Some Sussex Co. hearings moving to DelTech

GEORGETOWN — Seeking additional capacity for public attendance, Sussex County government has collaborated with Delaware Technical Community College on a change of venue for select public hearings on land-use applications — a move that will address an application backlog during the coronavirus crisis. Under the plan outlined by County Administrator Todd Lawson on Tuesday, selected […]

Milford exploring new policy to balance general and reserve funds

MILFORD — The city’s Finance and Public Works Committee got together Monday to discuss a potential new policy to balance the city’s general fund and other monies earmarked for governmental purposes. Lou Vitola, the city’s finance director, laid out a few goals for the upcoming legislation. “We really want to first define the minimum level […]

General Assembly kicks off, swearing in members virtually

DOVER — The Delaware General Assembly kicked off a new session Tuesday, swearing in members virtually for the first time. Because of the pandemic, proceedings in January (and possibly later) are being held remotely, with members taking part through Zoom from their homes or offices. Tuesday consisted solely of formalities like officially welcoming members and […]

Rocha files for chance to return to 1st District Dover council seat

DOVER — Gerald L. Rocha Sr. has really only gotten a small taste of being a Dover city councilman since winning a special election in mid-August to fill Tanner Polce’s vacated seat. It turns out that he likes the flavor of being a city representative and is ready to come back for more. Councilman Rocha […]

Milford council schedules third retreat, as COVID-19 impacts city workforce

MILFORD — City Council met Monday night to discuss public works, the date of its next retreat and the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the city. City Manager Mark Whitfield reported that 19 city employees have been infected with the virus so far. “COVID has hit our employees pretty significantly in the month of December,” he […]

Milford reports 19 COVID-19 cases amongst city workers

After months of luck, COVID-19 has reportedly hit Milford’s city government in a big way. “COVID has hit our employees pretty significantly in the month of December,” said City Manager Mark Whitfield said at Monday night’s City Council meeting. While the city “really escaped most of COVID altogether through the middle of November,” he said […]

Delaware police agencies stand ready for any security threats in Dover

DOVER — Delaware Capitol Police are prepared to respond to any safety and security threats if demonstrations similar to the violent incidents around the U.S. Capitol last week erupt in the First State, Chief Michael Hertzfeld said Monday. “The tragic event that occurred at the U.S. Capitol last week is both disheartening and disturbing. We […]

Lawmakers announce unemployment bill ahead of Tuesday’s return

DOVER — The General Assembly announced legislation Monday that would help Delawareans who lost their jobs during the pandemic. Beginning Tuesday and set to be held virtually for at least the first three weeks, the 151st General Assembly could tackle a large number of issues, although COVID-19-relief figures to be first and foremost. The bill […]

More details about presidential inauguration announced

WASHINGTON — The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced “America United” will be the theme of next week’s inauguration. The Jan. 20 ceremony “will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild, so that we emerge as the indomitable force that a united America represents,” according […]

Lawmakers begin virtual session with many issues

DOVER — The 151st General Assembly will kick off in unprecedented fashion this week. For the first time, lawmakers will be sworn in virtually, with the coronavirus pandemic preventing legislators from meeting in person. While a few Republicans have supported meeting in Legislative Hall, leadership has emphasized there is no way to safely do so, […]