Citing a need to provide more safety for the town’s residents and businesses, the Millville Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to sign a contract with the Delaware State Police that will provide 16 hours of police protection each week.
Under the new contract, state police will work eight hours on Saturdays, four hours Friday evenings and four hours throughout the course of the week. Times of police coverage will vary from week to week, according to Acting Town Manager Debbie Botchie, and those times will not be made public. The cost to the town for the police coverage will be $74.35 per hour.
“There will also be various times throughout the year when we will need more coverage, and this contract allows for that,” said Millville Mayor Donald Minyon. Councilwoman Joan Bennett asked if the same cost would apply for any additional hours, and Minyon assured the council that it would.
Bennett also said that she was interested in forming an exploratory committee to find ways to get even more police coverage in the town for the future. She announced that she was certainly in favor of this current contract but would simply like to add to the coverage as the town continues to grow.
The new contract will go into effect on Halloween of this year, which is one of those special circumstances when the town will pay for additional coverage.
Also discussed at the town council meeting:
• Halloween is indeed a busy day in Millville. At 10 a.m. that morning, in Millville Town Hall, the final plan for the Route 26 sewer project will be unveiled to the public. Minyon encouraged all residents and business owners affected by the sewer project to attend the meeting.
• Trick-or-treating will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Millville on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
• Minyon announced that town officials are still working with the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) and the Environmental Concern regarding the Town Hall Habitat project at Millville’s town hall. He stressed that they are still in the planning stages for the project but said he is excited about native plants grown on the east side of town hall, and Botchie commented on a possible water garden on the south side of the building, facing Route 26.