State of Delaware

Organ donation bill tabled in House committee

Delaware legislators have tabled House Bill 302, which would make the state’s organ donation system an opt-out program in an effort to increase organ donations. The bill has been in the House’s Health and Human Development Committee since Jan. 23.

CIB announces grant opportunities

The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has announced its 2009 Request for Proposals. During the past decade, the Center for the Inland Bays has awarded more than $1,080,000 for local scientific research, restoration, and education projects through competitive funding.

DRBA Commission revises Cape May-Lewes Ferry fare structure

On Feb. 26, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Commissioners approved a new fare schedule for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry at its monthly meeting held in the James Julian Boardroom at the Authority’s Administrative Complex in New Castle.

State: Bridge embankment soils clear of arsenic contamination

Delaware Department of Transportation officials this week reassured local legislators that rumors of arsenic contamination in embankments soils at the site of construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge are false.

Agenda – February 2, 2016

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at town hall, to receive comments on an ordinance to amend Section 425-105 of the Bethany Beach Town Code, to allow the Bethany Beach building inspector to grant an administrative variance.

Reports urge funding action for DelDOT

Delaware roadway congestion will worsen and the condition of the state’s roads and bridges will deteriorate if state legislators don’t find a way to fund needed projects, two independent organizations reported this week.

State drops funding ball, road projects still in danger

A $44 million plan to widen Route 26 remains in jeopardy after state legislators dismissed a bill last week that would have raised revenues to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the state’s six-year plan to complete dozens of planned roadway projects statewide.

Energy program provides incentive grants

State officials introduced a program to the public this week that will allow businesses and residents to receive grants for being more energy efficient. Earlier this year, the Delaware Legislature approved the $8 million plan that will ease the stress on business people and residents caused by rising energy prices.

Beach projects wait on Senate action

It’s déjà vu all over again for officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany, as far as the battle for federal beach replenishment dollars goes.

New election guidelines irk towns

State legislators may be considering a new set of regulations that would govern all of Delaware’s municipal elections, when they convene for the second half of the 143rd General Assembly on Jan. 10.

Hastings ready for state board

Greg Hastings has served on the Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board for more than 12 years now, but publicly announced his resignation this week, in preparation for a move to the state Board of Education.

Hastings’ resignation took affect just hours after the Dec. 13 board meeting, and he was slated to attend his first state Board of Ed meeting on Dec. 15.

State targets January for Assawoman start

The state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) may start work on the Assawoman Canal dredging project as early as mid-January, according to DNREC’s Chuck Williams (Soil and Water Conservation).

Castle praises state poultry industry

Despite $7.1 billion in funds proposed by President George W. Bush to deal with the potential spread of avian influenza into a pandemic affecting Americans, Congressman Mike Castle thinks additional focus needs to be put on preventing the virus from ever reaching the United States.

State adopts a $2.82 billion budget

State legislators settled on big budget and bond bills very late on June 30 and very early July 1. And after Gov. Ruth Ann Minner’s nod, Delaware had a business plan for another year. The operating budget balanced at $2.82 billion, up more than 7 percent from the 2005 fiscal year budget.

Education — $966.4 million

State switches away from Fresh Pond entrance

Yes, the main entrance to Fresh Pond State Park, just north of Fred Hudson Road on Route 1(and that parking lot) is closed — and yes, the park is still open.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Steve Schilly, park operations administrator, reported the recent opening of a new parking lot — at Fresh Pond’s west entrance.

State legislators head back to work

The Delaware General Assembly opened session in Dover last week (Jan. 11), amidst ceremonial swearings-in and a musical offering from Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) students.

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