News Briefs

May 27, 2014
Collins files for 41st Representative District

Rich Collins, a Republican from Millsboro, filed May 20 to run in Delaware’s House District 41.

The district includes Mills­boro, Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville and Gumboro.

Collins has served as Positive Growth Alliance executive direc­tor since 2001, where he says he wo r k s to defend individual freedoms and to keep the public in ­formed of government actions.

A nearly lifelong Sussex County resident, Collins lives on the outskirts of Millsboro. He owns Access In­surance and Financial Services, on Route 113 near Millsboro and has served Sussex County in the insurance field since 1979.

Collins said if elected, he has four major goals: building a team of like-minded elected officials to restore the Delaware economy; reforming the regulatory pro­cess to enhance and encourage job creation; returning honesty to government operations; and returning control of government to citizens by keeping them fully informed. Collins will host a kickoff event where citizens can come and meet him in a relaxed atmosphere. He can be contacted on his cellphone at 302-381-1610 or by email at r.collins99@me­diacombb. net. Collins is the only candidate who has filed for the seat. Incumbent John Atkins, a Democrat from Millsboro, has not yet filed. The filing deadline for all candidates is July 8.

Lewes byways panel meets May 27

The Lewes Scenic and Historic Byways Ad Hoc Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 27, at the DNREC Field Office on Pilottown Road. Those in atten­dance will discuss development and open space as it relates to the byways plan. The committee will also talk about character­defining features of the byways and strategies to preserve and enhance where possible. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes planners offer survey, public sessions

The members of the Lewes Planning Commission are in the process of updating the city’s comprehensive land-use plan, which is a guide to issues that the city faces for the next 10 years.

Commission members want to hear residents’ ideas and con­cerns about issues affecting the city now and in the future. As a result, the commission will hold two public information-gather­ing sessions at Lewes City Hall:

• Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to noon.

Possible topics include: core values; annexation; community resilience to flooding and other hazards; transportation; subdivi­sion of parcels; demographics of population; and more.

In a further effort to reach as many residents as possible, an online survey is available to the general public until June 30. To participate, go to iPCYMO. The survey provides the opportunity to give addi­tional thoughts and ideas.

“We’re interested in everyone’s opinions and ideas,” said Plan­ning Commission Chair Mike Mahaffie. “An online survey al­lows more people to participate. Some may not be able to attend one of the workshops. Others may prefer the anonymity of a survey. Their input is important to us, no matter how it comes to us. The online survey ensures that everyone has an opportunity to be a part of the planning pro­cess.” The results of the survey will be organized by subject and included in the updated compre­hensive land-use plan. For more information, call 302-645-7777.

Harbor Point public hearing May 28

The Lewes Planning Commis­sion will hold a public hearing on the proposed Point Farm/ Harbor Point subdivision at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, at the Lewes Public Library. The plan is to develop 69 lots on the 108.75­acre parcel off Park Road north of the Canary Creek community. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.