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16 - CAPE GAZETTE. Friday, January 12 - Monday, January 15, 2007 Lewes pedestrian committee seeks crosswalk upgrades By Ron MacArthur Cape Gazette staff There are plenty of pedestrians strolling along Second Street in Lewes and exploring the side streets of the historic town. For many of them, crossing the streets, especially during the busy summer season, can be an adven- ture. That'is why, with the assistance of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Review Committee, city officials adopted a crosswalk comprehensive plan. Crosswalks are important because a city ordinance requires traffic to stop for pedestrians in designated crosswalks. Now, the committee wants the town to implement the plan by upgrading and improving cross- walks in the town. "Many are in disrepair and not of the style adopted in the plan," Lewes Continued from page 16 Building permit fees for alter- ations and renovations are $10 per $1;000 or fraction thereof based on total valuation, with a min- mum fee of $25. The fee for dem- olition of a primary structure is" $250 plus a bond for 20 percent of the demolition costs. The fee for cutting into, through or under a street is $150. The application fee for residen- tial minor subdivisions and com- bining of lots is $500 plus $250 per dwelling unit over three. The application fee for a major residential subdivision is $1,500 plus $250 per dwelling unit over three. Subdivision application fees are nonrefundable. Contact Henry J. Evans Jr. at hevans @ capegazette, corn Estates Wanted CONSIGNMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR STUART IINGSTON SERIES OF AUCTIONS ANTIQUE FURNITURE, ART, RUGS, JEWELRY, CRYSTAL, SILVER, TOYS, AUTOMOBILES AND COLLECTIBLES NO ITEM TOO SMALL. NO ESTATE TOO,LARGE CALL FOR DATES & APPRAISALS STU00i0000, me, One Grenoble Place Rehoboth, DE 19971 WWW. STUARTKINGSTON.COM 302-227-2524 888-407-0433 said Mike Tyler, chairman of the committee, during a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 10, at City Hall. He said he took City Manager Tom Wontorek on a tour recently to point out deficiencies in the crosswalk system. Tyler said various improve- ments should be done on existing crosswalks, including new mark- ings, handicapped accessibility and resolving placement prob- lems. In addition, new crosswalks are needed. "We need to get them done, but the $3,000 we have in our budget isn't going to do anything, and actually we shouldn't be paying for this kind of work. That burden is TYLER on the city," Tyler said. "It's time the city starts taking this seriously." The committee agreed to allow the chairman to approach the city manager to ask him to allocate funding in upcoming town budg- ets for crosswalk improvements. Tyler said improving cross- walks would be a long-term process taking several years. Wally Evans, a committee member, suggested that all cross- walks should be done with pavers similar to those on Second Street. "I certainly will offer that sug- gestion," Tyler said. Banners banned? The banners must come down, at least according to the commit- tee. The committee voted to make a recommendation to Lewes Mayor and Council to place signs at key entrance points in the city to highlight events, replacing ban- ners currently on Savannah Road. After much discussion, /he committee decided to leave the style and design of the signs up to the discretion of city officials. Originally, the committee was looking at electronic signs, which are now in violation of the city's new sign ordinance. Technically, the city itself is exempt from the sign ordinance, Evans pointed out. Evans has done extensive research on different types of elec- tronic signs, and he presented the information to the city. "Electronic signs are the safest way to get the message out, and they can be esthetically pleasing if done properly," he said. Evans said the Lewes Fire Department is in the process of placing an electronic sign at the firehouse on Savannah Road. He said the sign was ordered prior to the passage of the new sign ordi- nance. Currently, banners placed just off Savannah Road in front of Shields Elementary School are the most poplar method for organiza- tions to announce events. Tyler, who at one time was in charge of banner placement, said he is no longer in charge and is not sure who is, although he still gets telephone calls. "The time is now to get some nice signs," he said. School traffic flow Evans said more and more chil- dren are walking to school, not only on Savannah Road but also on Kings Highway. He also wants to know what effect the new high school would have on school traf- fic patterns. Tyler said school officials plan to divertall car traffic going to the new high school onto Kings Highway, with bus traffic only on Savannah Road. He said through traffic on high school property, except for emergency vehicles, would not be permitted during hours when school is in session. "It's my understanding that the road [intersection with Savannah Road] will be gated," he said. "I think we need to take a look at the larger picture of the traffic volume in Lewes for the next 10 to 15 years," Held stated. Tyler said the average daily traf- fic count of vehicles on Savannah Road is 20,000. Tyler asked .committee mem- bers to take on the crusade of replacing the outdated school crossing light on Savannah Road. He Said most people don't know a light is there. POOL TABLE SALE ; - kk-" - r - - i!k" - - "6[:V T -1,6s ,6 g V I Pro Kit Upgrade I Uv,a o, I Select 2,piece i All in Stock I I mTo I OnA.GoldaPatinu i ' Billiard Lights | II Any B Table II Billiard TI I Cuestlcks I I '  LeisurePlus !  Leisure Plus ,/ LeisurePlus I  Leisure Plus ! I 302-644-4732 I 302-644+4732 I 302-644-4732 I . 302-644-4732 i Withthl$cou I1 Rotalidwithotheroffers WiththLcouon. Notwalldwithotheroffers, II Wlththiscoul,OO. Not ralld with other offers. 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