EDITORIAL: Millville touches a few issues

There is no town in this community undergoing more change than Millville. To be more precise, there might be no town in this state undergoing such a drastic makeover.

Consider the approval of a few new developments, which will forever change the landscape of the town, or the resignation of Gary Willey, the longtime mayor of the town. There is a new face on Millville, and it’s dealing with issues that never had to really be considered before.

One of those issues is the moving of houses. Nowhere is that more obvious or prevalent than on Cedar Drive, the road one block south of Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Now, in the interest of disclosure, our publisher lives on that road, and has been affected by houses moving onto that street. That being said, homes being moved from one spot to another changes both the neighborhood where the house was, and its new location.

On Tuesday night, the Millville Town Council voted to ban the moving of houses from one spot to another — covering houses being moved from one spot in Millville to another, as well as houses being moved from outside the town’s limits into the town.

Now, maybe that’s the answer. It certainly won’t satisfy everyone, but it at least puts an end to some uncomfortable situations until an ordinance can be passed.

Another situation facing the town as they undergo this growth spurt is that of emergency services. With more houses, comes a need for more fire and ambulance services. To that end, the Millville Town Council voted Tuesday night to give 10 percent of the town’s building permit fees to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company and ambulance services.

That, in no uncertain terms, is a no-brainer.

The first responsibility of any governing body is to protect the citizens it represents. That is why government exists. For the town council to make that kind of commitment on behalf of the town’s residents is to better the quality of life for all its residents.

The town is going to continue to face growing pains in coming years, and issues such as Home Depot, sewer expansion, zoning guidelines and other items are sure to creep up and cause disharmony. As long as the town council continues to keep its eyes on the citizens it represents and governs, the town in general should prosper and thrive with its new look.