News Briefs 4/29/22

April 29, 2022
Sussex to open seasonal EMS unit

At its April 26 meeting, Sussex County Council unanimously approved a lease agreement with the Town of Dewey Beach for a one-person daytime paramedic unit in a town-owned building. Calls for emergency medical service in the Dewey-Lewes-Rehoboth area in July 2021 averaged 21 per day, compared to the overall county average of 10 responses per day.

The county will pay $500 to cover utility costs.

Rehoboth approves, denies tree removals

The Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission approved the removal of two trees and denied the removal of another tree during a meeting April 25.

In the first case, for 36 Delaware Ave., the commission approved the removal of two trees – a 58-inch-diameter mulberry and an 18-inch-diameter oak. The removal of the trees left the property short of the city’s minimum-density tree requirements by roughly 11 trees. As a result, the commission called for the planting of one tree in the front yard and a fee in lieu of mitigation for the remaining 10 trees, at a cost of $800 per tree.

In the second case, for 305 Sandalwood, the commission denied the removal of a 24-inch-diameter river birch tree. The owner of the property said the request came as a safety measure, because the tree dropped a lot of leaves and branches into the pool in his backyard. Ultimately, the commission denied the application because it was a tree being a tree and suggested the property owner undertake a rigorous pruning plan.

Rehoboth stormwater task force to meet

The Rehoboth Beach Stormwater Utility Task Force will meet for the second time at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 3. The agenda calls for an overview of the city’s current stormwater budget, an evaluation of fees apportionment and a discussion of future agenda items.

The meeting will be conducted in person in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth 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 planning meeting set May 4

The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 4. The agenda calls for a possible vote to send the comprehensive development plan to city commissioners.

This will be a virtual meeting. A full agenda, meeting materials and a livestream are accessible at For more information, contact the city at 302-227-6181 or

Sussex budget workshop is May 3

Sussex County Council will hold a budget workshop at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the county’s west complex building at 22215 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown. The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

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