• The Bethany Beach Non-Residential Design Review Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 27, at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes consideration of a request from Trevor Hurd, tenant at 97 Garfield Parkway, Unit 9, Coastal Athlete – Elite Functional Fitness, for a new hanging sign for property located at Lot 1, 3, 4, Block 104, in the C-1 Commercial Zoning District.
• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Friday, April 3, for Good Friday.
• 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.
• The Town has compiled the results of its park survey regarding the former Christian Church/Neff property. They are available online at http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/1890.
• Bethany Beach ended its pay-to-park season on Sept. 15. Pay-to-park will resume May 15, 2015.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach ended Sept. 30. They will return on May 15, 2015.
• A town council budget workshop was set for Thursday, March 26, at 5 p.m. Discussion was to include the 2016-fiscal-year budget, as well as a proposed amendment to Chapter 145 to regulate fire pits, clarify definitions of substantial improvement and substantial damage, and require 3/4-inch spacing between lattice boards in construction.
• The Town is seeking bids for auditing services and a stormwater retrofit project.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Friday, continuing March 27.
• Yard waste is picked up every other Wednesday, continuing April 1.
• The Town of South Bethany will elect members for three seats on the town council, each with two-year terms. Applications to run in the May 23 election are being accepted until April 8 at 4:30 p.m. The applications are available at the Town Hall or may be requested by e-mail (email@example.com) or by calling (302) 539-3653. Candidates must be 21 or older; a U.S. citizen; and otherwise qualified and registered to vote at the annual municipal elections.
Absentee ballots are available for any resident who is not able to vote at the Town Hall on May 23. Contact Town Hall for an affidavit (due back by May 22).
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach ended Oct. 15. They will resume May 15, 2015.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• The Fenwick Island Town Council will hold a public meeting on the topic of freeboarding (related to building height) on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at town hall.
• Fenwick Island’s trash and recycling pickup has returned to its off-season schedule. The Town is now performing yard-waste pickup.
• 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 was set to host Candidates’ Night on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m., at which candidates who filed for the District 4 seat on the town council will present their platforms and answer any questions. There are four candidates running for the seat: Carol Bodine, Jon Debuchananne, Kent Liddle and Don Walsh.
• Those who wish to vote in the April 11 election must register with the Town no later than April 1 at 4 p.m. To be a qualified voter, people must be at least 18; a citizen of the United States; and have Ocean View residency for at least six months immediately preceding the election.
Any resident who has not voted in a Town of Ocean View election in either of the past two consecutive years in which there was an election must re-register in order to be eligible to vote in the April 11, 2015, election. County or state voter registration does not entitle residents to vote in Town of Ocean View elections.
Those who wish to register may do so in person on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building located at 201 Central Avenue, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They may also download and mail in a Voter Registration Form from the Town’s website, at www.oceanviewde.com.
• The Town’s municipal election will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at town hall. Identification is required during voter registration. A Delaware driver’s license is the preferred form of identification.
• 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 Town of Millsboro will hold its next monthly council meeting on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
• Planning & Zoning is scheduled for Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m.
• The town council’s next regular meeting is Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Town Hall will be closed April 3 in observance of Good Friday.
• The town council will meet Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Frankford fire hall.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing April 7.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• The Selbyville Town Council election has been canceled. Only the incumbents applied as candidates for the seats up for election in 2015, and they will retain their seats: G. Frank Smith III, Clarence Tingle Jr. and Mayor Clifton Murray.
• A town council budget workshop was set for Thursday, March 26, at 5 p.m. at town hall.
• The next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes the 2016-fiscal-year budget.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing April 1.
• The Town website is at www.TownOfSelbyville.com.
• Town Hall will be closed April 3 for Good Friday.
• Planning & Zoning is scheduled to meet Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• The Town of Dagsboro website is at www.townofdagsboro.com.
Indian River School District
• The IR High School Variety Show will be held on March 27 and 28 at 6:30 p.m. Southern Delaware School of the Arts’ musical will be moved to April 1. Long Neck Elementary Spring Concert will be moved to June 4.
• Committee meetings will be held at the IRHS Educational Complex in Selbyville on Monday, April 13: Curriculum at 3:15 p.m.; Policy at 4:30 p.m.; Buildings & Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7 p.m.
• The third marking period ends April 1.
• There is no school April 2-10, for a professional learning day and then spring break.
• The next regular School Board meeting is Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School. Agenda includes middle school health curriculum; state test update; the 2015-16 calendar; student honors; and more.
• In the 2015 Board of Education election will be Tuesday, May 12, at local schools. Candidates include, in District 1 (northern Georgetown), James E. Hudson, Miguel A. Pirez-Fabar, and James E. Fritz Jr., and in District 4 (Frankford, west Dagsboro and points east), Judith L. Teoli, Mary E. Langan, Gregory M. Goldman and Charles M. Bireley. Lloyd E. Elling has withdrawn his candidacy for the District 4 seat. Each seat has a five-year term. Incumbent Shaun C. Fink was the only candidate who filed in District 2 (north Millsboro to south Georgetown), so he will retain his seat.
For more information, contact Department of Elections for Sussex County; 119 N. Race St.; Georgetown, DE 19947, or by phone at (302) 856-5367 or fax at (302) 856-5082. To view the election district map, click “School District Maps.”
• The district website is at www.irsd.net.
• The Sussex County Council will hold its weekly council meeting on Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m. in council chambers in the County Administrative Building on The Circle in Georgetown.
• 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
A three-month closure of two small sections of Route 26 between the east side of Millville Town Hall and the east side of Lord Baltimore Elementary School as part of the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project began Jan. 5 and is scheduled to be completed and reopen by March 31. Local access is being maintained inside the entire closure area during work on the two bridges at those locations.
As of March 16, lane closures are allowed across the entire project area 24 hours per day. For the next two months, lanes may be closed Monday to Friday from 6 to 9 a.m., though currently George & Lynch is only closing lanes on weekdays from around 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The traffic schedule will change again on May 15. During the summer season, DelDOT must maintain two lanes of traffic most of the time (except on weeknights). Currently, flaggers allow alternating lanes of traffic through the work zone. Motorists should still anticipate lane closures on areas of Route 26:
• Between Irons Lane and Route 17 (installation of sanitary sewer force mains)
• Between Old Mill Road and Dukes Drive (installation of new drainage pipe/inlets)
• Between Woodland Avenue and West Avenue (test pit excavation for underground utility relocations)
• Between Old School Lane and Grants Avenue (installation of new drainage pipe/inlets).
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.