Fenwick continues changes to ordinances

The Fenwick Island Town Council held and approved three second-readings of ordinances at their April council meeting last week.

In Chapter 120, property maintenance, they removed some language and also raised fees for mandated grass-cutting and removal of weeds and/or trash from $250 to $500 when violations are not remedied.

In Chapter 116, Peace and Good Order, the council voted to eliminate some wording referring to an “alderman” (a position that does not exist in Fenwick) and made some changes to the hours when tailgating and occupancy of vehicles is restricted. (Neither is allowed between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.) Also, “court costs” were added to the language about the fine.

In Chapter 112, Parking, they merely made some typographical corrections.

The council also approved amendments to the town’s personnel policy manual and authorized the spending of up to $2,000 to have Kercher Engineering study street repair costs in the town. Councilman William Weistling Jr. said he should be able to report any findings from that study by next month’s council meeting.

Town Manager Win Abbott reported at the April 23 meeting that the town had received $40,000 from the State of Delaware for providing lifeguard services at Fenwick Island State Park and another $10,000 from Sussex County for the same service.

Abbott also reported that the town had received a $20,000 grant from the Delaware Energy Office for an audit of energy consumption at town hall. Delaware, he further noted, had received money from FEMA for disaster recovery from the February blizzards, and the town would receive the cost of equipment and overtime “more or less paid” for a specific 48-hour period of snowstorm activity.

Police Chief William Boyden reported that the police had been awarded a $7,500 Criminal Justice Office grant for equipment and that Sussex County had re-instated their public safety grants to $25,000 after having cut them back to $15,000 in last year’s budget, so the department will get an additional $10,000.

Resident and former mayor Peter Frederick questioned the language in the amended personnel policy, saying it sounded as if employees wouldn’t know their health insurance premiums from one year to the next. Mayor Audrey Serio answered that that, while that was “not the intent,” they did not want to put a specific number or percentage in the policy, for budgetary reasons.

“I am not sure that anyone who is employed knows for sure what will happen from year to year,” she said to Frederick before saying the council would talk about it.

Resident Mary Pat Kyle questioned how trash pickup had been handled and demonstrated the types of trash that had been left at her curb after pickup of other trash there – for example a cantaloupe and some dead daffodils, along with a tin can. Serio said the can was not permissible but that she didn’t know why the others wouldn’t be picked up. Kyle asked if the town would consult with Moor Disposal to get clarification of the issue.

Resident Martha Keller advised those present at the meeting that the public hearing time was open regarding the Subaqueous Lands Permit and Marina Permit application filed by Lighthouse View Condo Association to construct a 24-slip marina consisting of 12 4-by-20-foot finger piers and 26 freestanding pilings in Lighthouse Cove on Little Assawoman Bay at Beacon Drive. She encouraged residents – whether they had a “pro” or “con” view – to take advantage of the open time for public comments.

For more information on the application, visit the Web site at www.delaware.gov/eGov/Calendar.nsf/Meetings/4E66ADF818944F7485257703004F....