City Meeting Reports April 19 - May 18, 2013

From: Joanne Hess Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2013 10:12 AM To: Friends of Rehoboth Beach Subject: Reports on April 19 - May 18 Dear concerned citizens of Rehoboth Beach: Following are the Save Our City (SOC) reports on Rehoboth City meetings held since April 19 and scheduled through May 18. SOC urges all Delaware citizens to participate in the State sponsored Delaware Household Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for May 18 (see newsletter below on the Mayor and Commissioners' meeting May 17). Household hazardous waste collection Commissioner Stan Mills reported on programs available for disposal of household hazardous waste, as recommended in the Planning Commission’s Lakes Report. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority will collect hazardous waste on May 18 behind the firehouse, and conducted an electronic equipment and paper shredding event September 28, 2013. Below is the full announcement of the Hazardous Waste Recycling event on May 18. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT ANNOUNCED OPEN TO ALL DELAWARE HOUSEHOLDS The City of Rehoboth Beach has partnered with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority to host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event in downtown Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Because of intrinsic dangers, hazardous waste should not be thrown out with your regular trash. HHW collection events provide a safe method for disposal of unwanted items that otherwise can harm people and the environment when disposed of improperly. You Can Bring the Following Items to a HHW Collection Event: Product containers marked with words, "Warning: Hazardous," "Flammable," "Poisonous," "Corrosive" or "Explosive" such as the following: HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ACCEPTED: Full aerosol cans, bleach, chemistry kits, nail polish, polish removers, perfumes, disinfectants, drain cleaners, floor wax, mercury thermometers, moth balls, oven cleaner, spot remover, toilet cleaner, fluorescent light bulbs, sharps (needles) EXPLOSIVES: Ammunition, firecrackers, gunpowder WORKSHOP and GARDEN/YARD ITEMS: Corrosives, paints (other than latex), small compressed-gas cylinders, solvents, stains, strippers, thinners, varnish, wood preservatives, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals AUTOMOTIVE ITEMS: Antifreeze, auto batteries, degreasers, waste fuels - gasoline, kerosene, used motor oil mixed with other fuels Helpful Tips: Bring materials in original, sealed containers. Do not mix products in one container. To prevent leakage or breakage, pack separately in absorbent material or triple bag. Bring rags to clean up any spills, and dispose of rags at the collection site. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: FRIABLE and NON-FRIABLE ASBESTOS UNKNOWN SUBSTANCES that are greater than 1 gallon or 8 pounds
LATEX PAINT (Water-soluble is not hazardous. Can be taken to a landfill. Please solidify with kitty litter or sand)
USED MOTOR OIL (Oil which has not been mixed with other fuels is accepted at specific DSWA Recycling Drop-off Centers)
 PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS (see Police Department Report below) For a complete list of what is and is not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste collection events or to find out other dates and locations of special collections events, including HHW, electronics recycling and paper shredding, see the Delaware Solid Waste Authority web site at This special one-day HHW collection event is being conducted by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority on Saturday, May 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company at 219 Rehoboth Avenue. This collection event is open to all Delaware residents.. For more information contact the DSWA Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080. Police Department Report Seasonal officers are receiving training and will be on the streets starting on May 17. On April 27, all citizens brought expired, or unused prescription drugs to the Police Department for safe disposal. Building and Licensing Department A permit of compliance hearing was held for Modern Mixture restaurant, 62 Rehoboth Avenue, who is proposing to add service of alcohol to their menu. The permit of compliance was approved unanimously. Planning Commission Report Commissioner Bunky Markert reported on the meeting of Friday, April 12. At that meeting, a presentation was made regarding trees, what grows best in this area and how they can co-exist with construction in Rehoboth Beach. This session is part of the Planning Commission’s effort to carry out the task assigned them by the City Commission to investigate alternatives or amendments to the current city tree ordinance. A number of citizens attended the session and a further workshop will be scheduled for the Planning Commissioners. In addition, the Planning Commission approved the partitioning for 12 Rodney Street. Freedom of Information Act The Mayor and Commissioner considered a new ordinance related to setting fees for providing copies of records and a revised policy regarding FOIA requests. Solicitor Mandalas and city Secretary Ann Womack will continue to work and bring back a final plan for approval at the Commissioners’ next meeting. Alderman’s Court The Mayor and Commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the Mayor to request the state legislature to enact a proposed charter change regarding Alderman Court to comply with state desires. Communications Committee report Commissioner Mills reported that a "What's happening" tab, which will take you to newest notices, will be added to the top of the navigation column on the City website home page. The Mayor and Commissioners’ Workshop meeting scheduled for May 6, 2013 was cancelled. The Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 pm on Friday May 10 in the Commissioners' room to review the following agenda: Public hearing of Partitioning application located at Lots 58,56,54, and westerly portion of Lot 52 into two lots with Lot 58 and property portion of Lot 56 becoming one portion of lot of 7027 square feet. The partitioning has been requested by Charles T Brockstedt on behalf of Sussex Inc. Alexander Clark Martin and Ellen Stroud Martin owners of the property. The Planning Commissioners considered and proposed a resolution to research and propose amendments as necessary to protect and augment City's Urban Forest to ensure the environment and health of Rehoboth Beach's trees. Discuss the issue of side panel setbacks on lots used for residential purposes that have street frontages greater than 50 feet and possibly note recommendations to the Mayor and City Commissioners to amend section 270-26 and other sections of the City Code as it applies to side yards. The May 13 Board of Adjustment meeting has been cancelled. For continuing information about Rehoboth Beach and its neighbors, please visit the SOC website: Joanne Hess Secretary, Save Our City