News Briefs

May 2, 2014
Lewes in Bloom posts new date for tulip dig

Join Lewes in Bloom Tuesday, May 6, to help dig up the tulip bulbs around Lewes that were planted for this year’s Tulip Festival. The dig was originally planned for May 1, but has changed due to inclement weather. Participants need to bring a shovel and a bag to Zwaanendael Park, Stango Park, Mary Vessels Park, 1812 Park or the Gateway on Kings Highway from 10 a.m. to noon only. Park supervisors will be present to help coordinate the dig. Dig the bulbs up and give them a new home for free. Areas not included in the dig are Canalfront Park, the Children’s Learning Garden in Stango Park and in front of the Zwaanendael Museum. Contact Carol Richardson, projects officer for the City of Lewes, at 302-645-7777, Ext. 100.

Keith Schueller accepts plea deal

A Rehoboth Beach man who was shot in the back by a police officer following a police chase in February 2013, has accepted a plea deal with the state. Keith Schueller had faced a series of charges after police say he went on a burglary spree at several Route 1 stores. He originally faced 18 charges with multiple counts, of which two felonies – aggravated menacing and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony – were the most serious. Police said Schueller threatened them with a shovel before he was shot.

His plea deal agreement, signed April 21, is for 12 counts of felony resisting arrest, 14 counts of disregarding police officer’s signal, 10 counts of theft of services, six counts of shoplifting and one count of third-degree burglary.

He potentially faces 11 years in prison, if he receives the maximum sentence for the charges.

Schueller will be sentenced June 13. Trooper First Class Brett Cordrey returned to work in April 2013, and a Department of Justice report a few months later determined the shooting was justified.

Milton to discuss Park Center expansion plans

Milton Mayor and Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 7, at the Milton Public Library.

Discussion on the agenda includes a possible vote to approve foundation repair expenditures for the Shipbuilder’s Village water tower; a Tidewater Utilities wastewater treatment plant update; and an update on a vacant parcel known as Orchard Street.

Town officials will also discuss an ordinance to amend zoning code related to antennas, towers, and satellite dishes; discussion and possible vote on fiscal year 2014’s six-month budget review; final site plan extension for Milton Park Center; and final land acquisition of 803 and 805 S. Spinnaker Lane. The panel will meet in executive session to discuss the content of documents state law excludes from the definition of public record including records with trade secrets; confidential/privileged, commercial or financial information; or exemption from public disclosure by common law. Executive sessions are closed to the public because they sometimes include personnel or financial information that, if known by the public, could place the town in a compromised position. To see a complete agenda visit Town Hall, the Milton Public Library or go to

Rehoboth City Hall task force to meet May 5

The Rehoboth Beach City Hall Master Plan Task Force will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 5, in the city commissioners’ room to discuss alternate details for the proposed new city hall complex.

Details to be discussed include the corners, police lobby, sally port roof, east-facing dormers, angled colonnade design and roof overhang supports. The task force will review and discuss its schedule and tasks moving forward.

Rehoboth parks meeting cancelled

The Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission has cancelled its Monday, May 19 meeting due to a lack of agenda items. The commission’s next scheduled meeting is Monday, June 23.

Rehoboth to discuss lot mergers May 5

The Rehoboth Beach commissioners will meet at 9 a.m., Monday, May 5, in the city commissioners’ room to discuss the processes and conditions for merging and unmerging lots and to determine if any changes are warranted. The subject of lot mergers and the process for unmerging them stems from an ordinance drafted by the planning commission that mandates a property owner shall seek a formal subdivision to unmerge two or more lots that have been merged by use. The commissioners will discuss a request by Nick Caggiano Sr. to light the Verrazzano monument at Olive Avenue and the Boardwalk. An update will be provided on the status of the citywide reassessment.

In new business, the commissioners will hear a presentation by Dr. Willett Kempton of University of Delaware’s Center for Carbon Free Power Integration on the potential for partnering in a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Most Sussex libraries closed May 8

Most public libraries in Sussex County will be closed Thursday, May 8, so staff can attend the annual Delaware Library Association/Maryland Library Association Conference in Ocean City, Md. Libraries in Sussex County strive to provide residents with first-rate library service. To support this mission, the Sussex County Department of Libraries provides continuing education and professional staff development. In addition to classes, the conference provides an opportunity for library professionals to network, learn from one another and share their expertise. The DLA/MLA Conference offers concurrent educational sessions throughout the day that will be provided by local, regional and national library and community leaders.

Sussex will hear about senior transportation

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the county administration office on The Circle in Georgetown. Included on the agenda is a presentation about the Sussex Senior Transportation Cooperative and possible action on an amendment to the county’s height regulations.

Georgetown chamber to host candidates’ forum

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce will host a Georgetown Candidates’ Forum Wednesday, April 30. The event is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sussex County Council Chambers on The Circle.

Georgetown’s Municipal Election will be held Saturday, May 10, at Town Hall from 1 to 7 p.m. Georgetown voters will elect a mayor, a Ward 3 and a Ward 4 councilperson when they go to the polls.

Current Ward 3 councilman Bill West will leave that seat and is to challenge incumbent Mike Wyatt for mayor. Chris LeCates and Eric Evans seek West’s Ward 3 seat; and David Anderson and Ray Hopkins are vying for the Ward 4 seat, to be vacated by current Councilwoman Linda Dennis, who is not running for re-election.

Chamber Board President John Rieley will serve as moderator for the forum.

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