• The Board of Adjustment of the Town of Bethany Beach will hold a public meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at town hall, to consider an application for a variance filed by builder Bruce Mears for property owners Alan and Karen Kercher for Block 112, Lot 12, at 210 Hollywood Street, in the R-1 Residential Zoning District. The applicant is seeking variances from Chapter 425, Appendix 5, Maximum Lot Coverage (%) Trade Off Chart for R-1 and R-1B District for increasing the lot coverage to 40.0 percent without meeting the chart requirements for that lot coverage (40 percent) of increased setbacks at the front and/or sides.
• The comfort station/restroom facilities on Garfield Parkway were closed for renovations beginning Monday, Jan. 27. The project is expected to be completed before the summer season.
• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast, with video, over the Internet via the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts. Both meetings are at town hall. Additional meetings, such as committee meetings, may also be broadcast and/or recorded, and may be available on the website. No P&Z meeting is scheduled for February.
• DNREC posted notice that any abandoned property (kayaks) near the Black Gum Drive canals was to be forcibly removed after Feb. 27. Questions may be directed to Delaware Seashore State Park at (302) 227-2800.
• The Town Council was to hold its monthly workshop at noon and a budget workshop meeting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. The workshop agenda includes: executive session for purposes of discussing personnel matters, including terms for town manager and police chief employment contracts; public discussion and possible vote on matter discussed in executive session; possible vote to schedule the first reading of an ordinance regarding concessionaires; first reading of Ordinance 199-20 to update the town code’s absentee voting rules comply with state law; discussion on Mutual Assistance Agreement with Fenwick Island and Ocean View police departments; discussion of rescinded FEMA maps and building code; discussion of beach walkway survey; bike rack locations; discussion and vote on 2020-fiscal-year budget amendments; and public comments. The 3 p.m. budget workshop agenda includes discussion and possible vote on adoption of 2020 Sussex County tax assessments for the Town’s 2021 fiscal year; a 2021-fiscal-year (May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021) draft budget review, including line items; and public comments.
• The Board of Adjustment will have a public hearing Thursday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. regarding Stephen and Susan Soulas’ variance request to aggregate the side-yard setback for a lot and a half at 162 Layton Drive (Tax map ID 134-20.07-16.00 and Lot 35 and the westerly half of Lot 34).
• The Planning Commission will meet on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. The agenda includes introduction of new member Jane Bonbright; review of action item status; review of the town bike parking plan (photo graphics of locations); and public comment.
• Town Council will have two meetings on Friday, March 13: a public meeting on the FY2021 draft budget at 5 p.m. and regular council meeting at 6 p.m.
• Mediacom representatives will attend a public forum with South Bethany residents and property owners on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Town Hall. This forum is not a public meeting of the town council, and the discussion topic will only involve Mediacom and its services. The meeting will not be audiotaped, nor will meeting minutes be taken.
• The town council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes mosquito control; a conditional-use request for Mountaire Farms to convert a vacant lot on Dukes Street (Tax Map ID 533-16.15-89.00) and a portion of the adjacent lot (533-16.15-90.00) into employee parking lots; stormwater management report for Dukes St. parking; review and consideration of proposed 2021-fiscal-year budget and proposed fee increases; town election details; and executive session to discuss legal and personnel matters.
• The public is being invited to review and comment on the Town of Selbyville 2020 Comprehensive Land Use Plan until March 2. The 96-page document lays out the municipality’s vision for the next 10 years. The draft document and maps can be viewed at Town Hall and on the website. The plan will be adopted in April after town and state review.
• Selbyville will have a town council election on Saturday, March 7. There are two council seats for two-year terms. Voters must have registered at Town Hall (that deadline has passed) The three candidates are Richard A. Duncan Sr., Jay C. Murray and William A. Thompson.
• There will be a joint meeting of the mayor, town council and Planning & zoning Commission on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m. to discuss the public and PLUS comments to the 10-year Comprehensive Plan draft document.
Indian River School District
• The Feb. 13 public referendum passed by a 62-38 percent margin, allowing the school district to issue bonds in the amount of $58.4 million for major capital improvements. The bonds would be financed through an increase in property taxes, which funds the local share (40 percent) of construction of a new Sussex Central High School. The plan would alleviate capacity issues at five additional schools. The State will also contribute $87.7 million to the project.
• Committee meetings will be held Monday, March 9, at Indian River Education Complex in Selbyville: Policy at 4 p.m.; Curriculum at 5 p.m.; Buildings and Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7 p.m.
• Parent-teacher conferences can be scheduled March 16 (high schools), March 17 (elementary schools), March 18 (special schools) and March 19 (middle schools).
• There will be no school for students on Friday, March 20.
• The next regular monthly meeting of IRSD Board of Education will be Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School.
• The school district website is www.irsd.net.
State of Delaware
• The Delaware Department of Elections has reminded voters that the deadline to change political parties for the 2020 presidential primary election will be Friday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m. Voters must be registered with the Democratic or Republican party in order to vote in Delaware’s presidential primary elections (scheduled for April 28). Registered voters can change their party affiliation either online at https://ivote.de.gov, or at a Department of Elections office in Wilmington, Dover or at 119 N. Race Street, Georgetown.