• The Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion regarding Periers Day, including initial plans for 2017; regarding the ULLL “Heritage Trail” Program on Sept. 24; regarding the proposed docent program; and regarding future cultural evenings, including setting a date for the October event.
• The Bethany Beach Planning Commission will meet next on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. at town hall.
• There will be no town council election in Bethany Beach in 2016, as incumbents Bruce Frye, Jack Gordon, Rosemary Hardiman and Lew Killmer were the only candidates to file for the four seats up for voting in the planned September election. They will each serve a new two-year term starting with the Sept. 19 council reorganizational meeting.
• The Bethany Beach Town Council will discuss new design criteria for residential building (“bulk density”) in the R-1 and R-1B Zoning Districts at a public hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. For more information on the proposal, go to http://townofbethanybeach.com/CivicMedia?VID=37.
• The public can view on the Town website the presentation by Oasis Design Group to the Bethany Beach Town Council, soliciting input for preliminary concept development for the features and organization of “Central Park,” at the intersection of Routes 1 and 26. The URLs for the four presentation segments are http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/mediacenter.aspx?VID=30 (and 31, 32 and 33). The Town plans to send out a survey regarding specific design elements for the park.
• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season resumed May 15 and runs until Sept. 15.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach resumed on May 15.
• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast, with video, over the Internet via the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts. Both meetings are at town hall.
• There will be no 2016 town council election, as only four candidates registered for the four available seats: incumbent Mayor Pat Voveris as mayor, incumbent Councilwoman Sue Callaway, and incoming council members Don Boteler and William “Tim” Shaw.
• Recycling is picked up biweekly, continuing on Friday, Sept. 9.
• Yard waste is picked up biweekly, continuing on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
• The town council’s next regular meeting is Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., starting with a public hearing on Ordinance 183-16 to amend the Town Code, Chapter 145, Zoning, to clarify the definition of “pervious area” in the setback of any lot in South Bethany.
• The Cat Hill barricade hours have been changed to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for traffic turning from Kent Avenue onto Black Gum Drive, from May 15 to Sept. 15.
• Parking permit requirements have resumed for the summer. Permits are available at town hall.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach resumed on May 15 and run until Oct. 15.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• In town council elections on Aug. 6, elected to two-year terms were incumbent Gardner Bunting, former councilwoman Vicki L. Carmean and newcomer Bernard H. “Bernie” Merritt Jr. Kevin Carouge came in fourth in the voting for three seats. Incumbents Diane Tingle and Bill Weistling did not file to run for re-election. Would-be candidates Charles W. Hastings and Marc McFaul were deemed not to be eligible. Bunting, Carmean and Merritt have now been sworn in.
• The Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market has closed for the season.
• The new Homegrown Harvest Festival will be Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at Warren’s Station restaurant, featuring a beach run/walk, pumpkin patch on the beach, beer vendor, crafts, etc.
• Recycling is collected every Friday from May to September.
• The new Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.delaware.gov.
• The Town of Fenwick Island is now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.
• The Ocean View Town Council’s next regular council meeting has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.
• The Town of Ocean View’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofoceanview.
• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.
• The town council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
• The town council’s next regular meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.
• The town council’s next workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.
• Vendors can apply now for the Great Pumpkin Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no registration fee. Contact Town Hall ASAP at (302) 539-0449 for details.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• The town council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing Sept. 20.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing Sept. 14.
• Bulk trash is collected on the first Wednesday of each month. Households may put out one bulk item, such as a television, each month.
• The Town website is at www.TownOfSelbyville.com.
• There will be no town council election this year. All three incumbents re-filed for their seats, with no challengers.
• The town council will meet next on Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., at Bethel United Methodist Church.
• The Town can now accept credit cards payments from citizens online. Instructions are on the Town website.
• The Town of Dagsboro website is at www.townofdagsboro.com.
Indian River School District
• The 2016-2017 school year began on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for K-12 students. Preschool programs, including Project Village and TOTS, will begin on Monday, Sept. 12.
• There is no school for students Tuesday, Sept. 13, for Primary Election Day.
• Committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12, at the Indian River School District Educational Complex in Selbyville: Policy at 4 p.m.; Curriculum at 5 p.m.; Buildings & Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7:30 p.m.
• The Board of Education will meet Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School. The School Safety Committee will meet at 6 p.m. that day, for southern schools.
• The district website is at www.irsd.net.
• The Sussex County Council will not meet on Sept. 13.
• The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m.
• The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will meet Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.
• Agendas, minutes and audio, as well as live streaming of all County meetings, may be found online at www.sussexcountyde.gov.
State of Delaware
Continuing work on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, DelDOT has ended daytime lane closures for the summer, returning to only utilizing overnight lane closures, though lane shifts and brief lane closures for project logistics can still be expected during the day. Motorists are being encouraged to use detour routes to avoid delays when lane closures are in place.
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 expected to be largely complete mid-summer and completed by the fall. George & Lynch is building the 4-plus-mile project from Assawoman Canal in Bethany Beach to St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville.
Regular Route 26 project meetings have concluded, with anticipated completion of the project by late September. The public can 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.