News Briefs 03/19/19

March 19, 2019

Lewes planners to meet March 20
The Lewes Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 111 Adams Ave. The group will receive the initial presentation from Showfield LLC for an 86-lot major subdivision along Freeman Highway and Monroe Avenue. Commissioners will also receive an update on the hydrology study underway, discuss amendments to the residential zones, and consider the creation of a tree ordinance. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes downtown parking group to meet March 20
The Lewes Business District Parking Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 111 Adams Ave. Jerry South, founder of Towne Park, will offer a plan for parking alternatives. The committee will also discuss an update to way-finding signage, possible changes to parking meter fees and hours, and the possibility of a parking facility at the corner of Third and Market streets. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes Public Art Committee to meet March 21
The Lewes Public Art Committee will meet at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 111 Adams Ave. The group will discuss the budget for fiscal year 2020, a future website, a possible field trip and the development of an action plan. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Dewey infrastructure committee to meet March 21
The Dewey Beach Infrastructure Committee will meet at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. The committee will review storm sewer site conditions at Rodney, Dickinson, Van Dyke and Collins avenues and possibly vote on recommendations for each avenue. If information is available, the committee will review an update on town, Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware Center for the Inland Bays plans and opportunities for southbound Route 1, which will include paving and median work.

Dewey audit committee to meet March 23
The Dewey Beach audit committee will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. Members will discuss the status of independent auditor TGM Group and the preliminary RFP draft for independent auditing services.

Dewey planners to meet March 23
The Dewey Beach planning and zoning commission will hold a public hearing and meeting at noon, Saturday, March 23, at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. A public hearing will be held on a draft ordinance to eliminate inconsistencies in code related to off-street and residential parking requirements. Commissioners may vote to recommend a draft ordinance to town council.

Rehoboth police to join in National Take-Back Day April 27
In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Rehoboth Beach Police Department is participating in National Take-Back Day.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, the public may dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions at the front lobby of the police department, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The collection is free and open to the public; no appointments are necessary.

Participants may dispose of medication in its original container, crossing out personal information, or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. No questions or requests for identification will be made. For more information, contact the Rehoboth Beach Police Department at 302-227-2577.

Fishers Cove to be resubmitted in Lewes
Lewes Planning Commission Chairman Drew McKay announced March 14 that the developer of Fishers Cove will revise the subdivision plan and resubmit it to the city. McKay said the city has been notified the developer plans to remove the parcels fronting Pilottown Road from the overall plan and make other changes to the subdivision plan. McKay said the city has notified the developer that the resubmittal will be treated as a new application.

The original plan comprised an 18 units between Rodney Avenue and the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment campus. Access to the 12-acre property was planned via Rodney Avenue. The property is zoned R-2, low-density residential, where 10,000-square-foot lots are required. The original plan also included an historic property along Pilottown Road and property along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. A sidewalk was planned to connect the new homes with the canalfront property. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777. 

Rehoboth TransLiance to meet March 26
Rehoboth TransLiance will welcome transgender specialist Dr. Deb Dunn of Chase Brexton Health Care to its meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, at Metropolitan Community Church - Rehoboth, 19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth. She will discuss some of the health disparities that are impacting the transgender/gender nonbinary community and explain how to look for resources.
Deb Dunn was named Physician Assistant of the Year by the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants at its recent conference. The award honors her tireless work on behalf of patients, and she presented a seminar on caring for transgender and gender nonbinary individuals.
For more information about the meeting and the group, go to

Dewey approves livestream upgrade
Dewey Beach commissioners voted unanimously March 9 to hire Total Video Products of New Jersey to upgrade the livestream sound system and relocate the livestream camera at the Lifesaving Station. Installation of a state-of-the-art audio mixer, in-wall controller and five-port switch will cost approximately $4,500. New microphones and stands for the five commissioners, town manager and town attorney will also be purchased for a total approved amount of under $8,000.

Dewey to join electric buying group program 
Commissioners voted March 9 to authorize the Town of Dewey Beach to enter the State of Delaware Electric Aggregation Buying Group program. Ed Jackson of Affinity Energy Management estimated the town could save about $2,000 a year based on current pricing. Dewey joins several neighboring towns, including Milton and Rehoboth, as well as all three county governments and all public school districts in the municipal money-saving program.