Departure of Town Manager Antonina Tantillo, MPA and Town Manager Job Posting

Date Posted: Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Town of Townsend Town Manager Effective, March 15th, 2024, Town Manager, Antonina Tantillo, MPA, will be departing from the Town of Townsend to pursue a new position.  Ms. Tantillo served the Town for almost four years- almost two years as the Town Clerk, Acting Town Manager, and Deputy Town Manager, and for two years as the Town Manager.  Ms. Tantillo was active in encouraging community engagement in the Town, leading the Town Administration, collaborating with Council, and preparing the Town for continued growth and engagement, during her time with the Town.    The Town of Townsend is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Town Manager.  The Town Manager is an appointed position in accordance with Section 7.3 of the Town of Townsend Charter.    Job Description: The Town Manager is the chief administrative officer of the Town and leads every department of the Town apart from the Townsend Police […]



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ANNOUNCING: Notice of Solicitation Period for Candidate Packets – 2024 Town of Townsend Town Council Election

Date Posted: Friday, February 16th, 2024

2024- Solicitation of Candidates FLYER



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NOTICE OF SOLICITATION: Board of Elections Member

Date Posted: Friday, February 9th, 2024

SOLICITATION BOARD OF ELECTIONS MEMBERS There is ONE Board of Election Seat open for appointment by Town Council.  The position serves for an Indefinite Term until a successor is duly appointed.  Please note that the 2024 Town of Townsend Election is scheduled for the first Saturday in May; May 4th, 2024.    If you are interested in serving as a Member of the Board of Elections, please reach out by emailing Town Clerk, Mariaelena Rivera, at  mrivera@townsend.delaware.gov The qualifications for Board of Election Members can be found below. Qualifications for Board of Elections Members Townsend Municipal Code: 2.20.080 Board of Elections The Town of Townsend Board of Elections (to be referred to as “board of elections”) is hereby established, having three members to be appointed by town council. Each board member shall be a resident of the town and shall serve an indefinite term until his successor is duly appointed. […]



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SIGN-UP TODAY!!! – CodeRED Notifications

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 7th, 2024

Code Red is an important tool which allows for the Town of Townsend to reach out and communicate important information and emergency messages to residents. Please take advantage of this important service and sign up.  Should you need assistance with registration, please contact Townsend Town Hall 302-378-8082 or townhall@townsend.delaware.gov. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system. When will CodeRED be used? Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using the CodeRED system. These may include AMBER alerts, notifications of hazardous traffic or road conditions, boil water advisories or evacuation notices. To sign-up for CodeRed, please click the following link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BFE540570CAF […]



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COMMUNITY NOTICE: 2024 National Wildlife Photo Contest

Date Posted: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is holding their 53rd Annual National Wildlife Photo Contest.  The contest entry period is open from “12:01 am North American Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 17, 2024 and the final date for submitting photos is March 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm North American Eastern Daylight Time”.  All entries must be submitted directly to NWF; general information regarding the contest may be found below.  For additional details concerning the entry rules, please click the following link:  2024 National Wildlife Photo Contest Information and Rules.   Enter the 2024 National Wildlife Photo Contest Today! Now entering its 53rd year, the prestigious National Wildlife® Photo Contest celebrates wildlife, habitats and the natural world, with an emphasis on conservation and ethical photography honoring the well-being of animals in the wild. All entries support the conservation mission of the National Wildlife Federation, which is dedicated to saving wildlife species and habitats. Amateur and professional photographers alike […]



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Townsend Town Council Recognizes Townsend Police Department’s Sergeant McCloskey

Date Posted: Friday, February 2nd, 2024

During last month’s regular Town Council meeting, Council members formally recognized Sergeant Earl McCloskey for the 2023 Delaware Crime Stoppers Robert J. Seinsoth Memorial Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award he received in December.   Resolution 2024-001 sponsored by Councilman Suhr and Councilman Mertz recognized Sergeant McCloskey’s “dedication and service to the safety of the Town of Townsend” and for his hard work on a months long investigation; all while completing his other responsibilities and duties for the Townsend Police Department. “Mayor Scott Lobdell, and Council Members Joshua Mertz, Joseph Bangura, Matthew Chapman, and Marcus Suhr along with the Town Staff and Town Residents….wish to congratulate, Sergeant McCloskey, for his award of the 2023 Delaware Crime Stoppers Robert J. Seinsoth Memorial Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.”  To see the signed resolution presented to Sergeant McCloskey in the picture below, click HERE. 



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2024 TOWN FAIR: Parade Information – Categories & Registration

Date Posted: Friday, February 2nd, 2024

The Town of Townsend is seeking participants for the Annual Townsend Parade that will be held RAIN or SHINE on Saturday, June 1st, 2024!  Participants may enter the contest to be considered a winner in the following categories:  Best Performance  Best Classic Vehicle (25+ years) Best Antique Vehicle (Pre-1980) Best Vintage Vehicle (WW2 and earlier) Best Float (Float or Themed Car)  Largest Group To register and sign-up for the contest, please click HERE.  **Deadline to register is Saturday, May 12th, 2024.**  Parade Registration Flyer    



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JOB OPENING: Part-time Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

Job Opening Part-time Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer CONTACT PERSON: Antonina Tantillo, MPA, Town Manager Telephone: 302-378-8082 Email: atantillo@townsend.delaware.gov The Town of Townsend, DE is seeking applications for the position of Part-time Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer.     JOB DESCRIPTION: The Town of Townsend is anticipating hiring a flexible part-time Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer to work approximately 15 to 25 hrs. weekly. The Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer will be responsible for conducting investigations and ensuring compliance with relevant building codes and related Town and  property management ordinances. The employee may issue citations and bring violations to the Justice of the Peace Court and may testify if necessary. The Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer will be required to maintain confidentiality and prepare reports and keep appropriate records. Qualified applicants must have excellent communication skills to communicate information from the Town Charter, Codes, general law […]



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ANNOUNCING: Winners of the 2023 Town of Townsend Annual Holiday Decoration Contest

Date Posted: Thursday, January 18th, 2024

The Town of Townsend thanks everyone who participated in the holiday spirit!  While deliberating Town Council gave an honorable mention to the large display on Money Road, just outside of Town limits; noting, each year they create large modern displays for all to see. Please join us in congratulating the following winners of the 2024 Town of Townsend Annual Holiday Decoration Contest, who were announced at the January 10th, 2024 Town Council Meeting: Modern Category: 1st Place – 611 Commerce Street     2nd Place – 1110 East Founds Street   Traditional Category: 1st Place – 120 Main Street 2nd Place – 234 Edgar Road  



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REMINDER – JOB OPENING: Part-time Administrative Assistant

Date Posted: Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Job Opening Part-time Administrative Assistant CONTACT PERSON: Antonina Tantillo, MPA, Town Manager Telephone: 302-378-8082 Email: atantillo@townsend.delaware.gov The Town of Townsend, DE is seeking applications for the position of Part-time  Administrative Assistant.   JOB DESCRIPTION: The Part-time Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing administrative functions for the Town. The position requires the ability to communicate information from the Town Charter, Codes, general law and policies to businesses, citizens, and employees, and ensure that municipal services are provided in an effective and efficient manner. This position takes direction primarily from and reports initially to the Town Clerk and the Town Manager. This position is one of the initial contacts for the public to the Town. This position requires the ability to sit at a workstation for extended periods, to assist the public at the front desk, and to ascend and descend stairs to access Town records, stock supplies, and file records.  JOB DUTIES: […]



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2024 Municipal Waste Service Guidelines

Date Posted: Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

Residents are reminded of the following guidelines for trash, recycling, and yard waste collection.  Please take special notice that only trash should be bagged; recycling and yard waste should not be bagged.  Trash: Please place containers at the curb the night before or no later than 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. Trash must be placed at the curb no earlier than 24 hours prior to scheduled trash pick-up. All trash containers must be removed from the sidewalk area no later than 24 hours after trash pick-up. Trash containers and/or bags should be placed at the edge of the property so as not to block the sidewalk. Pick up times are subject to change. If trash is not picked up as a result of not having it out by the arrival time of the driver; there may be a $25 fee to pick up before your next scheduled pick […]



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REMINDER: Townsend Community Pantry – January

Date Posted: Friday, January 5th, 2024

The Town of Townsend thanks everyone who provided donations to support our Community Pantry.  Since we installed the Blessings Box Food Pantry in May of 2023, we have been able to help serve our Community and assist those in need.  In order to keep the pantry sustainable with your donations, please consider donating the following items listed below:   Non-Perishables Canned Goods Toiletries Gift Cards Letters of Encouragement  Pet Needs Location: 141 Main Street, Townsend, DE 19734 **Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If after hours, donations may be placed directly in the box.  Once again, we thank you for your continued support!  Please see flyer below for more information and donation suggestions:  Ongoing Food Drive for Food Pantry Box @ TownHall  



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SAVE THE DATE: Town of Townsend Parade and Fair 2024

Date Posted: Friday, January 5th, 2024

06/01/2024 Location: Townsend Municipal Park Address: 0 Edgar Road, Townsend, Delaware 19734 Time: TBD Don’t forget to save the date!! 2024 Parade & Fair Save the Date Register to be a food vendor here:  https://forms.office.com/r/aQYpL5jGTV Register to be a nonprofit vendor here: https://forms.office.com/r/u01eRGQfU6  Register to be a commercial vendor here: https://forms.office.com/r/jg52wEv7na Register to be in the parade here: https://forms.office.com/r/MVubvuHUew  Contact: Townsend Town Hall- 302-378-8082 or townsend.delaware.gov for additional information. *Updates will be posted. To stay up to date with the latest information, please click the following link that will direct you to our event page: Townsend Parade and Fair 2024 Prizes, Food, Vendors, & Contests  2024 Parade & Fair Save the Date



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SAVE THE DATE: Town of Townsend Parade and Fair 2024

Date Posted: Thursday, January 4th, 2024

06/01/2024 Location: Townsend Municipal Park Address: 0 Edgar Road, Townsend, Delaware 19734 Time: TBD Save the Date!! Register to be a food vendor here:  https://forms.office.com/r/aQYpL5jGTV Register to be a nonprofit vendor here: https://forms.office.com/r/u01eRGQfU6  Register to be a commercial vendor here: https://forms.office.com/r/jg52wEv7na Register to be in the parade here: https://forms.office.com/r/MVubvuHUew  Contact: Townsend Town Hall- 302-378-8082 or townsend.delaware.gov for additional information. *Updates will be posted. To stay up to date with the latest information, please click the following link that will direct you to our event page: Townsend Parade and Fair 2024 Prizes, Food, Vendors, & Contests  2024 Parade & Fair Save the Date



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NOTICE OF SOLICITATION: Board of Elections Member

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

SOLICITATION BOARD OF ELECTIONS MEMBERS There is ONE Board of Election Seat open for appointment by Town Council.  The position serves for an Indefinite Term until a successor is duly appointed.  Please note that the 2024 Town of Townsend Election is scheduled for the first Saturday in May, May 4th, 2024.    If you are interested in serving as a Member of the Board of Elections, please reach out by emailing Town Clerk, Mariaelena Rivera, at  mrivera@townsend.delaware.gov The qualifications for Board of Election Members can be found below. Qualifications for Board of Elections Members Townsend Municipal Code: 2.20.080 Board of Elections The Town of Townsend Board of Elections (to be referred to as “board of elections”) is hereby established, having three members to be appointed by town council. Each board member shall be a resident of the town and shall serve an indefinite term until his successor is duly appointed. […]



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TRAFFIC ALERT – New Castle County – Blackbird Landing Road to Close at the Bridge Over Blackbird Creek for 75 Days Starting Monday, August 21st

Date Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2023

Townsend — The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces to motorists that Blackbird Landing Road will close at the bridge over Blackbird Creek for 75 days, beginning on Monday, August 21st. Detours will be posted. The road is scheduled to reopen toward the end of October. Motorists should use caution and expect minor delays in the area. For more information, tune to WTMC 1380 AM, visit deldot.gov or download the DelDOT app. View full press release at: https://www.deldot.gov/About/news/index.shtml?dc=release&id=9702



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2023 Town of Townsend Town Council Committee Assignments

Date Posted: Wednesday, July 19th, 2023

2023 Town of Townsend Town Council Committee Assignments As per the posting on Friday, June 9, 2023, the following newly elected Townsend Town Council members Joseph Bangura, Matthew Chapman, Joshua Mertz, and Marcus Suhr; were sworn in on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.  At the same meeting, the Town Council elected Scott Lobdell to serve as the Mayor, for a one-year term.  Per the announcement at the meeting, the committee assignments were to be announced at the next regular Town Council meeting.  During the regular Town Council meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, Mayor Scott Lobdell appointed the following Councilmembers to the following Committees:   Finance Committee: Chair- Mayor Lobdell Co-Chair- Councilman Bangura Human Resources Committee: Chair- Councilman Suhr Co-Chair- Mayor Lobdell Public Works & Land Use Development Committee: Chair- Councilman Bangura Co-Chair- Councilman Chapman Public Safety Committee: Chair- Councilman Suhr Co-Chair- Councilman Mertz Community Engagement Committee: Chair- Councilman Mertz All […]



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NOTICE: Snow Emergency Declared at 3:00 pm, Friday, February 16th, 2024 Has Now Ended

Date Posted: Saturday, February 17th, 2024

The Snow Emergency that was declared as of 3:00 pm on Friday, February 16th, 2024 has now ended as of noon on Saturday, February 17th, 2024.  Town streets have been plowed and salted thanks to our snowplow contractor.  Thank you to all for your cooperation with removing motor vehicles parked on the even-numbered addressed side of the roads within the corporate limits of Townsend and for shoveling your sidewalks.



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Notice: Declaration of Snow Emergency, Friday, February 16th, 2024, through Saturday, January 17th, 2024

Date Posted: Friday, February 16th, 2024

NOTICE Declaration of Snow Emergency   Out of an abundance of caution and due to the weather forecast, in accordance with Section 10.08.010 of the Municipal Code of the Town of Townsend, a Declaration of Snow Emergency has been issued in the Town of Townsend as of 3:00 P.M., today, Friday, February 16th, 2024 through Noon on Saturday, February 17th,  2024.   The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM 10 P.M. THIS EVENING TO 10 A.M. EST SATURDAY…Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are expected in portions of central and northern Delaware, northeast Maryland, southern New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania. Residents are advised that roads may be slippery. Please be reminded to slow down and use caution while traveling. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. For additional updates on the impending […]



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Town Hall Closed in Recognition of Presidents’ Day

Date Posted: Friday, February 16th, 2024

In recognition of the Presidents’ Day Holiday,  Townhall will be closed on Monday, February 19th, 2024.  Municipal waste services will continue to operate on an uninterrupted schedule, with pickup on Monday, January 15th, 2024. For  more details, please click the following link: 2024 Municipal Waster Service Guidelines 



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