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January 10, 1997

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Lewes not dumping raw sewage in canal Lewes Board of Public Works General Manager Ron Donovan said this week that Lewes does not pump raw sewage into Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal. He added that the BPW has been in full compliance with Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control regulations con- cerning operation of its waste- water treatment operation since t990. Donovan's comments followed a statement made by Lewes resi- dent Nina Cannata during an an- nexation meeting held Monday, Jan.' 6. The meeting concerned a request by Gilman Development Company for annexation of a 16 acre parcel of land between Kings Highway and Savannah Rd. "I don't know if Lewes can handle this," said Cannata. "The BPW already sends raw sewage into Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in July and August." Lewes Councilman Jim Ford, a member of the com- mittee reviewing the requested an- nexation, subsequently sent a memo to the Board of Public Works questioning the statement. Cannata said she had seen a copy of a letter from an emploj/ee which had raised some concerns about certain procedures involv- ing operation of the Lewes waste- water treatment plant. The letter, she said, led her to believe there had been raw sewage dumped in July and August. Cannata said she was contacted by Donovan the day following the meeting. "From what Ronnie tells me it is not true," said Cannata. "And Ihave no reason not to believe Ronnie." Donovan said on Wednesday that the Lewes wastewater operation is tested independently weekly and that the state also keeps a close eye on the operation. "We've been commended for the quality of our plant's operation," said Donovan. Lewes BPW monthly meeting set Jan. 16 Lewes Board of Public Works, which governs the city's water, sewer and electric departments, will meet Thursday, Jan. 16. Agenda items include possible au- thorization to George, Miles and Buhr to write bid specifications for a sludge press at the waste- water treatment plant and adver- tising same for bids; consideration of purchasing a 3/4 ton 4x4 pick- up for the wastewater treatment plant, a 3/4 ton 4x4 pick-up for the water and sewer department, and a van for the power plant through the state contract; and considera- tion of a request from Carol Roberts, owner of 19 Hoornkill Avenue, to connect property to the BPW's water and sewer utilities. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the council meeting room of city hall on East Third Street. The public is welcome to attend. Lewes city council to meet Jan. 13 The mayor and city council of Lewes will meet Monday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting. In addition to minutes and usual reports, the agenda in- cludes the following items: final approval of the proposed subdivi- sion of property located at 116 Beebe Avenue into two lots, con- tingent upon the existing building being removed before recordation of the subdivision plot; final ap- proval of the subdivision of lots 6, 7 and 20 on Park Avenue and Dupont Avenue, contingent on the buildings located on lots 6 and 7 and the two sheds on lot 20 being removed; presentation of bids opened Jan. 9 and consideration of awarding contracts for expansion of city hall for an enlarged police department; request on behalf of Cape Shores Associates for the city to waive the $7,750 per lot fee under the terms of an agreement dated Feb. 15, 1991. [City Man- ager Elaine Bisbee said that Cape Shores Associates agreed in 1991 to pay $7,750 to Lewes for each of 220 lots being developed at Cape Shores. The agreement was part of negotiations which resulted in Cape Shores being rezoned from industrial to residential and short term leases being converted to 99 years plus an option for another 99 years. Bisbee said Lewes has received $1,178,000 of a total an- ticipated $1,720,500. The $7,750 per lot fee has been paid as lots have been sold, however the ini- tial agreement provided that any remaining amount, on unsold lots, would be paid by Feb. 28, 1997. She said $542,000 is due by the Feb. 28 date. She said Cape Shores Associates have asked for a waiver on the remainder because Lewes adopted a new policy in 1996 which offers owners of com- mercial leases in town the oppor- tunity to convert those leases to 99 years plus 99 years option with no fee other than legal fees required to execute the conversion.] Other agenda items include considera- tion of a request to change the zoning of the Edgehill property on Savannah Rd. from Community Facilities District to C-1 commer- cial; consideration of a house- keeping resolution which would make the Board of Public Works charter consistent throughout in terms of requiring that elected board members be citizens of the United States; and presentation of the 1997/98 annual assessment list. Bisbee said there will also be a closed session to discuss a per- sonnel matter. Milton man arrested in Burton Village for drugs Delaware State Police Special Investigations Tactical Unit offi- cers arrested Tavaris Hall, 19, of Milton on Wednesday, Jan. 8 fol- lowing a routine traffic stop that led to the discovery of drugs. Ac- cording to Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, Hall was driving a 1988 Honda north on Church Street in Burton CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, Januaryl0 - January 16, 1997 -3 Village when troopers pulled him over for a traffic volatlon. "He was stopped for a traffic violation which included tinted windows. He was acting very suspicious," said Lewis. Hall consented to have his car searched. "Inside the vehicle, troopers located 3.9 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia," Lewis said. The street value of the drugs is esti- mated at slightly less than $400. Hall was charged with possession with intent to deliver, maintaining a vehicle for the distribution of drugs, possession of drug para- phernalia, resisting arrest and a traffic violation. Officers took him to Court 2, where he was re- manded to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $3,300 se- cured bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, Jan. 16 for a preliminary hearing. Dewey Town Council slated to meet Jan. 18 The Dewey Beach Town Coun- cil will meet Saturday, Jan. 18 in the U.S. Lifesaving Station Muse- um at 1 Dagsworthy Avenue at 9 a.m. Agenda items include a review of a request by TMG Partners to operate a bed and breakfast at 116 Clayton Street; a town hall expan- sion update including the reloca- tion of town council meetings and a review of bids for construction; a review of an ordinance to amend Chapter 14, Section 407 relating to government exemptions; a re- view of an ordinance to regulate tattoo and body piercing activi- ties; a review of an ordinance to amend Chapter 6, Section 632 dealing with commercial noise; and a status report on Superior Court hearing to close a public pathway. New business will also be intro- duced at the meeting. Acres' quarterly meeting, public hearing Jan. 10 The Town of Henlopen Acres will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters. Agenda items for the quarterly meeting will include dis- cussions concerning the debris re- moval policy, a roller blade and skateboard ordinance, the adop- tion of a curb law, irrigation sys- tems versus sprinkler systems, and entrance cameras. The Acres will also hold a pub- lic hearing prior to the meeting. The hearing will be held in order for the town to hear comment on the resolution to amend the Build- ing Code of the Town of Hen- iopen Acres to provide for the Construction Board of Adjust- ment and Appeals. Currently the Acres' Board of Adjustment includes Mayor Thomas Lewis and Town Attor- ney Tempe Steen. The proposed amendment would change the committee to include no less than three members, but no more than five. The members would not in- elude commissioners, but be made Angle Moon photo Shaud apartments bite the dust The bulldozers paid a visit to the five-unit apartment com. plex behind 212 Rehoboth Avenue on Monday, Jan. 6 and left a pile of rubble in their Wake. Located behind the former Shaud Real Estate building which now houses Rock Creek and Ben and Jerry's, the five nonconforming units twice suf- fered extensive water damage last summer when city stormwater pumps failed to work properly. It was deter- mined that someone had turned off the pump switch, result.. hag in flooding of the complex and the basoments and ground floors of nearby businesses. The situation is believed to have been exacerbated by the building of new structures nearby which has resulted in more runoff into the alleyway behind the complex. Owner of the units, Karen Shaud, went before the Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment on Oct. 18, seeking to rebuild the five nonconforming units, although rather than four one-bed. room and one efficiency, she hoped to build five one-bedroom units. Under the zoning code, this would require 3,300 square feet per unit for a total of 16,500 square feet, but the parcel is only 5,1}00 square feet. Also, plans called for only one parking space per unit, although the complex had no off street park. ing previously. Shaud claimed the need to rebuild the complex resulted from an act of God due to the flooding; as the code allows for rebuilding of a nonconforming structure which is extensively damaged or destroyed by the elements. However, the board deadlocked on issuing the variance request at that time and Shaud returned last month to the board to request four units rather than five with parking underneath the complex. This time the variance was granted and work is proceeding. Building Inspector Susan Frederick explained that under grandfathering stipulations, one may replace a nonconform. ing structure which was destroyed. However, this particular situation constitutes a nonconform/ng use of the property, as that many units can not fit on the lot and therefore, can't be extended, as Shaud wanted to extend up and out from the old configuration, so a variance was necessary. up of other outside members Who could include residents, said Hen- lopen Acres Town Manager Jen- nifer Burton. "It will basically al- low residents to become more in- volved," she said. The public is invited to attend and present its views. The resolu- tion is available at town hall for = review from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mason trial granted continuance The trial of a teenager charged with disorderly conduct and re- sisting arrest in a boardwalk inci- dent last summer has been contin- ued from the original Jan. 9 date. Beau Mason of Hagerstown, MD, is pleading not guilty to charges filed after he was allegedly repri- manded for sitting on the back of a bench in the Wilmington Ave. pavilion. The arresting officer was Chief of Police Creig Doyle. Mason's attorney; Richard Ab- bott requested the continuance when the Jan. 9 date was set. He already had a court commitment for that date. Abbott said he was notified that the request for con- tinuance was approved; but he has not been informed when a new tri- al date will be set. Mason and his mother, Susan Seger Mason have filed a formal complaint against Doyle regard- ing the incident. However, the Delaware Attorney General's of- fice ruled that there will be no fur- ther action on the complaint until Mason's Family Court trial is con- cluded. River Milton re.enters zoning change process Taking the first step in a proce- dure that could lead to rezoning of property, the River Milton Group has submitted a request to Milton Town Council that will be for- warded to the town's Planning and Zoning Commission. The group is applying to have 22 acres at the northeast end of Chandler Street changed from R-1 Single Family Residential District to R-3 Multifamily Residential District. The developers are continuing their efforts to create a condo- minium community that could Continued on page 4