• The Bethany Beach Town Council canceled its council workshop/special meeting set for Tuesday, Jan. 15. The workshop/special meeting set for Jan. 22 has also been canceled.
The agenda items originally set for that meeting are now on the agenda for a Jan. 23 workshop/meeting, at 11 a.m. at town hall. They include discussion and review of: establishing a five-year capital improvement plan; of developing a request for proposal (RFP) and bid documents for construction of Central Park as approved on Oct. 21, 2016; and of developing a request for proposal (RFP) and bid documents for renovations and additions to the Town’s comfort stations.
The Jan. 15 agenda item of discussion and review of increasing fines for violations of Chapter 240 (Dogs and Other Animals), Article V (Dog Waste) of the town code does not appear on the agenda for the canceled Jan. 22 meeting or on the agenda for the current Jan. 23 meeting.
• The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold its next regular meeting on Friday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. at town hall.
• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at 5 p.m. to review plans and hear public comment regarding the creation of a 5-foot-wide pedestrian pathway, in the public right of way, on the south side of Collins Street, from Half Moon Drive to Kent Avenue, to improve pedestrian safety. The proposed project will only affect the right-of-way on the south side of Collins Street and will have no impact on the north side of the street. (To see the plans, visit http://townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/Index/397.)
At the meeting, the council and interested citizens will be briefed on the proposed project by the town engineer. After the briefing, the council and citizens will have an opportunity to ask the engineer questions, and the council will hear public comment on the proposed enhancement. The council will make no decision regarding the project at the Jan. 18 meeting but plans to decide whether or not to approve the project at its next regularly scheduled meeting, on Feb. 15, 2019, at 2 p.m.
For those who are unable to attend the Jan. 18 meeting, the live audio and video will be broadcast during the meeting and will also be available online after the meeting, at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Government, Town Council, Live Audio/Video Recordings.
• The Bethany Beach Planning Commission will consider an application to combine 515 and 517 Laurma Lane, Lots 52 and 53, Block 142, into one parcel, at its meeting to be held on Jan. 19, 2019, at 9 a.m. at town hall.
• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
• The Bethany Beach Audit Committee will meet on Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes: a report from the internal auditor, a review and discussion of the internal audit plan for the 2019 calendar year, and a discussion of the external audit schedule for the coming year.
• The Bethany Beach Patrol will hold open lifeguard tryouts on Saturday, March 30, at 9 a.m. and on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. Both tryouts will be held at the Sea Colony Swim & Fitness Center. Interested applicants should contact Lifeguard Capt. Joe Donnelly at (302) 430-8013 for more information.
• Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, Bethany Beach Town Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those hours will be in effect until May 1, 2019, when hours will extend to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended Sept. 15 and will return on May 15, 2019.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach ended Sept. 30. They will resume on May 15, 2019.
• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast, with video, over the Internet via the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts. Both meetings are at town hall. Additional meetings, such as committee meetings, may also be broadcast and/or recorded, and may be available on the website. The council will meet next on Jan. 18, 2019, and P&Z on Jan. 19, 2019.
• The South Bethany Police Department is now accepting applications for full-time police officers. The application deadline is Sunday, Jan. 20. Details are online at https://southbethany.delaware.gov.
• The Planning Commission will meet Friday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. The agenda includes leadership elections, vote on bylaws, the Street Lighting Master Plan working document, IPA report and the PC Progress Report for the Town Comprehensive Plan.
• The South Bethany Budget & Finance Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. to review the 2019-fiscal-year May to December financial reports and the 2020-fiscal-year draft general fund/capital budget.
• The South Bethany Town Council does not typically schedule a regular meeting in January. The next regular council meeting is set for Friday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m.
• Town of South Bethany officials are reminding property owners that, to avoid frozen water pipes, they should make sure to properly winterize their homes. People can report broken water pipes to Artesian Water Customer Service at (302) 453-6930, and Artesian’s inspector can visit the property and manage the issue. Town of South Bethany staff are not permitted to access private properties, they emphasized.
• The winter collection schedule has begun, with trash picked up on Mondays, and recycling and yard-waste picked up every other Friday and Wednesday, respectively.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach ended Oct. 15 and will resume on May 15.
• The Town’s 50-Year Anniversary Celebration will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Town Hall, rain or shine. The family-friendly event will include food, music, face-painting, gifts and prizes.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• Town Hall is selling Fenwick Island flags, measuring 2-by-3 feet, for $25.
• The Town of Ocean View’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofoceanview.
• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.
• The Town of Millville’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofmillville. There is no sign-up/log-on required; it is free and open to the public.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• The annual election for the Frankford Town Council, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, has been canceled. Only the incumbents, Greg Welch and Joanne Bacon, filed to run for the two seats up for election in 2019.
• Social workers from DHSS will be available at the Frankford Public Library on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to assist with SNAP, Purchase of Care, energy assistance, long-term nursing care and more. People can stop by to learn what community support is available for them and their family.
• The Town of Frankford has contracted with the Delaware State Police for 12 hours of police coverage per week. Coverage will include three-hour shifts on four days each week.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• Interested candidates may now file for the annual town council election, scheduled for March 2. Two seats are up for election. Candidates must be at least 21, a U.S. citizen and a bona fide resident of the town for at least one year prior to election. The deadline for candidate and voter registration is Friday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m.
• The Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. for an application submitted by Mountaire Farms Inc. (lessee) concerning property owned by the company and by the Maryland & Delaware Railroad Company, located on the west side of 55 Hosier Street and West Railroad Avenue. They are seeking variances from setback requirements for a lean-to canopy that will cover the building entrance to the poultry processing plant. The application is available to view at town hall during business hours. Comments may be submitted at the hearing or beforehand.
• The Selbyville Town Council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.
• The Town is seeking candidates for the positions of wastewater operator and public works/water operator.
• Community Legal Aide Society will provide free legal services for legal or undocumented immigrants who have been victims of crime. Services are available on Tuesdays at Selbyville Police Department. For additional information, contact the police department at (302) 436-5085 or visit Town website.
• Bulk trash is collected on the first Wednesday of each month (one item per household, like a television).
• The new town website is www.Selbyville.Delaware.gov.
• The Town website is at www.dagsboro.delaware.gov.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
Indian River School District
• The Indian River School District has scheduled four public meetings in January to highlight the major capital improvement and current expense referendum scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The remaining meeting schedule includes: Jan. 23 — Indian River High School, 6 p.m.; and Jan. 30 — Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 6 p.m. At each meeting, district officials will give a presentation outlining the referendum initiatives. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The referendum will seek funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom addition at Indian River High School and a four-classroom addition at Selbyville Middle School. Residents will also be asked to approve funding for staff, curriculum, supplies, transportation and utility expenses for a high school and elementary school. For more information, contact Indian River’s Referendum Hotline at (302) 436-1079 or visit irsd.net/referendum.
• Senior citizens can learn specifically about the referendum and various tax assistance programs available to seniors at two public meetings, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Indian River High School at 10 a.m., and Thursday, Jan. 24, at Sussex Central High School at 10 a.m.
• There will be no school for students from Jan. 18 to 21, for a teacher workday and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
• The second marking period ends Jan. 28.
• The next regular monthly meeting of the Indian River Board of Education will be Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School.
• Citizens Budget Oversight Committee will meet quarterly at 6 p.m. on April 16 and July 16. Meetings are open to the public at Indian River Educational Complex in Selbyville.
• Parents and interested citizens are being invited to give feedback or ask questions about the Howard T. Ennis School at a Parent Focus Group meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at 6 p.m. at Millsboro Middle School. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Committee meetings will be held Monday, Feb. 11, at the Indian River Education Complex in Selbyville: Policy at 4 p.m.; Curriculum at 5 p.m.; Buildings and Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7 p.m.
• The school district website is www.irsd.net.
• The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.
State of Delaware
The Delaware Department of Transportation is recommending additional stop signs in the Roxana and Bayard areas, due to traffic safety and usage. DelDOT is considering an all-way stop at the intersection of Route 20 (Zion Church Road) and Bayard/Johnson Road. The public is being invited to express their views in support of or in opposition to the proposed project. The public can submit comments from Jan. 28 to Feb. 11 through the online “Virtual Workshop” at https://deldot.gov/projects/Studies/DE20-JohnsonBayardRd, by calling 1-800-652-5600, or writing to DelDOT Community Relations; P.O. Box 778; Dover, DE 19903.