• The next regular monthly meeting of the Bethany Beach Town Council will be Friday, April 16, at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held in the town meeting room, but it will be closed to the public. The meeting may be viewed on two internet platforms: the Town’s website at: www.townofbethanybeach.com (click on the Government Tab, then go to the left side of the page and click on Live Video Broadcast); or the Town’s YouTube page at www.YouTube.com/BethanyBeachGov. While this meeting is being broadcast, people may send questions or concerns regarding topics on the agenda to email@example.com.
The agenda for the meeting includes second readings, discussion and a possible vote on: (1) an ordinance to amend Chapter 223, Beach, Article II, of the town code, and Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1, to restrict the size of holes, trenches or depressions dug on the beach and require that they be completely filled in before leaving the beach; and (2) a draft resolution establishing design and development standards for wireless facilities outside the public right-of-way.
Also on the agenda are discussion, consideration and possible votes on: (1) approving a contract for purchase and sale of the property owned by Kallioppi Dematatis, dated April 8, 2021. (Sussex County Tax Map Parcel 134-13.19-61.01), containing about 2.7 acres on Second Street and Hudson Avenue for $249,000, subject to consideration of title, survey data, environmental assessments, and other pertinent due-diligence items; (2) the Town’s Investment Policy; (3) adjustments to the 2021-fiscal-year Special Fund Budget to match grant funds actually received; (4) awarding concessions for exercise classes to be held during the summer season on the beach; (5) appointment of Michael Loftus to the Board of Adjustment to fill an unexpired term that ends on Sept. 21; (6) appointment of Lee Bunting to the Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee; (7) a contract submitted by International of Delmarva for the purchase of a new side-load garbage truck for $222,761; and (8) a contract submitted by Starfire Corporation for the 2021 Fourth of July fireworks display for $35,000.
• The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet next on Saturday, April 17, at 9 a.m. The agenda includes discussion of a request from Jo Carroll Onoffrey, property owner at 857 Garfield Parkway, for a six-month extension to the letter-to-proceed for the planned residential development approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission, in order to commence work on the project. Pursuant to Section 410-26, substantial construction shall commence within one year of the date of the letter to proceed, and the letter to proceed is to expire April 20. The meeting will also include a general review of the town’s Comprehensive Plan.
• 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.
• Board of Election will meet Monday, April 19, at 11:30 a.m. (Listen by telephone at 1-866-899-4679, access code 744-065-341). Agenda includes review qualifications and then approve qualified candidates for the May 29, 2021 election.
• The FEMA Ad Hoc Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 21, at 3e p.m. (View online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/165566733 or listen by telephone at 1-866-899-4679, access code 165-566-733. Agenda includes Discussion regarding the notice from FEMA dated April 12, 2021; Discuss presentation from Town Council meeting of April 9, 2021; and next steps.
• Town Council will host a workshop meeting on Thursday, April 22, at 3 p.m. (View online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/829304853 or listen by telephone at 1-877-568-4106, access code 829-304-853). Agenda includes discussion on potential survey questions regarding land use for the five-year Comp Plan update; Executive session for discussion of personnel matters, and to discuss an individual citizen’s qualifications to hold a job or pursue training; reconvening of the town workshop; possible action on item(s) discussed in executive session; and public comment period.
• Town Council’s regular monthly meeting will be Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m.
• The Charter and Code Committee will meet virtually on Friday, April 16, at 2 p.m. (View online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/624563789 or listen by telephone at 1-866-899-4679, access code 624-563-789). Agenda includes council feedback on code changes requested by the code enforcement constable; completion of committee term, plans for 2021-2022 term; and public comment.
• Sales have begun for summer parking permits.
• Town Hall is closed to the general public. Visitors can conduct business from the walk-up window. 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 Millville Town Council generally meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m.
• 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 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.
• The town water system is still in violation for a drinking water standard for total Trihalomethane (TTHM), a disinfectant byproduct. The standard is 80 ppb, determined by a four-quarter running average. The Town of Selbyville’s four-quarter average (83 ppb) is above the maximum allowable level. At this time, no alternative source of water is necessary. However if you have specific health concerns, consult your 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.
• Town Council’s monthly meeting will be Monday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Meetings are being held in-person at Town Hall, but the public can also telephone into all meetings at (385) 330-6741.
• 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
• The Indian River Board of Education is seeking interested candidates to fill two vacant seats in District 1 (Georgetown region) through June 30, 2022. Both board members are moving from their representative district and must resign their position. The candidate filing form (download at www.irsd.net) and letter of interest are due by April 16 at 4 p.m. Interested candidates should contact Superintendent Jay Owens at (302) 436-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an appointment, not an election. Qualified candidates must be at least 18, be a resident of District 1 and not hold a paid position with the school district.
• Four committee meetings are open to the public and will be held Monday, May 10, at Southern DE School of the Arts Cafeteria in Selbyville: Policy Committee at 4 p.m., Curriculum Committee at 5 p.m., Buildings and Grounds Committee at 6 p.m. and Finance Committee at 7 p.m.
• Beginning the week of April 12, high-school hybrid Cohorts A and B have been combined, allowing hybrid-learning students at Indian River and Sussex Central high schools to attend classes in person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will continue to be a remote learning day for most of those students (except some who receive additional supports).
Families that prefer to continue with remote learning can continue to work exclusively from home. Anyone hoping to switch to an in-person hybrid schedule must contact their child’s school by April 15. The four-day in-person learning is not being offered to students in middle- or elementary schools at this time, including pre-kindergarten students, due to capacity limits under safety guidelines.
• Summer vacation will start earlier than originally planned, due to unused weather days. The last day of school for students from pre-kindergarten through 11th grade will now be Friday, June 11. The last day for teachers will be Tuesday, June 15, and the last day for paraprofessionals will be Friday, June 11.
In addition, the district has rescheduled two days off. April 19 and May 28 will now be regular school days for students and staff. Wednesdays, April 21 and May 26, will now be asynchronous instructional days for students and staff workdays.
• The Board of Education’s next regular monthly meeting will be Monday, April 26, at 7 p.m. (with executive session at 6 p.m.) at Sussex Central High School. Distancing guidelines will be in effect. Face coverings are required. Details at https://go.boarddocs.com/de/irsd/Board.nsf.
• There will be no regular school board election in 2021, as no terms expire this year.
• The IRSD is seeking substitute teachers and support staff, including paraprofessionals, bus drivers and bus attendants. See the district 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 pick up a device by contacting their child’s school — first come, first served. To participate, families must participate in a low-income program, 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 & Children Program (WIC). Details are online at irsd.net/access.
• 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 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, with the next one set for 7 p.m. on June 10.
• 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 were canceled through 2020. Updated schedules will be posted online.
• IRSD information is available at (302) 436-1000 and www.irsd.net.
• 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.
• Sussex County Council generally meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Georgetown.
• 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.