The Millsboro Town Council, at their Monday, March 2, meeting, approved a request from Peninsula Regional Health System to annex into town limits about 40 acres of land north of Millsboro, for an ambulatory health complex.
The land is currently undeveloped and known as Patriot’s Bluff Commercial.
Mayor Michelle Truitt welcomed PRMC officials to town and thanked them for working to “bring medical services closer to our residents so they don’t have to drive that far.”
“We are working out the connection for water and sewer for PRMC land now,” she told the Coastal Point.
Town Manager Sheldon Hudson had earlier said that a site plan could be available this spring.
“While Millsboro and the surrounding population have been a focus of the system for several years, PRHS seeks to establish an ambulatory campus that will provide an enhanced variety of healthcare services for the community.
“While those have not been finalized, the new health complex will create jobs and offer services similar to what are available at our other ambulatory campuses. Acute care needs will continue to be supported by the health system’s hospitals in Seaford [Nanticoke Memorial] and Salisbury [Md., Peninsula Regional],” Hudson said.
Chris Hall, vice president of strategy and chief business officer for PRHS, told the Coastal Point the organization is “looking for options to replicate a similar complex like we have in Ocean Pines, Md.”
“The community of Ocean Pines has embraced health care closer to home so they don’t have to travel miles to receive primary care, as well as specialty care. We’ve been looking at space in the Millsboro area, considering the growth we have seen there. It is under-served,” Hall said.
Planned are doctors’ offices, as well as diagnostic services.
“We’re going to continue to evaluate the needs of the community. It would be a couple to three years before it opens. We have to go through the permit process and get the land annexed for sewer and water,” he said.
He said it’s too soon to know what the complex will be named or how many jobs will be available there.
New dog park opening soon
Millsboro’s new dog park should be open in about two weeks. Fencing has been installed and the Town is waiting for signage and trash receptacles.
“This is Phase 1. In the next phase, we will install water fountains for our furry friends, benches and a sidewalk,” Truitt said.
Meineke Car Care Center coming to Millsboro
The preliminary plan for Meineke Car Care Center has been approved by the Millsboro Town Council. The franchise-based international automotive repair chain, which has more than 900 locations, plans to build on Route 113, on a lot north of Papa John’s Pizza.
Police department promotion
Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway announced on Monday that officer Michael Gorman had been promoted from patrolman first class to corporal.
He was hired in 2015. His promotion took effect Monday.
Golf-cart legislation sent
A draft of legislation to change the town charter to accommodate golf carts on some roadways in Millsboro was sent to state Rep. Rich Collins, it was announced at the town council meeting Monday.
Millsboro town officials have been discussing golf cart use and approvals. At the Jan. 6 meeting, the town council unanimously authorized the town solicitor to draft an ordinance regulating golf cart use on public streets, for the purpose of initial review and discussion.
Councilman Tim Hodges expressed concerns about safety because golf carts aren’t required to have doors or seat belts and can travel at more than 20 mph.
“There’s a risk in everything,” Councilman James Kells said. “If we look at the history, we have a pretty good track record, safety record, with golf carts. … If I was a pedestrian, I’d rather get hit with a golf cart than a car,” he added.
Hodges asked Calloway to look into requiring seatbelts and shoulder straps in the carts, and Calloway agreed.