News Briefs 11/25/22

November 24, 2022
Sussex council off on Nov. 29

Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, Nov. 29. The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

Henlopen Acres Town Hall posts closings

In observance of Thanksgiving, Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters, is closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25. For more information, call 302-227-6411 or email

Rehoboth shade tree commission to meet

The Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission will meet at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for an appeal hearing on the denial of a tree-removal permit for 127 Rodney St.; it also includes a hearing to remove a tree at 36 Pennsylvania Ave. for a driveway, and a hearing on removing two trees between the sidewalk and street at 22 Pennsylvania Ave.

A full agenda, meeting materials and a livestream are accessible at Only in-person attendees may make comments. For more information, contact the city at 302-227-6181 or

Rehoboth BoA to meet Nov. 28

The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will meet at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. There are two variance hearings on the agenda.

The first is seeking to exceed the maximum allowable lot coverage by allowing the reconstruction of two existing decks and construction of two new decks at Virginia Square Townhouse Association on Virginia Avenue.

The second hearing is related to allowing an increase in structural height from 6-feet-6-inches to 7-feet-10-inches of basement height at 229 Hickman St.  A full agenda, meeting materials and a livestream are accessible at

Only in-person attendees may make comments. For more information, contact the city at 302-227-6181 or

Lewes OKs public art summer installation

Lewes Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a request from the Public Art Committee Nov. 14 to negotiate with artist DeWitt Godfrey for the installation of a temporary sculpture in 2023.

PAC Chair Clifford Diver said the piece, which looks like a gazebo, will last four months next summer.

City Manager Ann Marie Townshend said there is grant funding available that could save PAC from spending its entire budget on the piece.

Great Marsh Park Master Plan approved

Lewes Mayor and City Council unanimously approved the Great Marsh Park Master Plan Nov. 14.

A master plan is required from the City of Lewes to the State of Delaware before the state agrees to extend the 20-year lease in 2025.

Eric Wahl of Pennoni Associates said the plan is high concept at this point.

Citing concerns from Harborview Road residents, Wahl said any implementations would require engineering studies before building begins.  

More information about the Great Marsh Park Master Plan is available at

Sussex offices closing at noon, Dec. 2

Sussex County government offices will close to the public during the afternoon hours of Friday, Dec. 2, to allow employees to attend the annual Mildred King Luncheon.

County offices will be open for regular business from 8:30 a.m. until noon, Dec. 2, then be closed the rest of the day. Members of the public with business to conduct at county facilities should plan accordingly.

County offices will return to normal business hours Monday, Dec. 5.

The Mildred King Luncheon is held each December to recognize county employees for their service to county government and the people of Sussex County. The annual luncheon is named in honor of former county employee Mildred King, who served Sussex County for nearly 30 years.

Sussex council awards nonprofit grants

At its Nov. 15 meeting, Sussex County Council awarded the following councilmanic grants: $1,000 to Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy for a maintenance trailer; $1,000 to Seaford Swimming Pool Association for upgrades and improvements; $750 to Seaford Elementary School for its Cooking with a Star program; $1,500 to Grace-N-Mercy Ministries for its annual community Thanksgiving dinner; and $1,000 to Milton Historical Society for its Women of Milton museum exhibit.

City of Lewes, FOP come to agreement

Lewes Mayor and City Council voted unanimously Nov. 14 to approve the collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police for Lewes Police Department officers.

Mayor Andrew Williams applauded the extensive negotiation work and concession-making between the two parties.

Mayor and council acknowledged the Lewes PD efforts and noted that while salaries were raised, it is important to retain and reward employees who have proven themselves capable.

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