• The Town of Bethany Beach will hold a public hearing on Friday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m. at town hall to receive comments on a proposed ordinance to amend Section §425-16, Regulation of Perimeter Fences, of the town zoning code, to change the maximum height from 4 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet.
• The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Friday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. at town hall.
• The Bethany Beach Police Department has recorded an emergency-preparedness informational video (https://bethanybeach.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=717).
• Masks or protective face coverings continue to be required along the street, in shops, in all areas of the C-1 commercial district (east of Route 1 in the Garfield Parkway area), as well as on the boardwalk and on beach dune crossings, 24/7. The expanded mask requirements statewide now include everyone of kindergarten age or older, in all indoor locations and all outdoor public areas, including during exercise but not while eating or drinking. Violation of the state mandate for masks is a criminal violation, while Bethany Beach’s new ordinance makes a violation a civil violation with a fine of $50 to $100. Code enforcement officers will be enforcing the mask requirement, which applies to pedestrians, runners and cyclists ages 13 or older. Exceptions are also made for those unable to wear masks due to medical conditions.
• The town council’s next regular monthly meeting will be Friday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m., conducted electronically.
• The town council will hold a budget workshop meeting Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. via teleconference. (Dial 1-877-309-2073, access code 855-192-645).
• Mediacom has announced new rates for cable television services, effective Dec. 22. Details are on the Town website.
• Visitors are allowed inside South Bethany Town Hall, on a limited basis. Face masks and other precautions are required.
• The Town of South Bethany is available at (302) 539-3653 and www.southbethany.org.
• All Town of Fenwick Island buildings and offices remain closed to the public, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Town staff will continue to work on site while offices remain closed to the public. Staff will be available at (302) 539-3011 and through email. Essential in-person meetings with may be arranged by appointment. Residents are being encouraged to make any bill payments through the Town website or U.S. mail. The Fenwick Island Police Department will continue to respond to calls. Contact the police officer on duty at (302) 542-8793. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
• The Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.delaware.gov. The Town of Fenwick Island is also now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.
• All town buildings were closed to the public as of March 17, 2020, although staff will be on-site to answer phone calls and email. Essential in-person meetings with town staff may be arranged by appointment. Bills can be sent via U.S. mail or the drop box located at the Town’s Administrative Office (201 Central Avenue). Future meetings of the town council and committees will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, but only where urgent, and possibly by electronic means, such as phone or video conference.
• The Ocean View Town Council generally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., with the meeting available to be viewed on the Zoom video platform.
• Ocean View administrative offices are available at www.oceanviewde.com and (302) 539-9797.
• Until further notice, Millville Town Hall is closed to the general public, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Town staff will continue to work on-site while the offices remain closed to the public. They are available at (302) 539-0449 and through email. Building permit documents may be arranged by appointment.
• The Town of Millville’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofmillville. There is no sign-up/log-on required, it’s free and open to the public. The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Frankford Town Park is closed until further notice.
• Frankford Town Hall is open to the public, with precautions in place. Residents can also pay bills and fees by credit card on the town website; by delivering to the drop slot at the front door; or by U.S. mail to Town of Frankford; P.O. Box 550; Frankford DE 19945.
• The Frankford Police Department is open but is taking precautions to ensure the safety of the officers. To reach Police Chief Laurence Corrigan, call (302) 542-9866.
• The town website is at http://frankford.delaware.gov, and town hall can be reached by calling (302) 732-9424.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday.
• Selbyville is gearing up for the 2021 town council election. Voters and prospective candidates must register at Selbyville Town Hall by Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m. To be eligible, candidates must meet all of the following requirements: be at least 21 years old; be a U.S. citizen; and have been a bona fide resident of the Town for at least one year prior to March 6. Both positions up for election in 2021 carry a two-year term, starting in March.
One-time voter registration is also required by Feb. 10 for the 2021 council election. To be eligible, residents must be at least 18 years old; be a U.S. citizen; and be a bona fide resident of town. The election would be held on Saturday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Selbyville Town Hall at (302) 436-8314 or 1 W. Church Street.
• The town council’s next monthly meeting will be Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.
• The Town of Selbyville is seeking a wastewater operator. The applicant should have a basic knowledge of varied trades; a strong mechanical/plumbing background; hold a DE Class II wastewater license; and more. Applications are due by March 1. Find details at selbyville.delaware.gov or by calling Wastewater Manager Bettina Stern at (302) 436-5271.
• The town water system recently violated a drinking water standard for total trihalomethane (TTHM), a disinfectant byproduct. The standard is 80 ppb, determined by a four-quarter running average. The most recent average was 83.38 ppb. At this time, no alternative source of water is necessary. However, those who have specific health concerns should consult their doctor. This is not an emergency. People who drink water containing TTHMs in excess of the maximum contaminant level over many years may experience problems health problems and have an increased risk of getting cancer. The Town plans to increase water flushing to help return to compliance. Contact town hall for more information.
• The Selbyville Public Library is opening applications for a seat on the Board of Commissioners. Any adult who resides in the Selbyville community may apply for the vacant seat. The position carries a five-year term. For details or applications, visit www.selbyvillelibrary.org/board-opening or call (302) 436-8195.
• Selbyville Town Hall and the Selbyville Police Department are now located at 1 West Church Street, Selbyville, Del. All other phone, fax and email contacts remain the same.
• The Town of Selbyville is available at (302) 436-8314 is www.selbyville.delaware.gov.
• To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all town buildings were closed to the public as of March 17, 2020, although staff will be on-site to answer phone calls and email. All meetings have been canceled. Water and other bills can be paid online, sent via U.S. mail or placed in the drop box at the police department.
• Dagsboro Town Hall is available at https://dagsboro.delaware.gov and (302) 732-3777.
• The Millsboro Town Council generally meets on the first Monday every month at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, with an option for viewing via Zoom video platform.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
Indian River School District
• IRSD seeks substitutes, as well as three-hour nutrition service workers. See the IRSD website for details.
• Low-income families that have difficulty with reliable internet access may be eligible to take home free wi-fi hotspots, through IRSD and the Connect Delaware program. Families can arrange to pickup a device by contacting their child’s school, first come, first served. Families must participate in a low-income program to qualify, such as Free/Reduced Lunch (National School Lunch Program/Head Start), Medicaid, Public Housing, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC). Details are online at irsd.net/access.
• The Board of Education’s next regular monthly meeting will be Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School. Distancing guidelines will be in effect. Face coverings are required. The agenda includes school choice applications; various sports uniform designs; major capital planning; G.W. Carver consent update; committee updates; policies JECC-A School Choice, JFCB Care of School Property by Students, JB Foster Care, GBA.1 Disabilities in the Workplace, JO Student Records and BDA.1 School Prayer at Regular Board Meetings; monthly reports; state fiscal give-back plan; and public comments. Details are online at https://go.boarddocs.com/de/irsd/Board.nsf.
• Four committee meetings, open to the public, will be held Monday, Feb. 8, in the Southern Delaware School of the Arts cafeteria in Selbyville: Policy Committee at 4 p.m., Curriculum Committee at 5 p.m., Buildings & Grounds Committee at 6 p.m. and Finance Committee at 7 p.m.
• Hybrid learning for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade resumed on Monday, Jan. 11. Updates are posted at www.irsd.net/News.
• The IRSD and USDA provide free meals for curbside pickup to all youth, ages 18 or younger. Pickup service will be every Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to noon at: Georgetown Elementary (front entrance), Howard T. Ennis School (cafeteria entrance by the indoor swimming pool), Indian River High School (bus parking lot), Long Neck Elementary (bus parking lot), Lord Baltimore Elementary (parent drop-off/pick-up line), Millsboro Middle School (bus parking lot), North Georgetown Elementary (bus parking lot) and Selbyville Middle School (bus parking lot). Meals are also available at Indian River High School and North Georgetown Elementary on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Children do not need to be present. Parents/guardians are advised to clear space in their vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival. Parents or guardians may drive up for a five-day meal kit per child (for planning purposes, there will be no more seven-day meal kits). Hybrid students can also receive a free breakfast and lunch at school on the days they are receiving in-person instruction. Contact IRSD Nutrition Services Department for questions or allergy information at (302) 436-1000.
• Kindergarten registration has begun for the 2021-2022 school year. Details and documents can be found at the district website or by contacting the local elementary school. Kindergarten registration is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2021. Parents registering their child must also submit electronic copies of an original birth certificate, proof of immunization and proof of residency.
• The IRSD Board of Education’s next regular monthly meeting will be Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School. Zoom connection details will be posted that day on www.irsd.net (phone and web access available).
• Four committee meetings are open to the public and will be held Monday, Feb. 8, at Southern Delaware School of the Arts Cafeteria in Selbyville: Policy Committee at 4 p.m., Curriculum Committee at 5 p.m., Buildings & Grounds Committee at 6 p.m. and Finance Committee at 7 p.m.
• The IRSD Community Advisory Board will meet virtually via Zoom. The group studies academic and behavioral interventions for all district students, as well as special-education services, as required by the consent order agreement in the G.W. Carver Academy lawsuit. The public is being invited to participate at quarterly meetings at 7 p.m. on March 18 and June 10, 2021.
• School outdoor areas and athletic facilities are reopening to the public. People must adhere to State of Emergency orders requiring cloth face coverings, have hand sanitizer available and practice social distancing.
• Free COVID-19 testing is offered statewide. The goal is to identify any possible risk of asymptomatic individuals who could accidentally spread the virus. Students are strongly advised to get tested, especially those who have not yet returned to school in person under the hybrid model. Attendees are asked to preregister at https://delaware.curativeinc.com.
• All IRSD Community Education Classes have been canceled until 2021. Updated schedules will be posted online.
• IRSD information is available at (302) 436-1000 and www.irsd.net.
• A Delaware Coastal Airport Advisory Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 21769 Aviation Avenue, Delaware Coastal Airport, Georgetown, at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. All attendees will be required to wear face coverings and social distance, as per state-of-emergency orders.
• Sussex County Council generally meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Georgetown.
• County Council and other public meetings have an extremely limited capacity in the council chambers, and overflow crowds may be asked to wait in the lobby or outside the building. Social distancing will be observed. Remote access will be maintained during the ongoing state-of-emergency so that those who would prefer to participate remotely may do so.
• The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.
State of Delaware
• Statewide, restrictions remain in place in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Indoor dining capacity at restaurants has been reduced, masks are required at all times when in indoor locations such as offices and gyms, and in outdoor public places, and gathering limits have been set. Anyone concerned about non-compliance can report it via email to HSPcontact@delaware.gov. Additional relief for disproportionately impacted businesses is being made available.
• All four Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations are now available through kiosk, drive-through and emergency appointment only. Dealer paperwork can be dropped off for processing and picked up when notified. Inspection lanes will remain open, as no personal interaction is required, and the drive-through windows at each location will have additional staff working to process DMV-related transactions. At no time will there be more than 10 people permitted in DMV lobbies.
To schedule an appointment for urgent business at the DMV in Georgetown that cannot wait until after the current situation passes, call: Georgetown Driver Services at (302) 853-1044; or Georgetown Vehicle Services at (302) 853-1034. Anyone who is feeling ill is being asked to not visit public facilities and avoid public transportation. For more information on the state’s response to the coronavirus, visit de.gov/coronavirus.