Millville News

Town of Millville, Delaware

Population:

  • 544 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday of March

Town office:

  • 36404 Clubhouse Rd., Millville, DE 19967 (302) 539-0449

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Robert Gordon, Deputy Mayor
  • Susan Brewer, Treasurer
  • Valerie Faden, Secretary

  • Steve Smalls

Town Manager:

  • Debbie Botchie

Finance Administrator:

  • Lisa Wynn

Town Clerk:

  • Matt Amerling

Code & Building Administrator:

  • Eric Evans

Accounting Clerk:

  • Anna Scarola

Emergency:

  • 911

Millville swears in council members, plans some zoning

The Millville Town Council swore in returning Council Members Robert Gordon and Susan Brewer and newcomer Peter Michel on March 14.

Outgoing councilman Steve Small commended Michel, telling the others, “You will enjoy him. … He suffers fools patiently. I don’t. … He has a cool head at all times. He will be a wonderful member and friend to you.”

Millville swears in council members, plans some zoning

The Millville Town Council swore in returning Council Members Robert Gordon and Susan Brewer and newcomer Peter Michel on March 14.

Outgoing councilman Steve Small commended Michel, telling the others, “You will enjoy him. … He suffers fools patiently. I don’t. … He has a cool head at all times. He will be a wonderful member and friend to you.”

Millville’s Michel steps from HOA to town council

Peter MichelPeter MichelThe Millville Town Council will get a new face this spring, with the addition of Peter Michel.

He’ll take the seat currently held by Steve Small, also a resident of Bishop’s Landing, who was appointed in March of 2016 but opted not to run in 2017.

Michel (pronounced “MITCHE-ell”) will be sworn in for a two-year term at the March 14 meeting, alongside incumbents Susan Brewer and Mayor Robert “Bob” Gordon.

With three candidates for three seats, no election is necessary in March.

“I believe in treating everybody like you would want them to treat you. I don’t get too excited about anything,” said Michel, adding that he feels the best way to handle controversial issues is to “remember there’s two sides to everything, and never listen to someone and think their problem doesn’t matter.”

Michel currently holds the unique position of the first and only resident on the Bishop’s Landing homeowners’ board. After two years, the other two seats are still held by the developer and builder (these positions are usually turned over to the residents when a majority of homes are completed).

Millville calls for town council candidates

Election season is gearing up in the area’s small towns, and the Millville Town Council has three seats up for election on March 4.

Interested candidates must register with Town Hall by Friday, Feb. 3, at 4:30 p.m. They must submit proof of residency, a completed application and a $100 filing fee. Applications are available at Town Hall or online at www.millville.delaware.gov.

Millville council votes to increase state police coverage

Local crime maps show uptick in incidents

Although summer is the busy season for the area, it appears that local crime increased this past autumn. As a result, police coverage will also increase in Millville. The town council voted this week to hire Delaware State Police troopers for up to 20 hours per week.

Moving slowly, Dove Landing gets an extension in Millville

A long-planned housing development in Millville may take even longer to get constructed, after the Millville Town Council this week voted unanimously to deny developers a third extension of the Town’s approvals for the Dove Landing project.

Millville tightens MBTS traffic requirements as manager leaves

With their management company heading out the door, Millville Town Center, LLC, got permission to continue building in Millville by the Sea.

Dump your docs: Millville shred event helps prevent fraud

Got old paperwork gathering dust? In Millville, County Bank is hosting a paper-shredding event, open to the public on Friday, Oct. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. People can bring up to three banker-size boxes worth of papers (a standard-size financial container is approximately 10 by 12 by 15 inches).

Millville residents chomping at the bit for playground

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Playground, walking trail and... timed obstacle course? Millville has grand plans for its future playground at Dukes Drive.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Playground, walking trail and... timed obstacle course? Millville has grand plans for its future playground at Dukes Drive.Citizens are so excited about the prospect of a new Millville playground that they protested even the thought that town council might delay discussion of the project by two weeks.

But the Millville Town Council was pleased with the park concepts discussed on Oct. 11, voting unanimously to approve the layout, general concept and the purchase of about $115,000 in playground equipment (which includes a $103,000 grant the Town will receive from the manufacturer).

“We’re starting with a blank slate. It’s a piece of grass on Dukes Road,” said GameTime representative Brian Lewis.

Big plans and millions of dollars could go into those 4.9 acres.

Millville buildings go up and down, construction on schedule

A pirate ship may be coming to Millville. That’s the theme of playground equipment that Town staff are considering for the new town park.

Millville’s two biggest projects are proceeding according to plan, as a police and municipal building goes up, and as old buildings are cleared for the future Millville Town Park.

Millville’s Botchie named state’s Town Manager of the Year

For perhaps the first time, Debbie Botchie was speechless at a Millville Town Council meeting. But she had just been named Delaware’s Town Manager of the Year for 2016.

That’s a high honor among the 57 municipalities and three counties included in Delaware League of Local Governments.

Hudson sworn in as new Millsboro town manager

Replaces Lingo, who served town for 38 years

<strong>Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted</strong> Sheldon P. Hudson has assumed town manager duties in Millsboro.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted Sheldon P. Hudson has assumed town manager duties in Millsboro.For the first time in more than 23 years, the Town of Millsboro will have a new chief administrative officer, as the Millsboro town council unanimously voted Sheldon P. Hudson in as the municipality’s new town manager at the town council meeting held on Monday, Aug. 1.

Hudson fills the role left by the long-tenured and recently retired Faye L. Lingo, who was honored with a goodbye ceremony after making her retirement public on Tuesday, July 5, marking July 29 as her official last day after 38 years with the Town.

“She’s definitely missed — that’s for sure,” said Hudson of his predecessor. “She always had a smile on her face.”

Hudson had previously spent seven months serving as assistant town manager, which he said was invaluable in preparing him for his new role at the helm.

“I was really fortunate to have those seven months with Faye,” he said. “I was able to really learn more about the needs facing this town.”

A lifelong area resident and graduate of Indian River School District schools, Hudson went on to attend Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated with a degree in political science. From there, he went on to earn his master’s degree in government from Regent University.

Millville wants lower speed limit near park

Millville contains a road that is 0.3 miles long, bends sharply in an L-shaped curve and has a new playground coming that will soon attract pedestrians, cyclists and more cars.

And, inexplicably, tiny Dukes Drive has an un-posted speed limit of 50 mph.

Millville, Millsboro Food Lion stores purchased by Weis

Four Food Lion supermarkets in Sussex County, including one in Millville and one in Millsboro, have been purchased by Pennsylvania-based Weis Markets.

Millville Mini Storage approved for significant expansion

Millville Mini Storage has gotten the green light for three new storage buildings at 35101 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26).

The Millville Town Council approved the final site plans at their June 12 meeting.

Millville firefighters, EMTs gather to learn about ACEs

Researchers have known for some time that children who experience abuse and neglect will continue to be negatively affected — even as adults.

Bond reduction raises issues of building quality in Millville

It was a simple enough vote: The Millville Town Council agrees that enough roadway has been completed in Bishop’s Landing that it can release some bond money back to the developer.

But the two-minute vote on June 28 followed an hour of discussion and citizen complaints on June 14, plus subsequent meetings and walk-throughs of the neighborhood.

Watermen, public: Bay not ready for full-scale aquaculture

It’s up for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to decide, but many stakeholders have said that conversation needs to continue before aquaculture begins full-time in Little Assawoman Bay.

Ground broken on new Millville police partnership building

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 10, to break ground on Millville’s future police building.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 10, to break ground on Millville’s future police building.Golden shovels glowed with sunshine at the groundbreaking for Millville’s future police building last Friday, as the Town of Millville begins building a town hall addition that will serve as a Delaware State Police outpost.

Construction should be done in about seven months, Mayor Robert “Bob” Gordon told the assembled crowd on June 10, which included members of the Town of Millville staff and town council, DSP, designers GMB, builders Harkins Contracting Company, representatives of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and more.

Keep a leash on it: Millville passes dog-control ordinance

Millville has a new leash law for dogs, starting immediately, after the town council unanimously approved Ordinance 17-03 at their May 24 workshop.

“It’s minor. It’s just for dogs being on a leash,” said Councilman Steve Maneri.

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.

Faden brings analytical skills to Millville Town Council

Valerie Faden is a Pennsylvania attorney who’s used to talking through big problems. She’s made a career from mediation, and she’s bringing that know-how to her first term on the Millville Town Council.

Night work to begin on Route 113 and 26 road projects

To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.

Inspection alleges nearly $200,000 stolen from MVFC

A former treasurer for the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) is the focus of an inspection report conducted by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA).

Lord Baltimore sees no injuries in minor electrical fire

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Firefighters load unused hose onto a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company truck after a small fire at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Friday, May 6.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Firefighters load unused hose onto a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company truck after a small fire at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Friday, May 6.A recent school fire only resulted a few hours of lost instructional time.

Lord Baltimore Elementary School suffered a small electrical fire on Friday, May 6, at 11:52 a.m. in a heating panel on the second floor of the school.

With those wires mostly producing smoke, it was barely a fire, said Indian River School District spokesperson David Maull.

“It was producing smoke on the second floor, so they went ahead and evacuated the building and called the fire department,” Maull said.

The fire was extinguished by the time the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived.

Hundreds of students stood outside in a light but persistent rain. But they were being ushered into the gymnasium by 12:15 p.m.