New recycling area decided on in Millville

Green-minded people in the area can again rejoice — a recycling drop-off location is coming back to the Millville area.

Millville Mayor Donald Minyon announced during the town’s April 8 council meeting that the Millville Group had found a spot in the Millville By the Sea property to permanently place the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s recycling drop-off bins.

The property is located at the southeast intersection of Route 17 and Powell Farm Road. Minyon said there is currently a home at that spot, and that the Millville Group has agreed to remove asbestos from that building. After that work is complete, the Roxana Volunteer Fire Co. will conduct a controlled burn to remove the buildings, and the Millville Group will then build a 40-foot-by-40-foot gravel parking lot. The DSWA will then bring back the recycling bins for the public to use.

“We hope that it’s running by early summer,” said Minyon.

Though the Town of Millville has no official responsibility or control over the recycling area, Minyon and the rest of the council have been active in helping a new location be identified following the removal of the bins by the DSWA at the former Route 26 location in February. This effort is in line with the town’s recent attempts to make Millville more “green.”

The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has partnered with the town in efforts to make a native plant habitat around the Millville Town Hall. Town Manager Debbie Botchie announced during the April 8 council meeting that 49 people have already signed up for the town’s curbside recycling program with the DSWA.

Also, the town announced a town-wide spring clean up day for May 21 that will feature a bulk drop-off behind Millville Town Hall so residents can throw away any large items. That event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Minyon will cook hot dogs and serve soda to all Millville residents that participate. The town will also be giving away Millville T-shirts.

Also on the “green” agenda for the town is a May 6 event at Millville Town Hall where the CIB will be working on a water garden. Volunteers are needed for that effort, as well. Minyon continued the theme with the announcement that the town has instructed the town hall cleaning staff to only use “green” cleaning products.

Also discussed during the April 8 town council meeting:

• The town council unanimously approved a $382,970 budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. That is an increase from the $330,884 estimated total expenses for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

• Council held its re-organizational meeting at the meeting. Minyon will again serve as mayor; Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr. will continue his role as deputy mayor; Kami Banks will again act as secretary; and Richard Thomas will continue to serve as treasurer.

• Minyon announced that Carol Calvarese will not be accepting a position on council. Calvarese was initially going to fill the seat vacated by former councilwoman Joan Bennet, but Minyon said she decided not to take that position for personal reasons. The council needs one more member, and Minyon said interested applicants should contact Millville Town Hall at 539-0449.

• Council officially voted to de-annex portions of the Lord Baltimore Elementary School. The school had been divided between Ocean View and Millville, with the part of the school from the gymnasium to the west falling inside Millville’s town limits. The town decided that the school would be best served if it fell entirely under the purview of Ocean View, which has a full-time police department. The next step in the process, according to Minyon, would be for Ocean View to move to annex the rest of the property, and then for Rep. Gerald Hocker to take the matter to the state legislature for approval.

• Botchie announced that Millville property tax bills would be mailed on May 1. There will also be a survey in the envelope that Millville Planning & Zoning will use in forming its comprehensive land-use plan.

• Botchie also stated during the meeting that the town has entered into an agreement with the Delaware State Police to provide police coverage in the town five days a week between May 1 and October. She said the state police will provide 32 hours of coverage per week.