Millsboro officials preparing for June council elections

Millsboro officials this week said they expect to post an election notice on April 24, advertising for candidates for two council seats in an election set for this coming June. District 1 and District 2 council seats — currently held by Tim Hodges and John Thoroghgood, respectively — will be up for grabs.

The election will be held on Saturday, June 8, at town hall, from 1 to 7 p.m., with the elected officials to be sworn in at the town’s July meeting. Those interested in filing to run for the seats may contact town hall.

Town officials also reported this week that the owner of the new McDonald’s in the Peninsula Shopping Center has purchased a parcel of land behind the business to expand its parking, with council members voting to approve combining the two parcels.

“They need to combine both the parcel where McDonald’s is and the one they just bought for additional parking,” explained Assistant Town Manager Matt Schifano. “Per our subdivision ordinance, council needs to approve any combining of parcels.”

The council approved the parcel combining by a vote of 4-0.

Council members also unanimously approved the quarterly assessment, for property owners who made improvements to their properties between Jan. 1 and March 31, the final three months of the town’s fiscal year.

In other town news:

• A public hearing will be held on May 6 at 7 p.m. in town hall, regarding the annual property assessment for the 2014 fiscal year.

• The Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company is in the process of having its 1986 tanker refurbished, so that it will last the department an estimated additional 12 years. The taker will be out of commission for approximately five weeks while the undercarriage is stripped and repaired, repainted and refitted with new wiring and plumbing.

• Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company President Ron O’Neil said that the department in February added a fourth ambulance service member during the day, Monday through Friday, allowing for two full ambulance shifts to be covered during the daytime hours.

“That additional ambulance has picked up 28 ambulance calls in the first 33 days of its operation. Basically, that translates in an increase of coverage for the community because our secondary ambulance can get out, instead of waiting for an ambulance from a neighboring fire company,” explained O’Neil. “It also increases the income to the fire company, as well. So it’s paid for itself.”