• The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustment will meet on April 28 at 10 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall to consider a request for a variance filed by property owners Mark and Maria Madigan, for 307 Hollywood Street, in the R-2 Zoning District, from Chapter 425 Zoning, Section 425-16 Fences (subsection D, (2) and (3)) and/or Chapter 500 Swimming Pools and Spas, Section 500.7 Barriers (subsection B (1)).
• The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at town hall.
• The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold a special meeting on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. to hear public comment on a proposal to increase parking meter rates from $1.75 per hour (adopted in March 2015, up from $1.50 per hour in 2014) to $2 per hour.
The change has been proposed as part of a planned purchase of two lots, 204 and 206 Garfield Parkway, to be used as solely-owned municipal parking, rather than the existing revenue-sharing agreement with the existing owner.
A second special meeting, on Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m., will include discussion and a possible vote by the council on both the proposed parking rate increase and the proposed purchase of the two lots.
• 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.
• The next town council workshop is Thursday, April 23, at 5 p.m. The agenda includes a June 12 FEMA public meeting; proposals from engineering firms to attend FEMA meeting; draft guidelines on public use of Town Hall; 2015-fiscal-year budget amendments; Budget Stabilization Reserve Fund Policy; the Investment Policy Statement; and more.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Friday, continuing April 24.
• Yard waste is picked up every other Wednesday, continuing April 29.
• The next regular town council meeting is Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m., beginning with a public hearing for Ordinance 179-15 to amend the Town Code (Chapter 145, Zoning, Article III, “Definitions”) to revise and clarify Floor-to-Area Ratio (FAR), Substantial Damage and Substantial Improvement. The ordinance is available for review at Town Hall or at www.southbethany.org under “Bulletin Board.”
• The Town of South Bethany will elect members to three seats on the town council, each with two-year terms. Six candidates have filed, with their eligibility to be confirmed this week. The election will be May 23. Terms are two years. 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 its regular monthly meeting on Friday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. at town hall.
• The Fenwick Island Town Council will hold a public meeting on the topic of freeboarding (related to building height) on Saturday, May 23, 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.
• In the Town’s municipal election on April 11, Carol Bodine was elected to the town council seat representing District 4. Bodine, a Wedgefield resident, won the seat with 133 votes. Candidate Kent Liddle received 85 votes, Jon DeBuchananne received 23 votes, and Don Walsh received 14. The seat has a three-year term.
• 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.
• A town council workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m.
• Planning & Zoning is scheduled to meet Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m.
• The town council’s next regular meeting is set for Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing May 5.
• The Frankford Town Council will meet next on Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• The next regular Selbyville Town Council meeting is set for Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at town hall.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing April 29.
• The Town website is at www.TownOfSelbyville.com.
• The Dagsboro Town Council will meet Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• Planning & Zoning is scheduled to meet Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• The Town of Dagsboro website is at www.townofdagsboro.com.
Indian River School District
• Kindergarten registration is April 20 to 24.
• Schools will host open houses in coming weeks for the kindergarten Spanish Immersion programs. No appointment is necessary. Tours will be held on two days: April 28 at East Millsboro Elementary School (8:30 a.m., 9:05 a.m. and 9:40 a.m.) and at John M. Clayton Elementary school (noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.) and on May 1 at East Millsboro (1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.) and John M. Clayton (9:30 a.m., 10:05 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.). School Choice applications are due by May 8.
• The next regular school board meeting was rescheduled to Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.
• 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, Gregory M. Goldman and Charles M. Bireley. Lloyd E. Elling and Mary E. Langan have withdrawn their 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.
• 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 has ended. 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.email@example.com or at 17 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 2, in Ocean View.