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News Briefs 12/06/19

December 6, 2019

Angola wellhead meeting set Dec. 6
Representatives from Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Groundwater Protection Branch Source Water Supply Section have scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in Angola Beach and Estates Clubhouse, 22971 Suburban Blvd., Lewes. The discussion will be centered on the outdated Angola wellhead protection area delineation and Angola Water Assessment. There will also be a discussion on source water protection.

Rehoboth environment committee to meet Dec. 6
The newly-created Rehoboth Environment Committee will have its first meeting at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for discussions on possible future topics, grant money possibilities, educational opportunities and hands-on projects. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Sussex offices closing at noon on Dec. 6
Sussex County offices will close at noon, Friday, Dec. 6, to allow employees to attend the annual Mildred King Luncheon. Offices will return to normal business hours at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 9. The luncheon is held each December to recognize county employees for their service to county government and the residents of Sussex County. The annual luncheon is named in honor of former employee Mildred King, who served Sussex County for nearly 30 years.

Public hearing for Robinson Drive set Dec. 9
The Delaware Department of Transportation will hold a public workshop from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave., to solicit input on a proposed sidewalk with ADA curb ramps along Robinson Drive near Rehoboth and Dewey Beach.

The purpose of this project is to create a safer access route for pedestrians in the area. Comments will be received during the workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, ATTN Matt Schlitter, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903.

Sussex P&Z has a busy Dec. 12 agenda
Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda is possible action on subdivision applications filed by Shingle Point Properties LLC and Natelli Communities for Azalea Woods, 610-single-family lots on 316 acres between Shingle Point Road and Gravel Hill Road east of Georgetown and Estates at Milton Crossing, 87-single-family lots on 102 acres on the northeast side of Reynolds Road near Milton.

Also up for a possible vote is a rezoning application from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to C-2 medium commercial filed by Preston Dyer for a 2-acre parcel along Route 9 west of Lewes.

Among six scheduled public hearings is a conditional-use application filed by OA-Rehoboth LLC for 224 multifamily units on a 19-acre commercial-residential parcel on the south side of Route 24 near the Warrington Road intersection near Rehoboth Beach. See a complete agenda at www.sussexcountyde.gov. Meetings are broadcast live on the county website.

Rehoboth to hold workshop Dec. 9
Rehoboth Beach commissioners have scheduled a workshop for 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 9, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave.

The agenda calls for a presentation by GHD about a stormwater sampling study and a presentation by the parking committee for 2020 parking recommendations. The agenda also calls for a discussion with Jolly Trolley about creating a shuttle loop, a discussion on administrative variances, a discussion on an ordinance about the interpretation of gross floor area and a discussion on nomination requirements for the board of adjustment and the planning commission.
For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or at www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Rehoboth law oversight committee meeting set Dec. 10
The Rehoboth Beach Law Oversight Committee has scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for continued discussion on revisions to the city’s tree ordinance. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Sussex food drive continues; caroling in The Circle set Dec. 9
Sussex County’s annual food drive is underway. Donations can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, at the county administration office, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. The highlight of the drive each year is Caroling on The Circle, where nonperishable food donations will be accepted. The 36th annual event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, in downtown Georgetown. The food drive will extend throughout November and December.

In 2018, the food drive collected almost 31,500 items for nearly a dozen county organizations. County officials are encouraging the public to help Pack the Pod, a 14-by-7-foot portable storage shed set up on The Circle. Since its inception in the 1980s, Caroling on The Circle has raised more than 700,000 items for local food pantries.

Sussex County Council meeting Dec. 10
Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda is discussion of a memorandum of understanding with the state of Delaware to provide technical assistance to first responder and community groups.

In addition, Sussex County Director of Planning and Zoning Janelle Cornwell will announce that agency and staff responses to council inquiries have been received on two applications: a conditional use filed by Mountaire Farms of Delaware to expand its spray-irrigation acreage near its Millsboro facility and a conditional-use application filed by KH-Sussex LLC for a 7-Eleven convenience store at the intersection of Route 24 and Angola Road.

Once she has made the announcements at the Dec. 10 meeting, the record will be open until Monday, Dec. 16 for public, written comments on the responses from state agencies and staff, which will be placed in the record for the public to read. The planning and zoning office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Lewes Mayor and City Council meets Dec. 9
Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the Rollins Community Center. The group will consider a name change for West Fourth Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard or an honorific renaming. Council will also consider an ordinance on the prohibition on use of fill within the 100-year flood plain.

There will be consideration and possible action on the planning commission’s recommendation for denial of the Fishers Cove major subdivision. Officials will discuss a pre-annexation agreement for the Groome Church property on New Road. To view the full agenda, go to www.lewes.civicweb.net

Lewes Board of Adjustment to meet Dec. 9
The Lewes Board of Adjustment will meet at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at city hall. The group will consider a request from Beebe Healthcare for new signs on their Savannah Road campus. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is also seeking a variance for an addition off the back of the church near the intersection of Market Street and Third Street. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes police committee meets Dec. 9
The Lewes Police Department Review Ad-Hoc Committee will meet at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at city hall. The group will continue discussion on how administration and management are divided among certified police and civilian employees. There will also be discussions on police department recommendations on ordinances for multi-use trails, using photo enforcement for traffic speed control, and the department’s programmatic priorities and operational efficiencies. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes council to discuss relationship with BPW Dec. 10
Lewes Mayor and City Council will hold a meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at city hall. The purpose of the meeting is for city officials to discuss charter changes regarding the relationship between the city and the BPW. The two entities are currently embroiled in a lawsuit which seeks to clarify if the city has ultimate authority over the BPW. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes BPW special meeting Dec. 11
The Lewes Board of Public Works will meet at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the BPW’s second-floor meeting room to discuss possible city-initiated charter changes regarding the relationship between the city and the BPW.

The group will also discuss an easement for partnering and constructing a parking lot at Lewes Presbyterian Church across from the BPW. For more information, call the BPW at 302-645-6228.

New one-way street in Henlopen Acres
There’s a new one-way street in Henlopen Acres. When entering town on Zwaanendael Road from Surf Avenue, stay to the right. Drivers can no longer turn left onto Broad Hollow. According to the town’s November newsletter, the change was made due to safety concerns with the narrowness and blind-spot in the curve of the road. For more information call town hall at 302-227-6411 or email townhall@henlopenacres.com

Lewes to discuss capital projects Dec. 10
Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at city hall to discuss capital projects. Among items to be discussed are Canalfront Park maintenance, upgrades to city parking lots, grant funding for enhancements to trail system, wayfinding signage, Little League parking, tennis courts, and solar energy opportunities. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes historic preservation to meet Dec. 10
The Lewes Historic Preservation Architectural Review Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at city hall. The group will consider the demolition of an accessory structure at 316 Market Street and the construction of a new accessory structure.

Officials will also consider a request for demolition of an existing first and second floor addition at 116 Dewey Ave. in order for the home to become code compliant. The unapproved addition was at the center of a lawsuit against the city, and the court ultimately ruled in the city’s favor. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Greene Turtle holding Tips for Tots Dec. 11
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, The Greene Turtle will once again hold its annual Tips for Tots fundraiser in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots gift drive. Employees of each of The Greene Turtle in Salisbury, Md., Wilmington, Rehoboth Beach, Christiana, Dover, Lewes, Middletown and Newark will pool tips earned throughout that day and purchase toys to donate to their local Toys for Tots drives. The Greene Turtle’s corporate office will also add $500 to each team that raises at least $1,000 on its own.

This is the 14th consecutive year that team members at The Greene Turtle have generously offered up their tips to help those who are less fortunate at holiday time. While the initial effort involved a single location - Tips for Tots is the brainchild of Salisbury, Md., employee Corlie Brice - today more than 40 Greene Turtle locations participate in the effort, which has raised more than $500,000 throughout the years to bring joy to children.

SDARJ to honor founder Dec. 10
The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice will host a Celebration of Charlotte King from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Friendship Baptist Church, 500 West 4th St. in Lewes. King is a founder and current chair of SDARJ; she recently received the American Civil Liberties Union’s 2019 Kandler Award. This honor recognizes outstanding citizens who have made an indelible mark on the community as advocates and defenders of civil liberties.

SDARJ was founded in 2015 with a vision to end racism and its corrosive consequences. The nonpartisan organization is dedicated to educating, informing and advocating for racial justice, equality, and fair opportunity. For further information, go to www.SDARJ.org.