Citizens’ group to address heat risks and climate change
The Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Center for the Inland Bays to discuss climate change. Neelam Patel, chief climate program lead for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will present “Addressing Heat in Delaware.” The presentation focuses on heat event risks and how they could impact Delaware.
Milton committee to discuss budget
The Milton Finance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 15, at the Milton Public Library, where it will continue to discuss the public works department’s budget for fiscal year 2014. The group will also look at the town manager’s proposals for the capital and operating budgets. For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.
Milton P&Z considers special use application
The Milton Planning & Zoning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, at the Milton Public Library. The group will consider a specialpermitted- use application for the property at 201 Broadkill Road. The applicant, Truitt Jefferson, would like to use the property as a supplemental parking lot for an adjacent property. For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.
Acres commissioners to meet July 12
The Henlopen Acres commissioners will meet at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12, in Town Hall, to hold a public hearing on a zoning code amendment that would allow two, three-month extensions to an expiring zoning certificate if the applicant shows good cause.
Following the public hearing, the commissioners will hold their quarterly meeting to discuss a charter amendment relating to the qualification of voters, vacation policies and a process for evaluating the Rehoboth Art League’s zoning status, including possible zoning changes.
In new business, the commissioners will ratify the town budget, tax rate and fee schedule. Also to be discussed are an appointment to the environmental approval committee, roofing regulations, removal of registrants from the voting rolls and event parking.
Henlopen Acres filing deadline July 12
Candidates for town commissioner in Henlopen Acres have until 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 12, to file for office at Town Hall.
Two seats are available this year, commissioners David Lyons and Frank Jamison. Lyons has filed as a resident, while Jamison is a nonresident. Town charter requires a majority of the commissioners be residents, so at least one resident commissioner will be elected. Lyons and Jamison have both filed for reelection. The town election is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 at Town Hall.
Sussex council back in action next week
Sussex County Council gets back in action after its summer break with a 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16 meeting in the county administration building on The Circle in Georgetown. Included on the agenda are discussions on a possible dog barking ordinance and state transportation capital funding. See a complete agenda at sussexcountyde.gov.
Dewey planners to consider signs, displays
Dewey Beach Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11 at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue.
The commission will hold a public hearing to consider amending the town regulations for signs and displays.
After the hearing, the commission will vote on a recommendation to bring to Dewey Beach Town Council.
Dewey to discuss receipts, beach taxes
Dewey Beach Town Council will meet at 5 p.m., Friday, July 12, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. Council will hold a closed-door discussion on litigation involving Jimmy’s Grill.
The meeting will be open to the public at 6 p.m. Council is scheduled to consider changes to the zoning code related to signs and displays and discuss a referendum on a possible gross receipts tax for businesses. The town manager is scheduled to discuss collection of the town’s beach replenishment tax.
Lewes fireboat collides with private boat
Lewes Fire Department’s fire and rescue boat and a privately owned boat collided in the Roosevelt Inlet around 3:30 p.m., July 4. Sgt. Greg Rhodes, boating safety officer with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said no one was injured and vessel damages were minimal. Rhodes said he could not provide additional information about the accident because of an ongoing investigation and pending charges.
Lewes Fire Department received the custom-made, 44-foot-long, 16 foot wide, fire and rescue boat on Dec. 15, 2008. The vessel is an aluminum-hulled catamaran equipped with a 1,200-horsepower jet-drive engine. Petaluma, Calif.-based Moose Boats built the $900,000 vessel.
Committee to instigate city manager search
The Rehoboth Beach commissioners have authorized the personnel committee to begin soliciting proposals from search firms to come up with a list of candidates for a new city manager.
The city plans to have a replacement in place for the retiring Greg Ferrese by early November, nearly a month before Ferrese officially departs on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Commissioner Patrick Gossett, chairman of the personnel committee, said ultimately, the commissioners would manage the selection process. The role of the committee and the search firm would be to create a matrix with the minimum requirements and salary range, he said, and make a recommendation for a search firm, which would be approved by the commissioners. The search firm would then take that information and use it to narrow down a list of candidates.
Gossett said the commissioners would conduct interviews with the first round of candidates. “It’s one of the most important decisions this body will make,” he said.
Lewes’ July 4 meter revenue tops last year’s
Parking can be difficult to find in any resort town this time of year, but it appears Lewes visitors were able to find plenty of metered parking Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7. This year, the city’s meters took in $21,631, more than $4,960 collected during the same period in 2012 when meter revenue was $16,663.
The City of Lewes has municipal parking lots on West Third Street, 1812 Park on Front Street, Canalfront Park on Lewes– Rehoboth Canal; Lewes Beach at the east end of Savannah Road and Delaware Bay; and Lewes Beach Lots #1 and #2, both along Cape Henlopen Drive and Delaware Bay. Lot parking meters allow a maximum of nine hours of parking at a charge of $1.50 per hour.
Curbside parking is available on both sides of Second Street from Savannah Road to Mulberry Street; both sides of Market Street from Second Street to Third Street; both sides of Bank Street from Second Street to Front Street; and on the south side of Second Street from Market Street to Mulberry Street.
Curbside meters provide a maximum of two-hours of parking at a charge of .75 cents per hour. All parking meters are enforced 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking lot meter seasons vary depending on location; read information inside the meters or signs posted in parking lots.