Fenwick launches redesigned Web site

Fenwick Island has officially launched its new Web site. At last month’s town council meeting, Town Manager Win Abbott explained that Town Clerk Agnes DiPietrantonio had entered the town into a competition, and they had won first prize, which was a total overhaul of the town’s Web site at no charge to the town.

The new site has clearly-marked dropdown menus that are designed to be easy to navigate and has plenty of information for people looking to get a business license, register to vote, get agendas and minutes of meetings and everything in between. Abbott thanked DiPietrantonio at the February council meeting and thanked Police Chief William Boyden for his input on the project, as well.

“It’s so much easier to navigate,” said Mayor Audrey Serio. “It makes so much more sense.” The address for the site remains www.fenwickisland.delaware.gov.

In other news from the most recent town council meeting, the council passed first readings for ordinances on disorderly conduct and noise and passed second readings for ordinances on hazardous materials and lighting.

The disorderly conduct ordinance will replace the existing ordinance and was changed using other area towns as models. It contains four different articles: Exposure, Conduct, Dwelling Units and Juvenile Curfew. Boyden explained that it was changed for several reasons, one being that the former one was “vague, making it hard to convict.”

Boyden said they took the best from ordinances in other area towns to write their new ordinance, and it gives the town more definition. “It gives officers more tools to deal with it. It’s not to be enforced with strong hand, but if we ever need it, we can use it,” he explained.

The new noise ordinance also deletes the existing one and replaces it with one that has more clearly defined fines. The hazardous materials ordinance adds “and storage” to the wording regarding transportation of said materials and the lighting ordinance condensed a seven-page ordinance to a more concise three-page one and also combined residential and commercial zones to avoid redundancy.

Under old business, Councilman Bill Weistling Jr. brought up that he had read about a new type of wind turbine that might be something homeowners might want to look into. The council recently passed an ordinance restricting heights of certain pole-grounded windmills, but Weistling explained that these were something different.

For more information, visit the town’s Web site. He also mentioned another resource, the Web site at www.dsireusa.org, where consumers can check to see state rebates on renewable energy.