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WBOC's First Town Hall Meeting Opens Door to New Concerns, Ideas

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MILTON, Del. -- Plenty of people filled the Milton Fire Department banquet hall to attend WBOC's first Town Hall meeting to address concerns, answer questions and listen to suggestions.

Members of station management including WBOC's Vice President and General Manager Craig Jahelka, news management, as well as Sussex County videojournalists listened to numerous concerns.

Many concerns voiced were about overdevelopment in Sussex County as Janet Benfield expressed.

"Drive around the eastern side of Sussex County from Georgetown Zoar Rd., you can count on two hands at least 12 new developments," said Benfield.

The event lasted an hour and was moderated by WBOC's Managing Editor Steve Hammond.

Several Milton public officials attended the town hall meeting including the Milton's police chief and the town manager.

Milton's Vice Mayor Estelle Parker-Selby also attended and expressed how she would like to see more coverage highlighting the youth.

"I would like to see WBOC do a lot positive types of things with our children," said Parker-Selby.

Other concerns voiced tonight included issues about construction safety and pest control.

"You should go to Cannery Village," said Muhammed Elginady this is your neighbor. Try to drive in the streets."

"We've been infested with bed bugs since 2012," said Arlene Dixon, speaking about an apartment complex she lives in.

After the town hall Charles Fleetwood thought the meeting was a good way to voice concerns.

"I thought the people were pretty honest in what they wanted. I was surprised at some of the issues that came up," said Fleetwood.

Thursday night's inaugural town hall focused on listening to the audience and respecting their views.

But the meeting was not a one-time event. WBOC is planning to hold more town hall meetings in communities all across Delmarva in the months ahead.

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