News Briefs

November 23, 2012
Lewes BPW to review hurricane response

Lewes Board of Public Works will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 in City Hall. Agenda items include: discussion about board activity and response during Hurricane Sandy, discussion of a request from Lifetime Living LLC to reduce required bond to reflect completion of work on Canary Creek phases I and II, and discussion about approving a contract award in response to a request for proposal.

The panel will also talk about accepting Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation’s municipal electric utilities renewable portfolio standard plan, recommended approval of the board’s annual donation to Lewes Fire Department and discuss scheduling a January budget workshop. For a complete agenda visit City Hall, the Lewes Public Library, or go to

Sussex offices closing for two hours Dec. 7

Sussex County offices will close from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, to allow employees to attend the annual Mildred King Luncheon. The Mildred King Luncheon is held each December to recognize employees for their service to county government. The event culminates with the presentation of the employee of the year award, given to one of four quarterly employee winners. The luncheon is named in honor of Mildred King, who served Sussex County for nearly 30 years.

Milton P&Z approves Dogfish plans

The Milton Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously voted to approve Dogfish Head Brewery's plans for an entrance to its new 100,000-square-foot facility off Cave Neck Road as well as final site plans for a more than 26,000-square-foot addition to the current facility and a nearly 10,000-square-foot wastewater building. The project received all of the proper approvals, and the plans were signed off by the town's engineer prior to the commission's vote.

Milton P&Z approves Heritage Creek revision

The Milton Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously voted to approve Fernmoor Homes' request to revise the master plan of the Heritage Creek community. The approval came with conditions negotiated at the Nov. 20 meeting. The total number of homes will not change from the originally proposed 425, but the mix of the types of homes being built will change slightly. For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.

Milton P&Z recommends changes

The Milton Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend moving forward with the rezoning of up to 35 properties in town.  It was recently discovered several residential properties – most in Cannery Village – in Milton are zoned light industrial or commercial, and some residents have had issues refinancing their homes. The town received nine responses from the letters – six in favor of the rezoning and three opposed. At the Nov. 5 town council meeting, Mayor Cliff Newlands said no residents will be forced to rezone their property. All affected residents were notified through mail and will likely receive a letter through certified mail prior to a vote by town council.  For more information, call town hall 302-684-4110.

Rehoboth board to meet Nov. 26

The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, in the city commissioners’ room, to hear two variance requests and vote on an extension of another. The board will first hear a request by Avenue Associates LLC and White Clay Holdings LLC, owners of 110 Rehoboth Ave., for a three-month extension of variances granted June 25. The board will hear a request for two variances for property at 12 Country Club Drive. Owners William and Louise Markland are seeking a variance to expand the side porch, which would encroach into the Hickman Street side-yard setback to allow the shower and HVAC unit to remain in the south side-yard setback.  The Marklands are also seeking a variance to allow proposed new basement steps to encroach on the south side-yard setback. Attorney Vince Robertson has requested the variances on behalf of the Marklands.

Finally, the board will hear a request for variances by Patty McDaniel of Boardwalk Builders on behalf of Vinod Dar and Barbara Chretien Dar, owners of 108B Philadelphia St.  The Dars are seeking variances to exceed the height of the proposed roof deck by two feet and seven inches and the height of the proposed roof plate by 11 inches.

Rehoboth tree panel to meet Nov. 26

The Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission will meet at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, in the city commissioners’ room, to hear two administrative appeals. The first hearing is for Mary Ellen Anderson, owner of 54 Olive Ave., pertaining to the requirement to plant a tree to replace a removed specimen tree. The second case is an appeal by Michael Palmer and Robert Diehl, owners of 333 Laurel St., of the city denying their request to remove 11 trees.

Lewes parks panel seeks volunteers

The City of Lewes Parks & Recreation Commission is seeking a volunteer to coordinate summer music concerts, June through August, and a volunteer tree coordinator responsible for assessing care and maintenance of park and street trees. City residency is not required. For additional information about these and other opportunities, contact Elaine Pease, city programs coordinator, at 645-7777, Ext. 100, or at

Sussex council awards nonprofit grants

Sussex County Council presented the following councilmanic grants at its Nov. 13 meeting: $500 to Downtown Seaford Association for Christmas parade expenses; $500 to Milford Community Parade; $2,500 to West Rehoboth Community Land Trust for its housing initiative; $1,000 to Create I Marketing for Decorating Delmarva fundraiser in Delmar; $3,000 to Laurel Public Library for costs associated with fixing drainage problems; $1,000 to Mason-Dixon Woodworkers for the annual toy project; and $1,000 to Fenwick Island Lions Club for Selbyville Halloween parade expenses. Council awards grants to nonprofit agencies providing services in Sussex County.

Stockings for Soldiers needs donations

Marianne and Carl Sheran of Lewes are seeking donations for Stockings for Soldiers. Founded nine years ago by Judy Travis of Wilmington, the program collects donations that are stuffed into stockings and sent to troops serving overseas.

Travis's son, a graduate of West Point, learned during his service that many soldiers do not receive anything for the holidays, said Carl Sheran. Travis set out to make sure any soldier who wanted a stocking would get one. Sheran said last year, Stockings for Soldiers sent out 10,000 stockings through the U.S. Postal Service. The 45,000-pound mailing cost the group $30,000, he said. Local groups, including Henlopen Landing Community Association, First Town clubs, the VIA and Barbie Andrews of Curves, have already donated to the cause, but more help is needed. The Sherans are collecting donations of candy, gum, nuts, cookies, pocket games, Cracker Jack, beanie babies for kids, AT&T phone cards, used paperback books, crew socks, beef jerky and more. They will also accept financial donations toward the cost of the mailing.

The deadline to donate is Friday, Nov. 30. To contribute, call the Sherans at 302-547-6878.

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