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Lloyd's Continued from page 1 . around that intersection. Let's deal with it. I've never had a problem with it and I've been go- ing through there and shopping at Lloyd's for 20 years. I feel that most of us can manage to get through it." Police Chief Ronald "Beau" Gooch noted that there were three accidents at the Savannah Road and Manila Avenue intersection in 1997 and one at the Kings High- way-Manila Avenue intersection. Although council members Jim Ford and Ed Zygmonski said at first that they favored looking into making Manila a one-way street from Savannah to Kings High- way, to remove the congestion caused by traffic turning onto Sa- vannah Road, they eventually shifted to Pratt's approach. "Let's leave it as it is," said Ford after listening to Pratt's thoughts. "Maybe enforcing the painted parking areas will help." Letter writers satisfied Gerald Brock, who spoke on be- half of the 14 residents who signed the letter originally penned by Manila Avenue resident Joan Jennings, said he was basically pleased with the action taken. "Our concern is safety and at the least we wanted to see the existing parking restrictions enforced. As it's been, people have ignored the Attorney Dennis Reardon, left, Darren Purcell and Lloyd Purcell Hsten during the Lewes Council meeting. J yellow paint on many occasions and that blocks visibility of Sa- vannah Road," said Brock. "I think the suggestion about possi- bly creating a rear exit and check- out station in Lloyd' s ought to be looked at to encourage more park- ing behind the store as well as Mike Tyler's suggestion that a trans- portation plan for truck traf- fic and other vehicles be developed. There's more and more truck and oth- BROCK er traffic in Lewes and need for a truck route is growing. I also appreciate Lloyd and his son talking to the truck drivers about parking on Manila. That will help." Lloyd Purcell sounded less sat- isfied with the outcome of the meeting. "Nobody got what they want- ed," he said the day after the meet- ing. "What's it going to take? Does somebody have to get hurt or killed before something's done? I agree there's a safety is- sue but I think what was done was just a temporary measure." More than 60 people, seated and standing, crowded the council chambers of Lewes City Hall dur- ing the discussion focusing on the grocery store intersection. Anoth- er 15 or 20 stood just outside the chambers door and strained their ears from the hallway and lobby to hear what was going on. Darren Purcell, son of Lloyd, stood up and addressed the crowd after a number of presentations CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 - 17 had been made. "Communication is the big thing here," he said. "If someone would have come to us and asked us to address these problems, we would have. But no one did. We've already talked to the trucker who has parked along Manila and he will go elsewhere to eat his lunch. We have no trucks that deliver as early as 4 a.m. [as was stated in one presen- tation]. None. The earliest come about 7 a.m. We thank the com- munity for showing great support for the store and we thank the peo- ple who first brought the petition. They raised the issue that we've been wanting to address. We've been wanting to suggest one way and feel that would alleviate the congestion." His comments followed those of a number of people who spoke in support of the grocery store. Several more spoke Dave McManus, retired from the grocery business, suggested that if truck traffic was restricted around Lloyd's, it should be re- stricted throughout Lewes. "Then we won't have any trucks in Lewes. They'll stop coming. Lloyd's will close and then what will happen? There are lots of walkers in Lewes. That wouldn't be good." Norm Weston said the proposed fixes were overkill. "Just ticket them randomly if they're violating the no-parking zone. That might take care of it on a long-term ba- sis." "People should have been aware of what was in that area when they moved there," said Tom Savage. "It's not right to tell him to move. That business has been there for more than 50 years. It's much easier for you [the letter signers] to move than it is to move a business." Savage's remarks received heavy applause from the pro- Lloyd crowd. Jane Gott said her family moved to Lewes 21 years ago and chose Continued on page 20 "Let me help you find the best vehicle for the best price." -Mark Maloney, Sales & Leasing Rep. for: i.g. Burton Chrysler, Plymouth Dodge, Jeep, Eagle Rt. 113, Milford, DE (302) 424-3041 ext. 140 Pg. (302) 822-JEEP i