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January 12, 2007

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CAPE GAZETTE. Friday, January 12 - Monday, January 15, 2007 - 15 Lewes council approves increases in numerous fees New fees added for park, beach events By Henry J. Evans Jr. Cape Gazette staff Several fees in the City of Lewes will increase for the first time in years. The city is also implementing fees for rises that up to now were fie& The Lewes Mayor and Council on Monday, Jan. 8 unanimously voted for the changes. The panel will consider other fee increases in upcoming meetings. Last sum- mer the Lewes Revenue Review Ad Hoe Committee developed proposed changes in the City's fee structure. Prompted by overall rising costs and concerns about the city's bottom line, the mayor and council also asked the committee to look at fee parity - settingifees in Lewes that closely mirror those in neighboring municipalities such as Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Milton and Milford. Mayor Jim Ford said Lewes' fees had not been evaluated or increased for. more than a decade. The city budget shows an estimat- ed $128,000 in various fees would be collected this fiscal year. Among new fees approved: $25 for events using city beaches, and $25 for events using city parks. Events sponsored by nonprofit organizations are exempt. $25 for fingerprinting nonres- idents. There is no charge for fin- gerprinting residents or property owners. Among fees that will increase: The monthly interest rate for delinquent taxes increases from 1 percent to 1.5 percent. I I! Milton Post finished his remarks as he Continued from page 9 Included in changes he outlined for the town are having a planner and landscape architect review plans before they are sent to Planning and Zoning Commission. He did not say who the planner and landscape archi- tect will be. He said the new procedure would bring structure to a long- failed process. He did not elabo- rate on what failed process he started them, by saying-that he would take the advice of an elder- ly woman who told him during his campaign to be strong and rise above the stone throwing. As he concluded and thanked those present, almost everyone in the audience began to applaud, and approximately one-third of the audience members rose to their feet. Contact Rosanne Pack at rpack- Rental of space at the Lewes Public Library will cost $35 for four hours or less and $70 for more than four hours. Nonprofit organizations are exempt. Mercantile licensing fees for restaurants that do not serve alco- holic beverages will be $175; restaurants serving alcoholic bev- erages will pay $375. License fees for retail spaces are based on square footage. $125 for up to 2,500 square feet $250 for 2,501 to 5,000 square feet $250 plus $50 per additional 1,000 square feet for businesses 5,001 to 50,000 square feet $250 plus $50 per 1,000 square feet up to 50,000 square feet; $100 per 1,000 square feet over 50,001 square feet Building permits are based on .the structure's size and whether it is residential, commercial or industrial. 75 cents per square foot for residential construction with fewer than three units $1.50 per square foot for resi- dential units with three or more Mercantile licenses will be good " units for one calendar year beginning $1.50 per square foot for com- Jan. 1, 2008. The city will prorate mercial, industrial or other con- the license fee this year for the struction period of July 1 through Dec. 31. Continued on page 16 NO MONEY DOWN MORTGAGES! 100% - Stated Income/Stated Assets on primary, 2nd homes, YES, EVEN INVESTMENT 100% LTV Products to $1,400,000 Other programs up to $8,000,000 Rates as low as 1%...Invest Your Savings RATES ARE -ON THE REFINANCE YOU "lSt M000gage I 1420 Coastal Hi Owned & Operated by Delaware's Business Woman of the Year Licensed Broker: DE, PA and MD Utilities Continued from page 9 not install natural gas lines in established Milton. During the open-floor session preceding the regular meeting, Jim Welu expressed concern about Milton council's decision to enter sewer plant contract negoti- ations with Tidewater Utilities without competitive discussions with Artesian Water. He wanted to know what criteria was used in the choice since it was not com- petitive. He also offered the opinion that Milton was being parochial in deciding to go forward with a util- ity that was going to build a plant exclusively for the town, rather than one that would serve other area communities. John Brady, town solicitor, said there have been no contract nego- tiations yet with Tidewater, since there is an unresolved Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) com- plaint filed against Milton over the manner of gathering informa- tion before choosing a utility for the sewer project. He said there would be no fur- ther action with Tidewater until the Attorney General's Office- issued a ruling on the FOIA com- plaint. Brady said what would be best for the town was the criteria that council members used in choos- ing a utility to enter into contract negotiations with. He said a con- tract with Tidewater or any utility would be voted on in public after notice of the contract approval was posted for at least seven days. Brady said he had been negoti- ating contracts for "communities for 15 years. The Attorney General's Office had not released a ruling on the FOIA complaint as of presstime. Contact Rosanne Pack at rpack- del j00mo, C. 00ea, P.A: . Attorney,at-Law , -[[l Practice include ]In Real Estate Settlements, Contracts, Divorce, I]]1 Corporations & Business Law, Family Law I[I] Wills & Estates, Traffic & Misdemeanor Criminal Jill 6 Century Plaza lit[ Rehoboth Beach ' (302) 227-2477 :