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News Briefs 02/18/20

February 18, 2020

Lewes drawbridge reopens; overnight closures ahead
The Savannah Road drawbridge over the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Lewes reopened Feb. 13 after a several-week closure for repairs and general maintenance. Delaware Department of Transportation officials say overnight closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. will begin Tuesday, Feb. 18 and run through Sunday, Feb. 23 in order to finish the repairs.

Motorists traveling eastbound on Savannah Road will use Kings Highway and Monroe Avenue to get to Freeman Highway, then left on Cape Henlopen Drive and to Savannah Road. Motorists traveling westbound from Savannah Road will use Cape Henlopen Drive to Freeman Highway, then right onto Kings Highway and continue to Savannah Road. Detour signage will be posted for motorists.

Lewes buffer subcommittee to meet Feb. 20
The buffer subcommittee of the Lewes Planning Commission will meet at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at city hall. The group will continue discussing a draft buffer ordinance. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

DelDOT workshop on Lewes swing bridge set
The Delaware Department of Transportation will hold a workshop from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Lewes Public Library to discuss removal of the railroad swing bridge over the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. The purpose of the workshop is to present details on the removal and solicit public feedback.
 
Lewes planners to meet Feb. 19
The Lewes Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, at city hall. The group will consider a request for a minor subdivision of about a quarter-acre parcel from the historic Fisher House property on Pilottown Road to the proposed Fishers Cove major subdivision. Commissioners will also discuss draft zoning regulations for 5G systems and cell towers, and discuss possible revisions to the commission’s bylaws. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes African-American Heritage Commission meets Feb. 20
The Lewes African-American Heritage Commission will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at city hall. The group will discuss the ongoing effort to place honorary street signs – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way – along West Fourth Street, including status of signs and a public announcement for placement of a sign at West Fourth Street and Savannah Road.  For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Rehoboth budget workshop set Feb. 21
Rehoboth commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for continued discussion of City Manager Sharon Lynn’s draft budget for Fiscal Year 2020/21. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Special Rehoboth meeting set Feb. 21
Rehoboth commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for a discussion on the bid recommendations for construction of Grove Park Canal Access Project and the Merje Wayfinding signage project. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Rehoboth commissioner meeting set Feb. 21
Rehoboth commissioners have scheduled a meeting for 3:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for a presentation by environment committee member Heather Metz relating to her views regarding health hazards of wireless communications facilities and 5G technology.

The agenda also calls for further discussion on gross floor area and possible votes to accept bid recommendations for Grove Park Canal Access Project and the Merje Wayfinding signage project. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Source Water Protection Subcommittee to meet Feb. 20
The Source Water Assessment Plan Subcommittee of the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Training Room of Tidewater Utilities, 1100 South Little Creek Road, Dover. The SWAP Subcommittee’s meeting agenda can be found on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar at https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/65028.

For more information about the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program, go to http://delawaresourcewater.org, or contact hydrologist Douglas Rambo, DNREC Division of Water, at 302-739-9945.

Delaware Native Species Commission to meet Feb. 19
Delaware’s Native Species Commission will meet at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Room 220 at the Kent County Administrative Building, 555 Bay Road, Dover. The council will discuss progress on its 2020 priorities, subcommittee reports, Senate Bill 207 introduced to ban the sale, propagation and transport of certain invasive plants, and other issues. For more information, including the meeting agenda, visit the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar at https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/65301.

The Delaware Native Species Commission was formed by the Delaware General Assembly to reverse the trend of decline and extinction of Delaware’s local plant and animal native species, implement recommendations of the Statewide Ecological Extinction Task Force, and provide expertise and assistance to state and local lawmakers, policy makers, educators, and other stakeholders.

The commission is composed of 19 members, reflecting a balance of environmental professionals, government, and business stakeholders, with DNREC providing staff support. For more information on Delaware Native Species Commission, go to https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/delaware-native-species-commission or call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9910.