News Briefs

December 29, 2017
Public hearings for senior-living facility

Lewes Mayor and City Council will hold a series of public hearings at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, related to a proposal from Ocean Atlantic Companies and Vantage Point Retirement Living LLC to rezone two parcels between Kings Highway and Savannah Road. The proposal is to rezone 7.11 acres fronting Savannah Road from R-4, low-density residential, to limited commercial with the intent of building two medical office buildings. The proposal also seeks to rezone a 9.34-acre adjacent property fronting Kings Highway from R-4 to community facilities health care with the intent to build a senior-living facility. Another related public hearings is slated Jan. 4 regarding an amendment to the comprehensive plan to reflect the possible rezoning. A fourth public hearing is set for Jan. 4 regarding a proposal from the city to amend city code related to the review of site development plans. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Marine Fisheries Commission hearing set

DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife will host an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission public hearing on the latest draft addendum to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Sea Bass at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the DNREC Lewes Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes. The draft addendum proposes alternative regional management approaches for the recreational fishery. The addendum also includes an option for coastwide management of black sea bass recreational fisheries should a regional approach not be approved for management. The draft addendum is available at Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, and should be forwarded to Caitlin Starks, fishery management plan coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; faxed to 703-842-0741 or emailed to (Subject line: Draft Addendum XXX). For more information about the hearing, contact DNREC's Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

Clean Water Loan Fund workshop set Jan. 3

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Environmental Finance and the Delaware Division of Public Health's Office of Drinking Water will host a State Revolving Loan Fund workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 South Bay Road, Dover. The workshop will focus on developing the FY2018 Project Priority Lists for the clean water and drinking water state revolving funds. The workshop will provide municipal government representatives, privately owned businesses, wastewater and drinking water utilities, consultant engineers, and other interested parties with detailed overviews of the CWSRF and DWSRF programs. Notices-of-intent for wastewater, drinking water, stormwater, and related infrastructure projects will be accepted beginning Jan. 3 and are due by Jan. 31, to prepare the FY2018 CWSRF and CWSRF project priority lists. Projects must be included on these lists to be considered for funding. Applicants and/or their consulting engineering firms who plan to apply for CWSRF and DWSRF assistance are required to attend the workshop. Applicants who are ready to proceed may contact Greg Pope of DNREC Environmental Finance at 302-739-9941, or email To RSVP for the workshop, contact Laura Rafferty at 302-739-9941, or email

Milton calls for council candidates

Milton has issued a call for candidates for town council, who must notify Town Manager Kristy Rogers on or before 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2, if they wish to run for a three-year term. Two seats are up for grabs in the Saturday, March 3, municipal election. They currently belong to Vice Mayor George Kevin Kelly and Councilman Charles Fleetwood, who both have already filed their intention to run for re-election. Challengers must present written notice by the Jan. 2 deadline and must then file an electronic certification or create a statement of organization within seven days. The deadline for voter registration is 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1. Voters must be residents of Milton for at least 30 days prior to the municipal elections and may register at town hall from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27. For more information, contact 302-684-4110.