Candidate jumps in race for open Levy Court seat

SMYRNA — Morgan Russum has announced her candidacy for Kent County Levy Court’s 1st District. The district, which covers northern Kent, will be open this year, with Brooks Banta not seeking reelection to the seat he’s held for 24 years. Ms. Russum will compete against fellow Democrat Joanne Masten, whom Mr. Banta has endorsed, in […]

Updated animal control MOU reflects cost reduction for Kent County

DOVER — A more than $250,000 annual cost reduction in animal control services compared to 2017 is reflected in a recently updated Memorandum of Understanding between Kent County and the Office of Animal Welfare. The county’s original agreement with the OAW was made in December 2015, and deemed as outdated before Levy Court commissioners approved […]

Kent County Levy Court approves budget with tax rates unchanged

DOVER — With COVID-19’s impact serving as an uncertain backdrop, Kent County officials kept tax rates unchanged and approved an employee pay raise on Tuesday night. Approving the $32.2 million fiscal year 2021 General Fund budget effective July 1 came with the caution since the financial picture may look far different when a six-month review […]

Levy Court announces gradual reopening plans

DOVER — Kent County officials on Tuesday announced gradual reopening plans for Levy Court facilities, effective June 1. The county encouraged the public to schedule visits to the complex at 555 Bay Road in advance, and face coverings are required for anyone entering, employees included. Hours will continue to be from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

Kent County Levy Court outlines opening steps once virus abates

DOVER — The plexiglass sneeze guard, an increasingly common sight at checkout registers with COVID-19, could sit on the counter between Levy Court visitors and staff. The proposed safety shield was a key part of the brainstorming discussion Tuesday night of how to operate safely when Kent County buildings do reopen. All county buildings are […]

Kent County votes to limit emergency pay to 2 weeks

DOVER — Kent County Levy Court commissioners voted to revise a 30-year-old policy Tuesday night to limit extra pay for essential employees during an emergency event. Enacted in 1990, Policy 4-2 did not specify how long time and a half pay or compensation time could be in effect. Officials said it was originally intended for […]

Levy Court meetings available via teleconference

DOVER – Tonight’s Levy Court committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m. via telephone conference. The public can join the meeting by calling 1-800-377-8846 and using the passcode: 92535882#. Download PDF materials for this meeting. For those with highspeed internet access, materials can be viewed in real-time via a WebEx session. Participants must still […]

Sheriff’s monition sale postponed

DOVER — The monition sale scheduled for April 28 at 10 a.m. has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sheriff Brian Lewis said the sale will be rescheduled at a later date, and notice will be posted online. Additionally, the sheriff’s office in the Levy Court Administration Building will be closed to the public […]

Camden-Wyoming’s Brothers to run for Levy Court seat

DOVER — Add another candidate to the Kent County Levy Court election ballot. Camden-Wyoming resident Clint Brothers, a Republican, filed for the 5th Representative District commissioner seat on Jan. 16, challenging incumbent Democrat Jody Sweeney, who filed Jan. 2. Mr. Brothers is a licensed journeyman electrician employed at K. Hovnanian Homes as a warranty service […]

Speak Out: Changing of the guard on Levy Court

Early Tuesday afternoon, Levy Court President and 1st District Commissioner P. Brooks Banta, 84, announced he won’t run for office in 2020. He was elected in 1996 and has contributed 60 years of public service overall to his lifelong community. Just as soon as he confirmed his upcoming departure through a short prepared statement, Mr. […]