Millville News

Town of Millville, Delaware


  • 544 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

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


  • 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


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Dirtbikes stolen from home garage in Bethany Bay

A local resident is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in relation to an incident at her family’s Bethany Bay home this week, when suspects entered her garage in late-night hours and stole two dirt bikes.

CIB proposes pilot 'town hall habitat' in Millville

Sally Boswell, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ education and outreach coordinator, has been seeing something special when she drives past Millville Town Hall. Boswell said she considers the modest lot on Route 26, with a drainage swale at its back, to be the ideal location for a “town hall habitat” pilot project.

Gas prices rise and stress local budgets

Jack Keevill, a 79-year-old retired school custodian and maintenance man, receives one pension check each month, worth less than $700. The Millville resident said he sometimes depends on friends and family members to cover bills and everyday expenses.

Millville re-examines agreement

Millville Town Council members were deluged with concerns from developers at their Tuesday-night workshop, in the wake of adoption of a public works agreement framework at their most recent council meeting.

Millville short on transfer tax revenue

Millville Town Manager Linda Collins and Administrative Assistant Debbie Botchie said they regretted having to report at Tuesday night’s council workshop that the town had come up short on year-end projects for transfer tax revenue.

Push for special Millville tax

Fresh on the heels of a pitch by former Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels, Millville Town Council members heard again on Tuesday the recommendation that the town quickly pursue the power to create special tax districts that could help the growing town finance infrastructure improvements at the head of development.

Millville adopts budget, adds staff and MBS phase

Millville Town Council members on Tuesday, April 10, adopted the towns largest-ever budget, coming in at $393,500 for the 2008 fiscal year.

Millville honoring Droney for 20 years of public service

It was 1999, and Donald Minyon had only recently moved full-time to Millville when tragedy struck at the house next door. The neighbor’s home exploded in flames, threatening Minyon’s home and startling his family.

Millville at center of future growth

In recent years, the development presence east of Millville in Delaware’s “quiet resorts” has been visibly undeniable. Second-home buyers have flocked with their families to the beaches in the summer, congesting area roads and patronizing area businesses.

Banks brings youthful perspective to council

Kami Banks has been out of college for less than three years, but she has been spending many of her Tuesday nights during that time attending meetings of the Millville Town Council.

Minyon selected as Millville mayor

Don Minyon was sworn in to his first full term on the Millville Town Council on Tuesday night, but the man who filled the seat left open last year by the resignation of former Mayor Gary Willey also took on a bigger job on March 13, with his selection by fellow council members as the town’s new mayor.

Millville de-annexes school property

Two dozen Millville voters on Saturday cast their ballots in favor of de-annexing the final remaining portion of the Lord Baltimore Elementary School property that is not in the town of Ocean View.

Poker back on the table at Millville fire hall

Herb Dulin remembers when poker was “taboo.” Groups of friends would gather in side rooms or basements to play the game, but it was not plastered on television screens worldwide or popular in the mainstream. A lot has changed.

Artisans' Bank coming to Millville in fall

Millville is getting another bank. After some confusion and the approval of two variances last week, Artisans’ Bank officials expect to begin building the company’s newest branch at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Cedar Drive, adjacent to the Millville Town Center, late this spring or early summer.

Final MBS annexation moves ahead

After an extra effort made to notify surrounding property owners of the request for the Town of Millville to annex a 168-acre parcel as a final phase of Millville by the Sea, town officials were rewarded on Feb. 15 with a comparative wealth of interested parties.

Millville Group provides MBS progress update

Early progress on the 3,000-home Millville By the Sea master-planned community (MPC) in Millville is “moving along very well,” according to Bob Harris of the Millville Group, one of several developers on the project and the managing entity of the construction. Harris made the report to Millville Town Council members at a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

County approves Harlton development

Plan lies in environmental overlay, across from Bethany Ridge

County officials approved a plan on Feb. 8 to build 197 single-family homes on environmentally sensitive land northwest of Millville and across the street from a larger development approved last month.

Millville discusses spending, tax possibilities

Millville town officials on Tuesday sought after ways to cut spending and discussed raising comparatively low tax rates to cover a potential 2008-fiscal-year budget shortfall. The need to add staff or take some positions full-time and extra engineering costs that come with development have especially stressed town spending proposals.

Millville adds new staff

In a clear indication of how much the town has grown and is expected to grow in the coming years, Millville Town Council members at their Feb. 13 meeting voted to expand the town’s existing staff from two full-time positions, one part-time position and a contractor to three full-time positions and two part-time ones.

Route 26, local roads widening still in doubt

The fate of a long-anticipated project to widen Route 26 from the Assawoman Canal to unincorporated Clarksville now parallels that of a package of fee and tax increases introduced by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in her 2008-fiscal-year budget proposal last month, state officials have said recently.

No council elections in Millville this year

Millville will not hold a general election in 2007, with all three of the town council seats open for candidates this year going uncontested as last Friday’s deadline to file for council candidacy passed.

Instructor brings dancing to Lower Delaware

Alice Hajjar has been commuting to the Eastern Shore beaches for many years now. Formerly a human resources consultant, her passion for dancing is becoming more of a true calling with each passing day. Though a Frederick, Md., resident, she has now found time to introduce her love of ballroom dancing to the Delmarva area, most recently in Ocean View.

Need for Millville election unclear

Referendum vote to still be held regardless

Whether Millville will have a general election this year remained unclear this week, as the filing deadline for town council candidacy — today, Friday, Feb. 2 — loomed. But there will be voting in the town on March 3, regardless, with a referendum set for property owners to vote on a possible de-annexation of portions of the Lord Baltimore Elementary School property.

Family safe but homeless after Friday fire

An early morning fire on Friday, Jan.19, left six members of the Morris family unharmed, but without a home, when their house at 32647 Omar Road was destroyed in the blaze. The Millville Fire Department was dispatched to the call at 3:03 a.m. and was first on the scene.

Millville considers additional MPC annexation

It was the first of the Millville Annexation Committee’s regular meetings — now set on the third Thursday of every month — and it was an important one in the town’s future.