News Briefs 07/12/19

July 12, 2019

Special Rehoboth meeting set July 16
Rehoboth commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, in the commissioners room of city hall. The agenda calls for an appeal of City Manager Sharon Lynn’s determination to issue an intent to terminate notice to a regular employee.

The hearing portion of this meeting will be conducted in executive session, closed to the public, unless the appealing employee requests a public hearing. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at

Milton planning meeting cancelled
Milton Planning and Zoning Commission has cancelled its Tuesday, July 16 meeting due to a lack of agenda items. The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Milton seeks new code enforcement officer
Milton officials are accepting applications for a new code enforcement officer.
The job has become available because current enforcement official Mike Trotta is retiring. The position requires performing building and rental inspections, interpreting and enforcing town code, and reviewing building permits and business licenses. 
To see the complete job description, visit the town website at  

Recognitions on Sussex council agenda July 16
Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda is a legislative update, introduction of a new airport manager to replace the retiring Jim Hickin and recognition of retiring EMS Deputy Director Jeff Cox, retiring board of adjustment members John Mills and Dale Callaway, and former board of adjustment member and building code appeal board member Bruce Mears, who now serves on the planning and zoning commission. See a complete agenda at

Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, to host coffee July 20
Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, invites members of the 19th District to join him for coffee and conversation in Georgetown. This month’s coffee will be at the Kimmeytown Community Saturday, July 20, at 9 a.m. The event will be located behind the Crisis House, 110 North Railroad Ave. in Georgetown. Pettyjohn looks forward to meeting with constituents to discuss any questions or concerns.

Eastern Sussex Democrats to meet July 20
Eastern Sussex Democrats invite everyone to meet with key legislators of the Delaware General Assembly Saturday, July 20, at Wheelhouse, 15 Angler’s Road, Lewes. Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, Majority Whip Sen. Bryan Townsend and Attorney General Kathy Jennings have all agreed to give an update on legislation that has passed, what hasn’t and why since their last ESD visit.  They will be participating in a panel discussion.  The cost is $25 per member ($30 for nonmembers) for the brunch meeting, with registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Attendees may also join or renew their membership at this meeting. The annual dues for the remainder of the year are $15.  All membership fees go directly to Sussex County Democratic candidates and their campaigns. To attend the July meeting, RSVP to Club President Kathy Hughes at no later than Friday, July 19.   Tickets will be held at the door.

Henlopen Acres calls for 2019 candidates
The filing deadline for candidates in Henlopen Acres’ 2019 municipal election is 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 12. Voters will be electing two candidates to the board of commissioners for three-year terms.
The town charter requires a majority of commissioners be residents. A minimum of one resident commissioner will be elected this year. Prospective candidates will be requested to file their intent to run as a resident or nonresident commissioner.

The town’s annual election will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 31, at town hall, 104 Tidewaters.
Anyone interested in obtaining an absentee ballot packet should contact town hall, 302-227-6411. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot to be sent by mail is 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27. Absentee ballots must be received at town hall by noon, Saturday, Aug. 31.

Candidate forum set July 26 in Rehoboth
The Rehoboth Beach Homeowners’ Association and CAMP Rehoboth will co-host their annual candidate forum at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 26, at CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave.

There are six candidates for two seats – Mark Betchkal, Edward Chrzanowski, Charles Garlow, Susan Gay, Gary Glass and Suzanne Goode. The two sitting commissioners – Stan Mills and Toni Sharp – are not running for re-election. The election is set for Saturday, Aug. 10. To be eligible to vote, a person must have registered by Thursday, July 11. For more election information, contact Donna Moore at 302-227-6181, Ext. 108, or go to

Rehoboth comprehensive development plan workshops scheduled
The state-mandated comprehensive development plan for Rehoboth Beach is due in 2020. As such, the planning commission has scheduled two public workshops for Saturday, July 20, and Saturday, Aug. 3. Both meetings begin at 9 a.m. and take place in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave.

The July 20 workshop will focus on sea level rise, environmental issues and the impact on the city. Tony Pratt, a consultant specializing in marine erosion and sediment deposition issues, sea level rise impacts, coastal community resilience, and coastal government affairs, will help facilitate the discussion. Pratt was previously Shoreline and Waterway Management Section administrator for Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The Aug. 3 workshop will focus on mixed-use housing in commercial districts. The workshop will explore expanded use of residential and mixed-use structures within the commercial area. As part of the workshops, the public is encouraged to contribute their ideas. For the meeting agendas, go to For more information, contact the communications department at 302-227-6181 Ext. 522 or

Learn about Jewish Family Services July 15
The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities will host a presentation by Jewish Family Services on the group’s services and growing presence in Sussex County. The meeting will be at 10 a.m,. Monday, July 15, at the county administrative offices west complex, 22215 N. DuPont Blvd., Georgetown.

Joanne M. Saltzberg, managing director for Jewish Family Services-Sussex County, will discuss how the program’s team of providers – social worker, nurse, and psychiatrist – develop a plan of personalized aging support services. She will also discuss how Jewish Family Services programs have been received since locating in southern Delaware four years ago, as well as the program’s strategy for delivering services in a community facing challenges. For more information, visit the committee’s page

Indian River postpones school board meeting
The date of the Indian River school board’s regular monthly meeting in July has been changed. The meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, July 22, will now be held at 7 p.m., Monday, July 29 at Indian River High School.

20th RD Democratic Committee to meet July 18
The guest speaker at the Thursday, July 18 meeting of the RD 20 Democratic Committee will be Joe Conaway, chairman of the Sussex County Economic Development Advisory Committee. He will discuss economic issues facing Sussex County, including strategies to build affordable housing and create job-ready skills for high school graduates. Conaway is a Delaware native, returning to Sussex County in 1967. He served as a longtime high school principal as well as Sussex County administrator for 13 years. Additionally, he was Delaware’s chief deputy insurance commissioner in 1987. Currently, he runs his own land-use consulting firm.  

The July 18 meeting will be at Fish On Restaurant, 17300 Village Main Blvd., Lewes, with committee members and guests gathering at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and dinner (optional) followed at 6 p.m. by Conaway’s presentation. The RD 20 Democratic Committee welcomes the public. Following the panel discussion, RD 20 Democratic Committee will conduct its monthly business meeting.  Registered Democrats are welcome to attend. RD 20 is the local Democratic Party organization for residents in the Lewes, Milton, Belltown, Coolspring, Jimtown, Pinetown and Harbeson areas of Sussex County. RD 20 is an advocate for the common good, valuing community involvement and supporting Democratic values. For more information email; visit for an update on guest speakers presenting at monthly meetings and other events; and visit Facebook at Delaware’s 20th RD Democratic Committee & Friends Group.

36th District Dems to meet July 15
Registered Democrats living in the 36th Representative District are encouraged to attend the Monday, July 15 meeting of the district to be held at the Arena’s Restaurant in Milford at 6:30 p.m. for social time. The meeting starts promptly at 7 p.m. The program will include guest speaker State Auditor Kathy McGuiness, updates on the garden party social and membership activities.  All registered Democrats in the Sussex County 36th District are encouraged to attend and current members are encouraged to bring friends.  They encourage participants to partake of the optional dutch treat dinner and to support Arena’s, which provides the meeting space.  



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