South Bethany cleaning up town code


On Friday, Oct. 10, the Town of South Bethany held their regular monthly town council meeting. In addition to regular council business, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance Service was present with one of their new ambulances that will serve the town and the rest of the BBVFC fire district. The Millville Volunteer Fire Company is set to hand over operation of ambulance services in the district to the BBVFC on Jan. 1, 2009.

Council members on Oct. 10 held a first reading on a series of amendments to town code, including amendments to:

(1) Ordinance 143-08, Chapter 104, “Grass and Weeds,” to clarify the town’s height allowance for grass and weeds.

(2) Ordinance 144-08, Chapter 84, to remove the town’s mercantile license fee from the code and have the fee set by resolution of the Town Council instead; to remove the town’s rental license fee from the code and to have that fee set by resolution of the Town Council instead; to add a required permit for propane gas connection, with the fee set by resolution of the council; and to add a required permit for geothermal well installation, also with the fee set by resolution of the council.

(3) Ordinance 145-08, Chapter 141, to remove the water connection permit fee from the code and to have the fee set by resolution of the council.

(4) Ordinance 146-08, Chapter 145, defining “renovation/remodeling/alteration” for purposes of the code and to add permit requirements for interior renovation/remodeling/alteration.

(5) Ordinance 147-08, Chapter 42, to prohibit the use of portable fuel-powered electric generators and fuel-powered air compressors, except for pile drivers, for construction purposes, with exceptions able to be approved by the town for a limited time.

In conjunction with the removal of those fees from the town code, the council also on Oct. 10 voted to adopt Resolution 2-08, to revise the town’s schedule of fees and add the fees previously provided in the town code to the existing list of fees.

The council also adopted Resolution 3-08, permitting the use of portable fuel-powered generators or air compressors for pile driving, which it designates in the resolution as a short-term use, noting that prohibiting the use of the generators and compressors for pile driving had not been part of the intent of the original ordinance.

Also voted upon last Friday was the appointment of Bob Johansen to the Planning Commission; which received unanimous council approval.

The South Bethany Police Department also announced that, on Oct. 24, the town police will hold a crime-prevention seminar. The seminar will be held at South Bethany Town Hall at 7 p.m.

Finally, the town reported that winter flowers have been purchased for the area around the South Bethany Beach sign on Route 1.