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Briefly Route 1 Weekly Accident U 00date 4 ' CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, Continued from page 3 contain up to 65 units; site plans include common areas and a pond and would overlook the Br0adkill River. In previous attempts to get the property re-zoned, River Mil- ton Group met with protests from residents who are concerned about the impact that traffic and popula- tion density will have onJhe area. The developers withdrew a simi- lar request last summer. The request for re-zoning was presented at the Jan. 6 Town- Council meeting. It was forward- ed to Diane Eisenbrey, the city's building code inspector; she said that it will probably be scheduled to be considered at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in mid-February. The commission will make a recommendation for or against rezoning, and Town Council will vote On the issue. Lewes announces holiday hours " Offices for the City of Lewes will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 for the Martin Luther King holiday. Trash collection for Monday will be on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Tues- day's trash collection will be on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Bulk trash collection is also scheduled, for Jan. 22. Christmas tree collections will take place on Jan. 10, 15, 16, 17, 23, and 24. Trees must be free of all decorations, including tinsel. Do not place trees in plastic bags. City of Rehoboth to hold budget meeting The City of Rehoboth Beach will hold its second budget meet- ing of 1997 at 8:30 a,m., Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Commissioners Room. The public is invited to at- tend. July Fourth fireworks on Jan. 10 Rehoboth agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners is expected to take a vote on whether to allow a fireworks display on July 6 of this year in observance of the July Fourth holiday as requested by Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Main Street President Kathy Kramedas said they have received support for the idea from outlying businesses as well and "it's the number one request with down- town merchants." Also, the board will hold a pub- lic hearing at 7 p.m., on zoning code revisions proposed by the city's Planning Commission con- cerning gross floor area defini- tions and a stipulation which would require that at least 40 per- cent of a residential lot be devoted to natural area. The former is be- ing considered as a means of pre- venting people from building resi- dences on pilings and using the ground floor area as living space. The latter is hoped to prevent peo- ple from devoting an excessive January 10 - January 16, 1997 amount of ground to driveways, to the date of the hookup. That walkways, decking and preserve means some future bills may be green space, less expensive because they will There will be a report on the only be for one quarter and will 1995/96 audit by the audit com- not reflect any back charges. mittee and a report from the Plan- West Rehoboth residents had ning Commission Concerning the until the end of 1996 to connect to prccivd nwd to prsvrv his- the system, according to Stickels. toric structures within the city. A Anyone having questitms con- contract for construction of the cerning their sewer bill should call new Delaware Avenue comfort the County's Utility Billing Divi- station is expected to be awarded sion at 855-7870. and there will be reports from the Police Department, Building and County introduces Licensing Department and Plan- ning Commission, as well as vari- Mariner's Cove setback ous committee and city manager's change reports. County Council introduced an ordinance on Jan. 7 which would DelDOT recommendation amend the setback requirements in on Lowe's due soon? the vacation-retirement-residential Recommendations from park district. The ordinance is aimed at a community on Long Delaware's Department of Trans- Neck Road. portation (DelDOT) on a pro- That development, Mariner's posed Lowe's "superstore" in the Cove, has a number of homes Cape region may be forthcoming which do not meet the current 30- in a few weeks. The prop'osed foot setback requirements. Lowe's store at Five Points has "Whereas the Council recognizes been controversial because of po- that many of the residents of tential traffic impacts on the area. Mariner's Cove are elderly and/or DelDOT has been studying the living on fixed incomes and that proposal for months and no rec- severe hardship would result from ommendations have been made to the county yet. But DelDOT Sub- requiring said residents to recon- figure or relocate" structures, ac- division Engineer Joel Leidy said cording to the ordinance intro- that he received comments last duced by Sussex County Council week from Bill Brockenbrough, on Jan. 7. also of Delaware's Department of The change is expected to avoid Transportation. Comments on the the necessity for wholesale proposed plans are made first by changes in Mariner's Cove by Brockenbrough's office, then Lei- dy's office. After Leidy reviews changing the 30-foot requirement, reducing it to 25. The proposed or- the proposal, he will make recom- dinance will be discussed by Sus- mendations, to Sussex County. At sex County Planning and Zoning that point, the county will consid- at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. er the Lowe's application. Leidy 13. estimated that he could make rec- ommendations to Sussex on the project in perhaps two weeks. He Dukes and Collins said he could riot yet discuss the county council officers possible comments or recommen- Sussex County Council re-elect- dations to Sussex County. ed Dale Dukes as County Council The Lowe's application calls for president during the council's an- a Five Points store to be located nual re-organization meeting on between Rt. 1 and Rt. 275 on a Jan. 7. Council chose George now vacant piece of land. Plans Collins to serve as the vice-presi- call for a 148,298 square foot dent of County Council. store and garden center, consider- Council als0 re-appointed its at- ably larger than the Lowe's store torney. Gene Bayard was named presently located on Rt. 1 south of the county attorney with Peter Five Points. Jones and Dennis Schrader named as assistant countyattorneys. All three were alreadyserving in those West Rehoboth bills roles. The council also chose corn- sent to residents mittee appointments. Collins, Quarterly billing was sent to the Lynn Rogers and Finley Jones users of the West Rehoboth Sewer will serve with the Delaware As- District. The bills, which went out sociation of Counties. Jones will at the end of the year, include a serve on the Paramedic Advisory service charge for all customers, Council. Dukes will be the county even though some have not representative with the League of hooked up to the system, accord- Local Governments, Rogers will ing to County Administrator Bob serve on the Airport Committee Stickels. The service charge while Jones will serve on the Soil amount is $50.50 per equivalent Conservation Se.rvice. dwelling unit per quarter (one home is usually considered one Man arrested for forging equivalent dwelling unit). Residents in the district have ,checks in Rehoboth previously received an assessment Robert A. Goulart, age 37, who billing. But they were not actually lhad been living at 32 Delaware charged a service charge until Avenue, was arrestedon Dec. 5 by Dec. 31, when they were sup- Rehoboth Beach Police and posed to be connected to the sew- charged with one count of theft er district. Some of the bills in- and 13 counts of forgery and now elude prorated amounts which re- awaits trial at Sussex Correctional fleet a service charge billing back Institution on default of $15,000 FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 30 TO JANUARY 5, 1997 DATE LOCATION 12/31/96 Rt. I and Cry. Rd. 360, north of Bethany Beach 01/01/97 01/01/97 01/02/97 01102/97 01/02/97 01/03/97 Ol/04/97 TYPE #2 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Outlets parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 234, north of Milton #4 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 360, north of Bethany Beach #2 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Mall parking lot #1 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Avenue Extended #2 Rt. 1 and Cty Rd. 12, west of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Outlets parking lot . . #5 secured bond. Goulart, a transient with a California driver's license, had been working various restau- :rant jobs in the Rehoboth Beach area and had been renting a room :since before Thanksgiving at Melissa's Bed and Breakfast at 32 Delaware Avenue. On Dec. 2, Melissa Clink, the proprietor of the inn, reported that 27 checks were missing from the back of her checkbook. According to Clink and Rehoboth Police Det. Ralph Banks, Goulart began cashing the checks at various businesses in and around Rehoboth Beach, forg- ing Clink's signature and telling the merchants the checks were payments for work on the bed and breakfast he was doing for Clink. The checks ranged from $25 to $285. "A week went by before ! real- ized something was wrong," Clink said of the checks. "I feel terrible about this, especially because fel- low merchants trust each other - I guess they felt they would offend me if they questioned him about the checks. It's a lesson for us all to be more cautious." Clink quickly informed members of the business community and chamber of c/Smmerce about the situation to prevent any further check pass- ing before Goulart was appre- hended. She also was forced to close her checking account and establish a new one, "expenses I'll never get back," Clink said. According to Banks, when ar- rested Goulart told police he had stolen the checks and cashed them to support his drug habit. Of the 27 checks stolen, 10 remained outstanding as of late last week and Banks urges any merchants who cashed checks for Goulart on Clink's account to contact the po- lice by the Jan. 24 deadline, when Banks plans to press the rest of the forgery charges on the remaining checks. Banks estimates Goulart rang up approximately $1,300 from the various checks. Milton police nab burglars Two Milton men were arrested by town police after a burglary at Tony's TV in which approximate- ly $2,300 in electronic equipment was stolen Dec. 27. Milton Police arrested Thomas W. Wilson and Edward Clark, both of Milton, shortly after the burglary was reported. Wilson was charged with theft, burglary and conspiracy and was commit- ted to Sussex Correctional Institu- tion pending trial. Clark was also charged with the same offenses and is free on bond pending trial. All the stolen equipment was re- covered by police. Rehoboth board to hear variance request Jan. 17 The Rehoboth BeachBoard of Adjustment will hear a request for a variance by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Minutella for a property they would like to purchase at 7 Laurel Street at 7 p.m,, Friday, Jan. 17. The Minutellas would like to de- molish three nonconforming dwelling units (a front two-story building with a four-bedroom apartment in front and three-bed- room apartment in the rear as well as a three-bedroom cottage in back) and construct a new single_ family dwelling unit and garage apartment over approximatbly the same footprint. The existing lot coverage is 2,755 square feet, which is 55 per- cent, while the city allows 50 per- cent, while the footprint is 71 per- cent and permitted coverage is 70 percent. The rear building en- croaches into the rear and side- yard setbacks and, according to the zoning code, a two family dwelling and an accessory apart- ment would require a lot area of 11,300 square feet, while the lot size is 5,000 square feet. Building Inspector Susan Fred- erick has been working with the present owner of the property, Eu- ba Allnut to remedy the deterio- rated condition of the property for some time, she said, noting the units have been vacant for more than four years. They would not meet the pre- sent building code for a variety of reasons and Allnut was informed to remedy the situation last year. Allnut's attoi'ney informed the city that a buyer was being sought for the property and that Allnut was not in the financial position to make the repairs. All potential buyers have been told the city is considering demol- ishing the buildings and placing a lien against the property, but no legal action has been initiated pending sale of the property.