News Briefs

February 26, 2013
Deadline for dog licenses is March 1

Sussex County reminds dog owners that the deadline is near for obtaining permits. Dog own­ers have until Friday, March 1, to obtain licenses for dogs 6 months or older. For spayed and neutered dogs, the annual cost is $10; for non-spayed and unneu­tered dogs, the cost is $15 yearly.

Dogs must be current on their rabies vaccinations at the time the license is obtained. Fees will be waived for seeing-eye, lead or guide dogs and those that have previously served in a branch of the U.S. military. Licenses are available in one-, two- and three ­year increments, and are valid through Dec. 31 of the expiration year. Owners who fail to com­ply with licensing requirements face an initial $50 fine, with a maximum fine of $100 for repeat offenses within a 12-month pe­riod.

Applications can be made online or in person. Go to sus­ and click on the dog license link on the lower right side of the main page, or stop by the county adminis­tration office, 2 The Circle, in Georgetown, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For questions about dog­control services and licensing requirements, call 302-855-7380.

Sussex County Council awards grants

Sussex County Council award­ed the following councilmanic grants during its Feb. 19 meeting: $500 to Laurel Youth Sports Bas­ketball League; $1,000 to Ducks Unlimited, Nanticoke Chapter; $1,000 to Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation for res­toration and maintenance of the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse; $500 to Lewes Public Library for operating expenses; $3,000 to Sussex Preparatory Academy to assist with expansion and relocation of its school; $500 to Delaware Police Chiefs Council; and $125 to Delaware Blue Hens 11-year-old baseball team for tournament expenses. Council awards grants to nonprofit agen­cies providing services to Sussex residents.

Rehoboth streets committee to meet

The Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transportation Committee will meet at 1 p.m., Friday, March 1, to discuss and recommend a scooter parking implementation plan. The committee will also discuss a bicycle-parking plan.

For more information, call City Hall at 302-227-6181.

Rehoboth planners cancel tree meeting

The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission has cancelled its previously announced public workshop on trees that had been scheduled for Friday, March 8.

The program, called “Trees vs. Construction: How can they best coexist,” was to have been conducted by Bryan Hall, ar­borist and planner with the Office of State Planning, but was cancelled because Hall was no longer available for March 8. The planning commission intends to conduct the program at a future date.

The planners will hold their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 8, in the city commissioners’ room to conduct a preliminary review of a partitioning application for lots 52, 54, 56 and 58 Sussex Street, as well as hold discussion on how to proceed with a study of Rehoboth’s trees and the city’s tree ordinance.

Cape school board to hear building proposal

Cape Henlopen school board members will hear a propos­al by the Facilities Task Force about building new elementary schools in the district when the board meets at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the cafeteria of Bea­con Middle School. The group is proposing four new elemen­tary schools and renovation at Milton Elementary, and also more classrooms added to both middle schools.

Milton to host water presentations

Milton Town Council will host public hearings Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, Feb. 28, regarding the town’s plan to borrow up to $1.725 million for water system improvements. Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton Public Library, while Thursday’s will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton Fire Company.

Engineer Steve McCabe of Pennoni Associates will give the same presentation at both meetings. If approved in referendum, the borrowed money will pay for rehabilita­tion of an unused well, loop the town’s water main, integrate a control system and repair the foundation to the water tower located in Shipbuilder’s Village. For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.

Filing deadline March 1 for Cape Henlopen school board election

The deadline to file for a dis­trict A seat up for election on the Cape Henlopen School District school board is Friday, March 1.

The five-year school board seat is for residents who live in district A, the Milton area.

The seat is currently held by Noble Prettyman, who has filed for re-election. Sussex County Department of Elections officials said Prettyman is the only candi­date who has filed for the seat.

If another candidate files to make it a contested race, the election would be May 14. Any­one interested must do so by 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 1. For more information, call the Sussex County Department of Elections at 302-856-5367.

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