• The Bethany Beach Non-Residential Design Review Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion and a vote on a request from Ellen Rice, tenant at 98 Garfield Parkway, Unit 109, Ellen Rice Gallery, for approval of a new hanging sign that is similar to the approved signs for the Blue Surf.
• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on July 3, due to Independence Day.
• The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade will be held Saturday, July 4, at noon. Floats may register the day of the parade from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the registration desks on Route 1 and Central Avenue. Judging will take place at 10:30 a.m. Bike riders may register from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the Christian Church grounds.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway and take its traditional 2-mile route through the town. In order to eliminate gaps in the parade, there will be no performances in front of the viewing stand. Since the success of the parade depends heavily on the availability of police, EMTs and bands, there is no rain date.
At 2 p.m., a horseshoe-throwing contest will be held at the southwest corner of the Christian Church grounds. At 7:15 p.m., the awards ceremony will take place at bandstand. At 7:30 p.m., the Vigilantes band will perform popular dance music on the bandstand. And, at dusk, a fireworks display is planned.
The annual Firecracker 5K Run/3K Walk will be held on Sunday, June 28, 8 a.m. at the bandstand. For details and online registration, visit http://bethanybeach5k.com.
• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast over the Internet via the Town’s website atwww.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts.
• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season resumed May 15 and will run until Sept. 15. The parking rate is now $2 per hour, with parking payment accepted in coins, credit card (with fee) or via the Parkmobile service and app.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach returned on May 15 and will run until Sept. 30.
• A town council workshop was rescheduled for Thursday, June 25, at 2 p.m. The agenda was to include possibly creating a committee to develop a policy for South Bethany committees; a possible vote on having one council member on the Budget & Finance Committee for the 2016 fiscal year; committee assignments; a possible vote on budgetary guidelines; developing the Capital Reserve Policy in conjunction with the Depreciation Schedule; and a possible vote on the town hall use policy.
• Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Committee will meet Monday, June 29, at 1 p.m. Agenda includes grant funding; discussion on the June 12 FEMA meeting; possible bulkhead height ordinance; public outreach; ideas to improve the town’s flood risk rating under Community Rating System (CRS);
• Town council’s regular meeting is Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m.
• Recycling is now picked up weekly, all summer. Yard waste is picked up every other Wednesday, continuing July 8.
• Sealed bids will be received by the Town for a residential flood mitigation project in town involving the elevation of a single-family home. Bids are due July 1.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach resumed May 15 and will run until Oct. 15.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• The Fenwick Island Town Council will hold its next regular meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26. A special executive session of the council is set for 2:30 p.m. that day. The agenda for the regular council meeting includes discussion of and possible action on: the 2015 municipal election; 2016-fiscal-year fee schedule and financial plan; the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act; the 2015 bike safety checkpoint and a Technology Committee funding request. The meeting will also include a first reading of proposed Chapter 61 – Building and Utility Construction, a second reading of proposed Chapter 135 – Signs, and a first reading of proposed Chapter 160 – Commercial Zone.
• Fenwick Island Town Hall will be closed on July 3, for Independence Day.
• The annual town bonfire is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.
• Fenwick Island’s trash and recycling pickup has returned to a summer schedule. Trash will be picked up on Mondays and Thursdays through the summer. Recycling will be collected every Friday. The Town is now performing yard-waste pickup, with future collection days scheduled for Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18.
• The Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.org.
• The Town of Fenwick Island is now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.
• The Town of Ocean View now has a Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/townofoceanview.
• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
• The Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday in summer from 8 a.m. to noon at the Millville fire hall.
• The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on Monday, July 13.
• The town council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m.
• Annual property tax bills are due by Friday, July 31. The billing period covers May 1, 2015, through April 30, 2016.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Town Hall will be closed July 3 to observe Independence Day.
• A proposed budget for fiscal year from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, will be considered and possibly voted upon on July 13 at 7 p.m.
• The town council will meet Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing June 30.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing July 8.
• The next regular town council meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at town hall.
• The Town website is at www.TownOfSelbyville.com.
• Town Hall will be closed July 3 to observe Independence Day.
• Planning & Zoning is scheduled to meet Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• Dagsboro Town Council meets Monday, July 27, at the Bethel Center. The time was changed to 6 p.m.
• The Town of Dagsboro website is at www.townofdagsboro.com.
Indian River School District
• The Board of Education is seeking candidates to fill a vacant seat in District 2 through June 30, 2016. Interested candidates should apply prior to June 30. Contact Board President Charles Bireley at (302) 539-9043 or email@example.com.
• Committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, July 13, at the Indian River School District Educational Complex in Selbyville, with Finance at 7 p.m.
• The school board reorganizational meeting is Wednesday, July 1.
• The next regular school board meeting is Monday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School.
• District headquarters is closed Fridays in summer.
• The Indian River School District has begun the implementation of the new Meals Plus point-of-sale system in all school cafeterias. Once Meals Plus is fully implemented, a new online pre-payment system will be made available to parents for the 2015-2016 school year. Details of the new system will be forwarded to parents prior to the start of school in September.
• The district website is at www.irsd.net.
• Agendas, minutes and audio, as well as live streaming of all County meetings, may be found online atwww.sussexcountyde.gov. The entire council packet is now being made available on Mondays, mid-day, before the weekly Tuesday council meeting.
State of Delaware
As part of the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, DelDOT must maintain two lanes of traffic during the summer, except on weeknights. Lane closures can be expected from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekday nights, with other traffic impacts limited to lane shifts during the rest of the week.
The Town of Ocean View successfully requested that DelDOT retain the temporary traffic light installations at the intersections of Central Avenue with Cedar Drive and Windmill Lane, with the light at Cedar remaining on a green/yellow/red pattern and the light at Windmill having a flashing yellow on Central and flashing red on Windmill. The installations have not been made permanent and utilize temporary wooden pole structures.
Overall, the 4-mile-long project includes the reconstruction of Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal and will widen the existing two-lane roadway to include two 11-foot travel lanes with 5-foot shoulder/bike lanes and a 12-foot wide continuous shared center left-turn lane. Construction is scheduled to last for at least 2.5 years. George & Lynch is building the 4-plus-mile project from Assawoman Canal in Bethany Beach to St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville.
Foul weather, such as rainstorms and blizzards, could push the schedule beyond than the planned September 2016 end date. Regular Route 26 project meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall. The public is being encouraged to attend or to get email updates from DelDOT via the project page for the Route 26 project at www.deldot.gov. For additional Route 26 project information or concerns, residents and businesses can contact Ken Cimino at (302) 616-2621, or Kenneth.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 17 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 2, in Ocean View.