• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at town hall. Along with committee reports and other business, the council will consider approval of a possible supplement to the General Fund Capital Budget for the 2020 fiscal year, of $1.14M for the Central Park project; as well as considering approval of the Town’s investment policy.
• The Planning Commission of the Town of Bethany Beach will consider an application for a final review of a proposed planned residential development (“PRD”) for property identified as Lot 5, Block 33, at 857 Garfield Parkway in the R-2 Zoning District at its meeting on May 18, at 9 a.m. at town hall. The application may be inspected in the office of the building inspector during regular business hours.
• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season returned on May 15. It will end again on Sept. 15.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach resumed on May 15. They will end again on Sept. 30.
• 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. Additional meetings, such as committee meetings, may also be broadcast and/or recorded, and may be available on the website.
• The Planning Commission will meet Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. The agenda includes their meeting schedule and the Street Lighting Master Plan working document, including format and content of draft light pole census data report.
• The town council will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 20, at 1 p.m. The agenda includes executive session relating to an individual citizen’s qualifications to hold a job or pursue training, including candidates for police chief and potential terms of employment contract; a motion to reconvene in public session; discussion and possible vote to extend an offer of employment to a candidate for the police chief position (pending execution of employment agreement); and public comment.
• The 2019 South Bethany Town Council election will be Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at town hall. Four seats will be contested. There are three seats with two-year terms. Candidates are Jane Bonbright, Laurence “Larry” Budd, Darren Donohue, Richard “Dick” Oliver, Carol Stevenson, and Frank Weisgerber. There is one seat with a one-year term. The candidates are Derek Abbott and Gerald “Jerry” Masiello.
Eligible voters must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 by election day. They must either be a town resident (for at least 30 days before election day); a freeholder (property owner or trustee for at least 90 consecutive days before election day); or the spouse of a freeholder (whether listed on the deed, or not). No more than eight people may vote as a “freeholder” or “spouse” per property.
Absentee voting will be available. Affidavits are available from town hall or the town website. Affidavits are due to Town Hall by May 24 at noon, if in person (or May 21 at noon, if requesting a ballot by mail). After submitting a completed affidavit to Town Hall, an absentee ballot will be handed/mailed to the requestor. Absentee ballots must be returned by May 25 at 3 p.m. South Bethany Town Hall is located at 402 Evergreen Road, South Bethany, Del. Details are available by calling (302) 539-3653 or online at https://southbethany.delaware.gov/election-information.
• The town council’s next monthly workshop will be held Thursday, May 23, at 3 p.m.
• Tim Shaw and Scott Fischer were appointed to the Planning Commission.
• The Town of South Bethany is now accepting applications for full- and part-time certified police officers and seasonal employment in Public Works, the Beach Patrol (lifeguards) and the Police Department. Visit the Town website for details.
• The town council is seeking to simplify the Town’s parking permits by setting up one type of residential permit. People would get for four identical tags, rather than the current dual system of nontransferable permits and transferable permits. A parking kiosk is being installed in February, and permits will also be available through the Town website. The changes do not affect parking fees. Officially, the town council has approved the first of three readings of Ordinance 194-19 to amend the town code, Chapter 94, to make the changes.
• Anyone able to lend cornhole boards to the Town’s 50-Year Anniversary Celebration should contact Town Hall or Sue Callaway. The party will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at town hall, rain or shine. The family-friendly event includes food, music, face painting, gifts and prizes.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach resumed May 15. They will end Oct. 15.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• The Town of Millville’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofmillville. There is no sign-up/log-on required, it’s free & open to the public.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday, May 21, at 4 p.m. to consider a final site plan for Atlantic Lakes housing development and a conditional use for a daycare on Lighthouse Road.
• Fire hydrants are being flushed May 13 to 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and businesses are being advised to check for discolored water, especially in their washing machines. Anyone who observes discolored water should run the faucet for several minutes to see if it clears up. If it doesn’t clear, they should call the water department at (302) 436-8349.
• The town council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m.
• The Town is seeking candidates for the positions of wastewater operator and public works/water operator.
• The new town website is www.Selbyville.Delaware.gov.
Indian River School District
• There will be no school for students (or paraprofessionals) on Friday, May 24, for a teacher workday. There will be no school on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.
• Graduation at Indian River High School will be on Wednesday, May 29. Sussex Central High School’s graduation will be on Tuesday, May 28.
• The last day of school has been rescheduled. The last day for students in Grades 1-11 will now be Thursday, June 6. The last day for preschool and kindergarten will be Friday, May 31. The last day for teachers will be Monday, June 10. The changes are the result of unused surplus hours built into the calendar for potential weather closures. In summer, offices will be open for extended hours Mondays to Thursdays, and closed on Fridays.
• Progress reports were to be issued May 7 for elementary schools and May 3 for secondary schools.
• The next regular monthly meeting of the Indian River Board of Education will be Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School.
• The Citizens Budget Oversight Committee meets quarterly, meeting next at 6 p.m. on July 16. Meetings are open to the public at Indian River Educational Complex in Selbyville.
• The school district website is www.irsd.net.