• The United States Army Corps of Engineer’s beachfill operation will begin in mid- to late November in Bethany Beach. It is estimated that once the project begins in Bethany Beach it will take 30 days to complete. The project is scheduled to begin in mid-October in South Bethany and when complete will move to Bethany Beach.
In mid-October, the project contractor, Weeks Marine, will bring supply piping ashore on the oceanfront at Campbell Place, where it will remain until work begins in Bethany Beach in November. When the project begins in Bethany Beach, it will pump sand onto the beach, restoring width and height to the beach and repairing dune as needed.
Pumping will begin in Bethany Beach at Campbell Place and move north to Oceanview Parkway, and then return to Campbell Place and move south to Oakwood Street. The beach will be closed in 1,000-foot sections during the course of the project.
• The Town of Bethany Beach is offering free cleanup for bulk trash beginning on Monday, Oct. 19, and running through Friday, Oct. 30. Property owners should leave items where they normally leave their garbage, and Public Works will dispose of it at their convenience. There is no need to notify Town Hall. Materials accepted for bulk trash cleanup does not include construction material, hazardous materials, paints or explosives. Limbs/branches must be cut into 6-foot lengths tied into bundles, and the doors must be removed from major appliances.
• The Bethany Beach Town Council recently formed three ad hoc committees, each headed by an individual council member, to be responsible for three priority areas of community interest and concern, to allow the council to divide their work into manageable segments, with each committee providing reports and recommendations to the full council. The three ad hoc committees are: a Stormwater & Tidal Flooding Committee, chaired by Councilman Bruce Frye; a Telecommunications Committee, chaired by Councilman Patrick Sheplee; and a Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Faith Denault.
Any resident who has an interest in being appointed to any of the new committees is being asked to email the Town at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, they should note on which committee they are interested in serving; why they are interested in serving; and any expertise they may have in that particular area. The committees will be small working committees. If there is a great deal of response and the Town is not able to accommodate everyone, they will hold requests for a possible future committee appointment.
• The Bethany Beach Police Department has recorded an emergency-preparedness informational video, which is now posted on the Town website at https://bethanybeach.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=717. The recorded information was prepared after an in-person seminar on the topic was canceled due to pandemic-related restrictions.
• Starting July 3, masks or protective face coverings are 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. They are also strongly recommended for use on the beach, but are not required there, where social distancing is possible. 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. Masks are also not required when eating or drinking. Exceptions are also made for those unable to wear masks due to medical conditions.
• The Town will host a virtual public meeting with FEMA representatives on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. The meeting is being conducted in response to the recent Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for the Town. Questions for this meeting are specific only for the properties located on the bayside portions of FIRM panels 514 and 518. (A second LOMR is expected to be released in the near future.) Mapping contractors, FEMA personnel, insurance specialists and DNREC representatives will be at the virtual meeting to answer questions regarding properties included in this portion of the study.
Questions must be submitted beforehand to email@example.com by Thursday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m., with no more than two questions per property owner. If time allows, additional questions will be addressed after all submitted questions have been answered. Meeting call-in information will be announced on Friday, Oct. 23.
• The town council’s monthly workshop was rescheduled to will be Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. via teleconference. (Dial 1-877-309-2073, access code 870-266-589). The agenda includes review of the election code; discussion about the Bristol Road bulkhead; property owners’ presentation on barricade at Black Gum Rd. and Kent Ave.; and public comments.
• The Board of Adjustment will meet electronically on Friday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. via teleconference (toll-free telephone 1-877-309-2073, access code 386-201-645) OR online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/386201645. The agenda includes two public hearings: for Derek and Rebecca Abbott’s request at 134 Petherton Drive (Lot 20, South Bethany, for an exemption from existing side yard setbacks ranging from 5 inches to 1 Foot 7 inches); and for Christine Keefe and John Stefani’s request at 6 N 3rd Street (Lot 33, South Bethany, for an exemption of approximately 2 Feet (+/-) east and west side yard setbacks).
• The town council’s next regular monthly meeting will be Friday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m., conducted electronically (toll-free telephone 1-877-309-2073, access code 433-339-893).
• Public notice has been given to the Town of South Bethany that FEMA is soliciting technical information or comments on proposed flood hazard determinations for the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for the Town of South Bethany. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations or the regulatory floodway. The FIRM and, if applicable, the FIS report have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through an issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR).
These determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that South Bethany is required to adopt or show evidence of having in effect to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. For more information on the proposed flood hazard determinations and the statutory 90-day appeals period, visit FEMA’s website (www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe) or call the FEMA Map Information Exchange toll free at 1-877-336-2627.
• Visitors are allowed inside 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.
• Ocean View has canceled its annual Cops & Goblins Halloween event for 2020, as well as the planned Holiday Market and tree-lighting event. A socially-distanced tree-lighting is being planned in its place.
• All town buildings were closed to the public as of March 17, 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.
• 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 & open to the public. The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Frankford Town Hall is closed to the general public until further notice, per the current State of Emergency declared by the governor. Town employees will be working normal business hours, and residents can contact the Town Hall at (302)-732-9424.
• Frankford Town Park is closed until further notice.
• Residents can 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 will remain open but will be 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.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday.
• 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 town council’s next monthly meeting will be Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.
• 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.
• The 2020 Halloween Parade was canceled due to pandemic restrictions on public gatherings. However, trick-or-treating is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public must follow State of Emergency guidelines. The 2020 Christmas Parade has also been canceled.
• 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.
• Bulk trash will not be collected monthly during the coronavirus pandemic.
• The Town of Selbyville is available at (302) 436-8314 is www.selbyville.delaware.gov.
• The virtual Dagsboro Town Council meeting scheduled for Oct. 19 was canceled, as there are no items that must be addressed, officials said. If anything of importance comes up, they said, they will address it through email or schedule a meeting for Oct. 26.
• To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all town buildings were closed to the public as of March 17, 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 Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, beginning at 5 p.m., with a tree-lighting ceremony to follow. Those who are interested in participating in the parade may request an application form by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms will be made available in late October, officials said.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
Indian River School District
• The IRSD now provides free meals for curbside pickup to all students as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which has been extended through Dec. 31 (contingent on USDA funding). Meals are free for all youth age 18 and under. Service will take place every Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to noon at: Georgetown Elementary (front entrance), Howard T. Ennis School (cafeteria entrance by 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 (bus parking lot), North Georgetown Elementary (bus parking lot) and Selbyville Middle (bus parking lot). Meals will also be available at Indian River High 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 either a five-day meal kit (hybrid learners) or seven-day meal kit (remote learners). 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.
• School is being conducted by in-person and/or remote learning. The first marking period schedule has changed. Students in the hybrid model will physically return to school during the week of Oct. 19 (Prekindergarten through Grade 8); Nov. 9 (Grade 9); or Nov. 18 (Grades 10, 11 and 12).
• 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.
• The Board of Education’s next regular monthly meeting will be Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at Sussex Central High School. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. The public can also observe via Zoom online or by telephone (details will be posted that day on www.irsd.net). The agenda includes an executive session at 6 p.m.; community and staff recognitions; public comments; monthly school-choice applications; school re-opening and district calendar, the annual unit count; grading policy waiver; impact fees; Howard T. Ennis construction bid; major capital planning; G.W. Carver consent order monthly update; property acquisition; SMS security entrance proposal; policies regarding school choice, student discipline, internal financial controls, and more; and financial updates.
• Committee meetings are open to the public and will be held Monday, Nov. 9, at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts cafeteria 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 Citizens Budget Oversight Committee meets quarterly, meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.
• Since the Return Day holiday was canceled in Delaware, students will have a half-day of instruction, but they will not physically come into school on Nov. 5. Teachers will be required to come in and provide instruction.
• The IRSD Community Advisory Board will meet virtually via Zoom. The group studies academic and behavioral interventions for all district students, plus special education services, as required by the consent order agreement in the G.W. Carver Academy lawsuit. The public is invited to participate at quarterly meetings at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10, March 18 and June 10, 2021.
• 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.
• Sussex County government facilities reopened for limited public access as of Tuesday, June 30. Those with business at County offices should check to see if public access is available, if appointments may be required or if remote options are available. County Council and other public meetings will 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.
• County offices are not accepting cash as a form of payment for all services. Only credit card or check payments will be accepted. For credit card payments, all surcharges will be waived until further notice to accommodate customers inconvenienced by the temporary policy.
• The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.
State of Delaware
• Bars in Delaware were permitted to reopen on Sept. 4, with patrons being permitted to sit at the rail, as long as they have reserved seating and order food. Anyone concerned about non-compliance can report it via email to HSPcontact@delaware.gov.
• Per state order, masks or protective face coverings are required along boardwalks and the street and in shops, and they are strongly recommended for use on the beach. Distancing and other hygiene requirements remain in place. State officials will be monitoring beachgoers to ensure appropriate distancing.
• The State has reduced restrictions on drive-on surf-fishing, removing limits on the number of people per vehicle and once again requiring only one person in the party to be actively fishing at all times, but spacing between vehicles and parties must be maintained, and capacity restrictions for the state parks will include drive-on vehicles.
• 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.