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Two Rehoboth eateries seek liquor approval During the report from Building Inspector Susan Frederick to the Board of Commissioners on Jan. 9, she noted that the city's board of adjustment upheld her decision to deny an application from the owners of the Dinner Bell Inn on Christian Street to expand its fa- cility. Upon her request, the com- missioners agreed to hold a public hearing at the Friday, Feb. 13, meeting on the request for a cer- tificate of compliance to obtain a liquor license for the Great Amer- ican Diner, located in the Brighton Suites complex in the second block of Wilmington Avenue. They also agreed to hold a hearing that evening on the request from Woody's Bar in the Dinner Bell complex to modify its floor plan, which also requires a certificate of compliance to city specifications. Jake's Seafood receives permission to expand Bill Klemkowski Jr., president of Jake's Seafood Restaurant, re- ceived a certificate of compliance from the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners on Friday, Jan. 9, to expand his facility in the commercial complex at the corner of Baltimore and First Street. Bearing the certificate showing he meets with the city's approval, Klemkowski can now go before the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) for final ap- proval of his plans to expand to a total of 3,625 feet, encompassing a former gift and perfume store. The bar area will be moved and enlarged from 165 feet to 238 feet, with an additional 445 feet planned for the service areas and 281-square feet more in dining, for an increase of 800 square feet. With 99 dining seats, this would allow for 129 seats, and allow for seven bar seats where there are now four. Klemkowski assured the board that he has solved the problem with air conditioning condensation running into the al- leyway, as well as storm water runoff, having installed new pipes. He said nothing but rain- water will now be found in the al- ley, as the mats are run through the dishwasher rather than being hosed down in that area. He also said he would extend the drain- pipes if there is still a problem with storm water runoff. He ex- pects the expansion to be complet- ed by April. Rehoboth officials report on downtown project Members of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners Clarifications A Page One story in the Jan. 9 edition incorrectly identified the title of Charles Rogers. Rogers is the Sussex County Register of Wills. gave an update at the Friday, Jan. 9 meeting on the ongoing work to conceive a revitalization plan for the commercia!a Of Rehoboth, which is being spearheaded by professional plafiuer Bruce Gal- loway and a steering committee composed ofchty officials and leaders. "We'll never get unanimous ap- proval to a plan," Mayor Sam Cooper admitted, noting that a public session will be held some- time in late February, when slides and drawings of what's being pro- posed will be on view. "It will be a chance to gauge public thought before it's too late to change course," Cooper noted. Unveiled at the last steering committee meeting on Jan. 8, the plans call for total revision of the area from the present Bandstand to the Boardwalk; planting of shade trees and other major land- scaping; enlarging storefronts and curbing to narrow Rehoboth Av- enue and give it a more "village- like" atmosphere; fountains; and perpendicular rather than angled parking along the main strip. The city, Galloway noted at that time, could help defray the cost of such a major revamping by leasing out public property where the curbing currently is to the property owners for more commercial space. They expect to have a three-dimension- al view of the completed streetscape at the next committee meeting, slated for Feb. 5 at noon. It was also stressed that the board of commissioners would have fi- nal approval on any of these plans. Ippolito presents draft walking plan for Lewes Lewes Councilman Jim Ippolito presented the first draft of a pedes- trian plan for the City of Lewes during the Monday, Jan. 12, meet- ing of the mayor and council. "Re- tail business districts and local communities tend to flourish when streets are visually engag- ing, clean and well-maintained. Consequently, a more inviting street environment, with wide and attractive sidewalks, consistent design materials and motifs, and better lighting, contributes to both commercial and neighborhood re- vitalization," reads part of the pre- amble to the document. '1"lais is a vision, a plan, a place to start," said Ippolito in presenting the draft. The draft includes the fol- lowing list of items that need im- mediate attention to address pedestrian safety in Lewes: 1. All current crosswalks (with yield signs) need to be restriped; 2. Pedestrian/Motorist rules need to be published weekly in all local media; 3. A Pedestrian/Motorist rules and regulations pamphlet needs to be developed, printed and distributed in the 1998 season. This needs to be in the 1998 city budget, or paid for through dona- tions from local businesses or ser- vice;. 4. Request DeIDOT (Delaware Department of Trans- portation) to rehab Cape Hen- lopen Drive from Freeman High- way to Savannah Road, and Cedar Street to ensure safety of mo- torists and pedestrians. Special at- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 16 -Jan 22, 1998 - 3 tention should be given to the road [ I shoulders, which are heavily used by pedestrians for transportation. Both these streets are state-main- . tained; 5. Request Cape Henlopen School District to supply trained crossing guards for the Savannah Road and Sussex Drive cross- walks; 6. Request Beebe Medical Center to fund crosswalks at all hospital road entrances to city or state roads along with proper sig- nage; 7. Request suburban street money from Sen. Bob Voshell (D-Milford) and Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes) for imple- mentation of crosswalks and shoulder repair on state-main- don EIIin0wNorlh photo tained roads in the City of Lewes. 8. The development of an ordi- Dewey town hall going up nance that requires all new build- It's beginning to look a lot like a new Town Hall for Dewey ing to incorporate sidewalks. The Beach. Building Official Bill Miller, 1, and site manager Brad draft concludes: 'he purpose of a Black of Construction Management Service, Inc. (CMSI) stand Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan is .outside the building on Rodney Street. Miller said construe- to encourage more walking, pro- tion on the A-frame structure is "past the half-way mark." A vide a continuous, safe pedestrian new town hall has been an ongoing endeavor for the town for more than 10 years. The duplex, which had served as Dewey's network and ensure future urban town hall, police station and site of the alderman's court, was designs that incorporate pedestri- bought by the town in 1984 and had become too crowded for an transportation in the City of the town's emplo}rees. Lewes. Pedestrian walkways will polito said the meters can be re- cil chambers of City Hall located reduce the number of cars on the modeled for use on Third Street, on East Third Street. road and the need for more park- which will save the city about Commission members will dis- ing spaces...while creating a beau- $200 per meter, cuss a Second Street engineering tiful walking environment." meeting summary, a street and Army Corps reviewing park tree ordinance and a Block- Lewes approves sublease house Pond Park grant submis- Lewes dredging easements sion. for little league growth The Baltimore District of the Members will also discuss bud- Members of Lewes Council rot- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is get requests for the 1998-1999 ed unanimously at their Monday, researching its records to deter- Lewes budget year. The public is Jan. 12, meeting to approve a re- mine its easement interests along welcome to attend. quest from Lewes Historical Soci- the canal in Lewes between the ety to sublease 0.6 acres of canal- Savannah Road bridge and Roo- front land adjacent to the Light- sevelt Inlet. Susan Lewis, chief of Lewes police make arrest ship Overfalls to Lewes Little the Army Corps' Civil Projects for marijuana possession League. Lewes Historical Society Branch, "said the Army Corps still Lewes police officers Michael President George Elliott noted maintains easement interests Bullard and Greg Mansfield ar- that the land is not used by Lewes along the canal. "We have copies rested a 16 year old on Wednes- Historical Society. Lewes Little of all our easement documents day, Jan. 14 , at 8 p.m., and League, he said, wants to add an and we're researching them now," charged the subject with posses- instructional (T-ball) field to its said Lewis. "We don't have any sion of 26 grams of marijuana complex. Gilbert Holt of Lewes specific timetable for completing (just under one ounce) and posses- Little League said the additional the review and we will advise the sion of drug paraphernalia (a glass field would reduce some of the City of Lewes and state officials smoking pipe). crowding on the existing two when we get a determination." They made the arrest after stop- fields and allow players to get off J.B. Walsh of Anglers Marina in ping a driver for a stop sign viola- the fields earlier in the evening Lewes claims that he owns 34 tion and observed the subject, a during the season, acres of land, zoned Open Space, passenger, attempting to remove west of and including part of his an item from his coat. The jure- Lewes approves one-year boatyard on Anglers Road. Lewes nile was removed from the vehicle and state officials are researching and a pat-down search revealed Comcast Cable COlltract the land Walsh claims to deter- the marijuana and pipe. The sub- Lewes Council members voted mine whether there are other ject was released on $1,000 se- unanimously at their Monday, claims that may supersede cured bond pending an appear- Jan. 12, meeting to extend for one Walsh's. Lewis said her office ance at Sussex County Family year the existing contract with spoke with Walsh recently about Court. Comcast for providing cable tele- the Corps easements. vision to the town's residents. "We came to no conclusions Tom Worley of Comcast said the and decided on no actions at the Lewes ZOlling draftJllg extension would allow negotia- time," said Lewis. Walsh said re- committee to meet tions for a longer-term contract to cently that as far as he's con- The Lewes Zoning Ad-Hoc continue, cerned the Army Corps easements Drafting Committee will meet gave that entity authority to dig a Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in Lewes votes to remove canal 100 feet wide and 10 feet council chambers of City Hall on deep. "Now they have a canal 200 East Third Street. 20 Lewes Beach meters feet wide and 12 feet deep and The public is welcome to at- Lewes Council members voted part of it's on my land," said tend. at their Monday, Jan. 12, meeting Walsh. Walsh recently fenced off The agenda includes discussion to approve a proposal by Council- his claim. No direct steps have of proposed changes to the draft man Jim Ippolito to remove the been taken at this point to dispute zoning ordinance, additional corn- parking meters in the 200 block of his claim. Savannah Road On Lewes Beach. ments about the Commercial Ar- Tom Fiore, who resides in that chitecture Review Commission, area, noted that is the only resi- Lewes Pal'l, Recreatioll discussion of certificate of com- pliance and certificate of occupan- dential stretch in Lewes where ComlllSiOll to meet cy and discussion of proposed there are meters. Police Chief The Lewes Parks and Recre- changes as recommended by Ronald "Beau" Gooch said the ation Commission will meet Mon- Lewes Building Inspector Bill meters don't generate enough day, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in coun- Massey. money to justify having them. Ip-