Come be Irish for a Day!! Milton’s 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Lucky Leprechaun 5k will be held Sunday, March 9th. The Lucky Leprechaun 5k will begin at 11am and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 2pm.
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.
BOARD OF ELECTIONS
2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Inspector: Susan Mathe of 236 West Shore Drive, Milton, Delaware
Alternate Inspector: Lynn Ekelund of 406 Union Street, Milton, Delaware
Judge: Robert Howard of 217 Chandler Street, Milton, Delaware
Judge: Barbara Wagner of 409 Federal Street, Milton, Delaware
Judge: John Oates of 115 Arch Street, Milton, Delaware
Judge: Kathleen Garde of 115 Sassafras Lane, Milton, Delaware
Alternate Judge: Neil Sands of 111 Mill Pond Ave, Milton, Delaware
List includes changes appointed by Council 02-25-14
2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION NOTICE
The Town of Milton will hold an election to fill the two seats of Council member on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The election will be held at Town Hall, 115 Federal Street, Milton, Delaware, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
Candidates for the 3 year term are:
Emory West Jr.
QUALIFICATIONS TO VOTE:
Milton Municipal Charter, Section 7 (i): If voting in person on Election Day, one must provide a current State of Delaware driver’s license or ID card. The only exception is personal recognition by a majority of the Election Officers in the polling place, which can attest to a voter’s identity and address. (j) At such Annual Municipal Election every person, male or female, who shall have attained the age of eighteen (18) years on the date of the Annual Municipal Election and who shall be a citizen of the United States and a bona fide primary legal resident of The Town of Milton shall have one (1) vote, provided he or she is registered on the “Book of Registered Voters” of The Town of Milton. The Town Council of The Town of Milton shall provide one (1) register to be known as the “Book of Registered Voters” which is to be kept at the office of the Town Clerk with a back up on the computer at Town Hall. The Book of Registered Voters shall contain the following information for each registrant: The name of the registered voter arranged in alphabetical order, the address of the voter, the birth date of the voter, the date the registrant became a citizen of the United States, the date the registrant became a resident of The Town of Milton, and any other pertinent information. No person shall be registered upon the Book of Registered Voters unless he/she has acquired the qualifications to vote in the Annual Municipal Election for the year in which he/she registers. A person shall be required to register only one time. The Book of Registered Voters shall be maintained in the office of the Town Clerk and shall be conclusive evidence of the right of any person to vote at the Annual Municipal Election. A person may register at the office of the Town Clerk during the regular business hours of such office until the close of business of such office thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Annual Municipal Election by completing such forms as may be provided by the Town. (k) All votes offered at the Annual Municipal Election shall be offered in person or by absentee vote submitted in accordance with rules and procedures governing absentee ballots as set forth by Title 15 Del. Code.
A registered voter that is unable to come to the election polls on the day of the election must complete an affidavit prior to receiving an absentee ballot. The completed affidavit must be received in Town Hall by noon on Friday, February 28, 2014.
Absentee ballots can be mailed to registered voters, who have completed an affidavit, starting January 13, 2014 through February 25, 2014. If the registered voter needs the ballot after February 25, 2014, they must come to Town Hall and pick up the ballot. All absentee ballots must be received by the Election Board by the close of the election polls at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
The 2014 Town of Milton Municipal Election will be held on March 1, 2014 from 8am until 6pm at Town Hall. In order to vote, you must be registered as a voter with the Town of Milton. Voter registration is 8:30am until 5pm Monday – Friday and 9am until noon Saturday, January 18th and 25th. The deadline to register is January 30, 2014. Voter reg. notice 2014 A registered voter that is unable to come to the election polls on the day of the election must complete an affidavit prior to receiving an absentee ballot. The completed affidavit must be received in Town Hall by noon on Friday, February 28, 2014. Absentee ballots can be mailed to registered voters, who have completed an affidavit, starting January 13, 2014 through February 25, 2014. If the registered voter needs the ballot after February 25, 2014, they must come to Town Hall and pick up the ballot. All absentee ballots must be received by the Election Board by the close of the election polls at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
The filing deadline expired on December 30, 2013. The following candidates have declared their intention:
For Councilperson (two seats) -
Emory R. West Jr.
Esthelda R. Parker-Selby
Gwendolyn M. Jones
Terms will begin April 2014 and end March 2017
Milton Town Council will have a meeting January 29, 2014, to hear Property Tax Assessment appeals. To submit an appeal, a Property Value Appeal Form must be filed at Town Hall no later than 5:00pm, January 14th. Appeals received after the January 14th, will not be considered. The first link below is a list of current assessed values for all property located in Milton Town Limits (this list can also be viewed at Town Hall), the second link is the Property Value Appeal Form. Please contact Kristy Rogers, Town Clerk, at 302-684-4110, with any questions.
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.
The Milton Community Foundation is partnering with the Town of Milton to improve the water quality of the Broadkill River. A 2010 grant to implement best management practices for storm water has brought rain gardens to the watershed. The rain gardens diminish pollution in the river and provide an attractive and educational habitat for selected plants.
Local rain gardens can be found at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School and on the north side of the Milton Public Library. Another rain garden will soon be created in the traffic “island” behind the Library in Memorial Park.
The grant proposal (Broadkill Grant Proposal for Rain Gardens) details the objectives and progress to date (CWQIG Final Report-Milton Rain Gardens) was recently reported by the University of Delaware advisor to this project. In March, the Town Manager provided a summary of the next steps (Rain Garden Proposal March 2013). A site plan (Rain Garden Milton Library Site Plan 02 22 13) and the recommended list of plants (Raingarden_PlantList_recommendations) illustrate how the completed project will appear.
Work will soon begin on the project and its scheduled completion will be before the 10th Annual Horseshoe Crab Festival begins.