Town Hall Closed Until Further Notice

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
On Sunday, January 22, 2017, around 10:30 p.m.  a driver allegedly speeding eastbound on Main Street in Bethel lost control of the vehicle, crossed the road and ran into the Town of Bethel Community House and Town Hall.  The driver and passenger were not injured.  The Town of Laurel Police and Delaware State police responded to the accident.   Copy of the DSP contact information and photos of the accident are attached.
Damage to the 150 year old building was extensive, estimated to be approximately $50,000.    Bethel is a small town of 172 people and has been slowly and painstakingly making improvements on the building over the past 6 years.  The building is used for Town Council meetings and community events and will be closed to these events until the repairs are made.  This includes the moving of the upcoming February 18, 2017 Municipal Election and a retirement dinner for Councilperson Anna Lee Robinson who is retiring from the Council after serving on the Town Council for 37 years.
Speeding has been a frequent problem on Main Street in Bethel.  In 2015, another speeding car left the road and crashed through the Sailor’s United Methodist Church cemetery, damaging several gravesites.  While Bethel has no town police coverage, the Delaware State Police monitors for speeding the area with funds from a grant from Sussex County.
For information on this incident, please contact Town Council President Jeff Hastings at 302-354-1601 or President Pro Tempore Kevin Phillips at 302-858-3840.  Mr. Phillips is also President of the Bethel Historical Society and is knowledgeable on the history of the building.
For information regarding previously scheduled rentals, please call Anna Lee Robinson at (302) 875-5314.
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