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News Briefs 12/14/18

December 14, 2018

New councilmen to be sworn in Jan. 8
Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, Dec. 18, Tuesday, Dec. 25, or Tuesday, Jan. 1. The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda will be a swearing-in ceremony for new councilmen Doug Hudson and John Rieley.

Rehoboth posts holiday schedule
Rehoboth Beach City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave., will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of Christmas and New Year’s. There will be no residential trash pickup on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Trash will be picked up city-wide on Monday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 31. Visit cityofrehoboth.com for a trash collection calendar. For more information, contact the communications department at 302-227-6181 Ext. 522 or communications@cityofrehoboth.com.

Rehoboth BoA meeting cancelled
A Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17, has been cancelled. The meeting was regarding variance requests associated with the construction of The Atlantic Crown Hotel and Retreat – a 40-room, French-style boutique hotel – at 17, 19 and 21 Baltimore Ave. Property owner Gene Lankford was requesting variances related to constructing a motel more than four floors or stories above grade and to exceed the floor area ratio allowed for a lot area of 15,000 square feet in a commercial district. As of press deadline for Friday, Dec. 14, a board of adjustment meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, but the agenda had not been published.

Rehoboth audit committee to meet Dec. 18
The Rehoboth Beach Audit Committee has scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for a presentation of the city’s audit ending March 31, 2018. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at www.cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net.

Rehoboth personnel committee filled
It took a couple of tries, but the Rehoboth personnel committee has been filled. During a special meeting Dec. 10, Commissioner Toni Sharp was named committee chair, with Commissioners Richard Byrne, Lisa Schlosser and Pat Coluzzi named as the other members.

This comes three months after a Sept. 21 meeting in which former Commissioner Kathy McGuiness made a motion to fill the committee with herself, Schlosser, yet-to-be-sworn-in Byrne and Larry Myslewski, a member of the public with a background in human relations. Ultimately, and after a lengthy discussion, that motion was withdrawn when Commissioner Stan Mills questioned if a member of the public could serve because he said city code didn’t allow for it. Mills then motioned to fill the committee with Mayor Paul Kuhns’ slate, which included Sharp, McGuiness, Schlosser and Byrne, but that failed by a 4-3 vote.

Henlopen Acres posts holiday schedule
Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters, will be closed Monday Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. For more information call town hall at 302-227-6411.

Fearless Girl sculpture finds permanent home in NYC
Lewes sculptor Kristen Visbal’s Fearless Girl has found a permanent home in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. The move took place Dec. 10, nearly two years after the statue was temporarily installed, staring down artist Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull on Wall Street.

Visbal was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors to create the work for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017. “I am thrilled Fearless Girl will remain in New York, inspiring global collaboration between genders for better decisions, and an improved environment at every strata of society,” said Visbal, in a prepared statement from New York City Hall announcing the move in April.

Rehoboth recognizes School Choice Week
Rehoboth Mayor Paul Kuhns issued a proclamation Dec. 12 announcing Sunday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, Jan. 26, as Rehoboth Beach School Choice Week. Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent, nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child.

According to a press release from the city, National School Choice Week raises public awareness of all types of educational choices available to children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. For more information, go to www.schoolchoiceweek.com, or www.facebook.com/schoolchoiceweek.

Milton offices to close for holidays
The Milton administrative offices will be closed early on Christmas Eve and will be closed entirely on Christmas Day.
Town Hall will close at noon, Monday, Dec. 24. Town offices will reopen Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Lewes to discuss annexation zones Dec. 14
Lewes Mayor and City Council will hold a special meeting at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at city hall. The lone topic on the agenda is amendments to annexation zoning regulations. Officials will also set a public hearing. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes parks and rec to meet Dec. 17
The Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, at city hall. The group will discuss improvements to bump-outs on Second Street and budget requests for the fiscal year 2020 budget. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Cape Gazette posts early deadlines
With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Tuesdays, the Cape Gazette has posted early advertising deadlines. The retail and classified advertising deadline for the Dec. 25 edition is noon, Wednesday, Dec. 19. The advertising deadline for the Friday, Dec. 28 edition will be noon, Friday, Dec. 21. Deadline for the Jan. 1 edition will be noon, Wednesday, Dec. 26, while the deadline for the Friday, Jan. 4 edition will be noon, Friday, Dec. 28. The Cape Gazette offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25, and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

DRBA public meeting slated Dec. 18
A public board meeting of the commissioners of the Delaware River and Bay Authority will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the James Julian Boardroom, located in the Administration Building of the Delaware River and Bay Authority, New Castle. The board meeting generally begins shortly after the completion of committee meetings, which may be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. However, in no event will the public meeting commence any earlier than 10 a.m. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. the same date and location as the board meeting. Check www.drba.net or call 302-571-6301 to confirm the meeting date and obtain the anticipated start time.