Millsboro Town Council discusses shopping center, playground

Preston Dyer of Peninsula Crossing addressed the Millsboro Town Council this week, requesting to amend the Route 113 shopping center’s developer agreement.

“What we are requesting is consistent with the development agreement,” explained Dyer, noting that the developers would like to combine parcels 19 and 20 so they may be sold as one lot.

He also requested that parcel 17, along with the newly combined lot, remain part of the subdivision but not be considered part of the shopping center.

“We want to make sure these additional parcels are not bound by any of the restrictions included in the shopping center itself,” he said.

Councilman Tim Hodges asked Dyer what he envisions for the parcels. Dyer said that the combined parcel lot is being considered for a medical facility, while at this point they are unsure about the eventual use for parcel 17.

The council approved the amendment to the developer agreement with a unanimous vote.

Also at the Aug. 7 council meeting, council members voted to approve a rain garden project at town hall.

Last week, the Town received a letter from the Sussex Conservation District requesting the Town allow them to install a rain garden on town hall property, next to Mitchell Street.

“This will not cost the Town anything except maintenance down the road,” said Town Manager Faye Lingo. “They do want to have it installed by next September.”

“Grant funding is available from DNREC for the project installation in its entirety; however, the project would have to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012,” wrote Jessica Watson, program manager for the Sussex Conservation District.

Councilwoman Irene Keenan asked what would happen if the Town allowed the rain garden to be installed but, for whatever reason, the garden did not work out.

“Could we give them some type of temporary term, in the event that it doesn’t work out well?” she asked.

“They’re going to install it, and then it’ll be ours,” explained Lingo.

Council approved the installation of the rain garden with a unanimous 5-0 vote.

Council also voted 5-0 on Monday to approve a site plan amendment request for Burton’s Crossing. The development requested the amendment so that a private playground area, modeled after the John West Park playground renovations in Ocean View, Del., may be installed. The new playground will be encompassed by a 4-foot-tall fence to ensure the safety of the children playing there.

The playground area, which will also include a 16-by-20-foot covered pavilion, is set to be built in the fall.

The council will hold its next regular meeting on Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Millsboro Fire Hall.