Get ready, Del.: 10-digit dialing requirement starts Oct. 24

Ken Mammarella Government & Politics, Headlines

(Ken Mammarella photo) Georgetown native Brian Pettyjohn remembers the past, when Delawareans in the same telephone exchange could call each other by dialing four digits. He is also prepared for the future, when Delawareans with (302) phone numbers will need 10 digits to call others in the 302. And the future starts Oct. 24. The switch to 10-digit dialing – …

Milford staff shortages affecting trash collection

Terry Rogers Government & Politics, Headlines

At their regular meeting, Milford City Council heard from Mike Svaby, Public Works Director, who explained how it is becoming increasingly difficult for the city to manage the over 6,000 trash, recycling and yard waste pickups they make per week. Some of the issues are related to staffing shortages which Svaby stated have existed for the entire year he has …

City of Milford Announces Community Grant Program

Terry Rogers Government & Politics, Headlines

The City of Milford is offering grants to non-profits as part of their ARPA funding The City of Milford Council recently approved the use of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funding for a Community Grant Program. The City of Milford is receiving $6.33 million in ARPA funding in two installments – one was received in June 2021 and …

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City approves feasibility study for sewer project

Terry Rogers Government & Politics, Headlines

The City of Milford will conduct a feasibility study to determine the costs to install a sewer pump station in this area Milford City Council approved a request to fund a feasibility study that would determine what the cost of installing sewer infrastructure in front of the Bayhealth Sussex Campus would be and to allow a company to create renderings …

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Wickersham revision request approved

Terry Rogers Government & Politics, Headlines

Waivers requested by the Wickersham developers were approved by City Council. Milford City Council approved a request from CCM-Koelig, developers of the Wickersham development proposed for the corner of Johnson Road and Coastal Highway, to eliminate rear alley ways included in the original plan and for a sidewalk waiver at the entrance to the development. The proposed garden apartment and …

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Council approves annexation and zoning change request

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

Lands of Walter and Sharon Feindt were annexed into the City of Milford and zoning changed to C1 Milford City Council approved a request from Walter and Sharon Feindt to annex vacant property on South Rehoboth Boulevard and to change the zoning from AR1 to C1 residential. The property is currently under contract for purchase by the developers who are …

Board of Adjustments approves variance, denies conditional use

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

A conditional use has been denied for this home on Meadowbrook Lane On July 12, Sussex County Board of Adjustments approved a variance for a garage setback but denied an additional request by the property owner for a tourist home conditional use. The home, located at 607 Meadowbrook Lane, is owned by John D. Gibson, who had been renting rooms …

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Construction management company chosen for new police facility

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

Proposed site plan for new Milford Police Department facility As part of the design and construction process for the new police facility approved by voters in February, a five-member panel was spent several months reviewing Requests for Proposals for a construction management company to oversee the building process. Mike Svaby, Public Works Director, explained that the city received nine RFPs …

Council hears status of ARPA funds

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

Milford City Council, at a workshop held Monday, July 12, heard from Lou Vitola, Finance Director, about the funds provided from the American Rescue Act. The funds are designed to support municipalities mee the demands and needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The funds were allocated to the state and then reallocated to local governments by the state,” Vitola said. …

City Council approves FY2021-22 budget

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

On June 14, Milford City Council adopted the proposed FY2021-22 budget as presented as of June 9. The budget is for over $47 million and includes a tax increase of $0.0275, bringing the total property tax rate to $0.48275 for every $100 of assessed value. City Manager Mark Whitfield explained that information will be sent out in future electric bills …