Millville just continues to move forward.
Despite a slumping economy that has hurt nearly every corner of the nation, from governments down to residents, the Town of Millville consistently has seen itself grow — from crafting new ordinances to seeing new businesses set up shop in town limits. Oh, they’ve been affected by the economy in terms of some projects not getting finished and thus preventing some transfer tax monies from getting into the town’s coffers, but they just keep marching.
And they are becoming desireable to some national businesses.
On Tuesday night, the Millville Town Council voted to approve a final site plan for a Dollar General store to be built on Route 26, across the street from the Millville Pet Stop. This was not done thoughtlessly by town officials, as they spelled out definitively what they expected from Dollar General and ensured that the new store would meld in to the rest of the town’s general appearance and expectations.
“We appreciate you considering our site plan for final approval,” said Robert T. Boothe, representing Zaremba Group, on behalf of Dollar General. “We went through a thorough process in meeting your design standards and the painstaking effort of obtaining all agency approvals, and we are ready to go and look forward to gaining your approval.”
This speaks to the desirability of Millville to business owners, both large and small. The Dollar General is certain to draw some people into town from neighboring areas, thus attracting people to some of the local shops and restaurants in towns that might have otherwise been overlooked by people who don’t travel through town on a regular basis. They will also be hiring people to run the store, which is always appreciated during these difficult times.
It’s getting to be that time of the year again.
Students have been going back to school around the nation, and in parts of Sussex County, and it’s only a small matter of time before our local students are back in the classroom. For the rest of us, that means leaving the house a few minutes earlier because of school bus traffic, and being a little more cautious when driving because of the number of children along roads waiting for buses or walking home.
For students, it means the salad days of summer are over, and it’s time again to hit the books.
The Indian River School District will help with that transition by hosting an end-of-summer festival and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Sussex Central High School. Families of students in all grade levels are invited to this picnic-style event, and it’s a great opportunity to see what’s ahead.