Millville Town Council seat beckons to Susan Brewer

Susan Brewer has helped the Millville Planning & Zoning Commission make decisions for about three years, and now she’s taking that experience to the town council.

Brewer was appointed to the council on Aug. 12, filling the seat vacated in June by Joan Deaver.

She calls herself “an individual trying to give back to the community and trying to do it in a commonsense way. … I just hope I can lend something to the council that is beneficial,” she said. “I had an interest in watching the town grow and participating in the general municipality.”

With a background in human resources at an architectural consulting firm, Brewer said she’s learned much from P&Z. Decisions start with town, county and state regulations, but must account for the community sentiment, she emphasized.

“You have to keep in mind what is the best decision for the town in general. The town’s growth is important,” she said, “but the community members have to be happy, in addition to the retailers and developers.

“The community has a voice. … You have to listen to them,” Brewer added.

“I think it’s a small town. I think it would like to stay small but grow in revenue, [with] streets that are tree-lined … but with the actual growth required for any municipality.”

Born and raised in Wilmington, Brewer has been a full-time Millville resident for 10 years, now working part-time at a local property management firm.

“I hope that I can have enough intelligence, common sense and heart to make the best decisions for everyone involved,” she said. “I hope I can serve the public in any way that they need.”

In other Millville news:

• The Great Pumpkin Festival has been canceled for 2014.

“I say this with a heavy heart,” Town Administrator Debbie Botchie said. “We’d rather put on a good event than a bad event.”

Road construction and other factors have impeded Millville’s ability to host the quality event it would like, she said. But the Holiday Market will return in December, expanding indoors to the neighboring church’s new hall.

• A new financial administrator is expected to begin work this week. Lisa Wynn is “highly qualified,” said Botchie. “I think she will be a huge asset to the Town of Millville.”

• Millville will draft an invitation to bid, in search of an architect to design the Town’s new garage.

• The Millville Farmers Market is ahead of last year’s figures in terms of income and visitors, Linda Kent reported. WBOC will also film at the market early Thursday, Aug. 14.

Beebe Healthcare and the Delaware Botanic Gardens will be guests at upcoming markets.

• The Millville Volunteer Group will sell Operation SEAs the Day gear and also help babysit children during the veterans’ vacation week.

• The Millville Volunteers will collect holiday care packages for service-members overseas, beginning in September.

• A free Public Preparedness, Safety & Health Fair will be held at Millville Town Hall on Sept. 20, hosted by the Blackwater Village Association (BVA) in partnership with Community Emergency Response Team Advisors (CERTA).

Medical, fire, police, National Guard, Coast Guard and other emergency services will be on hand.

• Councilman Harry Kent was named the new council treasurer and Steve Maneri its secretary.

The Millville Town Council is scheduled to meet for an Aug. 26 workshop, at 7 p.m.