Millville swears in new council members

Two current Millville Town Council members were sworn in for new terms on Tuesday, March 12, and a third was welcomed onto the council after being appointed to fill a vacancy.

Mayor Robert Gordon and Council Treasurer Peter Michel retained their seats, and were joined by new Council Member Sharon Brienza in being sworn in by Town Clerk Matthew Amerling.

Brienza was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Susan Brewer late last year. She was chosen by Gordon and Ronald Belinko, who had interviewed two applicants for the spot. Formerly of New Jersey and a resident of Millville for the past two years, Brienza said she had been planning to seek election to the council in five years.

She said she worked in local government for years and wanted to get involved in leadership of her new hometown. She said she had planned to seek election to the town council five years after moving to Delaware, but when Brewer’s seat opened up, “I couldn’t pass it up.”

Later in the meeting, the council voted on its officers. Gordon remains mayor; Steve Maneri remains deputy mayor; Michel takes over the treasurer post formerly held by Brewer, and Belinko is secretary.

The last town council election in Millville was held in 2009. Gordon has served on the council since 2011, Michel since 2017.

Also at the March 12 meeting, the Town confirmed five members to its newly expanded Planning & Zoning Commission. They are: Pat Plocek, Catherine Scheck, Marshal Gevinson, Glen Faden and Timothy Roe. All but Gevinson, who was not present, were sworn in during the meeting.

According to Town Manager Deborah Botchie, there were 10 applicants for the P&Z positions. Seven were selected to be interviewed by Gordon and Belinko, and they felt these five were the most qualified.

Several items were stricken from the meeting agenda earlier in the day on March 12. They were: a public hearing, review and possible vote on final site plans for a project called Millville Boardwalk, which is set to include a miniature-golf course, ice cream shop and possible additional retail business; and several items involving bond issues regarding the Millville By the Sea development and individual communities within Millville By the Sea.

Both of those items will be placed on the agenda for the next regular council meeting on April 9, officials said. The council will hold a workshop meeting on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m.


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter