• Bulk trash will be picked up free of charge through Oct. 31 on the regular trash collection day, at the usual trash collection locations, with no need to notify town hall about a pickup request. Materials being collected do not include construction materials, 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. Bulk trash collection requested at any other time of year will include a fee at the discretion of the public works director.
The Town is also recommending that plastic bag liners be used in all residential garbage cans to increase efficiency in collection and to reduce breeding of flies and mosquitoes.
• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 4, for Election Day and Thursday, Nov. 6, for Return Day.
• Construction on the Bethany Beach Streetscape project has resumed in the beach block “loop” of Garfield Parkway. The improvements are part of a $2.4 million project designed to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety. Closure of the loop and adjacent roads, including Atlantic Avenue, can be expected.
• The Bethany Beach Non-Residential Design Review Committee will meet on Friday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes consideration of an application from Randy Hall, tenant at 792B Garfield Parkway, Bicycle Connection, for a new wall sign for the property located at Lot 1, Block 24, in the C-2 commercial zoning district.
• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast over the Internet via the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts.
• The Town has compiled the results of its park survey regarding the former Christian Church/Neff property. They are available online at http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/1890.
• Bethany Beach ended its pay-to-park season on Sept. 15. Pay-to-park will resume May 15, 2015.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach ended Sept. 30. They will return on May 15, 2015.
• The South Bethany Town Council was to hold its October workshop on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. at town hall. The agenda includes the draft floodplain ordinance; executive session and possible hiring of a full-time police officer; town council and committee chairs’ project ideas for the 2016-fiscal-year budget; and a possible vote to award Bid No. 14-03, Supply of New 2015 Polaris ATV.
• The town council will hold its next regular meeting on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Friday, continuing Oct. 24.
• Yard waste is picked up every other Wednesday, continuing Oct. 29.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach ended Oct. 15. They will resume May 15, 2015.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• The next regular Fenwick Island Town Council meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes 2015 committee and commission appointments; discussion and possible action on: a Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month proclamation, Fenwick Flicks, a request for extension of Building Permit #4229 (Joseph Dashiell Builders), the 2015 beach concession contract and lifeguard stand sponsorship program and a DNREC Surface Water Matching Planning Grant; as well as proposed first readings for Chapter 116, Article II (Special Events) and Chapter 88 (Flood Damage Reduction).
• The Fenwick Island Technology Committee will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes: an update on beta testing of credit card payments; discussion of VOIP telephone service for town hall, police department and public works department; a discussion of updating the Town’s mobile phone service; and discussion of updating its mobile phone handsets.
• The Fenwick Island Charter & Ordinance Committee will meet on Monday, Nov. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion and possible action on: Chapter 160 (Zoning) – Commercial Parking; a proposed new ordinance regarding drainage system maintenance; and Chapter 88 – Flood Damage Reduction (Freeboard); as well as possible discussion and review of Comprehensive Plan items.
• The Town of Fenwick Island will hold a public meeting for sea-level rise outreach on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. at town hall, under the terms of its DNREC Sea Level Rise grant.
• Fenwick Island’s trash and recycling pickup has returned to its fall schedule. The Town, which is now performing yard-waste pickup, also plans additional yard-waste pickups later this year.
• The Town of Fenwick Island no longer allows the burning of a cigarette, cigar, pipe or other matter or substance that contains tobacco on its beach or in its parks. There is a fine of $100 for each instance. Signs are posted at the entrance to locations where smoking is prohibited.
• The Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.org.
• The Town of Fenwick Island is now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.
• Halloween trick-or-treating will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Residents who wish to participate should leave their porch lights on.
• Town offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.
• The town council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at town hall.
• The Town of Ocean View now has a Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/townofoceanview.
• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.
• Halloween trick-or-treating will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
• The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, along with the Millsboro Police Department and Millsboro fire department, will hold their annual Family Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lot next to the Dairy Queen. Families can look at emergency vehicles up close and get free candy.
• The Town of Millsboro will hold its monthly council meeting on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center.
• The Town offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 4, for Election Day.
• The Town offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 6, for Return Day.
• The Town offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
• A Town Council workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.
• Due to Veterans Day, the regular Millville Town Council meeting will not be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
• The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Frankford’s Fall Festival has been canceled; however, trick-or-treating will be held on Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing Nov. 4.
• The next regular town council meeting will be Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at Frankford Volunteer Fire Company meeting room.
• Town Hall will be closed Nov. 4 and 6 for Election Day and Return Day, respectively.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing Oct. 29.
• The Selbyville Halloween Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.
• The next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.
• The Town website is at www.TownOfSelbyville.com.
• The next Dagsboro Town Council meeting is Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center. There are two public hearings, to amend Chapter 146, Section 3(E)(1) “Licensing” by amending the annual fee for a rental license to $75 per rental unit, and to amend Chapter 146, “Licensing” by adding a “Vendor’s License” and $25-per-day fee. The meeting agenda also includes: 2015 & 2016 solicitation for candidates; consideration of updates to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, as recommended by the Planning Commission; review of signage code; appointment of Board of Election members; possible pay increase for town clerk and maintenance positions; review of draft floodplain ordinance, as required by FEMA; purchase of new computer with Windows 7 operating system and related software and services from Solutions Plus to transfer all data and installation of software to the new computer; consideration of joining the State’s Group Health Insurance Plan.
• Sponsorships and entries are now being accepted for the Christmas Parade, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11.
• The Town is seeking three volunteers to serve on the Board of Election. The volunteers would be required to assist during the annual town election, to be held Saturday, Dec. 6. The volunteers must be qualified electors in the town and shall not be an elected official or candidate or an immediate family member of an elected official or candidate. Anyone interested should call Stacey at the town hall for more information. Board of Election members will be appointed during the Oct. 27 town council meeting.
• The Town of Dagsboro is seeking Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment members. Anyone interested should contact Town Hall for more information.
• The Town of Dagsboro website is at www.townofdagsboro.com.
Indian River School District
• The next regular school board meeting is Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School. The agenda for the meeting includes: busing for extra-curricular activities; fire access roads at East Millsboro and Phillip C. Showell elementary schools; policies regarding school choice, driver education; interrogation and searches; student officers; coordinators for Title IX, 504 and ADA; secretaries salaries; and collective bargaining agreement signing for secretaries and custodians.
• Committee meetings will be held at the IRSD Educational Complex in Selbyville on Monday, Nov. 10: Curriculum at 3:15 p.m.; Policy at 4:30 p.m.; Buildings & Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7 p.m.
• There will be no school for students on Nov. 4 for Election Day, Nov. 6 for Return Day, Nov. 7 for professional learning day or Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
• The district website is at www.irsd.net.
• The Sussex County Council will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m.
• County offices will be closed on Tuesday Nov. 4, for Election Day.
• County offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 6, for Return Day.
• Agendas, minutes and audio, as well as live streaming of all County meetings, may be found online at www.sussexcountyde.gov. The entire council packet is now being made available on Mondays, mid-day, before the weekly Tuesday council meeting.
State of Delaware
• As part of DART’s Transit Redesign Plan, Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has adopted increases to existing service between Delmar and Georgetown, and pilot flex bus services in the Georgetown, Millsboro and Seaford area. The new transportation options are in addition to current DART fixed route and para-transit services.
• Nighttime lane closures can be expected on Route 1 from North Bethany to Fenwick Island, as part of a $4.4 million pavement and rehabilitation project, which involves replacement of crossroad pipes, milling the existing road surface, full-depth patching of existing road failures and placement of a full-width asphalt overlay.
The work includes construction of a right turn lane from Route 1 southbound to Fred Hudson Road; Route 1 northbound and southbound from Fenwick Island town limits to York Road/Logan Street in South Bethany; Route 1 northbound and southbound from Fifth Street in Bethany Beach to 3R’s beach entrance in North Bethany; Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach from Route 1 to South Bethany town limits.
The project also includes replacement of crossroad pipes on Route 1 from Fenwick town limits to York Road/Logan Street in South Bethany and Route 1 from Fifth Street in Bethany Beach to 3R’s beach entrance in North Bethany.
Nighttime lane closures on Route 1 will be limited to the hours of 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday evenings until Friday mornings. Daytime lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The construction is anticipated to be complete by late November (based on 140 calendar days for the contract), officials said. Motorists are being encouraged to check online at www.DelDOT.gov for construction updates and real-time travel information for this project and others.
• Work on the Route 26 Mainline and Detour Routes Improvement Project this week is expected to include lane closures, with traffic alternating using a flagging operation on Route 26. Work is also set to include ongoing work on the installation of the privately owned Tidewater Utilities Inc. water line between Grants Avenue and Old School Lane, with lane closures with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging operation.
Overall, the 4-mile-long project includes the reconstruction of Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal and will widen the existing two-lane roadway to include two 11-foot travel lanes with 5-foot shoulder/bike lanes and a 12-foot wide continuous shared center left-turn lane.
Construction is scheduled to last for at least 2.5 years. George & Lynch is building the 4-plus-mile project from Assawoman Canal in Bethany Beach to St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville. Foul weather, such as rainstorms and blizzards, could push the schedule beyond than the planned September 2016 end date.
Regular Route 26 project meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall. The public is being encouraged to attend or to get email updates from DelDOT via the project page for the Route 26 project at www.deldot.gov. For additional Route 26 project information or concerns, residents and businesses can contact Ken Cimino at (302) 616-2621, or Kenneth.email@example.com or at 17 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 2, in Ocean View.