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Selbyville maintains same tax rate

Members of the Selbyville Town Council unanimously agreed at their meeting Monday, Feb. 7, to retain the town’s existing tax rate of $1.85 per $100 of assessed property value into the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

“I think we’re pretty solid where we are,” Mayor Clifton C. Murray told his fellow council members prior to the vote.

Chili steals the show

Whether you’re an Eagles or Patriots fan, this past Super Bowl Sunday was the best time to grab a great bowl of chili at Bear Trap’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off.

Good and bad new in local soybeans

Local farmers may face reduced yields if the soybean rust fungus blows northward into Delaware this season, but there is some good news to report as well.

According to the Jan. 26 Delaware Soybean Board press release (www.desoybeans.com), soy biodiesel fuel is coming to the Indian River Marina.

DNREC breaks out new regs

“What you’ll see tonight is not more of the same old business, because that won’t get the job done. This is some pretty drastic stuff we’re going to talk about tonight, and that’s what it’s going to take to restore the water quality of the Inland Bays.”

DelDOT hosts downtown Dagsboro forum

Dagsboro residents can expect a sweeping curve at Main Street (Clayton Avenue) and Route 26 in their future.

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) held an informal presentation on Feb. 3, bringing several projects in downtown Dagsboro together in one complete package.

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Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS

A home in Shady Dell Park was the target of some of the graffiti in the Ocean View area recently.

Daisey welcomed back as Frankford mayor

Frankford Town Council returned Robert Daisey to President and welcomed Maynard Esender as the new Vice President at the Feb. 7 council meeting.

Pam Davis presided over the swearings-in. Council made Davis Secretary/Treasurer for another year, and returned her as police liaison.

County fields subdivision appeal

Sussex County Council spent much of the Feb. 8 council meeting engaged with a subdivision appeal that had been denied at County Planning and Zoning (P&Z).
Attorney John Sergovic asked council to reconsider the Meadows at Creek Run, originally proposes as 57 lots on 53 acres east of Milton (reduced to 49).

County thinks internationally

Sussex County Council considered adoption of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) at the Feb. 8 council meeting, but deferred another week over Council Member George Cole’s opposing vote.

S. Bethany kicks in for lobbyist

South Bethany Town Council has decided to match funds with Bethany Beach for beach replenishment Washington, D.C. lobbyist firm Marlowe & Company.
Bethany agreed to sign up with Marlowe late last year, and approached South Bethany to see if they wanted to share the cost.

Local congregation makes church fun

Members of the High Tide Baptist congregation might not have a chapel to call home, but that isn’t slowing them down any.

Ferry to head beach patrol in Fenwick

Fenwick Island has changed the procedures for selecting the people in charge of its beach patrol, and a familiar face will be at the head.
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Ocean View council talks expenditures

Ocean View detailed three lists of proposed budgetary expenses at a Feb. 1 committee meeting, considering capital outlays for public works ($3.9 million) and public safety ($3.2 million).

The new police station remained by far the largest item in the budget, at $2.9 million. (Computers, vehicles, furniture, firearms, phones and a security system bring that up to $3.2 million.)

Report: Fenwick's finances in the pink

Major renovations to Fenwick Island’s accounting system have paid off for the town, with a clean review from the town’s auditor for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. In fact, the auditor had only one recommendation for the town: consider a higher-yield investment for cash reserves.

Principal describes birth of magnet school

Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) Principal Tim Fannin recently announced he would retire at the end of the school year.
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BBVFC breaks ground on new fire hall

Members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, residents, town and state officials gathered in Bethany Beach on Monday, Jan. 31, to break ground for the company’s new fire hall.

Fenwick renews cable contract with Comcast

Fenwick Island Town Council members voted unanimously at their meeting Friday, Jan. 28, to renew the town’s franchise agreement with Comcast cable television company. (Council member Chris Clark was absent.)

Bethany man has run-in with moving house

The moving of homes in the area’s coastal towns is a relatively common occurrence, but a house move scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11, led to the arrest of a Bethany Beach man.

County reviews moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council checked progress on the moderately-priced housing initiative at the Feb. 1 council meeting.

At council’s bequest (last October), County Administrator Bob Stickels put together a committee to study the topic.

Presidents return to Frankford

There weren’t enough candidates to bother with a town election in Frankford this year, but Council President Robert Daisey has reenlisted, and former-Council President Maynard Esender has returned to the fray as well.

The election was scheduled for Feb. 5, but instead council will simply reorganize at the Feb. 7 town meeting.

Winter driving tips offered in Fenwick

Winter driving tips were the topic for Sgt. William Boyden, public information officer for the Fenwick Island Police Department, at the town council meeting held Friday, Jan. 28. In light of recent snow and icy weather, he took the opportunity to make a number of recommendations for those in attendance at the meeting.

Ocean View puts a hold on water

Work on Ocean View’s central water system is still scheduled to begin some time soon, but more likely during the summer, rather than in March, as predicted this time last year.

Town council heard an update from engineer Chuck Hauser (of Davis, Bowen & Friedel) at the Feb. 1 council meeting.

Bethany dam project creates concern

“We will not cause flooding in other areas to solve problems in Bethany Beach.”

It was important enough of a statement that Bethany Beach Town Council Member and Drainage Committee Chairman Harold Steele felt compelled to reiterate it on numerous occasions and in numerous ways in recent weeks, including at the town council meeting Jan. 21.

License revocation ordinance approved

Bethany Beach Town Council members unanimously approved two pieces of legislation at their meeting Friday, Jan. 21.

On second reading, the council agreed to add more teeth to the enforcement of town codes and fees by beefing up its ability to revoke business licenses.

County P&Z denies retail near St. George's church

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, at the Jan. 20 P&Z meeting, decided Gregg White’s self-imposed deed restrictions weren’t enough to warrant a change of zone from agricultural-residential (AR) to commercial (C-1).

OV shuffles ordinances

Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Members on Jan. 20 moved into a holding pattern on a zoning ordinance aimed at reducing density.

The entire commission was present, as were Mayor Gary Meredith and Council Member Eric Magill.

Fire Report

The Bethany Beach Fire Department received assistance from Millville, Rehoboth Beach and Roxana firehouses as they responded to a house fire in Bethany on Sunday, Jan. 23.

The home, owned by Sarah McGuire and Deirde McHale, was not occupied at the time of the fire.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 6:48 p.m., and encountered heavy fire in the dwelling.

Bethany deadlocked over church property

Town officials in Bethany Beach were reluctant to formally commit themselves to a plan to use the former Christian Church property adjacent to the town hall as “open space” when offered $250,000 to do so at the Jan. 21 town council meeting.

DelDOT responds to BFCC's center lane request

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently asked state officials to consider significant design modifications for an improved Route 26, just as that project began rolling ever so imperceptibly forward.

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Nathan Hayward defended the existing design in a Jan. 6 response.

Gas leak puts BBVFD out in the cold

While most area residents were taking great pains to stay inside last weekend — well away from temperatures in the teens, wind chills near 0, and side streets that resembled ice-skating rinks more than byways — more than two dozen firefighters, paramedics and fire police spent hours in the freezing cold in support of their mission of public safety.

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