• The Town of Bethany Beach has published its new e-newsletter, featuring a number of updates from the winter season and information on upcoming events and issues. To read the newsletter, visit http://townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/4514/ENewsletterJanuar....
• The Bethany Beach Town Council met on Friday, Jan. 18, to review plans and hear public comment regarding the creation of a 5-foot-wide pedestrian pathway, in the public right of way, on the south side of Collins Street, from Half Moon Drive to Kent Avenue, to improve pedestrian safety. The proposed project will only affect the right-of-way on the south side of Collins Street and will have no impact on the north side of the street. (To see the plans, visit http://townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/Index/397.)
The council planned to decide whether or not to approve the project at its next regularly scheduled meeting, on Feb. 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. For those who were unable to attend the Jan. 18 meeting, the live audio and video is available online, at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Government, Town Council, Live Audio/Video Recordings.
• The Bethany Beach Patrol will hold open lifeguard tryouts on Saturday, March 30, at 9 a.m. and on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. Both tryouts will be held at the Sea Colony Swim & Fitness Center. Interested applicants should contact Lifeguard Capt. Joe Donnelly at (302) 430-8013 for more information.
• Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, Bethany Beach Town Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those hours will be in effect until May 1, 2019, when hours will extend to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended Sept. 15 and will return on May 15, 2019.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach ended Sept. 30. They will resume on May 15, 2019.
• 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.
• After a closed town council executive session on Jan. 29 that lasted more than two hours, the council unanimously voted to “proceed with administrative and legal actions that were just discussed in executive session.” No details were publically discussed after the legal strategy session.
• The town council’s next regular meeting is Friday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m., starting with an executive session “to discuss an individual citizen’s qualifications to hold a job or pursue training”; public discussion and possible vote on that issue; discussion and vote approving applicant to the police academy; a budget amendment to move approximately $15,817 funds from the ARM to public safety’s operating budget for computer maintenance/repair of digital evidence server equipment; a police department pay plan and rank structure; and the 2019 Board of Election and election workers.
The agenda also includes a first reading of Ordinance 194-19, to amend Code Chapter 94, Parking, §§ 94-6 and 94-7 to end the Town’s dual system permits, eliminate nontransferable permits and transferable permits and set up one type of residential permit, and include obtaining parking permits online through the Town website; possible disbanding of Beach Access Improvement Ad Hoc Committee and the Long Range Planning Ad Hoc Committee; leadership reports by the mayor, town manager, treasurer and police chief; and other committee and commission reports.
• The town council will hold a budget workshop Thursday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m.
• Town of South Bethany officials are reminding property owners that, to avoid frozen water pipes, they should make sure to properly winterize their homes. People can report broken water pipes to Artesian Water Customer Service at (302) 453-6930, and Artesian’s inspector can visit the property and manage the issue. Town of South Bethany staff are not permitted to access private properties, they emphasized.
• The winter collection schedule has begun, with trash picked up on Mondays, and recycling and yard-waste picked up every other Friday and Wednesday, respectively.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach ended Oct. 15 and will resume on May 15.
• The Town’s 50-Year Anniversary Celebration will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Town Hall, rain or shine. The family-friendly event will include food, music, face-painting, gifts and prizes.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• Town Hall is selling Fenwick Island flags, measuring 2-by-3 feet, for $25.
• The Town of Ocean View’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofoceanview.
• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.
• The Millville Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Committee will hold a public hearing meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., at town hall.
• The Millville Comprehensive Plan Committee will hold a workshop meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m., at town hall.
• The Millville Town Council will hold a public hearing meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., at town hall.
• The Town of Millville is seeking residents to apply for five to nine positions for the newly reconstituted Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission. Each commission member must be: at least 21, and a bona fide, full-time resident of the Town of Millville, with an interest in urban and rural planning and development.
The P&Z Commission addresses zoning, land use and development issues within the Town. Regular meetings are held at the call of the Town Manager, usually monthly. Anyone who is interested should submit a letter of intent to the Town Manager at the Millville Town Hall, 36404 Club House Rd, Millville, DE 19967 by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. For more information, contact the town manager at (302) 539-0449.
• The Town of Millville’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofmillville. There is no sign-up/log-on required, it’s free & open to the public.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Frankford Town Council incumbents Greg Welch and Joanne Bacon have been sworn in to new terms on the council, after the cancelation of the election scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2. They were the only two candidates who filed to run for the two seats up for election in 2019.
• Social workers from DHSS will be available at the Frankford Public Library on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to assist with SNAP, Purchase of Care, energy assistance, long-term nursing care and more. People can stop by to learn what community support is available for them and their family.
• The Town of Frankford has contracted with the Delaware State Police for 12 hours of police coverage per week. Coverage will include three-hour shifts on four days each week.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• Interested candidates may now file for the annual town council election, scheduled for March 2. Two seats are up for election. Candidates must be at least 21, a U.S. citizen and a bona fide resident of the town for at least one year prior to election. The deadline for candidate and voter registration is Friday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m.
• The Town is seeking candidates for the positions of wastewater operator and public works/water operator.
• The town council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m.
• Community Legal Aide Society will provide free legal services for legal or undocumented immigrants who have been victims of crime. Services are available on Tuesdays at Selbyville Police Department. For additional information, contact the police department at (302) 436-5085 or visit Town website.
• Bulk trash is collected on the first Wednesday of each month (one item per household, like a television).
• The new town website is www.Selbyville.Delaware.gov.
Indian River School District
• The Indian River School District’s major capital improvement and current expense referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 5, saw the measures defeated by 55 to 45 percent of votes. The referendum sought funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom addition at Indian River High School and a four-classroom addition at Selbyville Middle School, as well as funding for staff, curriculum, supplies, transportation and utility expenses for a high school and elementary school.
The new facilities are needed to address ongoing growth in the school population. The additional school tax proposed for the current expense question was 9 cents per $100 of assessed value and for construction a maximum of 35 cents per $100 of assessed value, which would decrease to zero over time. The district is permitted to hold another referendum within 60 days of the failed one, but district officials have yet to announce whether that will happen.
• The second marking period ended Jan. 28.
• There will be no school for students on Feb. 15 and 18.
• Report cards will be issued Feb. 7.
• The next regular monthly meeting of the Indian River Board of Education will be Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.
• Committee meetings will be held Monday, Feb. 11, at the 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.
• Citizens Budget Oversight Committee will meet quarterly at 6 p.m. on April 16 and July 16. Meetings are open to the public at Indian River Educational Complex in Selbyville.
• The school district website is www.irsd.net.
• The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.
State of Delaware
• Delaware State Police Troop 4 leadership will host a public meeting to present the 2018 “Year in Review” on Friday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m., at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, 21911 Rudder Lane, Georgetown. The conversation will focus on providing the community with a better understanding of how Troop 4 functions and the duties and responsibilities those troopers handle on a daily basis. Topics will include a review of the rates of crime, crashes and investigative clearances in Central and Southern Sussex County in 2018 and how enforcement plans have adjusted for 2019.
• The Delaware Department of Transportation is recommending additional stop signs in the Roxana and Bayard areas, due to traffic safety and usage. DelDOT is considering an all-way stop at the intersection of Route 20 (Zion Church Road) and Bayard/Johnson Road. The public is being invited to express their views in support of or in opposition to the proposed project. The public can submit comments from Jan. 28 to Feb. 11 through the online “Virtual Workshop” at https://deldot.gov/projects/Studies/DE20-JohnsonBayardRd, by calling 1-800-652-5600, or writing to DelDOT Community Relations; P.O. Box 778; Dover, DE 19903.