Streets, Sidewalks, and Parks Committee
Established in accordance with Section 15 of the Charter of the Town of Milton.
The Town of Milton has been vested with the power to establish, alter, pave, regulate and abandon streets, sidewalks and curbs in the town (Charter Section 20, subsection a)3). This authority is further detailed in Sections 30 and 31 of the Town of Milton Charter.
In addition, the Town of Milton has been vested with the power to establish and improve any park, watercourse or lake in town (Charter Section 20, subsection a) 3). It may also construct, maintain and manage docks, jetties and piers (Section 20, subsections a) 3 and 10).
The Streets, Sidewalks, and Parks Committee is composed of an indefinite number of persons. It is not a Charter-mandated commission or committee. Section 15 of the Charter says: “The Mayor may, with the advice and consent of a majority of the Town Council, for the proper administration of the Town of Milton, create committees and/or appoint any and all persons to such committees.”
Members of such committees serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and Council. Persons being considered for appointment to committees, ad hoc committees and working groups must first complete the Ethics Form (referenced in Appendix C of the Town of Milton Charter). Members of such committees and groups shall not be required to have their primary residence within town.
The current members of the Streets, Sidewalks, and Parks Committee are as follows:
- John “Jack” Bushey, Chair
- Maryann Donnan
- Carolyn “Kelly” Pettyjohn
- George Cardwell
- DJ Hughes
- Peter Cornell
- Greg Wingo, Liaison as Public Works Supervisor
The Streets, Sidewalks, and Parks Committee serves the Mayor and Town Council through periodic reviews of streets, sidewalks, and parks issues and departmental practices. Together with the Town Manager and Public Works Supervisor, the Streets and Sidewalk Committee may develop and propose policies or changes in practice. Changes in administrative practices may be enacted by the Town Manager. Policies and Code amendments must be proposed to and adopted by Council.
The Town of Milton operates two parks. Memorial Park features a playground, picnic facilities, a large gazebo, a small marina and boat launching facility on the Broadkill River. Permits for groups to use the gazebo or for individuals to occupy the docks are available at Town Hall. Concerts are provided at no charge to the public on Wednesday nights through the Summer. The Lions Club operates a miniature railroad in Memorial Park, as well. This park is situated behind the Sussex County Public Library at the foot of Union Street.
Mill Park can be found on Mulberry Street. It features a fishing dock on the Broadkill River and, across the street, a boat launching facility on Wagamons pond. Attractive landscaping and a life-sized statue of the Poet John Milton can be found in Mill Park. Governor’s Walk connects Mill Park to Memorial Park. It features historical references to five governors who called Milton their home. Governors Walk is part of the Delaware History Trail.
Chapter 183 of the Town of Milton Municipal Code “Streets and Sidewalks” details the construction standards, use and scope of responsibilities for streets and sidewalks. Funding for streets and lighting is provided, in part, through an annual grant from the State of Delaware.
The Streets, Sidewalks, and Parks Committee does not meet on a regular basis. All meetings are open to the public. Meeting notices are posted on the town web site and the bulletin board at 101 Federal Street.