Millville council adopts volunteer policy manual, budget

Millville Town Council members approved the policy manual for the Millville Volunteer Group at this month’s council meeting, with no further discussion. They had discussed the draft policy and procedure manual at length at their March workshop.

Highlights discussed were the town paying for background checks for all volunteers, as well as changing many references to the group having to report or answer to the mayor, changed to having them instead reporting to the town manager, council liaison or the volunteer chair.

The original draft of the manual had come from the now-defunct Citizens Auxiliary Patrol group that resigned en masse from its service to Ocean View, so many items were simply changed so as to better fit Millville.

At the March workshop, they also decided that all media/spokesperson-type duties would be channeled through the council liaison “or designee” first and additionally discussed getting picture ID badges made in-house and a uniform for the volunteers, so they are easily recognizable.

The Millville council this week also passed the Town’s budget for the coming year. At their March workshop, they had decided that the three town-hall renovation items they had discussed in recent months – the water tank, sprinkler system and wheelchair lift – that had been blank line items in the current operating budget, would be estimated at $250,000 combined.

Council members said they felt that would be a conservative number to plug in, with about $25,000 for the wheelchair lift, $120,000 for a sprinkler system (a number that has been discussed in the past) and the remaining amount for a water tank.

In other news from this week’s council meeting, the town council also voted on Resolution 12-05, establishing a fee schedule for the new fiscal year. It is the same as last year’s schedule, except for the addition of FOIA fees, due to a form change at the Department of Justice explained Mayor Gerry Hocker. They also added fines.

In February, the council had voted to engage the services of the State of Delaware/Delaware Criminal Justice Information System, to allow the code-enforcement officer a way of issuing a summons for violations of the town code, and the new fines reflect that decision.

The next town council meeting is set for Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. The council decided not to hold a workshop on April 24.