Millville approves ordinances into the books

Millville officials are continuing their efforts to get more ordinances approved and finalized in the town, hoping to take some of the uncertainty out of the town’s decision-making process and trying to make it easier for developers to know what they’re getting into before they start a project.

At a special meeting of the Millville Town Council on Tuesday, Dec. 18, council members approved five new ordinances. The first, the “Clean Hands” ordinance, basically states that in order for a resident or builder to apply to the town for a permit or variance, that individual or corporation must be current with the town regarding fees and taxes.

The second and third ordinances on the day’s agenda involved stormwater retention ponds — and the desired criteria the town would enforce on the construction and management of the ponds. Kyle Gulbronson — of URS, the town’s planner — explained that these two ordinances dealt with the zoning of the stormwater retention ponds in both the town and subdivisions within the town. Gulbronson said these would be enforced during the site-plan process.

The fourth ordinance approved during the meeting dealt with “Subdivision Definitions.” This is basically concerning the language in the town’s books regarding what projects are defined as subdivisions, and how the town will ultimately decide on their requests.

The final ordinance was titled “Changes to Approved Preliminary and Final Subdivision Plans.” Basically, according to Gulbronson, this ordinance deals with how the town responds when state agencies — such as the Delaware Department of Transportation or the Department of Natural Resources — change their rules.

The ordinances are available at Millville Town Hall for anyone interested in reading the full text during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also discussed during Tuesday’s meeting:

• Council Member Richard Thomas reported that the first 200 feet of sewer work on Route 26 will begin on Jan. 3 or 4, and start at County Bank, heading north.

• Mayor Donald Minyon announced that resident John A. Driscoll had passed away on Dec. 17. Driscoll was a longtime member of the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, and contributed a great deal to the town, Minyon said.

“He was just one of the real good guys of this community,” said Minyon. “We’re sorely going to miss his work, and miss him.”

Driscoll is survived by his wife of 58 years, Charlotte; a son, Carl, and daughter, Kathleen Chalox; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

A funeral service for Driscoll is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21 at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Friends may call after 10 a.m.

• The next scheduled meeting of the Millville Town Council is Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.