Jersey Mike’s coming to Millsboro
Jersey Mike’s Subs will open in Millsboro this month.
The sign is already up at the future location of the sandwich shop, at 28662 Dupont Boulevard, in the same plaza as Starbucks, which opened several weeks ago.
Based in Manasquan, N.J., the chain restaurant has more than 1,500 stores and more than 120 more being developed nationwide.
In this area, there are shops open in Salisbury, Md., and in Rehoboth Beach and Dover.
Committee approves annexing East Millsboro Elementary
Millsboro Town Council members, at their Monday, Dec. 2, meeting, accepted a recommendation from a committee composed of council members to annex East Millsboro Elementary School into town limits.
“We found no reason not to,” Committee Chairman Tim Hodges said.
“It all seems to be plusses for the Town and plusses for the school district, too, so the committee recommends we annex the property. We already serve them with water and sewer. … The biggest advantage seems to be the Town of Millsboro will be able to provide them with a public safety officer,” he said.
The recommendation was accepted by all council members, but Mayor Michelle Truitt and Councilman Bradley Cordrey abstained. The mayor is a teacher and Cordrey’s wife works for the school system.
There will be a public hearing on the matter at the next town council meeting, on Jan. 6, 2020.
Short-term residential rental regulation forthcoming
Following a discussion among council members, Millsboro Town Solicitor Mary Schrider-Fox said she will talk to town officials in Rehoboth Beach, Del., about what they are doing to regulate homes rented as short-term residential rentals, such as those through Airbnb.
Councilman John Thoroughgood said using a private home as an Airbnb goes against some homeowners’ association policies. He said someone in his community rented a house to nine fishermen who were in town to attend a fishing tournament, and they allegedly parked illegally on others’ property. The homeowner was in Washington, D.C., and not around to oversee their behavior or set rules, he said.
Thoroughgood suggested the Town look at regulating the practice of renting homes, because there appears to be many people interested in renting to gain additional income.
Schrider-Fox said she represents homeowners’ associations and the topic is often raised.
“This is a very hot-topic issue. Now, at the HOA level, my experience has been it’s easier to regulate it. … What is less certain so far, based on what I’ve looked at it is, at the town level, what have other towns done?” she said.
She said the matter is evolving and will require “a little bit of research and deliberate thought.”
“It is an issue. You are not alone. Pretty much everybody has brought it up at one point in time. It only takes one person who misbehaves. There are probably a lot more Airbnb’s where people aren’t misbehaving or bothering the neighbors,” she said.
Holiday bonuses for Town employees
Employees of the Town of Millsboro will each receive a $200 holiday bonus this year.
The amount was approved by unanimous vote when the town council met.
Mayor Michelle Truitt told those in attendance at the Dec. 2 meeting that the bonuses are for town employees, not members of the council.
Police to go caroling
Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway, during his monthly report to the town council, said police officers will join Millsboro Middle School students when they visit Atlantic Shores Rehab & Health Center to sing Christmas carols to residents.
Calloway participated last year and said it was a highlight of the holiday season for him.
Money raised for Whiskers for Wishes
About $3,000 has been donated to Whiskers for Wishes, the police department’s annual Christmas fundraiser that allows male town employees, including police officers, to grow beards in exchange for donating so that less fortunate children can have toys for the holidays.
Calloway said $2,910 had been raised before the town council meeting, and he received another donation right before the meeting that will likely bring the total to $3,000 or more.
Police will work with Grace United Methodist Church to buy and deliver gifts.
Water and wastewater infrastructure improvements
Carrie Kruger of Duffield Associates, based in Wilmington, Del., discussed the wastewater facilities master plan her company has been preparing for the Town of Millsboro and showed council members a map with specific sewer drainage basins associated with pumping stations.
“As part of the facility’s plan, what we have been doing is working to try to see where secondary annexation areas are. We have come up with a couple of proposed sewer-main extensions,” she said.
There is interest in development along the Route 113 corridor in both the northern and southern sections of town. The sanitary sewer on Northern Avenue is too shallow to extend by gravity so it will have to be pumped, so a new pumping station is proposed, she said.
Earlier, Assistant Town Manager Jamie Burk had said that Duffield Associates, the Town’s water and sewer engineering consulting company, is working to help with the Town’s plan to stay ahead of growth. Town officials are determining the daily flow for water and sewer use.
“We have had people expressing interest in coming to town. Once we annex someone in, residential or business, we are sort of promising them a certain amount of water. When they come in, they have to let us know their intent for the property. There is an EDU calculation that determines how much water and sewer use they will have. They have to give us their water and sewer intentions, and they have to set up their infrastructure,” Burk said.
Millsboro officials are planning to build another wastewater plant in the northern section of town.
“Because of our growth, we’re looking at adding a plant. We will set up another in the northern section. We have to look at where we can acquire property,” Burk said.
Also due to growth, a new, 1-million-gallon elevated water storage tank is being designed and will be placed off Route 20 on the White Farm, property the Town owns.
“We have to have a certain amount of water in storage in case of a fire emergency. Our pumps can pump a certain amount out of the ground, but we have to have extra for fire suppression. We need to have it townwide. The new tank will be put in by Wawa next year or the following year. Infrastructure is big in this year’s budget. We have three elevated storage tanks now of varying gallons, all half a million or smaller,” Burk said.
Fencing approved for dog park
The Millsboro Town Council voted to spend an additional $1,300 and enclose the new dog park with a more attractive black fence.
The dog park will be on Wilson Highway, across from town hall, with a section for large dogs and another for small dogs, with a fence in the middle, Burk told council members.
The council had previously appropriated $17,849 for fencing. Upgrading to black fencing will be more aesthetically pleasing, he said.
“Parking will be at town hall. Down the road, we’ll add asphalt and parking spaces. We will explore water for the dogs next,” he said, adding that there could also be a restroom on the property.
The park will be on 3.25 acres of land.
Town officials considered putting a dog park on 11 acres on the west side of town off Laurel Road. Burk said it would have been a dog park and general park, but the town council wanted to separate them. They had also looked at space on the Town-owned White Farm, but would have had to work with the Delaware Department of Transportation to obtain entrance permits.
By Susan Canfora