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News Briefs 01/17/20

January 17, 2020

Milton town council to meet Jan. 21
Milton Town Council will meet at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Milton library to discuss and vote on the appointment of the town’s board of elections and election officers. The town’s municipal election will be held Saturday, March 7, at Town Hall. 

Streets committee to meet in Milton
Milton Streets, Sidewalks and Parks Committee will meet at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Milton library to discuss a recommendation to town council to make the speed limit on all side streets 15 mph. The committee will also discuss memorial banners for downtown.

Milton planners to meet Jan. 21
Milton Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Milton library to discuss a rezoning request for five parcels on Mulberry Street that would be developed as a medical office complex. Developer Phoenix Holdings is requesting the nearly 8-acre parcel be rezoned from R-1 residential to C-1 commercial. The plan is to erect two medical office buildings on the site, one of which would be occupied by Beebe Healthcare.

The commission will be debating an advisory opinion for town council, which would have the final say on the rezoning.  In addition, the commission will review plats for Phases 7 and 8 of the Heritage Creek subdivision.

New utility rates in effect in Rehoboth
Beginning with bills processed on or after Nov. 1, 2019, new rates are in effect for Rehoboth Beach sewer and water customers.
Commissioners approved a new rate structure based on usage for the city’s water and sewer customers during a meeting in August. Commissioners also approved a ready-to-serve fee for the two utilities, which is not associated with usage. The new rates were recommended by the utility rates working group, formed by Mayor Paul Kuhns in January 2019.

Rate increases are required for maintenance and rehabilitation of the water and wastewater systems as well as the debt repayment associated with the recently completed ocean outfall. These rates replace interim rates commissioners approved in April 2019. The commissioners also committed to develop and implement a water conservation incentive program.

A full listing of the new rates can be found on the city’s website at cityofrehoboth.com. For more information and supporting documents, go to www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net/Portal/ or call city hall at 302-227-6181.

Rehoboth announces MLK Jr. Day schedule
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rehoboth Beach City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave., will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, and there will be no residential trash pickup. Trash pickup city-wide will be Tuesday, Jan. 21. Go to www.cityofrehoboth.com/residents/trash-recycling for a trash collection calendar. For more information, contact the communications department at 302-227-6181 Ext. 522 or communications@cityofrehoboth.com.

Henlopen Acres town hall closed Jan. 20
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20. For details call 302-227-6411.

Women’s March Sussex to march in parade
Women’s March Sussex - Delaware will celebrate the Women’s March anniversary by participating in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Parade in Lewes Saturday, Jan. 18, which begins at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: The Struggle Continues. The parade starts at Shields Elementary School, and ends at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 211 Mulberry St.

The theme is Women’s March Sussex - Delaware Looking Back, Moving Ahead, a celebration of the work they have done and preparation for the work ahead! There will be an informational fair and the opportunity for volunteer sign-ups. They will feature speakers Dr. Marlene Saunders, Alonna Berry, Paulette Rappa and Kerri Evelyn Harris.

State AG to address Stonewall PAC Jan. 25
Kathleen Jennings, Delaware’s attorney general, will address the membership of Delaware Stonewall Political Action Committee at its annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 25, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, beginning at noon.
Jennings is expected to address issues of importance to the LGBTQ community in the coming legislative session, including the issue of bullying of LGBTQ students, protections from conversion therapy, and anti-LGBTQ reports in schools and elsewhere.

Delaware Stonewall PAC has since 2003 been an advocate for the LGBTQ community by working with the Legislature to pass hospital visitation rights, civil unions, non-discrimination legislation and same-sex marriage among other pieces of legislation and intends to continue its advocacy in the coming legislative year. For details contact Peter Schott, dc2de@aol.com.

Assistant alderman nominated for Dewey
Dewey Beach commissioners voted Jan. 11 to recommend the governor appoint Linda Madrid as assistant alderman of the Town of Dewey Beach for a two-year term after her confirmation.

Dewey modifies charter committee members
Dewey Beach commissioners voted Jan. 11 to modify membership of the charter and code review ad hoc committee. Elaine Bole and David Jasinski were added as members, Jim Dedes was added as an ad hoc member, and Steve Montgomery was removed from the committee at his request.

Rehoboth issues bid notice for signage
Rehoboth Beach issued a notice for bids related to the Wayfinding and Signage Program project Jan. 8. Sealed bids will be received by the City of Rehoboth Beach, 229 Rehoboth Ave., P.O. Box 1163, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, until noon, Feb. 4. Work includes fabrication and installation of custom parking signs, pedestrian signs, gateway signs, and vehicular signs; sign posts, hardware, and support systems; maps and kiosks; and other miscellaneous work.

Contract documents may be examined at Rehoboth Beach City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. For $100, hard copies of the contract documents may be obtained from Beacon Engineering LLC, phone 302-864-8825. Checks should be made payable to Beacon Engineering LLC.  Electronic copies are available in PDF format at no charge by emailing lhudson@beaconengineeringllc.com. Bidders must obtain and review contract documents to be eligible to submit a bid. For more information go to cityofrehoboth.com or call 302-227-6181.

Osprey Point comment period extended
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Jan. 12 it had extended public comment on proposed remedial actions at the Osprey Point Subdivision Site located in Rehoboth Beach. Comments will now be taken through 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27. The site, once a golf course, requires a restriction on future use of groundwater.

Details of the proposed plan are available at the DNREC offices, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, and 21309 Berlin Road, Suite 2, Georgetown, or at www.nav.dnrec.delaware.gov/DEN3/. For details, contact Lindsay Hall, project manager, at 302-395-2600, or submit comments at RS_Public_Comments@delaware.gov