News Briefs

January 4, 2013
Sussex council back in action in 2013

Sussex County Council has its first meeting of the new year starting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the county administration building on The Circle in Georgetown.

Included on the agenda are recognition of Employee of the Year Rodney Marvel, a request to withdraw three applications for a water park and RV campground in Ocean View, and a bid award for renovations to the county's annex building. At 11 a.m., council will have a public hearing on an amended ordinance relating to architect and engineer drawings and specifications. For a complete agenda go to

Tidewater to present at Milton meeting Jan. 7

Tidewater Utilities Inc. is set to make a presentation at the Milton Town Council meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the Milton Public Library. The water utility is expected to make a pitch to interconnect its system with Milton's. Artesian Water made a presentation to council in November.

Council will also receive a presentation about the Community Development Block Grant program from Brad Whaley, director of Sussex County Community Development and Housing Department.

Under new business, council will discuss a revision to setback conditions on the Heritage Creek Master Plan and funding for consulting services by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

To see the full agenda, go to

Dewey group hosts Sen. Ernie Lopez Jan. 5

Civic group Friends of Dewey will hold a meet-and-greet with newly elected Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Dewey Beach Lions Club on McKinley Avenue.  Coffee and donuts will be provided. To attend, email Friends of Dewey Secretary Mark Allen at

Dewey discusses new job at town hall

Dewey Beach Town Council will meet at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue.  Commissioners will go into executive session to discuss hiring a new employee to conduct interviews for the assistant alderman position.

For a complete agenda, go to

Council to review Dewey comp plan

Dewey Beach Town Council will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue.  Commissioners will discuss changes to the town’s comprehensive plan recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  For a complete agenda, go to

Dewey considers manager’s contract

Dewey Beach Town Council will meet at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue.  Commissioners will go into executive session to discuss extending the contract for interim Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.  For a complete agenda, go to

Rehoboth committee meets Jan. 7

The Rehoboth Beach Communications Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, in the commissioners room.

Under old business, the agenda includes a review of a committee report on home page news; discussion on accessibility of commissioners' agenda-related documents and consideration of finalizing a recommended practice providing all available supporting documents relevant to agenda items to city officials and the public in advance of a meeting; discussion of timelines and related programs for presenting, discussing and acting on agenda items; discussion of optimizing communications from the public perspective attending a meeting; discussion of agenda format and content, including clarity, when the public is allowed to speak and sequence of agenda items; and discussion of steps to take to advance individual concepts, including outline of content and how and when to make presentations to the commissioners.

Rehoboth sets Jan. 7 workshop agenda

The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold its monthly workshop at 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 7, in the commissioners room.  Under old business, the agenda includes a discussion of two proposals concerning the city-wide reassessment and the process for selecting the preferred firm; a discussion of draft ordinances to adopt the 2012 versions of various codes as written by the International Code Council in lieu of the 2006 versions currently contained in the city code; and a discussion of a proposed memorandum of understanding between the city and the Rehoboth Beach Sister Cities Asssociation regarding construction, maintenance and other items related to the garden to be constructed in Cranberry Park.

Under new business there will be a discussion of a proposed ordinance from the planning commission that would amend the city code requiring permits for a structure supporting a residential or commercial use within 25 feet of Lake Gerar or Silver Lake, subject to the city's site-plan review process.

Also on the agenda is a report from Commissioner Stan Mills of the communications committee on utilizing a new feature for the city website, a home page bulletin board for news and calendar items.

DNREC announces Sussex hearing schedule for regs

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has announced it will hold a public hearing in Sussex County as part of Gov. Jack Markell’s effort to strengthen Delaware’s economy by modernizing and streamlining regulations that may be outdated or unnecessarily burdensome, while maintaining the state’s commitment to improving public health and environmental performance.   DNREC’s public hearing is being conducted in connection with Gov. Markell’s Executive Order No. 36, a statewide review by all agencies to identify and remove regulatory hurdles.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the Sussex Central High School auditorium, 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown. Executive Order 36 provides an opportunity for state agencies such as DNREC to review regulations on their books, and streamline or eliminate those that might be outdated or inconsistent or no longer serve their intended purpose.

After formal comment, DNREC will consider the input received in addition to its own evaluation and begin the process for  amending or repealing regulations accordingly. The governor will submit a report to the General Assembly detailing regulatory changes in all state agencies in June. In addition to participating in the hearings, the public is also encouraged to submit comments in writing. They may be mailed to DNREC/Executive Order 36, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Comments will be accepted through March 1.

Rehoboth streets committee to meet

The Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transportation Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4. Under new business, the agenda includes a presentation by Mary Ann Slinkman on a new shuttle business.

There will be a discussion of a possible policy for snow removal from sidewalks and discussion of items to be included on future agendas.

Historic preservation meeting canceled

The Milton Historic Preservation Committee meeting set for Tuesday, Jan. 8, has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items.

For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.


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