Public invited to talk with Gov. Markell Oct. 3
The public is invited to join Gov. Jack Markell and members of his cabinet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the auditorium of Cape Henlopen High School. The governor will talk about his vision for Delaware and plans he and his cabinet members have for moving Delaware forward during his second four-year term.
Delaware’s General Assembly passed a $3.6 billion budget during the past legislative session, and this is a chance for the public to hear about that budget, ask questions, and express ideas and concerns. This is a free event for the public to attend. It will also be broadcast and streamed live by 92.7 WGMD-FM, which is one of the event’s sponsors. Cape Henlopen High School and Cape Gazette are also sponsors for the event.
Milton Development Corporation dissolves
The Board of Directors of the Milton Development Corporation has voted to dissolve the nonprofit corporation. The dissolution process has begun.
An active theater is vital to the development of a prosperous business environment in Milton. The theater is also important as it enhances the quality of life of the community. The MDC board appreciates the investment and commitment of the new owners of the Milton Theatre and fully supports them in their efforts to renovate and reopen the theater.
The board is very thankful for the outpouring of support received over the years. They state, “As we all treasure memories of the Milton Theatre in the past, let us look forward to a new chapter in the theater’s history. The show will go on.”
Milton council to meet in executive session
Milton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, at the Milton Public Library. The only agenda item listed is an executive session to discuss personnel matters and possible land acquisition.
Rehoboth officials hold off setback hearing
The Rehoboth Beach commissioners agreed to wait on an ordiance that would institute proportional side-yard setbacks for lots greater than 50-by-100 feet. Mayor Sam Cooper said he needed time to refine the method by which proportional setbacks would be determined, particularly for corner and irregularly shaped lots with more than 50 feet of frontage on a street.
The planning commission recommended a system where the required side setbacks would be determined by multiplying the current side-yard standard of six feet, and the current aggregate side-yard setback of 16 feet, by a factor determined by dividing 50 into the front footage of any lot exceeding 50 feet.
For example, the factor for a lot with 100 feet of frontage would be 100 divided by 50, or 2. The next meeting where the commissioners could schedule a hearing on the ordinance is Friday, Oct. 18.
Dewey commissioners to take oath of office
Dewey Beach Town Council will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. Mayor Diane Hanson and Commissioner Anna Legates will be sworn in for another term of office. Newly elected Commissioner Ellen Danaher will be sworn in for her first term. Commissioners will also vote to appoint a town mayor to a one-year term. Town council is also scheduled to vote on committees and committee chairs for the next year.
Hearing to discuss nobuild zones in Dewey
Dewey Beach Planning Commission will meet at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. The commission will hold a public hearing on possible amendments to the zoning code, including building restrictions to bayside and lakeside property. The changes are aimed to address sea- and bay-level rise. After the public hearing, the commission will discuss and possibly vote on the zoning amendments.
Sussex council awards nonprofit grants
Sussex County Council awarded the following councilmanic grants during its Sept. 24 meeting: $500 to Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council for conference expenses; $1,500 to Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach for its capital campaign to construct a skate park; $1,000 to Delmarva Clergy United in Social Action Foundation in support of a 12-unit low-income housing project in Ellendale; $500 for luncheon expenses for participants who stop in Millsboro during the Northeast Rally Club 2014 Great Race from Maine to Florida; $500 to Coastal Concerts for program expenses; $2,000 to Delaware Celebration of Jazz for Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. Council presents grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations sponsoring events and providing services to county residents.
Officials approve Route 24 rezoning request
With a 5-0 vote at its Sept. 24 meeting, Sussex County Council approved the rezoning of a 25 acre parcel along Route 24 near the Route 1 intersection from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to CR-1, commercial-residential. The application was filed on behalf of the Herola Family LLC and Artisans’ Bank.
As part of the approval, the property owner will complete a connector road between Route 24 and Old Landing Road. Council members said the rezoning was an infill in an area already dominated by commercial zoning.
Increase in Board of Adjustment filing fee
Dewey Beach Town Council voted Sept. 6 to increase the filing fee for Board of Adjustment hearings for commercial applicants. Commercial applicants will pay a $1,000 filing fee; double the amount that was previously required.
Sussex County offices open late to pay taxes
Sussex County will extend office hours by two hours on deadline day for payment of county property taxes. Staff will be on hand in the county’s administration building on The Circle in Georgetown from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30. Bills can be paid online at sussexcountyde.gov.
New recycling schedule in Rehoboth Beach
First State Disposal will begin a new recycling pickup schedule in Rehoboth Beach Friday, Oct. 4, for customers in the city’s residential recycling program. Recyclables will be picked up the first, third and fifth Friday of every month.