Welcome to the Village of Arden, Delaware, USA

Special Advisory Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Room 3, Buzz Ware Village Center, Arden, DE

This is our annual retreat. Our agenda is to review the policies and procedures of the Village of Arden including finances, Freedom of Information Act, posting of minutes, use of email, conflict of interest, how to handle conflicts between committees, contracts, updating the village website, putting the Village of Arden Handbook on-line, and the founding documents for the Advisory Committee and its chair. Questions? Please contact Danny Schweers.

Volunteer Appreciation Event Cancelled

The Volunteer Appreciation event scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at 4:00 p.m. at The Buzz has been cancelled. Too many people could not make it. Our plan now is to do an event in the fall for all committee members, perhaps a luncheon.

About the Village of Arden, Delaware

The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 as a Single Tax community based on the economic philosophy of Henry George, as well as the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris and the Garden City movement of Ebenezer Howard. It is still noted for its arts, crafts, music, and theater. Half the land is forests and greens, which are not taxed. As a “Tree City USA,” our tree canopy is 73%. The village is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Arden has a town-meeting form of government. With 197 leaseholds and about 500 residents, it is the oldest and largest of the three villages known as The Ardens: Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft. Each has a separate municipal government.

The communal land in each village, such as the woods and greens, is owned by each municipality while the land leased out for dwellings is owned by a trust; that is, people own their houses but pay rent on their leaseholds in the form of taxes. Those taxes — land rent — cover village, county, and local school expenses and are assessed on the square footage of each leasehold.

Election Results: Committees & Officers

The annual election of Committees & Officers was held at the Town Meeting on March 27, 2017. There were 95 ballots cast, including 4 absentee ballots. To see the results, click this link:
March 2017 Election Results.

• Thank you to all the candidates. Elected or not, each neighbor was willing to serve on a committee.
• Thank you to all the nominees who posted candidate statements.
• Thank you to the volunteers who helped the Registration Committee count votes on Tuesday night, March 28: Albert Marks, Gary Quinton, Danny Schweers, Sharon Simmons, Bill Theis, Elizabeth Varley, Jan Westerhouse and Mark Wood. Also thanks to Jeffrey and Pam Politis, who stopped by with some very tasty snacks.