Ocean View settling into new digs


Ocean View town staff is settling in to their new digs on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson Public Safety Building off Central Avenue.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming: Betty Jane Keen, a longtime employee of the Town of Ocean View who is the receiver of taxes, settles into her new workspace.Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Betty Jane Keen, a longtime employee of the Town of Ocean View who is the receiver of taxes, settles into her new workspace.

Town Manager Conway Gregory said that the staff spent most of the day Monday moving and were starting to settle in on Tuesday. The phones and computer systems are back up and running, with the exception of the Internet, he said Tuesday.

“It went very well,” said Gregory of the move. “We’ve spent all of today unpacking, putting files away and figuring out what goes where.”

The building also has a related official name change, to the Wallace A. Melson Administration and Public Safety Building, pending a vote at the April 14 town council meeting.

Residents needing to access the town offices on the second floor of the building should just enter the building from the rear, on the ground level, and will see there’s a sign directing them to the elevator, which will take them upstairs to where the new town offices are located. Those who prefer the stairs can ask the receptionist to hit a button that will open up the secure door to the stairwell.
Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor: Left, signs of a move with cardboard boxes and an empty desk.Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor
Left, signs of a move with cardboard boxes and an empty desk.

As for the building at 32 West Avenue that formerly housed those town offices, Gregory said Public Works operations and the office of the town’s administrative official will still be based out of there. For example, anyone needing a building permit, site plan review or information on planning and zoning or code enforcement, or on Public Works, would go there. Also, all town council meetings and public hearings will still be held at 32 West Avenue.

Town offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The phone number is (302) 539-9797. Callers may notice a new message and new menu options, with staff and information directories.