Millville Centennial plans moving forward and on course

Talk of the town’s May 20 Centennial Celebration dominated Millville’s surprisingly short — about 25-minutes — town council meeting on Tuesday at Town Hall.
Kami Banks spoke on behalf of the committee planning the event, saying that the committee’s members have solidified a parade route for the event and set deadlines for people wishing to participate.

The parade will encompass a half-mile route, from the Kauffman property west of Town Hall to the Millville Fire Hall, where the town will hold the bulk of its 100th birthday celebration.

Banks said that the Corvette Club, the Moose Lodge, the Red Hat Society, Indian River High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), the IRHS band and the Millville Fire Company have already agreed to participate in the parade.

She added that the committee is working with the Millville Pet Stop to set up a pet parade. Any other organizations or individuals — such as the town’s oldest resident, a dignatory who the committee has yet to locate — who wish to participate in the parade will have to notify the town by April 14.

Banks also said that they have carved out a two-hour period — from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — for the parade, which includes set-up and break-down time. She only expects the parade to shut down town streets for about one hour on the day of the celebration, she said.

Starting at 2:30 p.m., after the parade is complete, the town will hold the celebration at the Millville Fire Hall. Anyone wishing to sponsor the event should notify the town by March 27, Banks announced on Tuesday. At the same meeting, the Millville town council voted unanimously to set up a bank account for donations toward the event’s costs.

“We don’t want to mix the money from the donations (with the rest of the town’s money),” said Gary Willey, Millville’s mayor.

Three bands will highlight the celebration, anchored by the Bird Dogs and the Road Kings, who will play from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall.

“We’re all very excited about it,” Willey said of the proposed 100th celebration. “I think it’s fantastic.”

In other action:

• Town Council unanimously approved the annexation request of Edward and Susan Lee at its Tuesday meeting. Council members annexed the Lees’ one-acre parcel on Route 17 into the town’s proposed master planned community, Millville by the Sea.

• Town Council members carried a motion to table Vickie York’s rezoning request because no representative attended Tuesday’s meeting. York had requested that her property at 510 Atlantic Avenue be rezoned from residential to commercial. Council members said they will revisit the request at their March meeting.