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

Lord Baltimore welcomes return of flashing school-zone lights

This is one traffic light people are happy to see: Lord Baltimore Elementary School once again has flashing yellow lights in the school zone, alerting drivers to the 20 mph speed limit during pick-up and drop-off periods.

Lord Baltimore gets another temporary assistant principal

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is close to finishing a school year that has seen much administrative job-hopping. The school now has a new assistant principal in Woody Long, who is finishing the school year in place of Gary Brittingham.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 7 to 9

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas:

• between Town Road to Assawoman Canal for sewer force main relocation.
• between Railway Road and Old Mill Road to install a storm drain system.

Time and money saved on Central Avenue construction work

Road crews were recently surprised to find underground pipes in a different place than expected — and that’s a good thing when it came to one area of Route 26.

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project was supposed to close Central Avenue at the Route 26 intersection for four to six weeks to relocate sewer pipes in preparation for stormwater management improvements.

A meeting place for Millville By the Sea

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Company representatives and local officials gather with the giant scissors used to cut the ceremonial ribbon opening Millville By the Sea’s new amenity center. Pictured, from left, are: Steve Maneri, Millville Town Council; Doug Smith, president of Miller & Smith; Debbie Rosenstein, vice president of Christopher Companies; Chuck Ellison, vice president of Miller & Smith; Joan Bennett, Millville Town Council; Gerald Hocker Jr., Millville mayor; Dale Hall, vice president of Miller & Smith; Gary Willey, former Millville mayor; and State Rep. Ronald Gray (R-38th).Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Company representatives and local officials gather with the giant scissors used to cut the ceremonial ribbon opening Millville By the Sea’s new amenity center. Pictured, from left, are: Steve Maneri, Millville Town Council; Doug Smith, president of Miller & Smith; Debbie Rosenstein, vice president of Christopher Companies; Chuck Ellison, vice president of Miller & Smith; Joan Bennett, Millville Town Council; Gerald Hocker Jr., Millville mayor; Dale Hall, vice president of Miller & Smith; Gary Willey, former Millville mayor; and State Rep. Ronald Gray (R-38th).Residents of the Millville By the Sea development achieved an enhanced sense of community this week with the debut of their Lifestyle Center. The main clubhouse and exercise center opened with an April 26 ribbon-cutting. When finished, the “campus” will also include a crab shack pavilion, pool and pool house.

Although a brutal winter didn’t help construction timetables for Miller & Smith, the McLean, Va., developer aimed to build what people would use.

“We tried to identify what was important to residents. [They] wanted an opportunity to … socialize,” said Chuck Ellison, project manager and company vice president.

That means lots of small sitting areas, from a sunny game room to a pub area with pool table and darts. People can lounge near a fireplace, bar, big-screen TV or kitchenette.

Residents crowded around to pick up their new building passes.

“It’s just like a big family gathering place, and that’s what we wanted,” said part-time resident Dave Collins. “We’ve been waiting for it. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait for the pool to open.”

Artisans Fair planned for Memorial Day weekend, May 24

For the seventh year, the Artisans Fair is returning for Memorial Day weekend at the beach. A showcase of handmade work from artists in a wide range of media from throughout Delmarva, the fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Route 26 in Ocean View.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Ave. re-opens, DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 28 to May 2

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 to relocate underground utilities.
• between Route 17 and Whites Neck Road to begin sanitary sewer installation.

Residents get an update on Assawoman Canal Trail

Last week, area residents whose properties will be directly impacted by the future Assawoman Canal Trail project had the opportunity to hear from Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) officials about the upcoming construction.

The trail is intended for pedestrians and bicyclists only and will be open from 8 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Registration now open for cornhole tournament

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host their 5th Annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, May 31, at the Millville fire hall. Proceeds will benefit the Russell White Scholarship Foundation, named after a local U.S. Marine who gave his life in Afghanistan.

The cost is $50 per team, and includes a T-shirt for each player. Space is limited, so pre-registration by May 12 is required.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com.

The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Business, traffic still humming as Route 26 widens

Drivers returning to Route 26 will see the construction zones, stacked pipes, bare patches of earth and a lot of traffic cones; this is the groundwork for the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.

Mariner's Bethel to host Easter concert April 13

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Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will host an Easter concert on Sunday, April 13.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 14 to April 18

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 7 to April 11

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View for 3 to 5 weeks, weather pending.

Millville officials to investigate new police-friendly building

The Town of Millville needs to build a new garage, so the town council is considering making the structure something the Delaware State Police would like to use, too. The town council at its March 25 meeting unanimously approved a feasibility study for a new building, which may include space for DSP.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for March 31 to April 4

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View until May 9, weather pending.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Central Avenue intersection to close Monday for Route 26 project

Let the detours begin. A month of Central Avenue road closures begins in Ocean View on Monday, March 31, related to the State Route 26 construction project.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at the Route 26 intersection full-time until May 9. Construction continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, pending weather.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Avenue to close and other Route 26 lane changes

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a month of road closure in Ocean View, starting Monday, March 31.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at the Route 26 intersection. The road is open, but vehicles will not turn from Route 26 to Central Ave. and vice versa.

Work continues Monday to Friday, May 9, pending weather.

DelDOT, Markell discuss Delaware dollars, delays on Route 26

Four miles of roadway have gotten a lot of attention lately, and Gov. Jack Markell and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt attended the most recent Route 26 Working Group meeting to address the subject.

Band Boosters to host Bingo fundraiser on Friday, April 4

The Indian River High School Band Boosters will host their 6th Annual Bingo Fundraiser on Friday, April 4, at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall. Prizes include items from Longaberger, Vera Bradley and Thirty-One, as well as cash.

Maneri joins Millville town council to replace Subity

A new face will now look out over the council table at Millville Town Council meetings, as Steve Maneri was appointed to a vacant council post on March 11.

“I just want to try to help the community out any way possible,” he said.

He brings town council experience from four years as a trustee for the Village of Monroe, N.Y.