City Council to meet tonight to discuss legal issues

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

Milford City Council will hold a special  meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall Council Chambers, partly to deal with legal issues. Attendees are welcome to participate virtually or in-person, and there will be a 15- minute time slot for public commentary at the meeting’s start. The council and their lawyer David Rutt will discuss “pending or potential” litigation. …

The Division of Public Health had its Joint Finance Committee hearing Tuesday. (Photo by tashatuvango/Adobe Stock)

Public Health seeks $3.5 million more in 2025 state budget

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines, Health

Editor’s note: This report has been updated to reflect that Medicaid is not overseen by Public Health The Delaware Division of Public Health wants a 2025 budget of $167.4 million, but about $3.5 million of that is not in the governor’s recommended budget. That puzzled the chair of the state Joint Finance Committee, which writes the state budget. It’s in …

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City to court: Don’t postpone March 1 eminent domain hearing

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

The city of Milford is opposing a move by Annette Billings to postpone a March 1 hearing on the eminent domain case that would take 8 acres of her property for a park and bike trail. The city argues in a document filed Monday, Feb. 19, that Billings has launched a “campaign to besmirch and disparage the city of Milford, …

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Billboard mocks Milford mayor, council as wanted for theft

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

“WANTED – MILFORD CITY COUNCIL – ATTEMPTED THEFT” says a billboard featuring photos of Milford’s mayor and seven council members that went up Friday on Del. 113 at the south end of town. It’s the most recent reaction to the council condemning eight acres belonging to Annette Billings and then using eminent domain to take her property for $20,000.  That’s …

The Department of Education, Redding Consortium and Wilmington Learning Collaborative had their yearly state budget requests Wednesday.

Education groups costing ⅓ of state budget face JFC

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

Education – what one legislator called the most important investment by the state – consumed Wednesday’s Joint Finance Committee hearing for a category that makes up about one-third of the state’s $6 billion budget.  Appearing in the morning before the committee that decided how and where the state’s budget will be spent was The Redding Consortium and the Wilmington Learning …

Milford moves homeless workshop to Feb. 26; vote will be March 11.

Milford moves homeless workshop to Feb. 28; vote March 11

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

The Milford City Council workshop on a tiny house village for the homeless has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 28 from Wednesday, Feb. 14. The change in date is due to Wednesday being Valentine’s Day and also the birthday of the wife of Mayor Archie Campbell. The vote will follow at the council’s next regular meeting, March 11. The …

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Milford Council limits comments on eminent domain case

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

Larry Passwaters chided the Milford City Council Monday night over its decision to declare eminent domain over 8 acres of property owned by a chicken-raising widow so it could create a park. “If this was a Hallmark movie, you’d be the bad guys,” Larry Passwaters scolded council members. His comment was met with cries of support from the crowd of …

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Council homeless workshop Wednesday; vote set for Feb. 26

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

Milford City Council will discuss a proposed tiny home village for the homeless at a workshop 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. A council vote on the village is expected Feb. 26 during the regular council meeting, Campbell said. “We know we need to help people,” said the mayor.  If approved by council, the tiny homes village will be developed …

The financial responsibilities of the state as a result of legalizing marijuana was brought up in Wednesday's Joint Finance Committee hearing. (Photo by Aleksandr_Kravtsov/iStock)

Marijuana laws come with price tag for 2 state departments

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

This story has been updated to correct tax and licensing information. Marijuana – and the implications of its legalization in Delaware on certain state agencies – was part of the discussion in Wednesday’s Joint Finance Committee hearings. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security is set to receive a little over $5 million of the total request is specifically in …

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Milford mayor, 4 councilmembers up for election April 27

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

The April 27 Milford elections will see two names on the ballot for mayor. The deadline to file a city council or mayor nomination is Feb. 27. Current Mayor Archie Campbell will be running against current Councilmember Todd Culotta of the second ward. “He was the person who ran against me when I first ran for mayor,” Campbell said. In …