Town of Millsboro, Delaware

  • 3,877 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Frist Monday of every month, 7 p.m., Town Council Chambers


  • Second Saturday in June. There are three districts within town limits, with two people from each district and one at-large, for 3-year terms.

Town office:

  • 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro, DE

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General e-mail inquiries
Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Robert Bryan, Mayor
  • John Thoroughgood, Vice-Mayor
  • Greg Hastings, Secretary
  • Michelle Truitt, Treasurer
  • Tim Hodges
  • Irene Keenan
  • Jim Petruzella

Town Manager:

  • Faye Lingo

Assistant Town Manager:

  • Matt Schifano

Town Clerk:

  • Tammy Phillips

Police Chief:

  • John Murphy


  • 911

Non-Emergency Police Contact:

  • (302) 943-8147

KINfolk’s Wine Tasting & Art Auction slated for July 15 at Cordrey

KINfolks’ Tenth Annual Wine Tasting & Art Auction will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, at the Cordrey Center, 30366 Cordrey Road in Millsboro. Admission costs $30. A live and silent auction, wine and food will highlight the evening.

Cordrey, Kells elected to Millsboro council

The results are in.

With a total of 172 votes, Bradley A. Cordrey has officially been elected to the open “District 1” council seat over Bob H. Ryan (106 votes), and James C. Kells has landed the “District 3” seat after tallying 221 votes, defeating Irene H. Keenan (82 votes).

Thompson builds outdoor learning facility en route to Eagle Scout

Special to the Coastal Point • Sam Ellis: Gunnar Thompson, inset, built an outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro. Thompson earned his Eagle Scout status with this project.Special to the Coastal Point • Sam Ellis: Gunnar Thompson, inset, built an outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro. Thompson earned his Eagle Scout status with this project.To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America, Indian River High School senior Gunner Thompson knew that he had to select a service project that would make an impact.

He also knew that the school district’s designated outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro had plenty of potential projects that they needed help with. So when he called up to inquire about some of them, it was well-received, and he eventually decided to construct an easily accessible learning area for local students and teachers.

“I knew that they had projects that they needed,” Thompson explained. “I brought that up with them, and they seemed to love the idea, so we went forward with it.”

Timed appropriately with the installation of a new wetlands area, Thompson said that the location of the project was planned accordingly.

“We wanted to put it there — that way, instead of taking a half-mile hike into the woods, they could just take the kids five minutes from the actual facility,” he explained.

However, selecting the perfect project and perfect location was only half the battle, as Thompson took on a new role as senior patrol leader, though which he helped impart his already budding carpentry skills onto four other scouts who assisted with the project.

“You’re in charge of everything,” Thompson said of the position. “It teaches you a lot of leadership skills.”

Millsboro book sale set for July 17 at the Hut, next to library

Millsboro is preparing for its unique annual book sale. Already, many have contributed books to the sale, and supporters are working to organize non-fiction books by subject, such as cookbooks or biographies. For fiction readers, popular (and not-so-popular) authors are sorted and displayed in alphabetical order. Books for children and young adults are sorted by approximate age level.

Annual Youth Fishing Tournament set for June 6

As part of its activities for National Fishing & Boating Week, June 6-14, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Friends of the Millsboro library preparing for book sale

The Friends of the Millsboro Library are gearing up for their annual book sale. The 2015 sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, with a preview night for members on Thursday, July 16.

Friends of the Millsboro Library preparing for annual book sale

The Friends of the Millsboro Library are gearing up for their annual book sale. The 2015 sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, with a preview night for members on Thursday, July 16.

POIR appeals remediation plan for former Pinnacle site

Sussex County grassroots groups Protecting Our Indian River (POIR) and Inland Bays Foundation Inc. are currently waiting for a decision by Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes regarding their appeal of a remediation plan approved by the Delaware Department of Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Environmental Appeals Board.

Millsboro council tables building code, inspections discussion

The Millsboro Town Council had planned to take action on the updates to town’s current building code and supplement existing inspection regulations at Monday’s regularly scheduled town council meeting. However, after deliberation, they decided to table the discussion.

Concerns about whether the council was ready or needed to take action at that time were sparked by Councilman Tim Hodges.

Millsboro Lions Club invites public to Diamond Jubilee variety show

Coastal Point • File Photo: Singer-songwriter Melissa Alessi will be among a wide variety of performers who plan to take the stage at the Millsboro Lions Club Diamond Jubilee Variety Show at Sussex Central High School on May 9.Coastal Point • File Photo: Singer-songwriter Melissa Alessi will be among a wide variety of performers who plan to take the stage at the Millsboro Lions Club Diamond Jubilee Variety Show at Sussex Central High School on May 9.For the first time in more than 60 years, the Millsboro Lions Club will be holding a variety show. To mark the club’s 75th anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee variety show will be held to help raise money for the club’s various endeavors.

“In the state of Delaware, there are 35 Lions Clubs, and only two of them still do a variety show,” said Mitch Rogers, the first vice president of the Millsboro club and show director.

“I always really enjoyed the other shows and thought, ‘We can do this.’ I’ve been attending one of them for eight or 10 years, and I just love it. I always wished we could do one in our local Millsboro club, and I said, ‘Now is a great time, because this is our 75th anniversary of the Millsboro Lions Club.’”

The show will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School. Tickets to the show cost $6, and may be purchased in advance from a Millsboro Lion, at the Millsboro Edward Jones office or at the door on the night of the event.

The Lions Chorus, which is made up of club members and some spouses, will open and close the show. In between, there will be a number of musical and comedy acts for attendees to enjoy.

Local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi will be performing during the show, as will Danita Robinson, who also performs in the Springtime Jamboree.

“One gal is going to be a Dolly Parton imitator,” said Rogers, adding that one comedy segment will feature a parody of the popular song “Happy.” “Everybody knows Pharrell Williams — so a parody of that. I hope everyone will be dancing in the aisles.”

BREAKING NEWS: Indian River schools on lockdown after Millsboro threat

As of 12:20 p.m., the lockdown was lifted at Indian River School District. Delaware State Police determined that the threat at East Millsboro Elementary was not credible. School and afternoon activities will continue as usual.

Millsboro parade to be a highlight of firefighter convention

How many fire trucks can you fit in one parade? How about three states’ worth?

Millsboro will host a full firefighter’s parade on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m., as part of the annual Del-Mar-Va Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention.

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.

Oak Orchard fire kills one, destroys apartment building

A late-night fire demolished six apartments and left one person dead in Oak Orchard last week.

Firefighters were called to a structure fire at 3:05 a.m. on Friday, April 10.

The building was already heavily aflame when the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company arrived at 28420 Delaware Avenue, just a block off the Indian River Bay.

Farewell to the Blue Route: DelDOT offers new solution to Millsboro traffic woes

From Millsboro to Selbyville, residents worried about plans for the future of Route 113 can breathe a sigh of relief. The Delaware Department of Transportation is scrapping the proposed 16.5-mile Route 113 bypass in favor of smaller road projects.

Millsboro Chamber invites brides-to-be to ‘Platinum Affair’

Planning a wedding can take nearly a year, and the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce hopes to give couples a start on the process with the 20th Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show.

“A Platinum Affair” will be held in the Millsboro Town Center on Sunday, March 15, from noon to 3 p.m. Admission to the show costs $5 per person, with brides-to-be admitted free of charge.

Local brides to get help with weddings

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Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their love for one and other, but the logistics of planning can be difficult.
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Mountaire files for zoning on Millsboro property

Last Friday, Mountaire Farms filed a conditional-use application with Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission and the County Council, for a planned office facility in Millsboro.

The land, located along the center of Revel Road and the center of Wiley Branch Road in Millsboro, is owned by Grace United Methodist Church, which consented to the application.

Millsboro residents concerned about potential Mountaire deal

Amidst rumors that poultry company Mountaire Farms is considering purchasing a 300-acre property in Millsboro, a public meeting was held last weekend to discuss residents’ concerns about a potential deal and the potential uses of the property, located between Revel and Hudson roads.

Millsboro-area residents arrested in drug-sales investivation

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit arrested four people after the culmination of a several-month investigation into illegal drug sales from a residence on Nora Lane near Millsboro.

Millsboro awaits feedback from developer after changes

Millsboro Town Solicitor Mary Schrider-Fox was present at last week’s regularly scheduled town council meeting to discuss some of the terms and conditions for the Plantation Lakes development agreement. At the meeting, Schrider-Fox informed the council that, after making some minor adjustments to the agreement for the annexed development, they have not yet received feedback from the developer.

Local student named finalist for youth volunteerism awards

A Millsboro Middle School student was recently named as one four Delaware finalists for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, conducted in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

20th Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show set for March 15 in Millsboro

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold their 20th Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show on Sunday, March 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center. Sponsors for this year’s event are Chardon Jewelers and the Voice Radio Broadcasting. The theme for this year’s event is “A Platinum Affair” to celebrate its 20th year.

Holiday parades old and new are on the march

Grab those scarves and practice diving for candy canes. Local Christmas parades are back in business in Georgetown (Dec. 4), Selbyville (Dec. 5), Millsboro (Dec. 10) and Dagsboro (Dec. 11).