Ocean View News

Town of Ocean View, Delaware

Population:

  • 1882 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.; town hall meeting room

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., town hall meeting room

Elections:

  • Second Saturday in April; mayor is elected separately from council members, at the same time; council members run by district, but voters can vote for candidates in any district; two-term limits on mayor and council

Town office:

  • 201 Central Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970; (302) 539-9797

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Gorden E. Wood Sr., Mayor
  • Geoffrey Christ, Mayor Pro-Tem, District 2
  • William Olsen, Distrcit 1
  • Thomas J. Sheeran, District 3
  • Robert R. Lawless, District 4

Town Manager:

  • Dianne Vogel

Town Clerk:

  • Donna Schwartz

Finance Director:

  • Lee Brubaker

Administrative Official:

  • Charles McMullen

Standing committees:

  • Planning Commission
  • Board of Adjustments
  • Board of Elections

Police:

  • Ken McLaughlin, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Dennis Schrader

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1111

Water service:

  • Central water service is active and connection is mandatory.

Trash pick-up:

  • No municipal trash service; private haulers, with varied collection days

Recycling:

  • No townwide recycling; curbside recycling offered in conjunction with trash pick-up by haulers (statewide)

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Business, traffic still humming as Route 26 widens

Drivers returning to Route 26 will see the construction zones, stacked pipes, bare patches of earth and a lot of traffic cones; this is the groundwork for the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.

Mariner's Bethel to host Easter concert April 13

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Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will host an Easter concert on Sunday, April 13.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 14 to April 18

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

OV approves budget, discusses roadwork, alcohol consumption

The Ocean View Town Council met earlier this week to approve the Town’s 2015-fiscal-year operating budget and capital improvement program.

In the final budget, salary increases were reduced from 3 percent to 2 percent. There was also a reduction in the proposed property tax increase, also from 3 percent to 2 percent.

Prayer shawl workshop offered to the community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The women of Mariner’s Bethel Prayer Shawl Ministry gather once a month to knit and crochet prayer shawls to give to those in the community who are celebrating a joyous occassion or going through a difficult time. The Ministry will be offering a workshop this weekend to those interested in starting their own ministry. Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The women of Mariner’s Bethel Prayer Shawl Ministry gather once a month to knit and crochet prayer shawls to give to those in the community who are celebrating a joyous occassion or going through a difficult time. The Ministry will be offering a workshop this weekend to those interested in starting their own ministry. Those in the community who may be looking to create a prayer shawl ministry for themselves, or for their church, are being offered some help from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry.

On Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mariner’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will be offering a free workshop, and lunch, to the community.

Ministry member Sharon Palmer said the ministry held a similar workshop at Camp Pecometh in Centreville, Md., two years ago.

“It was very successful,” she said. “We thought, because we had reached out to all of those churches near Camp Pecometh, why not reach out to the churches here? So we decided to hold our own workshop here at Mariner’s.”

The ministry has given out a number of brochures regarding the workshop to area churches and knitting groups, and some community members have already signed up for the workshop.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 7 to April 11

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View for 3 to 5 weeks, weather pending.

OV discusses insurance, prepares for budget adoption

Ocean View officials continued discussions of the impacts of increasing insurance costs on the town budget at a workshop this week, leading up to the looming council vote on the 2015-fiscal-year budget.

During the meeting, Town Manager Dianne Vogel and Finance Director Lee Brubaker reviewed the projected increase in health insurance premiums for Town employees.

OVHS offers April 9 talk on area’s maritime history

The Ocean View Historical Society will be offering a lecture on “The Maritime Side of the Coastal Towns” on Wednesday, April 9, led by Richard Nippes, president of the OVHS and Ocean View Mayor Gordon Wood, at Ocean View Town Hall at 7 p.m.

Public invited to Route 26 project meetings

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced mid-week that the Route 26 Project Team Construction Advisory Group would begin meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall.

The next meeting is set for Tuesday, April 8.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for March 31 to April 4

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View until May 9, weather pending.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Central Avenue intersection to close Monday for Route 26 project

Let the detours begin. A month of Central Avenue road closures begins in Ocean View on Monday, March 31, related to the State Route 26 construction project.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at the Route 26 intersection full-time until May 9. Construction continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, pending weather.

Ocean View council discusses health insurance, budget

The Ocean View Town Council cut its monthly budget meeting short earlier this week, following the late March snowfall.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Avenue to close and other Route 26 lane changes

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a month of road closure in Ocean View, starting Monday, March 31.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at the Route 26 intersection. The road is open, but vehicles will not turn from Route 26 to Central Ave. and vice versa.

Work continues Monday to Friday, May 9, pending weather.

DelDOT, Markell discuss Delaware dollars, delays on Route 26

Four miles of roadway have gotten a lot of attention lately, and Gov. Jack Markell and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt attended the most recent Route 26 Working Group meeting to address the subject.

Sheeran to serve Ocean View council for three more years

There will be no election in Ocean View this April, as District 3 incumbent Tom Sheeran was the only resident to file to run for the position on the town council.

“Tom Sheeran is an excellent town councilman, and the town is fortunate to have him for another three years,” said outgoing Mayor Gordon Wood.

“I was very happy to be accepted for another three years,” added Sheeran.

Gallery One to debut ‘Spring Awakening’ show March 27

Gallery One this week announced their new art show, “Spring Awakening,” which will be displayed at Gallery One starting March 27. Each of the 15 artists exhibiting has their own experiences, styles and mediums that influence their work.

Ocean View discusses healthcare costs, possible tax increase

Ocean View officials are in the process of finalizing their budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which is scheduled to be approved on April 8. In reviewing the budget at their council workshop this week, the council members and Town Manager Dianne Vogel discussed the difficulties the Town is been facing in dealing with increasing health insurance costs.

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

Curran to serve as mayor in Ocean View

Ocean View resident Walter Curran will take the seat as the town’s mayor in April.

“He will do a good job as mayor of Ocean View,” said Ocean View Mayor Gordon Wood of Curran.

The deadline to file to run for the soon-to-be-vacant mayoral seat was Feb. 25, and Curran was the only resident to file for the position.

Fun Car Rallye II to benefit Justin’s Beach House

On Saturday, March 22, the Fun Car Rallye II will be held to benefit Justin’s Beach House.

“We did this last year for them,” noted Bob Lueckel, who is organizing the event. “My wife and I, Nancy, we set up the rally and picked up the roads, drive the route and look for questions to ask people as they’re on the route.”

James teaches local kids about having a healthy smile

Last week, Dr. Lois James spoke with first-graders at Lord Baltimore Elementary School about the importance of dental health.

“February is Dental Health Month,” explained James. “I think just increasing their dental IQ at a young age really helps, and it’s just lots of fun.”

Gallery One to debut ‘It’s Not Easy being Green’

Gallery One this week announced their new art show, “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” which will be on displayed at Gallery One in Ocean View beginning on Feb. 26 and running through March 25.