News Briefs

May 9, 2014
Milton to hold plan hearing May 12

The Town of Milton will hold the first of four comprehensive plan review and update public hearings Monday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Milton Public Library.

The Milton Planning and Zoning Commission will hold hearings over the next several months to hear comments from town residents, who are con­sidered to be an integral and important part of the update pro­cess. The comprehensive plan touches all facets of the town, particularly its future growth.

The plan is a working, living document that should represent the desires and input of a major­ity of the town’s residents.

The public is invited and en­couraged to attend the public hearings and other workshops that might be scheduled.

The public hearings have been scheduled on different days, in the evening as well as during the day, and include a Saturday ses­sion for those who are not able to attend at other times.

To see additional information go to

May 14 is bulk and junk pickup day in Milton

The Milton Public Works Department will collect junk and bulky trash placed curbside Wednesday, May 14.

The disposal service is through the Community CleanUp Initia­tive Program in co-operation with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority and is paid for by Sen. Ernie Lopez, R- Lewes and Rep. Steve Smyk, Milton.

Each fiscal year, DSWA pro­vides a landfill user fee credit for each representative and senator.

A $1,000 solid waste authority credit has been designated for the town’s use. The credit expires Monday, June 30.

The same guidelines for trash and yard waste collection will be followed; all items must be placed at the curb the evening before collection and items must be orderly or in a container.

Collection will be every Wednesday morning until the DSWA credit has been expended. Do not take items to the public works maintenance shop.

The community cleanup initia­tive is not for household trash collection. Residents who have items for pickup must call Town Hall in advance at 684-4110. The clerk will need name, address, phone number and the specific items to be picked up. To pre­vent misunderstanding, only items listed by the clerk will be picked up.

Rehoboth planners to meet May 9

The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, in the city commissioners’ room, to pos­sibly finalize the working draft of an amended comprehensive tree ordinance. The commis­sion will also discuss site plan review application fees and the problem of surveys with errors being submitted with subdivision applications.

In new business, the commission will hear a report from the building inspector on whether conditions for a parti­tioning at 50 Park Ave. have been met. If the conditions have been met, the planners will finalize the partitioning.

Finally, the commis­sion will discuss the impact of residential swimming pools on adjacent neighbors and a pos­sible change to law requiring two on-site parking spaces for homes in the residential district. The change would take into account a house’s occupancy density.

Rehoboth flushing fire hydrants

The Rehoboth Beach Water Department is performing fire hydrant flushing throughout the city, a process that is expected to take three weeks to complete.

Homeowners may experience brown or discolored water when their area of the city is being flushed. City officials say this is normal and the discoloration will disappear after running the water for a short period of time.

For any questions, call the wa­ter department at 302-227-6181.

Sussex council will discuss prayer case

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, in the county administration building on The Circle in down­town Georgetown. Included on the agenda is an update and discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Town of Greece, N.Y., vs. Galloway. On May 5, the court ruled that is was not a violation of the Es­tablishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution to start a town council meeting with a public prayer. Sussex County Council is under a court consent order not to start its meeting with The Lord’s Prayer.

DelDOT plans May 15 workshop on rail trail

State transportation officials will have a public workshop on the proposed first phase of the Georgetown-to-Lewes Rail-Trail from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15, in the Lewes Public Library. Under Phase I of the Delaware Department of Transportation plan, a 10-foot-wide, multi-use path from east of Savannah Road to Gills Neck Road would be con­structed to run parallel along the railroad tracks except between the Kings Highway and Monroe Avenue intersections.

At that location, the path would run on the south side of the future Lewes library and proposed trailhead connection. The proposed path would be for nonmotorized use only with access for emergency vehicles. Comments can be submitted at the workshop or sent via email to

Meeting on Belltown plans is May 20

Sussex County and First State Community Action Agency have scheduled a meeting for Jimtown Road-area residents to discuss proposed sidewalks, streetlights, and water and sewer lines along the road as part of the Coastal Club housing development proj­ect. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, at the Belltown United Methodist Church at Five Points. The meet­ing is open to the public.

Dewey commissioners meet May 10

The monthly Dewey Beach town commissioners meeting is taking place at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 10, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagswor­thy Ave. There are a number of things on the agenda that will be discussed and possibly voted on including the creation of a special skimboarding zone on the beach, the grandfathering of existing driveways that do not meet town code, and chang­ing the town’s residential rental license application back to the 2013/2014 wording.

The full agenda is listed on the town’s website at

Dewey planners to hold sea level rise workshop

The Dewey Beach Planning Commission is holding the sec­ond of three workshops/public hearings on zoning changes relat­ed to increased coastal flooding and sea level rise at 3 p.m., Satur­day, May 10, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. The full agenda is listed on the town’s website at

Dewey audit committee meets May 12

The Dewey Beach audit com­mittee is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 12, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave.

There will be a review of the town’s April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 financial state­ments with the town manager.

There will also be a discussion regarding the timing of the audit and the delivery of the audi­tor’s opinion on these financial statements for the August com­missioners’ meeting.

Lewes parking meters in effect

Parking meter season is upon us. From now until Oct. 14, folks visiting downtown Lewes will be subject to parking fees. In January, city council increased the hourly rate 25 cents to $1 per hour in the business district and parking lots at 1812 Park, Canal­front Park and West Third Street. Parking at Lewes Beach was un­affected and remains at $1.50 per hour. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes Parks & Rec meets May 12

The Lewes Parks and Recre­ation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, May 12, at city hall. The only item on the agenda is a discussion of the tree inventory report from Bartlett Tree Ex­perts. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Sussex officials agree to consent agenda

Sussex County Council took action at its April 29 meeting to become more efficient by adding a consent agenda to its rules of procedure. The consent agenda covers only one item – waste­water agreements between the county and developers. Council had four agreements to act on at its most recent meeting.

“They will be listed as one item on future agendas. You can choose to act on all at one time, or pull one item out,” said Coun­ty Administrator Todd Lawson.

In the past, each agreement was read in detail by Deputy County Administrator Hal God­win before a council vote.

“The legwork has already tak­en place, and by the time they get to you they have been fully vetted by our engineering and legal departments,” Lawson told council.

Wastewater agreements pro­vide information for the county when developers hook into the county’s central sewer system. Location, permit approval dates by the county and state, size and number of units, connection, construction and inspection fees are included in the agreements.

Dredging of Inland Bays meeting set May 13

Sen. Gerald Hocker, R-Ocean View, and Rep. Ron Gray, R-Selbyville, are hosting a com­munity meeting with DNREC officials to discuss the dredging of Delaware’s Inland Bays and the Assawoman Canal.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, in the Millville Fire Hall, 35554 Atlantic Avenue.

There will also be a discussion on navigational aids in the Inland Bays, and proposed improve­ments to Holts Landing State Park.

Representatives from the Del­aware Division of Watershed Stewardship and the Division of Parks and Recreation will be in attendance. An official with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays will also be participating in the discussion.

The meeting is open to the public and attendance is wel­come.

Board and committee training seminar May 12

Legum & Norman Inc. Resorts Division, an Associa compa­ny, will host a complimentary board and committee training seminar, The Board’s Role, Man­agement’s Role, Do’s and Don’t’s of a Community Meeting, and Effective Minute Taking, from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 12, at Bayside at Bethany Lakes Com­munity Center, 38335 Old Mill Way, Ocean View. Open to all area condominium owners, HOA board members, homeowners and potential board members, the program will be facilitated by L&N’s credentialed, professional managers. Continental breakfast and handouts will be provided.

RSVP to Erika Grden by May 9 at 302-227-8448 or

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