Duplex approved for North Washington Street

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines

by Terry Rogers This vacant lot will soon have a duplex after council approved a request by KD Properties KD Properties recently received approval from City Council to construct a duplex on a vacant lot located on the west side of North Washington Street between Northeast Sixth and Northeast Seventh Street. “As you can see, the majority of the area …

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Council hears MPO presentation

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines

by Terry Rogers   Dover Kent MPO Parklet at Dover’s First Friday Recently, Milford City Council heard a presentation by Helen Wiles, Public Outreach Manager for Dover Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO.) Wiles explained what an MPO is and how it can benefit the City of Milford. “Because we live in a really strange state where DelDOT owns 95 percent …

Bicycle Master Plan approved by council

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines

by Terry Rogers     Northern Loop of a proposed Bicycle Master Plan adopted by the City of MIlford. Milford City Council recently adopted a Bicycle Master Plan presented by Sonia Marichic-Goudy, Associate Vice President of Century Engineering. The was created with input from DelDOT, the Bicycle Advisory Committee and members of the Milford community, including Lifecycle. “The City of …

City employees could see pay increases after wage study

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines

by Terry Rogers At a recent City Council meeting, Angele Yazbec, Senior Human Resources Consultant for Evergreen Solutions, presented the results of a job classification and rate study the company conducted for the city. According to Yazbec, the company used interviews and focus groups with city employees to determine how employee salaries were progressing through pay ranges. “We reviewed the …

Milford dealing with over $1 million in past due accounts

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines

by Terry Rogers     A bill printing issue led the City of Milford’s past due accounts to rise above $1 million The City of Milford currently has almost $1.1 million in past due accounts. The past due property tax balance is $475,000 while the past due utility balance is $623,000. “October was a chaotic month for the customer service …

Townsend to restart police department, with Milford man as chief

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Robert “Bob” Longo will help Townsend restart its own police department.   After decades without a police force, the town of Townsend, Delaware will once again have its own officers patrolling its streets.  The town council authorized a measure to reactivate Townsend’s police department at a recent council meeting.  Even though the town is only in the preliminary stages of …

Community Block Grant Program provides funding for home improvements

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines

Milford City Council held a public hearing on Monday, November 8 to provide information about the Delaware Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The program operates with the cooperation of Sussex County Council, Kent County Levy Court, Delaware State Housing Authority and local municipalities to provide over $2 million in grants to low- and moderate-income property owners whose primary residences …

Permanent school mask mandate is on hold – for now

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines, Health

Some interpreted a DOE regulation to mean masks would be permanently required in schools. Photo by Rodnae Productions on Pexels. A regulation that many interpreted to mean Delaware schools would indefinitely require mask-wearing is on hold — for now.  A proposed amendment to Delaware Administrative Code 815 — the rule schools follow for health examinations and screenings — would have …

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Former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner dies at 86

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware’s first female governor, died Thursday at age 86. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor. Former Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has died at age 86. The Milford Democrat was Delaware’s first female governor,  serving 2001-09.  She previously served as the state’s lieutenant governor from 1993 until 2001. Before that, she represented the Milford/Slaughter Beach …

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Interim financing for police building authorized

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines

Milford City Council approved interim financing for the new police facility in order to minimize costs. According to Lou Vitola, City Finance Director, the financing plan for the facility included a period of debt-reimbursable cash financing followed by a period of interim, short-term financing known as Bond Anticipation Notes (BAN) before permanent financing was secured. “The question is when to …