The Millville Town Council is at full strength again, following the swearing-in of its newest council member, Jon Subity, at the May 13 council meeting.
Subity fills the seat formerly occupied by Joan Bennett, who announced earlier this year that she would not be continuing her duties on council. Originally, resident Carol Calvarese was to fill the position, but she backed out due to personal reasons.
“I’ve lived in town for three years now,” said Subity, a resident of Cedar Cove. “I’m interested in the future development of Millville… I’m definitely excited. I realize there are a lot of challenges ahead with our growth, but I think Millville has a lot of potential.”
The town’s growth was evident Tuesday night when Town Manager Debbie Botchie announced that more than 400 properties have been added to the town’s tax roles. That growth is attributed to 200 properties in Phase I of the Millville By the Sea project, 114 properties in Windhurst Manor and 96 in Phase I of Barrington Park.
Botchie was also happy to make another proclamation during the meeting.
“I’m very proud to report that the Town of Millville stayed within its budget for the last fiscal year,” said Botchie.
Also discussed during the town’s monthly meeting:
• Mayor Donald Minyon announced that the Roxana Volunteer Fire Co. conducted its controlled burn of the property located at the southeast intersection of Route 17 and Powell Farm Road, thus clearing the way for the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s (DSWA’s) recycling drop-off bins, relocated from their former location across Route 26 from the town hall.
Minyon said the next step is for the Millville Group (owners of the Millville By the Sea project) to build a 40-by-40-foot gravel parking lot for the drop-off site. After that, the DSWA will drop off the bins.
• Minyon reminded the audience that the town will hold its first annual town-wide spring clean-up day on May 21 at Millville Town Hall. The event will feature a bulk drop-off behind town hall so residents can throw away any large items. It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Minyon will be cooking hot dogs and serving sodas to all Millville residents who participate. There will also be Millville T-shirts. Minyon stated that no chemicals or paint cans will be accepted, due to the toxins involved.
• Minyon and Botchie reported that the Delaware State Police have been a little slow getting the money to the town raised by tickets and fines registered by the police in accordance with the town’s agreement with the DSP. Minyon stated that he has been in contact with the unit and, “There is an extreme backlog. They assured me they would be getting us our money as soon as possible.” Minyon was quick to remind those in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting that the money is nice, but the service provided by the Delaware State Police is invaluable to the safety of the town’s residents.