Fenwick group moving forward

The Fenwick Island Environmental Committee met on Wednesday, April 9, to discuss curbside recycling in detail and had a speaker from DSWA guide them through the process.

The committee had a chance to ask about accepted recyclables and what happens to them once they are picked up and learned about some of DSWA’s special events, such as the yearly household hazardous waste collection event that happens in May. This year’s free, rain-or-shine event for Sussex County is May 3 at Jones Crossroads Landfill, 28560 Landfill Lane in Georgetown. For more information on what is recyclable, either for curbside or for these events, visit www.dswa.com online.

The committee will not have a speaker in May but plans to continue to host speakers, saying they are a valuable resource to the members of the committee and to the members of the town who are invited to come and listen in on the meetings. For June, they hope to get a representative from Artesian Water to learn about the process of how water gets to the tap.

In other news:

• Councilman and Environmental Committee member Todd Smallwood mentioned that of the 170 properties that are rented in the town, about 26 are already signed up for curbside recycling. Since property owners will have to come in person to pick up their parking permits starting April 28, for those remaining property owners a letter advising them of curbside recycling being available will be in their packet and the committee hopes to get magnets from DSWA for refrigerators to put in there as well. The magnets are a smaller version of the graphic depicting allowable recyclables.

“Also, where they sign their name for the parking permits, there will be a space for an e-mail address and I can contact them that way, too,” said Smallwood, regarding curbside recycling sign-up.

• Town Manager Tony Carson mentioned that the landscaping plan for the new town sign has been approved and he is meeting with the landscape architect about the next steps to take.

• Carson obtained a copy of Bethany Beach’s smoking ban ordinance and the committee agreed they would see how Bethany’s pans out. The Bethany town council is set to vote on whether or not to formally adopt the ordinance at their Friday, April 18, meeting.

“I’d like to see how Bethany Beach’s program goes forth and see if they have any issues with enforcement,” said Carson.

“I’d like to see an all-or nothing approach,” offered Smallwood, referencing Bethany’s decision to ban smoking on all its boardwalk only from May 15 to Sept. 15, with the Garfield Parkway area having a year-round ban, and to designate smoking areas on the beach. “But I’d like to see how it works with them as well.”

A resolution to prohibit smoking on property owned by the Town of Fenwick Island and prohibit smoking in all town-owned vehicles will be put forth, Carson said. Carson studied the Delaware Clean Indoor Air Act to see if any guidelines about vehicles were already in there but did not find any.

• Martha Keller, representing the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Center for Inland Bays, put forth an idea through the committee for door-handle flyers with environmental information to put on Fenwick Island motel and hotel doors. After much discussion about their effectiveness compared to putting some literature inside the rooms for tourists, it was decided she would check with the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce about the best way to go forward with their idea for encouraging environmental stewardship with the tourist population.