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News Briefs 11/19/19

November 19, 2019
Telecommunications tower proposed

Verizon Wireless is proposing to build a 49-foot, 4-inch wood pole telecommunications tower in the vicinity of 39355 Inlet Road, which is off of Route 1 south of Dewey Beach, near the Indian River Inlet bridge. The pole would be installed close to the location for Center for the Inland Bays and U.S. Coast Guard.

Public comments regarding the effects of the proposed tower on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days of Friday, Nov. 15. Comments can be mailed to SLG c/o EBI Consulting, 6876 Susquehanna Trail South, York, PA 17403; emailed to sgraulty@ebiconsulting.com; or phoned in at 802-578-7030. All comments should reference project 6119004577.

Rehoboth Bandstand committee to meet

The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Convention Hall and Special Events Committee has scheduled a meeting for 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, in the commissioners room of city hall. The agenda calls for an update on convention center initiatives and hourly rates. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full agenda can be found at town hall or online at cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Rehoboth committee vacancies filled

During a meeting Nov. 15, Rehoboth commissioners filled the remaining committee vacancies for the parking advisory committee, streets and transportation committee, and the newly created environmental committee. For the parking advisory committee, John Dewey was appointed. For the streets and transportation committee, Mark Nodell and Bruce Kauffman were appointed. For the environmental committee, Sam Cunningham, Mary Peck, Susan Morrison, Heather Metz, Stuart Martens, Kevin Carr, Nettie Green, Janey Taylor-Smith and Kathryn Berwyn were appointed.

Commissioner Susan Gay voted against the appointments of the environmental committee because she said she believes when there are qualified citizens of Rehoboth who want to serve, they should be given the opportunity to do so. That was the case here, she said.

Major subdivision on Sussex P&Z agenda

Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda is a public hearing on an application filed by Azalea Woods – Shingle Point Properties LLC and Natelli Communities for a cluster subdivision of 610 single-family lots on a 316-acre parcel between Shingle Point Road and Gravel Hill Road north of Route 9 near Georgetown. See a complete agenda at sussexcountyde.gov. Meetings are broadcast live on the county website.

Dewey Beach donates to Rehoboth VFC

Dewey Beach commissioners voted unanimously Nov. 9 to authorize a $5,000 donation to the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company in appreciation of their dedicated and continued service to the community. This marks the 10th year the Town of Dewey Beach has donated to the fire company.

Sussex County awards human-service grants

Sussex County Council has approved a new round of human-service grants totaling more than $224,000. At council’s Nov. 5 meeting, county finance director Gina Jennings said 92 qualified nonprofit organizations requested more than $633,000 in county funding in fiscal year 2020.

Of the total, 27 percent of the funds were awarded to youth-related organizations, 20 percent to elderly support groups, 19 percent to low-income programs, and 12 percent to programs providing services to the disabled and those with special needs. Jennings said the organizations are projected to raise approximately $8.7 million in support from other sources during the upcoming year. Based on a formula, all county CHEER activity centers and senior centers received $5,500 and all Boys & Girls Clubs received $2,000. Grants to other local organizations included: $2,500 to Harry K Foundation for its Halt Hunger Program; $1,350 to Community Resource Center in Rehoboth Beach for its cold-weather shelter project; $1,500 to Lewes Historical Society for education programs; $2,150 to Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding in Milton for scholarships; $2,050 to Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach for its cancer survivor program; $3,300 to Milton Community Food Pantry; $1,350 to Best Buddies International for programming; $1,500 to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for scholarships; $2,350 to ITN Southern Delaware for senior transportation; $2,100 to Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra for its concert series; and $900 to West Side New Beginnings in Rehoboth Beach for youth programming. See a complete list at sussexcountyde.gov/sites/default/files/packets/SCC.Public.Packet.110519.pdf.