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Agenda

Bethany Beach

• The Town has prepared the proposed budget for the 2023 fiscal year, which will begin on April 1 and end March 31, 2023. The town council is scheduled to vote to approve or modify the proposed budget at the Friday, March 18, council meeting.

The draft budget includes $11.5 million in revenue, $9.86 million in operating costs and $842,000 in capital projects and debt services. The total revenue budget of $11.5 million is an increase of $946,000. Officials said most of the change is from revising estimates for future revenues without any adjustment to the rates the Town charges. That includes increasing the budget for transfer tax by $200,000, for rental tax by $200,000, for building permits by $150,000, and $81,000 in smaller adjustments.

An increase to trash fees is proposed. The Town plans for trash rate adjustments every three to five years, and it has been five years since the last change. The Town’s costs to provide trash services have seen a 15 percent increase in the cost of personnel and a 28 percent increase in the cost to replace trash trucks. There is also an increase of $30,000 in the budget for a $15 increase to the second annual residential parking permit. The second permit will now cost $50, each residential property will continue to receive the first permit free.

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold its next regular meeting on Friday, March 18, at 2 p.m. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion, consideration and possible vote on: adjustments to the 2022-fiscal-year Special Fund Budget, to match grant funds actually received; a supplement to the 2022 General Fund Capital Budget of $239,000 for previously approved land purchase and $7,000 for a previously approved vehicle purchase; an amendment to the proposed 2023-fiscal-year budget, adding $251,000 to the General Fund Capital Budget for preliminary engineering of the Loop Canal Dam and decreasing the General Fund Capital Reserve by a like amount; the budget for the 2023 fiscal year and the Schedule of Fees; awarding concessions for exercise classes to be held during the summer season on the beach and on paving the town public parking lot in the 200 block of Garfield Parkway.

The meeting will also include a first reading of a proposed amendment to Town Ordinance 486-21A(4) (Littering, Solid Waste, Recyclables and Yard Waste), Article IV (Recycling and Recyclable Items), changing from 4-inch to 3-inch limbs that may be removed (the council may elect to waive the first reading pursuant to Chapter 45.5 of the Town Code); a first reading of an amendment to Ordinance 486-21A(5) (regarding logs) by removing it entirely (the council may elect to waive the first reading pursuant to Chapter 45.5 of the Town Code); a first reading of an amendment to Ordinance 486-21C(4) by adding “logs” to the list of items not accepted for yard waste (the council may elect to waive the first reading pursuant to Chapter 45.5 of the Town Code).

Other agenda items include: discussion, consideration and a possible vote on a contract submitted by Enhanced Wood Technologies Inc. for the purchase of 686 pieces of 2-inch by 6-inch by 12-inch Kebony deck boards for boardwalk ramps and platforms, in the amount of $67,032.80; consideration of a motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters pursuant to 29 Del. C., 10004 (b) (9) and (6) relating to personnel matters.

• The Bethany Beach Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on March 19 at 9 a.m. The agenda for the meeting includes: general review of the Comprehensive Plan; continued discussion of noxious plants and tree replacement; continued discussion of the Green Bethany Initiative; consideration of and a vote on a change to the Code of the Town of Bethany Beach, Chapter 425 Zoning, Appendix 4 (Bethany Beach Non-Residential Design Review Guidelines) — specifically, to consider a change to the Non-Residential Design Review Committee membership, changing the requirement that one member be the town council’s liaison on the Planning Commission to requiring one member be a member of the town council.

 

South Bethany

• Comcast anticipates that services will be available to the Town, contingent on weather, by the spring of 2022. Comcast will contact all homeowners prior to the completion of this project with subscription information on all their internet, phone and television packages. As the Town is informed of where Comcast will be working next, the Town will post information on the Town’s website and will email it to all who subscribe to the Town’s informational email news update.

• South Bethany Town Hall is located at 402 Evergreen Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Town hall staff can be reached by phone at (302) 539-3653.

 

Ocean View

• The Ocean View municipal building is open to the public to conduct regular business between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Meetings with staff should be scheduled in advance so that they can be scheduled in the conference room to allow for appropriate distancing.

• Council meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. The Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment meets on the third Thursday of the month, when needed. Currently, all meetings are open to the public and are being broadcast via YouTube. People can participate at any time during the meeting by sending their name, address and question to comment@oceanviewde.gov

• Mediacom television customers in Ocean View can get up to date information on Town activities and issues by tuning to Mediacom stations 78 or 818 to watch OVTV.

• Ocean View administrative offices can be contacted at (302) 539-9797.

• The new Town of Ocean View website is located at http://oceanviewde.gov.

 

Frankford

• 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 is open but is taking precautions to ensure the safety of the officers. To reach Police Chief Laurence Corrigan, call (302) 542-9866.