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News Briefs 05/03/19

May 3, 2019

Rehoboth parking garage meeting May 3
A task force created to discuss the future of a parking garage in Rehoboth Beach has scheduled its first meeting for 9 a.m., Friday, May 3, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for a review of the proposed 300-space garage for the city parking lot next to town hall and the setting of future meeting dates. 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.

Milton council to meet May 6
Milton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 6, at Milton library, to discuss lighting along the Rails to Trails extension. In addition, council will hold a public hearing on zoning related to the Historic Preservation Overlay District. Council will discuss a building permit fee waiver request from the Milton Fire Department, adopt a resolution relating to water meter replacement outside residences, review the fiscal year 2019 budget, discuss the emergency operations plan and discuss the Heritage Creek master plan.

Milton planning and zoning to meet May 7
Milton Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, at Milton library. The commission will review materials for the drafting of proposed new articles in the zoning code required by the comprehensive development plan.

Steve Elkins Way dedication May 4
The dedication of Steve Elkins Way in Rehoboth Beach is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave. In November, Rehoboth commissioners voted to name the sidewalk connecting Second Street and the Convention Center in honor of Elkins, CAMP Rehoboth founder. Elkins died in March 2018 after a long battle with lymphoma. For more information, contact the communications department at 302-227-6181 Ext. 522 or communications@cityofrehoboth.com.

Rehoboth commissioner workshop May 6
Rehoboth Beach commissioners have scheduled their monthly workshop for Monday, May 6, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The workshop is scheduled to begin immediately following a special meeting that begins at 9 a.m.

Under old business, the agenda calls for an update on the canal access, and continued discussions on administrative variances and a possible parking garage. Under new business, the agenda includes a discussion on the path forward for Clear Space, a discussion on license agreements, a possible amendment to code related to head-in parking and the possible creation of a pedestrain mall on the eastern end of Rehoboth Avenue. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full agenda can be found at town hall or www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Special Rehoboth workshop set May 6
Rehoboth commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m., Monday, May 6, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for a possible vote to approve additional borrowing of funds from Sussex County to perform additional operational needs at the wastewater treatment plant for Phase 3 upgrades. The agenda also calls for a possible vote on a draft ordinance to amend the city’s special-events code. 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 utility rates working group to meet May 7
The Rehoboth working group studying utility rates in Rehoboth has scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for continued discussion of a proposed rate structure for water and wastewater rates. 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.

Sussex budget workshop on agenda May 7
In place of its regular meeting, Sussex County Council will have its fiscal year 2020 budget workshop at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, at the emergency operations center at the Delaware Coastal Airport complex. The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

Bridge repairs to close Round Pole Bridge Road starting May 6
Bridge repairs between Hudson Road and Cave Neck Road, east of Milton, will require the closure of Round Pole Bridge Road from 7 a.m., Monday, May 6, to 6 p.m., Friday, June 7, pending weather. DelDOT’s contractor will be repairing the bridge walls.

Detour routes are: westbound - Round Pole Bridge Road onto Hudson Road, right turn at Cave Neck Road and right turn to return to Round Pole Bridge Road; and eastbound - Round Pole Bridge Road onto Cave Neck Road, left turn on Hudson Road, continue left turn onto Round Pole Bridge Road. Detour signage will be posted for motorists.

Section of Shortly Road set to close starting May 8
Drainage improvements will require the closure of Shortly Road between Homestead Road and Paradise Road near Georgetown from 7 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, until 11 p.m., Saturday, May 18. The project includes removing and replacing crossroad pipes. Detour routes will be in place: Shortly Road northbound – right turn on Hardscrabble Road; left on Governor Stockley Road; left on Paradise Road; and continue to Shortly Road. Shortly Road southbound – left turn on Paradise Road to Governor Stockley Road; continue south to Hardscrabble; right turn to Shortly Road. Message signs will be in place.

Global Cannabis March slated May 5
For the sixth year in a row, Delaware will participate in the Global Cannabis March. The march, hosted by the Cannabis Bureau of Delaware and Delaware NORMAL, takes place at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 5, beginning at Surfside Park in Rehoboth Beach. The route includes the Boardwalk, Delaware Ave., S. 1st St., Rehoboth Ave. and will end with a rally at the Bandstand.

The event is focused around cannabis awareness, education, and political action. The rally following the march will feature speeches from local professionals and activists, educational games, as well as a call-to-action table prompting participants to contact their local officials. There will also be research and information available.
The Global Cannabis March originated in New York City in the 1970s and was celebrated globally for the first time in 1999.

Blood Bank teams up with Rehoboth May 13 
The Blood Bank of Delmarva is excited to announce a new partnership with the City of Rehoboth Beach for a Monday, May 13 blood drive at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center from noon to 6 p.m. BBD Account Manager Ralph Groves is working with Krys Johnson, the city’s blood drive sponsor, to recruit donors from government, local businesses and the general public to help ensure the drive will achieve its goal to register 80 donors. “The need for blood is always there. We all have the potential ability to give this gift and to help save a life,” Johnson said.

Individuals can book their appointment by calling 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or go to http://bit.ly/rehobothdrive and use code CORB to schedule an appointment in Rehoboth Beach. The Blood Bank of Delmarva must see over 350 donors per day to ensure patients at the 19 hospitals in Delmarva have the blood and blood products they need.

Rehoboth receives planning grant
Rehoboth Beach received a $27,500 water planning grant from the state Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to be used toward sample collection and data evaluation of the city’s stormwater to identify potential sources of high bacteria levels coming from the shoreline outfalls on Rehoboth and Maryland avenues. The plan includes the development of a stormwater bacteria source classification and remediation prioritization. Preliminary engineering plans will be developed to address water quality issues to minimize potential beach closing. The project will take six months to complete.