Proposal to amend Kent County planning appeals voted down

DOVER — The Kent County Regional Planning Commission voted 5-2 Thursday against a recent proposal to broaden the county administrator’s “decision-making authority” over the county’s planning department. Only RPC commissioners Paul Davis and William Jester were in favor of the proposals. Currently, planning department director Sarah Keifer reviews all applications submitted to the county and […]

Kent County Regional Planning Commission chairman replaced

DOVER — Albert W. “Bill” Holmes Jr. was replaced on Kent County’s Regional Planning Commission (RPC) last week after 24 years of service. Newly- elected 2nd district Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Jeffery Hall (D) decided to appoint Colonial School District teacher and Dover resident Peter Servon on the RPC rather than keep Mr. Holmes […]

Kent Co. seeks fines for property owner ‘maintenance’ violations

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DOVER — Kent County Levy Court commissioners voted unanimously to support draft legislation that would give county staff the ability to issue and enforce fines for “property maintenance” violations on Tuesday night. The enabling legislation Levy Court plans to hand the General Assembly would allow Kent County to “establish regulations regarding property maintenance and penalties […]

Kent County Levy Court bids Commissioner Hosfelt farewell

DOVER — Kent County Levy Court presented a tribute to second district commissioner James Hosfelt last Tuesday night to formally recognize his term of service. Commissioner Hosfelt, a Republican, was defeated by Democrat challenger Jeffery Hall for the second district seat in November. In a tight race, Mr. Hosfelt took 4,391 votes to Mr. Hall’s […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hosfelt deserves re-election

I write this letter as a show of support for Jim Hosfelt who is running for re-election to Levy Court. I’ve known Jim personally for many years and have witnessed firsthand his positive leadership while serving as a commissioner. Jim Hosfelt has distinguished himself through a lifetime of public service, joining the United States Air […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pepper, Husfelt a credit to Levy Court

Levy Court commissioners Terry Pepper and Jim Husfelt are part of an outstanding team of officials who preside over a very well-run, responsive and efficient county government. Well accomplished before joining the court, both men have brought the experience of those accomplishments with them to the court. The court and the people are well served […]

Levy Court hosts Youth in Government Day

  DOVER — Getting up on Thursday morning, the young men and women participating in the Delaware American Legions Boy’s and Girl’s State program probably weren’t expecting to be arguing the merits of rezoning a parcel in Kent County to accommodate a pizza shop/cafe with free-roaming cats available for adoption. But, Youth in Government Day, […]

Kent County OKs purchase of new $144,000 bookmobile

  DOVER — Kent Levy Court commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $144,530 bid to replace the county’s ailing bookmobile. Recently, Kent’s mobile library service has been in decline both because its vehicle, nicknamed Lucy, has had a rash of mechanical problems and its longtime operator, Frances Gunning, retired. The most serious of its […]

Kent County to spend $25,000 on diversity study

  DOVER — Kent County has decided to hire Ivy Planning Group for $25,000 to perform a “diversity and inclusion” study of the county’s almost 300 staff members. In their response to a request for proposal issued by the county in February, the consultant included an estimate for an affirmative action plan and associated training […]

Kent County provides storage space to Toys for Tots

  DOVER — For the last few years, the Kent County chapter of the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots program has struggled to find a stable location to stockpile their charitable haul. On Tuesday night, Kent County Levy Court commissioners put an end to their search — at least for this year. Local Toys […]