone, vice president of Chimes, said the home would be occupied, at most, by four residents at any one time.

The council voted 5-0 to approve the application, with Mayor Robert Bryan abstaining.

• During the meeting, the council also voted to deny a request for a food truck vendor to operate outside of the Millsboro Lowe’s, owing to the fact that the vendors would not be paying impact fees to operate a restaurant in the town.