• The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustment will meet on Wednesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at town hall to consider an application for a variance filed by Vincent G. Robertson, attorney for property owners Stephen L. Snyder and Julia A. Snyder, for Block 7, Lot 11, at 94 Third Street, in the R-1 Residential Zoning District, seeking variances from Chapter 425, Appendix 3, Table of Dimensional Requirements, for encroachments into the required front-yard and side-yard setbacks.
• The Bethany Beach Non-Residential Design Review Committee will meet on Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes review of applications submitted by: (1) Robin Rankin, Daniel Lewis and Kelly Martin, tenants at 120 Central Boulevard, requesting approval for a new wall sign (applicants are expanding into the space previously occupied by The Artful Bean) on the wall fronting on N. Pennsylvania Ave., in roughly the same location as the previous sign, and to keep their existing sign located at the corner of the building to use to direct people to around the corner for take-out orders; (2) Joseph Pender, tenant at 98 Garfield Parkway, Unit #101, for a new hanging sign with a total area of 8 square feet; and (3) Miyuki Akamatsu, tenant at 776 Garfield Parkway, for two new faces to existing box signs, which have already been installed.
• The Town of Bethany Beach will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. at town hall, to receive comments on the proposed Town budget for the 2018 fiscal year (beginning April 1, 2017, and ending March 31, 2018). The proposed budget is available for inspection at town hall and on the Town’s website.
• The Town of Bethany Beach will hold a public hearing at town hall at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17, to receive comments on two proposed ordinance amendments: (1) to amend Section 425-87(B) so that properties of less than 5,000 square feet in the C-1 Downtown Commercial zoning district are exempt from requirements for off-street loading areas; and (2) to clarify related language in the section of town code regarding the Board of Adjustments’ ability to grant variances from the requirements.
• The Town of Bethany Beach in the coming weeks will be moving to weekly curbside pickup of recyclables.
• The Town of Bethany Beach’s 2016 survey regarding specific design elements for the proposed “Central Park” has been completed and tabulated. To see the results, visit http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/2398. To see the survey as presented, including illustrations, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Preview/?sm=BMy_2BRLkGbCwB4ov3Q9FwB4K2vPI.... (No further survey responses are being accepted.)
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).
• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended Sept. 15 and will return on May 15, 2017.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach ended on Sept. 30 and will resume on May 15, 2017.
• 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.
• Candidates may now register for the May 27 South Bethany Town Council election, which will fill three seats. Applications are due by Wednesday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. Each seat carries a two-year term. Candidates must be a natural person; at least 21; never convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude; and either be a resident, a freeholder or spouse of a freeholder. Absentee voting will be available, if an election is held. Applications and details are available at Town Hall by calling (302) 539-3653 or emailing email@example.com.
• Amateur and professional photographers can submit samples to be considered for South Bethany’s upcoming “Art in the Hall” exhibit. Applications are due by March 15, with the exhibition scheduled for May 26 to June 24, hosted at town hall by the Community Enhancement Committee. For details, contact Councilwoman Sue Callaway or visit the Town website.
• South Bethany is accepting applications for the position of town manager. Details on are available on the Town website.
• The South Bethany Beach Patrol is hiring lifeguards for the 2017 summer season. Tryouts are set for March 25, April 22 and May 20. Details are available on the Town website.
• The town council’s next regular meeting is set for Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m., preceded by a public budget meeting at 6 p.m.
• The council’s next workshop is Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m.
• A community Potluck Dinner will be held at town hall on Saturday, March 11, at 6 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Soft-drinks will be provided, otherwise the dinner is BYOB. Guests should bring a dish based on their last name (A to H, entrée; I to P, dessert; Q to Z, salad/side).
• Recycling is collected biweekly, continuing on Friday, March 17.
• Yard waste is picked up biweekly, continuing on Wednesday, March 15.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach ended Oct. 15 and will resume May 15, 2017.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• The Business Development Committee will meet Wednesday, March 15, at 2 p.m.
• The Environmental Committee will meet Thursday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m.
• The Business Development Committee’s community breakfast is set for Thursday, March 23, at 8 a.m.
• The town council’s next regular meeting is Friday, March 24, at 3:30 p.m.
• Recycling is picked up biweekly, continuing Friday, March 10.
• The filing deadline to run for the District 3 council seat is Wednesday, March 8, at 4:30 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 Planning & Zoning Committee will meet March 1 at 7 p.m.
• The Millville Town Council election scheduled for March 4 has been canceled. Two incumbents and one other residents were the only candidates to file for the three available council seats, each of which carries a term of two years. Council Members Robert Gordon and Susan Brewer will retain their seat, with resident Peter Michel filling the other vacancy.
• The town council’s next regular meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m.
• The town council’s next workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• The Millsboro Town Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
• The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on March 15 at 6 p.m.
• The Dagsboro Town Council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, March 20, at 6 p.m., at Bethel U.M. Church.
• The new Town of Dagsboro website is at www.dagsboro.delaware.gov.
• The Town will hold an open house on Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in what was the former J.P. Court building, which has been converted to the Town’s new town hall and administrative offices. Refreshments will be served, and citizens can tour the new facility.
• The Frankford Town Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing March 7.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• There will be no 2017 election for Selbyville Town Council. Three candidates applied for the three positions — incumbents Mayor Clifton C. Murray, Clarence Tingle and Frank Smith, who will be sworn in for new two-year terms.
• The Selbyville Town Council’s next regular meeting is Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
• Fluoride is not currently being added to Selbyville water. The Town was given an exemption to the requirement until their new water plant comes online, possibly in May. Families may wish to discuss fluoride tablets with their children’s dentist.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing March 15.
• 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.
Indian River School District
• The district was set to host a public referendum on Thursday, March 2, to address a current-expense issue with a proposed 49-cent increase per $100 of assessed property value ($95 per year for the average taxpayer in the district). The Nov. 22 public referendum was defeated by a margin of 20 votes among more than 6,000 cast.
All residents of the district who are 18 or older, whether property owners or not, may vote at any of the designated polling places from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.: East Millsboro Elementary, Georgetown Elementary, Indian River High School, Long Neck Elementary, Lord Baltimore Elementary and Selbyville Middle School. Proof of identification or residency is required at each polling place. If the referendum is postponed due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 16.
• There will be no school for students on Friday, March 3, for a half-day professional learning day for teachers and para-professionals.
• Committee meetings are planned on Monday, March 13, at the Indian River Educational Complex in Selbyville: 4 p.m. Policy, 5 p.m. Curriculum, 6 p.m. Buildings & Grounds, 7:30 p.m. Finance.
• The Indian River School District’s Special Education Task Force will host a parent focus group meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Millsboro Middle School, at 6 p.m.
• The IRSD Board of Education’s next regular meeting is Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School.
• There is no 2017 School Board election because no seats are up for reelection this year.
• The school district website is www.irsd.net.
• The district website is at www.irsd.net.
• The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will meet on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
• Sussex County Council will next meet on Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m.
• The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on Thursday, March 9, at 6 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
The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) will conduct public hearing workshops this month to obtain comments on proposed changes to DART Statewide Fixed Route Bus Services, to become effective Sunday, May 21, as well as Resort Transit Service, to become effective Saturday, May 6, (pre-season weekend service), with full service to begin Monday, May 22. Hearings are set for Feb. 21 in Dover, Feb. 22 in Wilmington, Feb. 23 in Seaford and Feb. 28 in Newark.
The proposals call for statewide schedule and routing changes to improve on-time performance and route connectivity; discontinuation of unproductive trips and route segments, and reallocating those resources to improve services. Resort Transit proposals include operation of some routes out of the new Lewes Transit Center’s Park & Ride, with increased frequencies on most routes.
A summary of proposed changes and service proposals is available for review online at www.DartFirstState.com, and at the Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown libraries, WILMAPCO and at the reception desks of DART Administrative Offices.