South Bethany News

Town of South Bethany, Delaware

Population:

  • 449 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Town council regular meetings on the second Friday of the month, except January, at 7 p.m., in the town hall meeting room; council workshops/special meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month, except November, at 5 p.m . Workshop meeting dates and times subject to change.

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • as needed

Elections:

  • Mayor elected separately from the council at the same time; alternating slates of three council seats, with two-year terms for mayor and council members

Town office:

  • 402 Evergreen Road, South Bethany, DE 19930; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed noon to 1 p.m.; (302) 539-3653, fax (302) 539-7576

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Kathy Jankowski, Mayor
  • Sue Callaway, Mayor Pro-Tem
  • Pat Voveris, Council Secretary
  • Tony Caputo, Treasurer
  • George Junkin, Council Member
  • Al Rae, Council Member
  • Jim Gross, Council Member

Town Manager:

  • Melvin Cusick

Town Clerk:

  • Dee Burbage

Administrative Assistant:

  • Pam Smith

Finance Director:

  • Renee McDorman

Maintenance Supervisor:

  • Don Chrobot

Maintenance Employee:

  • Ron Watts

Code Enforcement/Building Inspector:

  • Joseph Hinks

Standing committees:

  • Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Budget & Finance, Canal Water Quality, Charter & Code, Communications & Public Relations, Community Enhancement, Sea Level Rise, Storm Surge

Police:

  • Lt. Troy Crowson, (interim) Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • John Terence “Terry” Jaywork

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-3996

Beach patrol:

  • Ryan Dacey, Captain
  • Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (5:30 on weekends)

Trash pick-up:

  • October through April — Monday; May & September — Monday & Saturday; June, July & August — Monday, Thursday & Saturday.

Curbside recycling:

  • May through September — Every Friday; Remainder of the year — Every other Friday

Yard Waste Collection:

  • Every other Wednesday

Bunting looks back at 28-year career

Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in public office. Bunting’s tenure will come to an end this November, though, as he is not seeking re-election. And while these accomplishments are just the tip of the iceberg of his time in office, Bunting is particularly proud of them and the collaboration that turned them into reality.

South Bethany approves permeable-paver ordinance

The South Bethany Town Council this week approved a new ordinance that permits the installation of permeable pavers in the Town’s right-of-way, between the street and front property lines.

Valor awards highlight selfless acts of heroism

Each and every day, members of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS services put their own lives on the line to ensure welfare of members of the community. Oftentimes their deeds go unnoticed except by those who experience their courageous and selfless acts firsthand. But once a year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce takes time to recognize the outstanding individuals from local departments and companies who make local residents’ and visitors’ lives safer.

Mission Accomplished

After years of construction, delay and turbulent waters, the Indian River Inlet Bridge opened to traffic last Friday, with Gov. Jack Markell taking the maiden ride across its span.

BREAKING NEWS: Route 54 paving work pushed forward to this weekend

In an effort to move the Route 54 Improvement Project toward completion, the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 5, that contractor Mumford & Miller, will be doing paving operations this weekend.  Unseasonably warm weather will allow a portion of the project to be paved now instead of in the spring, officials said. 
 

Arrests made in string of robberies

Delaware State Police and officers from the Ocean View Police Department this week arrested two Ocean View-area residents in connection with a string of armed robberies at businesses throughout the area.

Survey: Bethany citizenry largely favors Assawoman Canal Trail

Bethany Beach officials on Dec. 15 announced the results, to date, from a survey the Town sent out to its citizens on Nov. 9 regarding support and opposition to the proposed Assawoman Canal Trail project, which would run along the Assawoman Canal, partly inside town limits.

South Bethany continues work on environmental issues

South Bethany officials are making their efforts to improve the town’s environment official. The town council this week voted 6-0 to adopt a resolution in support of the town’s forest canopy density goal, which aims to reach 18 to 20 percent coverage in the next 20 years.

BREAKING NEWS: Survey results show Bethany citizenry favors Assawoman Canal Trail

Bethany Beach officials on Dec. 15 announced the results, to date, from a survey the Town sent out to its citizens on Nov. 9 regarding support and opposition to the proposed Assawoman Canal Trail project, which would run along the Assawoman Canal, partly inside town limits.

Local man arrested in string of burglaries

Selbyville police arrested Jeffrey Paddock, 49, of Ocean View on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for his alleged involvement in a string of local burglaries.

First public groups tour completed inlet bridge

Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour, which connected the two halves of the new bridge. Motorists had become accustomed to seeing the incomplete north and south sections move closer together until Oct. 18, when the closure pour was completed.

ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert sound, the recorded message on broadcast media will state, “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio and television.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure continued road safety due to dune erosion adjacent to the northbound lanes, they said.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 near Inlet to close at 9 p.m.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report  officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Beach replenishment again in S. Bethany

A major five-town beach replenishment project is making its way up the Sussex County coast, restarting now after delays in South Bethany. After completion of replenishment in Fenwick Island and with work now ongoing in South Bethany, dredging will continue north to Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, finishing by Memorial Day 2012.

Indian River Inlet project set to bridge the gap

It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just 10 feet of space remaining between the two cantilevered portions of the bridge deck.

State’s first-ever hurricane leaves damage, flooding in its wake

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene as torrential rains and gale-force winds cleared on Sunday morning, dealing generally with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs – a considerably lesser impact than had been feared from the first hurricane to hit the state in recorded history.

BREAKING NEWS: Area begins recovery from Hurricane Irene, with mostly minor damage reported

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, dealing with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs. Gov. Jack Markell lifted a travel ban and evacuation orders for at-risk areas as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 28, advising caution for those who did choose to travel.

BREAKING NEWS: Power remains out in Bethany, parts of Ocean View; no damage to boardwalk, OV homes

From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):

At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View.  Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.

BREAKING NEWS: Power outages, flooding continue; police enforcing travel restrictions

From Ocean View Police Department (11:45 p.m.):

Over the past hour, winds and rain subsided.  Police patrols were initiated and all roadways in town are reported to be open.  Power is still out on the east side of West Avenue and in Bethany Beach.  Many trees have fallen, however, at this time there has been no report of damage.

BREAKING NEWS: Police withdraw to station, power out in Ocean View and Bethany, downed trees reported

UPDATED (8:45 p.m.) Conditions in Ocean View remain the same.  Reports have been received that a tornado touched down in the Lewes area and 15 homes were damaged/destroyed.

The National Guard has assigned a unit to the OV EOC.  National Guard troops will be paired with OVPD officers during morning patrols.

BREAKING NEWS: Non-emergency travel prohibited after 6 p.m., Level 2 restrictions go into effect

Level 2 driving restrictions will be in place in Sussex County starting at 6 p.m.; then in Kent County starting from 8 p.m.; and in New Castle County starting from 10 p.m. This means that non-emergency travel will be prohibited.   Those who are evacuating from flooding or flood-prone areas, including to shelters, are exempt.
 

BREAKING NEWS: Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, tornado warning briefly issued, more safety information released

Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, conditions deteriorating as Irene approaches

As conditions across Delmarva have started to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Irene, the Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that the Indian River Inlet Bridge could be closed as early as 3 p.m. on Saturday but would definitely be closed by 4 p.m.