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

South Bethany begins new council year with new mayor, member

South Bethany Town Council members on June 8 welcomed part-time resident Mark Damato among their number, appointing him to fill a vacant council seat for a two-year term. The appointment brings the council to its full complement of seven members, including new mayor Kathy Jankowski, who ran unopposed in the 2012 election, as did returning members George Junkin and Sue Callaway.

BREAKING NEWS: Bradley appeal heard by state Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court stood in recess on June 13 after hearing arguments in the appeal of Earl Bradley.

Last August, the former Lewes pediatrician was sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus an additional 164 years in prison, on five counts of assault in the second degree and five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

South Bethany targets swimmable and fishable canals

South Bethany has been at the forefront of efforts to improve water quality in the area, with a committee dedicated to improving the water in its canals to the point where it is once again fishable and swimmable, as well as several cutting-edge projects proposed to help bring those improvements in quality and a strong educational component aimed at getting property owners to make changes that go h

Guest Column -- Indian River Inlet Bridge a treasure of the Delaware coast

On Sunday, May 6, more than 2,000 people joined me to celebrate the history and the future of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet. The history of this location is one of several different bridges, an ever-changing environment and the emergence of Delaware as one of the East Coast’s premier resort locations.

Made by Hand to promote fair trade at May 12 event

A felt birdfeeder from Tibet. Paper mâché bowls from Haiti. Purses made from tires or soda-can openers. Newspaper-framed mirrors. Paper made from elephant dung (aptly marketed as “Ellie poo”).

South Bethany council approves pilot project for canal

South Bethany Town Council members voted 5-2 on April 13 to approve funding for a pilot project that would install six diffusers along the Anchorage or Petherton canals as a way, it is hoped, to improve water quality in the canals.

South Bethany council to vote on ordinances

The South Bethany Town Council will have several ordinances to vote upon when they meet on Friday, April 13, with second readings having been certified at the March 9 council meeting.

Inland Bays Foundation seeks members to help in mission

The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays watershed by conducting public outreach and education, tracking restoration efforts, encouraging scientific inquiry and sponsoring needed research, in order to establish a long-term process for the protection and enhancement of the Inland Bays.”

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.