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News Briefs 1/18/22

January 18, 2022
Rehoboth budget meeting set Jan. 21

Rehoboth Beach commissioners will hold a budget meeting at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 21. This will be the group’s second time discussing City Manager Sharon Lynn’s proposed $29.4 million budget for Fiscal Year 2023, which begins April 1.

The meeting will be conducted virtually. People wishing to speak must preregister by emailing City Secretary Ann Womack, awomack@cityofrehoboth.com, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. A full agenda and meeting materials are accessible at cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net. For more information, call 302-227-6181.

Rehoboth to meet virtually Jan. 21

Rehoboth Beach commissioners will meet virtually at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21. The agenda includes discussions on possible parking changes for the 2022 season, the status of the county’s proposal to hook into the city’s ocean outfall pipeline and consideration of membership for the city’s new Stormwater Utility Task Force.

People wishing to speak must preregister by emailing City Secretary Ann Womack, awomack@cityofrehoboth.com, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. A full agenda and meeting materials are accessible at cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net. For more information, call 302-227-6181.

PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach to meet Jan. 18

PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach will hold a virtual monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18.  For more information, go to pflagrehobothbeach.org. To request a Zoom link for registration, email PFLAGRehobothBeach@gmail.com.

All registration information is kept in strict confidence.

There is time in each meeting to support and help anyone who needs access to resources and to allies who share common experiences at every meeting. PFLAG members try to educate each other along with the residents of and visitors to Sussex County, and advocate for equal treatment of all people.

PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach is the extended family of the LGBTQ community, consisting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, family members and allies.

Judge Witham to speak to officers

Judge William L. Witham Jr. will speak to the Dover Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America at its dinner meeting starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, at Roma Italian Ristorante, 3 Presidents Drive, Dover. Witham joined the court as an associate judge in February 1999, was appointed resident judge in January 2005 and retired from the court May 14, 2021. He brought the idea of Veterans Court to Delaware, where it has been extremely successful. Though retired, Witham will continue to assist on Veterans Court matters.

In lieu of normal business, Commissioner Ron Sarg will brief the group on legislative actions the Delaware Veterans Commission wishes to see enacted.

Active duty, prior service, retired, National Guard, Reserve, USPHS, NOAA, Coast Guard and other commissioned and/or warrant officers of the U.S. Uniformed Services, their spouses and guests are welcome. To RSVP to attend, call LCDR Tom Smith, USN (Ret.), at 301-904-0228. To learn more about the organization, go to dovermoaa.org.

Dewey board, staff to hold workshop Jan. 21

Dewey Beach commissioners and town staff will hold a workshop at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave., to review and discuss the progress of plans and feedback regarding a possible new town hall and police department.

Dewey to meet, hold public hearing Jan. 21

Dewey Beach commissioners will hold a monthly meeting and public hearing at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. A public hearing and possible vote will be held on a resolution to use up to $478,000 in infrastructure funds to address pipe issues on Bayard and McKinley avenues. Another public hearing and possible vote will be held on an ordinance to raise the square foot threshold for providing off-street parking from 2,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet of patron space for restaurants in the RB-2 district.

Commissioners may also vote to amend town staff salaries, to approve new members to the climate change and marketing committees, and to amend code to allow for an increase in the accommodations tax.  The full agenda and meeting documents are available at townofdeweybeach.com.

Dewey charter, code committee to meet

The Dewey Beach Charter and Code Review Committee will meet virtually at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24. Members will possibly vote on a focus for committee work, including completing efforts begun in February 2020 on Chapter 185 and on town staff recommendations for code revisions. A link to the meeting is available at townofdeweybeach.com.

Dewey board grants requests

The Dewey Beach Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to grant two residential requests Jan. 11. Owners at 4 Chicago St. requested a variance to exceed the maximum building height of 32 feet so they could install an elevator enclosure allowing a wheelchair to access the third-floor deck. The construction of a roofed front entrance within the current front-yard setback at a property at 111 Saulsbury St. was also approved.

Lewes sets beach parking workshop

The City of Lewes will hold a beach parking public workshop beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, when interactive exercises will go live on the city’s website under the “Government” tab at ci.lewes.de.us.

Lewes planning sets meeting Jan. 19

The Lewes Planning Commission will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19. The group will receive a status report regarding a request for proposals for the five-year comp plan review. Planners will also discuss a parcel consolidation plan for 307 and 309 W. Fourth St., which are in the R-4 historic zone. A link to the meeting can be found on the agenda at lewes.civicweb.net.

Lewes African American Heritage Commission to meet

The Lewes African American Heritage Commission will meet virtually at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. The group will receive updates on a historic marker, Johnnie Walker/Savannah beaches (formerly Beach 2 and Beach 1), and Juneteenth. A link to the meeting can be found on the agenda at lewes.civicweb.net.

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