News Briefs

April 4, 2014
Wetlands, Delaware Bay on Sussex agenda

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, in the county administra­tion building on The Circle in Georgetown. Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin will provide a legislative update, give a report on the Delaware Bay beach work group and give an update on the state’s wetlands advisory committee. See a com­plete agenda at

Rehoboth to discuss lot mergers April 7

The Rehoboth Beach commis­sioners will discuss the processes and conditions for merging and unmerging lots at their workshop meeting, 9 a.m., Monday, April 7, in the city commissioners’ room.

The commissioners will dis­cuss a proposed ordinance that would prohibit parking on the east side of Surf Avenue from Lake Avenue to Henlopen Av­enue.

In old business, the commis­sioners will discuss amending the recently passed ordinance man­dating larger side yard setbacks for residential lots larger than 50 feet wide. The amendment will further define the width of a lot. Finally, the commissioners will discuss a proposed lease with Verizon Wireless to establish a cell site on space at the city’s Lincoln Street elevated water storage tank.

Rehoboth city hall task force meets April 7

The Rehoboth Beach City Hall Complex Master Plan Task Force will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 7, in the city commission­ers’ room to present modified floor plans for a new City Hall

The plans are based on meet­ings with city department heads. The task force will also hear presentations on further refined schematic designs and updated cost estimates.

Rehoboth announces parking permit fees

Parking permit fees in Re­hoboth Beach will remain the same as last year, with permits for vehicles and scooters going on sale at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 21.

Permit fees for vehicles are: seasonal transferable – $200, seasonal nontransferable – $175, weekly – $45, three-day weekend – $30, weekend daily – $13 and weekday daily – $8.

Scooter permits are $40 and are required daily in all non­metered areas starting Friday, May 23 until Labor Day. Scooter permits are in effect 24 hours per day.

Vehicle permits are required daily from May 23 until Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Permits are for sale at the parking meter division, 30 ½ Rehoboth Ave. Vehicle permits only can be purchased at the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 501 Rehoboth Ave.

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

Lopez to host coffee and conversation

Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, will host a Senate Coffee and Conversation beginning at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 9, at Surf Bagel, Route 1, north of Five Points, Lewes.

Discussion topics will include among other things, the gover­nor’s recent water tax proposal, transportation and traffic con­cerns, along with current and pending legislation before the Delaware General Assembly. All 6th District residents are wel­come and encouraged to attend. Coffee is provided by Lopez.

Sussex council presents nonprofit grants

Sussex County Council pre­sented the following grants during its April 1 meeting: $2,000 to John M. Clayton Elementary School in Frankford to support its student mentoring program; $500 to Delaware 4-H Associa­tion to help send five members of the Bridgeville Mustangs Club to a Washington, D.C. conference; $600 to American Cancer Soci­ety for the Eastern/Coastal Relay for Life; $1,000 to Greenwood Police Department for National Night Out; $1,000 to Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for uniform shirts and aprons; and $500 to the Marine Corps League Foundation, Delaware Devil Dogs Detachment 780, golf tournament.

Council also awarded youth grants of $1,000 to Trap Pond Partners for Healthy Kids Day and $1,000 to Delaware Technical Community College for Kids on Campus scholarships.

Equal Pay Day to be observed April 8

Equal Pay Day will be rec­ognized Tuesday, April 8, by a resolution from the House of Representatives.

There will be a special gather­ing of women supporting the resolution at 1 p.m. on the steps of Legislative Hall.

Then as the afternoon ses­sion begins, participants will go inside to see the House of Representatives receive and pass the resolution recognizing April 8 as Equal Pay Day in the State of Delaware. This event was planned by the American As­sociation of University Women and the Delaware Commission for Women.

The median earnings for U.S. women working full time, year­round are less than U.S. men’s median earnings - a gap of 23 percent.

For African American and Latina women the gap is even greater.

According to AAUW’s re­search report, Graduating to a Pay Gap, women only one year out of college, working full time, are paid on average just 82 percent of what their male coun­terparts are paid.

Wage inequity is a family issue. In 2010 the woman in about 64 percent of families was either the main source of the family income or she was a co-wage earner.