Ocean View

Ocean View accepts police station design

A Tuesday-night workshop in Ocean View town hall proved to be the site of yet another argument about the town’s proposed 15,000-square-foot police station, which was approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission on March 16.

University Center studies Ocean View history

Since September, officials from the University of Delaware Center for Historic Architecture and Design have been surveying Ocean View properties for their historical significance.

Ocean View passes $4.9 million budget

In a special meeting on Tuesday, Ocean View’s town council voted 3-2 to narrowly approve a 2007 fiscal-year budget that has been a source of confusion and controversy in the town for weeks and could still prove misleading in the town’s bottom line.

Beebe buys land in Clarksville

Location to offer some year-round services

Beebe Medical Center’s long-time emergency services location in Millville may be moving a few miles westward, expanding and staying open year-round, at least as a walk-in clinic.

All aboard

Anyone who drives on Route 26 in Ocean View on a regular basis has surely noticed the two train cars sitting on the north side of the road about a half-mile from Bethany Beach.

Cooperative explains difference in rates

Ocean View’s public safety, administrative and public works departments took another hit on Tuesday before the town’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee voted 5-1 to approve the new, top-down budget it will present to council on March 14.

Ocean View awards contract for new police station

Though Ocean View’s town council received overwhelming support for its new police station on Tuesday and awarded the construction contract, town officials said that the floor plans of the building — but not the size — might change.

Thomas to run for Ocean View council seat

As a business man in suburban Philadelphia for most of his life, Roy Thomas admits that he never had any intention of getting involved in town government.

Officials ask OV to wait on police station

On Feb. 27, Cliff Mitchell and Roy Thomas — members of Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee — sent a letter to the mayor and council, asking, among other things, to postpone awarding a construction contract for the new police station.

Ocean View girl hits the big time

Fifteen minutes of fame sure can last a lot longer when it’s captured on glossy pages.

Alternative plan balances town budget in 2012

Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve an alternative version of the proposed 2007 budget about three weeks before it will have to make a budgetary recommendation to town council.

DCOG parishoner organizes women's conference

Ocean View resident Laura Hattier and the 24-Seven Youth Ministry at the Dagsboro Church of God (DCOG) will hold the second in a continuing series of “Mission Possible” women’s issues discussions on Sunday, March 5.

The conferences are chiefly for teens and young adults — adults are welcomed to attend, but their participation will be primarily limited to bench support.

Ocean View officials question police station

When town officials opened the six bids to construct Ocean View’s new police station about two weeks ago, they were legitimately excited. The bids ranged from $1.9 million to $2.3 million, when they had expected a number closer to $4 million. And it seemed like a much-needed break in a financially uncertain time for the town.

New art gallery to open its doors today

Jeanne Mueller has been involved with local art associations with other local artists for a long time. They attend meetings, shows and workshops together, but showing their art has never been a collective effort.

Local man sentenced to one year

On Feb. 10, a Superior Court judge in Georgetown sentenced an Ocean View man to one year in jail, followed by a year of home confinement, after he pleaded guilty to stealing boats, motors and supplies.

Ocean View committee to present rental tax

Real estate transfer taxes again emerged as an issue on Tuesday,Feb. 7 at Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee meeting.

Last week, town officials took about $600,000 out of the forecasted revenue budgets of 2010 and 2011 and looked for ways to generate revenue to close the gap on rising deficits in the town.

Police station bids surprise Ocean View

When Ocean View town officials opened the six proposed bids to construct the town’s new Police station, their jaws might have hit the floor.

After estimating the construction cost for the approved 15,000-square-foot station at as much as $4 million, the highest of six bids only came in at roughly half that amount.

Ocean View shop celebrates bird-feeding

Outside of a kitchen window in the back yard of the house where Connie Marshall grew up, her father had a bird feeder.

He didn’t take trips with his binoculars to find birds. He wasn’t even an avid bird watcher. He was just what Marshall called a “back-yard bird feeder.”

So, in turn, she became one, too.

Committee gets conservative on OV transfer tax

Usually, within 30 days of a property sale within Ocean View town limits, the transfer tax — 1.5 percent of the sold property’s worth — is deposited into the town’s bank account.

That tax has been the town’s largest source of revenue since 2002, and helps cover expenses in the town’s public safety and public works budgets.

Ocean View narrows budget supporters

Ocean View Town Council members met for a double-header — a special meeting and workshop — on Jan. 17, trying to set some priorities in the coming budget. In the end, they reached consensus to maintain the status quo, at least for the next couple of years.

Ocean View financial committee looks ahead

Ocean View’s Long-Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC) didn’t approve, modify or outright reject even a single line item at the Jan. 3 meeting. But in another way, the committee took a substantial step toward what will one day become this year’s (2007 fiscal year) budget.

Jan. 3 was a day for clearing the air, stepping back to get a fresh look.

Ocean View talks outdoor liquor ordinances

Ocean View Town Council introduced an ordinance that would govern cocktail service to outdoor restaurant tables at the Jan. 3 council meeting, responding to a request from NorthEast Seafood Kitchen (NESK) proprietors.

This would be as a conditional use, requiring a new site plan, and only in the General Business (GB) district.

Ocean View wants to design Route 26 specs

Ocean View’s hopes neatly parallel Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans, as far as bike lanes and sidewalks along Route 26. But there’s more to building a pretty Main Street than curbs and striping.

Ocean View hears opposition to church project

Ocean View Church of Christ representatives recently introduced plans to raze an older auditorium/Sunday school and construct a new building, to house a “gymnasium and office/classroom space,” but the project has encountered some vocal opposition from neighboring residents.

Ocean View prepares to borrow $4 million

The big Ocean View police station project is out for bid, and Ocean View Town Council authorized the town to borrow up to $4 million to finance the project at the Dec. 6 council meeting.

Local to read at South Coastal Library

Ocean View resident and poet Joan Springer can’t say enough about the children’s programs at the South Coastal Library.
“I think the library’s trying to get children interested in reading at a very young age,” Springer commended.

Ocean View receives stormwater tutorial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission returned to design templates for the Route 26 corridor at a Nov. 17 workshop, spending most of the meeting in question-and-answer with Sussex Conservation District’s Jessica Watson.

Ocean View officials reconsider new post office location plans

Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith added a last-minute item to the Nov. 1 town council agenda, noting that he had received an unusual amount of correspondence, telephone calls and in-person comments regarding the town’s preferred location for a new post office.

Town officals consider $4 million loan

Ocean View officials have made the first step needed to approve borrowing up to $4 million for the town’s planned new police station. At their Nov. 1 meeting, town council members held a first reading of the ordinance that would allow the loan amount — an increase from the $3 million originally considered.

Council expresses concern over possible loss

At the Nov. 1 town council meeting, Ocean View Town Manager Kathy Roth reported from her attendance at an Oct. 31 Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) taskforce meeting, saying she found the meeting “not real encouraging” regarding the department’s financial crunch and its impact on municipalities.

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