South Bethany Committee Guidelines

Date Posted: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Purpose: These Guidelines describe the manner in which Committees shall be formed or dissolved, the manner in which the membership of Committees shall be determined, and the manner in which the business, efforts or work of Committees shall be determined and conducted. It shall be the duty of the Mayor and Town Council to create and to dissolve Committees. The Mayor and Town Council shall also establish each Committee’s role, its specific membership and its leadership. Committees exist for the sole purpose of fulfilling the role and direction authorized by the Mayor and Town Council. Definitions: Committee – A Standing Committee or Ad Hoc Committee in the Town of South Bethany is a body of at least three (3) voting members and up to nine (9) members appointed to consider, study, investigate or take action as a group on assigned matters. Committees are established to fulfill a specific purpose or […]



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Sussex County & NOAA Storm Preparedness Resources

Date Posted: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Monitoring the Tropics and Conditions The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center encourages residents and visitors to continue monitoring the tropics and conditions. Stay tuned to local television and radio stations. Click or tap on the following links to Sussex County’s internet resources: Sussex County EOC Website Sussex County’s Hurricane Homepage Facebook Twitter YouTube The public should also monitor the National Weather Service NOAA Weather Ready Nation homepage: Visit NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation Website   PDF Version



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Buy Flood Insurance Before it Floods!

Date Posted: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Town of South Bethany Urges Residents to Buy Flood Insurance Before it Floods.   Resilience is the backbone of emergency management and insurance is an important part of disaster recovery. As such, the Town of South Bethany joins the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in reminding people to purchase insurance before there is a flood and it’s too late. FEMA has made closing the insurance gap a part of its strategic priorities, since insurance prepares people financially to recover quicker and more fully after a disaster. Flood insurance, even if it is not required, should be considered since most homeowners and renters insurance policies typically do not cover flood. Many people think their property won’t flood if it didn’t in the past or they think they do not need flood insurance because individual disaster assistance from FEMA will fill in the gap of not having a policy. Although federal disaster […]



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Please Leash Your Dog

Date Posted: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Reminders: No dogs allowed on the beach anytime from May 15 to October 15 Leash your dog Do not permit your dog to run at large Per Chapters 30, 34, and 114 of the Town of South Bethany Code: It shall be unlawful for pets to be on any beach, strand or dune within the jurisdiction of the Town of South Bethany from May 15 to October 15. (Town Code § 34-8B) Running at large: It shall be unlawful for any such owner to permit a dog to run at large anywhere within the corporate limits of the Town of South Bethany. For the purposes of this article, to “run at large” means that the dog is off the owner’s property and is not under control on a leash. (§ 30-4A & B) Removal of excrement: The owner shall carry and use a bag or other device to pick up […]



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Six Tips to Avoid Contractor Fraud

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

When seeking a contractor for a home improvement job, you should get estimates from at least three reputable contractors. You should also contact the Better Business Bureau for information about any previous complaints regarding their work. Make sure the contractor has a current mercantile license with the Town and is insured. When structuring a payment schedule with the contractor, never make a full payment up front. You should always insist on a receipt for any payments you make. A reputable contractor will accept payments based upon the percentage of work completed. Most reputable contractors will enter into a written agreement outlining the rights and responsibilities of each party, the work to be done, and the payment schedule. If a contractor refuses to enter into a written agreement, you may not have any legal remedies to future problems. If you are approached by a “traveling” contractor who makes an offer that […]



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What to Do if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

1. PLACE A FRAUD ALERT on your credit reports by contacting one of the credit reporting agencies (CRAs) listed below. Request your free credit reports.   2. CALL ALL COMPANIES where an account has been misused or opened fraudulently. Close or flag as necessary. Follow up in writing, enclosing an Affidavit.   3. REPORT TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. File a complaint online at www.ftc.gov. Enclose a copy, called an FTC Affidavit, with your letters to companies and CRAs. Provide a copy to the police if you file a police report.   4. FILE A REPORT WITH THE POLICE. Ask them to attach your FTC Affidavit to the report. To fix mistakes on your credit report, send a copy to each CRA and the companies that provided the inaccurate information.   Credit Reporting Agencies: Experian: 888-397-3742 Trans Union: 800-680-7289 Equifax: 800-525-6285



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Home Security and Crime Prevention Tips Dont Make it Easy for the Bad Guys!

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Keep an inventory with serial numbers, purchase receipts and photographs of resalable appliances, antiques, furniture and jewelry. Store copies in a safe place. Keep your home well lit at night. Consider installing exterior lighting and/or motion sensing lights. Don’t place high dollar electronic items/appliances such as TVs, home entertainment systems, etc., where they can be seen through windows from the outside. Or keep blinds closed. If you will be away from your residence for an extended period of time, dont store high dollar items in your residence. Or keep them in a locked fireproof safe that is bolted to the floor. Notify neighbors and the police department when going away on a trip. Always lock your doors and windows – install deadbolts on all your doors. Use the Neighborhood Watch program to keep an eye on your neighborhood. Dont leave notes on the door when going out. Leave lights on […]



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Bicycle Safety in South Bethany – Know the Law Before You Ride

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

The South Bethany Police Department is very concerned for the safety of our residents and visitors. So we would like to make you aware of some important information concerning the operation of bicycles on town roads and on State Route 1. Bicycles are subject to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles and as such, must obey all traffic laws and signals that apply to motor vehicles. This includes texting/talking on a cell phone and operating a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol. Yes, you can be charged with DUI while riding a bicycle. Bicycles must ride as close as practicable to the right hand edge of the road way in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic and are not permitted to ride on sidewalks. When riding at night, bicycles must be equipped with a light on the front which emits a white light visible from a distance […]



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Parking Problems Most Frequently Incurred by Motorists

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Parking without a valid permit. Permit improperly displayed. Stickers must be displayed on the back of the rear view mirror. Hanging permits must be hung from the rear view mirror. Remember to keep your vehicle locked to prevent the theft of your permit. Parking on the roadway or against the flow of traffic. Parking in No Parking Areas, Lifeguard Parking, Handicap Parking, or blocking driveways. Motorists are reminded to park on the right side of the road off of the roadway as far as possible.



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Water Leaks – Help Us Help You

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

During the winter season, fluctuating temperatures often cause frozen water pipes to burst causing severe damage to homes and property. We encourage all non-residents who own homes in South Bethany to make sure the town hall/police department has a current phone number on file for you so town employees can notify you if your home experiences a water leak.



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