Town of Milton ‘Start a Business’ Process
The Town of Milton is undergoing a transformation and business owners are beginning to view Milton as a place of growth and opportunity. There are prime available storefronts located in the heart of the downtown for a variety of businesses.
As a result, the Town has documented the process to start a new business in the Town of Milton. This effort was undertaken to help new business owners who want to establish a business in Milton understand what their roles and responsibilities are as well as other involved agencies/committees/organizations. The process can be found at the Town of Milton web site: http://milton.delaware.gov/forms/
This process is meant to be a roadmap for new business owners. Naturally every business application is different so some steps in the process may be applicable and others not. This process is to be used as a tool by the new business owner to help ensure a smooth and timely completion of the steps necessary for opening their new business.
One of the main issues that impact the execution of the process is getting timely approvals from various Town committees and organizations. Due to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rules and planned meeting schedules, getting hearings and approvals can be time consuming. However, this issue is a common one that the Town of Milton is looking for ways to help minimize. In addition, there are steps in the process that are not under the control of the Town. Depending on which County or State government agency is involved will impact the timeliness of the completion of the step.
As with all processes, communication is critical between the new business owner and all agencies and organizations involved. This cannot be emphasized enough.
This business process activity was one of several key initiatives identified by the Milton Economic Development Committee (EDC).
Shake off those winter blues and join the 4th season of the Milton Farmers Market. Where we LOVE it LOCAL, Local food, local vendors, local entertainment, local everything. Fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, flowers, jams, jellies, baked goods, meat, fish, etc. The farmers market is every Friday from 3pm until 6pm, beginning April 18th until October 3rd, located at the corner of Union and Magnolia Streets. Click the following link to view the Farmers Market Entertainment Schedule: FarmersMarketEntertainment2014
Yard waste collection will be every Thursday through June 5th. Yard waste consists of grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and tree limbs (no soil or food products). If bagged, it must be in recyclable paper yard waste bags. Yard waste can be placed in a trash can (but not in the Town provided blue trash or recycle bins); the can must be at the curbside with the lid off. Yard waste may be cut into no longer than 4ft lengths, bundled with cotton string only and placed at the curb for pick up. Logs are limited to 30lbs. and 4 inches in diameter. Yard waste can not be commingled with trash or recycling. Plastic bags are not allowed. To ensure pick up, place yard waste at the curbside Wednesday night. Any questions, contact Town Hall, 302-684-4110.
On April 26, 2014, the Milton Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of prescription medications. Between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, prescriptions drugs can be turned in for disposal at the Milton Police Department, 101 Federal Street. For any questions, contact Milton Police Department.
For more information, click here: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
Neighborhood Watch is neighbors helping neighbors. They are the extra eyes and ears for reporting crime or suspicious activity. Members meet their neighbors, learn how to make their home more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions to the police. There is no commitment – you “watch” during your normal day to day activities. Be alert! Be observant! Call the police! Attend a meeting and learn how you can make a difference. Click here to view the attachment.
Neighborhood Watch is sponsored by the Milton Police Department and Sussex County Citizens Corps.
This Municipal Election report is provided on behalf of the Town of Milton Board of Elections. The Board of Elections scheduled a meeting on March 3rd to certify the election results, but had to postpone until March 4th due to the weather which caused the Town to be closed.
On March 1, 2014, the municipal election was held at Town Hall between the hours of 8am and 6pm, for the three year term of two Councilmember seats. The election was conducted under the guidance of Election Officer Inspector Ken Kaye. In addition to Mr. Kaye, there were four Election Officers Patricia Kost, Janice Nunziata, Larry Savage and Doug Welch. The Board of Election Inspector Susan Mathe and Judges Barbara Wagner, John Oates, Kathleen Garde and Robert Howard convened at 4:30pm for the absentee ballot process and at the close of Election polls, Board of Elections Inspector Susan Mathe announced the results outside of Town Hall.
There were three candidates, Councilman Emory West Jr., Councilwoman Esthelda Parker-Selby and challenger Gwendolyn Jones. The official election results are Emory West Jr. 132 votes, Esthelda Parker-Selby 176 votes and Gwendolyn Jones 72 votes.
Section 8 of the Town of Milton Charter specifies that, “At the first regular meeting in April following the Annual Municipal Election, the Mayor and Town Council shall meet at the usual meeting place of the Mayor and Council and the newly elected officers shall assume the duties of office, being first duly sworn or affirmed to perform their duties with fidelity”. The April Town Council meeting will be April 7, 2014, beginning at 6:30pm in the Milton Library.
NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING
REGARDING AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 174 OF THE TOWN CODE RELATING TO RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS OF SEX OFFENDERS.
Previously, notice was given that the Milton Town Council would hold a public hearing regarding an ordinance to amend Chapter 174 of the Town Code relating to residency restrictions of sex offenders. The public hearing was to take place on February 27, 2014 at 6 p.m., with written comments accepted at Milton Town Hall, until 5:00 p.m. on February 27, 2014. Please be aware that the public hearing is postponed indefinitely and may be rescheduled and re-noticed, pending action by the State Legislature during the current Legislative session.
Since the last Town Council meeting, representatives from Delaware’s Sex Offender Management Board and the Delaware Attorney General’s Office have advised the Town that the State Legislature will be called upon to address the issue of the ordinances in various Delaware municipalities, including but not limited to Milton, with more restrictive residency limitations than those presently codified in the Delaware Code. Any bill will almost certainly have an effect on the Town and very likely will include a provision that invalidates or places statewide limitations on any such more restrictive municipal ordinances. Therefore, at this point in time, it is premature for the Town to further engage in the review process aimed to confirm the ordinance’s compliance with applicable law and better solidify the enforceability of its individual ordinance. However, the Town will monitor the debate and discussion that occurs at the State level and, if appropriate, provide its input in promoting the health, safety and well-being of the Town’s children and other residents. Milton’s citizens are encouraged to do the same.
A special invitation has been extended by Stuart McMillan, Member of the Scottish Parliament. Homecoming Scotland 2014 promises to be great affair!
To learn more, read this letter Homecoming Scotland Invitation .
The Town of Milton has completed the Annual Water Quality Report for the calendar year of 2012.
This report provides answers to questions such as “Where does our water come from?” and “How do I get involved?”.
The Town of Milton had no drinking water violations related to contaminants monitored by federal and state requirements. We are proud that our drinking water meets or exceeds all standards. Your drinking water is tested 365 day a year!
The report in its entirety can be found on the following four pages:
Residents of Atlantic Street (between Federal Street and Front Street), Chestnut Street (between Rt. 5 and Chandler Street) and Mulberry Street (between H.O. Brittingham Street and Federal Street) will see Delmarva Power and contractors working on the poles and lines in their neighborhood starting this week. The work is designed to improve the reliability of your service.
For more information, please read the attached flyer: Delmarva Power electric reliability improvements in Milton area.