Ocean View News

Town of Ocean View, Delaware


  • 1882 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.; town hall meeting room

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., town hall meeting room


  • Second Saturday in April; mayor is elected separately from council members, at the same time; council members run by district, but voters can vote for candidates in any district; two-term limits on mayor and council

Town office:

  • 201 Central Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970; (302) 539-9797

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Walter Curran, Mayor
  • William Olsen, Distrcit 1
  • Frank Twardzik, District 2
  • Tom Maly, District 3
  • Carol Bodine, District 4

Town Manager:

  • Dianne Vogel

Town Clerk:

  • Donna Schwartz, CMC

Finance Director:

  • Lee Brubaker

Administrative Official:

  • Charles McMullen

Standing committees:

  • Planning Commission
  • Board of Adjustments
  • Board of Elections


  • Ken McLaughlin, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Dennis Schrader


  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1111

Water service:

  • Central water service is active and connection is mandatory.

Trash pick-up:

  • No municipal trash service; private haulers, with varied collection days


  • No townwide recycling; curbside recycling offered in conjunction with trash pick-up by haulers (statewide)

Ocean View Planning and Zoning moves on signs

Ocean View Town Council is cleared to move forward on a new sign ordinance, following a thumbs-up from the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission on Feb. 17.

The ordinance came about as a result of Jeff Clark’s application for a variance before the Board of Adjustment (BOA) back in December.

School to seek Ocean View annexation

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to pursue annexation of Lord Baltimore Elementary School into the town of Ocean View.

Ocean View talks land use

Progress, and possible minimum design standards for landscaping, signs and even architecture, dominated the Feb. 15 workshop in Ocean View.

The roundtable discussion on Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) issues attracted the entire town council, the entire Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, town staff and new hire land use planner Kyle Gulbronson.

Ocean View nears final budget plan

Ocean View Town Manager Kathy Roth presented three different five-year budget plans to the long-range financial planning committee on Feb. 15.
In version one, there were no rate increases. The town would stick with existing revenue sources.

Mayor has his hands full

Technically, Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith is number one.
Ocean View has been around a while (founded in 1893), but until 2002, no mayor before Meredith had ever been chosen by popular election.

He downplayed any significance, though, calling it “more like the answer to a trivia question.”

Chili steals the show

Whether you’re an Eagles or Patriots fan, this past Super Bowl Sunday was the best time to grab a great bowl of chili at Bear Trap’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off.

Police seek graffiti suspects in Ocean View

Many homes could use a little new paint, but the new paint provided by a local vandal or vandals was considerably less than desirable for some Ocean View-area property owners.
In fact, it was a crime.

Ocean View council talks expenditures

Ocean View detailed three lists of proposed budgetary expenses at a Feb. 1 committee meeting, considering capital outlays for public works ($3.9 million) and public safety ($3.2 million).

The new police station remained by far the largest item in the budget, at $2.9 million. (Computers, vehicles, furniture, firearms, phones and a security system bring that up to $3.2 million.)

Ocean View puts a hold on water

Work on Ocean View’s central water system is still scheduled to begin some time soon, but more likely during the summer, rather than in March, as predicted this time last year.

Town council heard an update from engineer Chuck Hauser (of Davis, Bowen & Friedel) at the Feb. 1 council meeting.

OV shuffles ordinances

Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Members on Jan. 20 moved into a holding pattern on a zoning ordinance aimed at reducing density.

The entire commission was present, as were Mayor Gary Meredith and Council Member Eric Magill.

Ocean View checks on street quality

Ocean View Town Council held a work session on Jan. 18, hosting engineer Alan Kercher for questions about the recent street resurfacing in Savannah’s Landing.
Residents raised questions about the quality of the micro-surfacing job several weeks ago.
Joe McCourt represented the homeowners.