• The Bethany Beach Audit Committee will meet on Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes: a report from the internal auditor; a review and discussion of the internal audit plan for the 2015 calendar year; and a discussion of the external auditing firm for the 2015-fiscal-year audit.
• 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 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.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Friday, continuing Jan. 30.
• Yard waste is picked up every other Wednesday, continuing Feb. 4.
• A town council workshop meeting was set for Monday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. The agenda includes: a possible vote to hire a new full-time police officer; a possible vote on a Police Department staffing level proposal, submitted by Chief Crowson; a possible vote to hire a new full-time police officer (academy recruit); a possible vote for a budget amendment to add the Canal Water Quality Grant, which starts this fiscal year and continues into the next two fiscal years; a possible vote to issue an RFP for a consultant to prepare construction plans and bid documents for the implementation of the water-quality improvements planned for Sandpiper Pines (budgeted cost, approximately $35,000, and total grant amount of $136,900); possible vote for the Planning Commission and Sea Level Rise & Storm Surge Committee to submit a grant proposal from the Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program for approximately $20,000 (the Town would have an approximate match of $10,000 in a combination of cash and in-kind services).
• The South Bethany Town Council will meet Jan. 29, at 5 p.m., beginning with a public hearing for the new proposed floodplain ordinance, requested by FEMA, to update Zoning Chapter 145 of Town Code: Article XIV (Coastal Floodplain Regulations); Article III (Definitions); Article VI (Establishment of Districts); and Article XV, (Board of Adjustment).
• 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 Fenwick Island Town Council will hold its regular monthly meeting on Friday, Jan. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at town hall. A closed executive session will precede the meeting at 2:45 p.m. The regular meeting will include discussion and possible action: on the 2015 Economic Development & Infrastructure Grant with Kyle Gulbronson, AICP senior project manager, principal planner, URS Corp.; on the 2015 DNREC Universal Recycling Grant; on the Town telephone system; and on the retirement of the Public Safety Building debt. The meeting will also include a proposed second reading for Chapter 88 – Flood Damage Reduction.
• Fenwick Island’s trash and recycling pickup has returned to its off-season schedule. The Town is now performing yard-waste pickup.
• 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.
• 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.
•The Town of Millsboro will hold its monthly council meeting on Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
• The next Town Council workshop is Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.
• The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.
• The next regular Town Council meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• The deadline for voter registration for the 2015 town election was Dec. 31. Voters who haven’t voted in two consecutive town elections needed to re-register. The town election is Feb. 7, between 1 and 4 p.m. at town hall. Those planning vote must take with them proof of identification and address, such as a current State of Delaware driver’s license or ID card and a current utility bill, bank statement, credit card statement, a paycheck or another type of bill or statement.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing Jan. 27.
• The next Town Council meeting is Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at Frankford Volunteer Fire Co. meeting room.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• The next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.
• A town council election is scheduled for March 7. Candidates may file until Feb. 3, and voters may register until Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Two council positions, plus the mayoral chair, are up for election.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing Feb. 4.
• The Town website is at www.TownOfSelbyville.com.
• The next Dagsboro Town Council meeting is Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• The Dagsboro Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center. • The Town of Dagsboro website is at www.townofdagsboro.com.
Indian River School District
• Schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 30, for a professional learning day.
• A public forum regarding the proposed sex-education health curriculum was to be held Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. District officials were to give a presentation and answer questions from parents and community members. The school board will decide whether to approve it at the next regular board meeting. Supporting documents are on the IRSD website, at www.irsd.net.
• The next regular school board meeting is Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School. Comprehensive school safety committee meets at 6 p.m. to discuss southern schools.
• Committee meetings are at IRSD Educational Complex in Selbyville on Monday, Feb. 9: Curriculum at 3:15 p.m.; Policy at 4:30 p.m.; Buildings & Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7 p.m.
• Two public forums will be held to discuss the new Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA). District officials will give a presentation about DeSSA and answer questions from parents and community members. Dates are Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Georgetown Middle School (auditorium) and Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at John M. Clayton Elementary School (auditorium).
• The district website is at www.irsd.net.
• The Advisory Committee on Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities will meet on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.
• 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
A three-month closure of two small sections of Route 26 between the east side of Millville Town Hall and the east side of Lord Baltimore Elementary School as part of the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project began Jan. 5, with detour routes posted. Local access will be maintained inside the entire closure area during work on the two bridges at those locations.
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.