Elections in South Bethany are drawing near (May 28), and incumbent Council Member Bonnie Lambertson recently took time to detail her experience to date.
The atmosphere surrounding South Bethany Town Council is considerably more harmonious than it once was, according to Council Member Richard Ronan.
Once again, the town of South Bethany has attracted enough civic-minded citizens to have an election. It will be a best three-out-of-four race again this year, with Council Member Lloyd Hughes stepping down after more than 12 years.
It’s been five years, and South Bethany’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is once again up for certification. Members of the town Planning Commission gathered for a work session on the document April 11.
The commission members have taken it upon themselves to review and revise the 2000 CDP, at a considerable cost savings to the town.
South Bethany Town Council approved the fiscal 2006 budgets, set the rental tax rate and adjusted various fees at the April 8 council meeting.
The town will move forward with a $1.52 million operating budget and nearly $1.44 million set aside for capital projects.
Officials from Bethany Beach and South Bethany trekked to Washington, D.C., on March 15, with the chief hope that continued close communication with the state’s legislators will help bring the $5 million in federal funds needed to keep the towns’ beach reconstruction project on track.
Veteran police officers of South Bethany will vest in the state pension plan three years from now, following a compromise decision at the March 11 town council meeting.
A main topic of discussion at two prior meetings, council members had debated how many years of prior service the town should “buy in” for their officers.
The South Bethany Police Department, down a man for nearly a year, has returned to its previous strength with the arrival of Ptlm. Josh Rowley.
With $1,495,000 notched for combined general administrative, public safety (police), beach patrol and public works, South Bethany town council is starting to get a firm grasp on where money will be going this fiscal year.
South Bethany’s Bob Washburn (maintenance mechanic) covered his public works wish list, as town council members continued their series of budget workshops.
Washburn’s recommendations reflected a nearly 40 percent increase from last year, to a proposed $462,000 in fiscal 2006 ($70,000 of that in the equipment budget).
South Bethany Town Council hashed out a tentative buy-in to the state’s pension plan on Feb. 25.
The town enrolled its other employees several years ago, with a five-year buy-in.
That automatically vested them in the plan, but it takes police twice as long to reach investiture — 10 years.
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South Bethany has joined with Bethany Beach in contracting with beach-replenishment consulting firm Marlow & Co., and the support may have proven timelier than either town expected.
South Bethany Town Council took a first step toward expedited fee adjustments at the Feb. 11 town meeting.
South Bethany Town Council has decided to match funds with Bethany Beach for beach replenishment Washington, D.C. lobbyist firm Marlowe & Company.
Bethany agreed to sign up with Marlowe late last year, and approached South Bethany to see if they wanted to share the cost.