New mayor and council members for Millsboro

After the town’s Fourth of July celebration came to a close, the Millsboro Town Council kept the festivities going in their own way, with a game of musical chairs.

During Monday’s regular monthly meeting, newly elected council members James Kells and Brad Cordrey were sworn in — but the task of replacing former mayor Bob Bryan and councilwoman Irene Keenan still loomed.

Former Vice-Mayor John Thoroughgood was the obvious choice to take the reins and was voted in unanimously. A motion was then made for former council treasurer Michelle Truitt to take over Thoroughgood’s now-vacant role as vice-mayor, and former council secretary Joseph Brady then made the move to fill the void at treasurer.

Kells was put to the test almost immediately after being sworn in to his council seat, getting a nomination to step in as secretary.

After the shakeup, residents including Millsboro Chamber Executive Director Amy Simmons greeted the new council members and expressed their gratitude for Bryan and Keenan’s service.

“I’ll just say, ‘Thank you’ right now for their service, dedication and support for us,” said Simmons. “To Mr. Kells and Mr. Cordrey, I look forward to working with you. My door’s pretty much always open. Please stop by.”

Plantation Lakes residents aim to stay separate from golf course

Plantation Lakes resident Yvonne McCombs addressed the council to make something clear: She and her neighbors have no desire to link their homes with the golf course.

“The honest truth is, between the HOA meeting, yearly meeting and all the meetings we’ve had in the community, none of us are receptive to tying our homes to that golf course,” she asserted. “We’re even less receptive to that golf course being given to our HOA.”

McCombs went on to cite possible expenses down the line for the 400-home community.

“We were all told that we do not own the golf course,” McCombs said. “We’d like to let the council know we’d like to keep it that way.”

Thoroughgood appointed a committee to look into the matter.

Millsboro police add three new patrolmen

After successfully completing their two-year training, Millsboro Police Chief John K. Murphy recommended three officers for promotion to patrolmen first-class.

A motion was made to do just that, as officer Matthew Deford, officer Carey Anne Rambo and officer Jonathan Zibrowski became the department’s newest patrolmen. The promotions came just in time, as Thoroughgood noted the success of the increased foot-patrols downtown.

“I would like you to continue doing foot patrols downtown,” said Thoroughgood. “You’ve been doing a good job. We appreciate it.”

Other council members agreed, and Murphy explained that they’ll continue to patrol the downtown area in shifts.

The next regularly scheduled town council meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.