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Pratt out, Smith in, Ford undecided in Lewes Lewes Councilman Tony Pratt said this week he will not seek an- other two- year term of office. In the last few months of his fourth term, Pratt said he thinks it's time to let other people in town have PRATT a shot at gov- erning. "In- cluding my work with the Long Range Plan, it's been 10 years since I started serving in a public function," said Pratt. "Now it's time to spend some more time with my family." Councilman Jim Ford, also finsihing his fourth term, said he hasn't yet decided whether to mn again for re-elec- tion. "It's early yet and we can't file until Feb. 1 any way," said Ford this week. Mayor George H.P. Smith, on the other hand, said he is SMITH planning to seek his third term as the town's top elected official. "That's my intention at this time," said Smith on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 29. "I'll make a statement when I file, but I do plan to run," said Smith. McClain, Hill file for Lewes BPW reelection Incumbents Mike Hill and Tom McClain have filed for re- election to the Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW). Mc- Clain current- ly serves as president of the board, which sets MCCLMN policy and provides oversight for the water, sewer and electric departments of the town. The election will be held "on Saturday, April 4; filing deadline for candidates is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5. The term of office HILL is two years and the BPW meets monthly on the next to the last Thursday at 8 p.m. in City Hall. Lewes CARC to review assisted living plans The Lewes Commercial Archi- tecture.. Review Commission (CARC) wili review plans for / Gracious Living Inc.'s assisted living facility on Thursday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mike Makowski's plans for the com- mercial property on the comer of Bay Avenue and Savannah Road are also on the agenda. The meet- ing will be held in council cham- bers of Lewes City Hall on East Third Street. Lewes Building In- spector Bill Massey said plans for Gracious Living's facility planned on land adjacent to Henlopen Gar- dens, between Kings Highway and Savannah Road, include a three-story facility with a pro- posed height of 49 feet, which ex- ceeds the allowable height in the Community Facilities District where the land is located. 'q'hat height will require a zoning vari- ance from the Board of Adjust- ment," said Massey. The job of the Commercial Architecture Re- view Commission is to ensure that the proposed design of the facility fits in with the size and scale of surrounding buildings of the area. For his project, Mike Makowski intends to present plans for the property entrance, enclosure of the center part of the building, adding four windows, cedar sid- ing and landscape changes. Makowski plans to remove the existing building on the comer and replace it with a building housing a storefront on the side- walk level and apartments up- stairs. The public is welcome to attend. County 911 project gets underway Feb. 2 Sussex County will soon begin the field work on the county's "Enhanced 911" project. All Sus- sex residents should be aware that contractors for the county will be going door to door collecting vital information for the new 911 sys- tem. County officials are urging residents to cooperate by answer- ing questio'ns or by returning questionnaires. The project will significantly upgrade the county's ability to quickly respond to resi-" dents in need of emergency re- sponse. All county representatives will have proper identification and will be driving vehicles marked "Sussex County 911 Ad- dressing." For more information about the upgrade, call 855-1176 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Rehoboth revitalization committee to meet The next meeting of the Re- hoboth Beach downtown revital- ization steering committee will be held from noon to 2 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the new con- vention hall conference room. At that time professional plan- ner Brace Galloway and his staff will return with more specific suggestions on ways to improve the downtown commercial area, especially the first two blocks of Rehoboth Avenue. Concepts were presented at the Jan. 8 meet- ing which included a totally new bandstand, considerable narrow- ing of the streets through the use CAPE GAZETI, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 - 3 Rosanno Pack photo RES receives McAward for computer fund-drive efforts Rehoboth Elementary School is honored as the recipient of the first McDonald's Excellence in Education Award to be presented in Delaware. Recognized for a Parent-Teacher Organiza- tion (PTO) project that resulted in a computer lab wired with more than 30 computers, repre- sentatives of the school were introduced at a McDonald's education reception earlier this week. Tony Meoli, owner of Cape Region McDonald's franchises, made the presentation. Pic- tured are (I-r) Erin Barkley, lrlY) past president; Meoli; Ronald McDonald; Estelda Parker-Sel- by, RES principal; and Dr. Suellen Skeen, superintendent of Cape Henlopen School District. Local McDonald's sponsored computers in the lab and donated funds from the elementary school's McDonald's Night to further the cause. McDonald's also made a corporate donation of $10,000 to the Delaware Department of Education. of additional sidewalks and land- scaping, and allowing building owners more space facing the av- enue to sell and display wares. Unitarians to begin meeting in Lewes The Unitarian Universalist Church of Southern Delaware will move to its new meeting place, Shields Elementary School in Lewes, on Sunday, Feb. 15. A nursery for small children is pro- vided at the 10:30 a.m. seices and all are welcome. The Unitarians will hold their last gathering at the Boys & Girls Club of Milford, 105 Northeast Front St., on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Paul Booth- by, assistant minister at the First Unitarian Church in Wilmington, will speak on "The Highest Truth." The program for children reviews the Unitarian Universalist principle IV - "A free and respon- sible search for truth and mean- ing," and children's activities will focus on the importance of teach- ers in their lives. For more infor- mation call 422-8187. Rehoboth Main Street board meeting set Feb. 4 The Rehoboth Beach Main Street Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the commissioners room at City Hall. Everyone is invited to attend. Judges orders two years for DUI fatality Judge T. Henley Graves sen- tenced Benjamin C. Krewson, 26, of Cambridge, Md., to two years imprisonment, followed by four years of probation, after Krewson admitted on Monday, Jan. 26, that his drank driving caused the fatal accident that claimed the life of Michael Banks, of Georgetown. A remorseful Krewson pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide, for the accident that oc- cuffed on May 17, at the intersec- tion of Sussex 426 and Route 26, when Krewson careened through a stop sign and into the driver's side of Banks' vehicle. Banks' wife of two years, Patricia, was al- so injured in the accident but later recovered. Krewson's blood-alcohol level was 0.11 percent three hours and 50 minutes after the accident, said Deputy Attorney General Stephanie Tsantes. The legal lim- it is 0.10; Tsantes noted that Krewson's alcohol level would have been higher if it had been tested closer to the time of the ac- cident. Krewson must serve a minimum of 18 months of his two-year sentence before he is eli- gible for parole. In addition to the jail time, Krewson also lost his driver's license for four years. Tsantes said she was pleased with the plea and the sentence. "In light of his record and his dis- play of remorse, I think that a sen- tence that is in the guidelines is appropriate." Banks, 23, was a long-term em- ployee at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. He started work- ing as a busboy in 1991, and he was promoted to dining-room manager, then assistant buyer. Cindy Issel, Rusty Rudder manag- er, said Banks was extremely well liked by employees and cus- tomers. "He was always smiling. He got along with everyone," said Issel. "It's hard to explain how wonderful he was. He was such a special person. He always went the extra mile for work; he was active in his church." Issel said that employees have not sorted through their feelings about Krewson's sentence, yet. "Justice is never done anyway, when there's a death," said Issel. Man indicted for fatality .... Thomas E. Messick, 54' of Millsboro, will go to trial for al- legedly killing Edward Paynter, 62, of Rehoboth Beach, in the hit- and-run accident that occurred the evening of Nov. 8, as Paynter rode his bicycle along Rehoboth Av- enue. A Sussex County grand ju- ry delivered a true bill on Mon- day, Jan. 12, charging Messick with failure to report a fatal acci- dent and leaving the scene of a fa- tal accident. The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction (FAIR) team re- sponded to the accident at 11:50 p.m. the night of the accident, and members of the team estimated Paynter was struck sometime after 10:30 p.m. A few hours later, Paynter died from massive trauma to the right side of his body, at Christiana Medical Center. At the time of the accident, Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, said "alcohol was a factor on the part of the bicyclist." Police seized Messick's 1994 Isuzu Rodeo from his home on Nov. 11. FAIR team members and evidence technicians gathered evidence from the vehicle in an at- tempt to link the vehicle to the crash site. According to Deputy Attorney General Stephanie Tsantes, if con- victed on the charge of leaving the fatal accident scene, Messick will face up to five years in jail and up to $5,750 in fines; the law also re- quires driver's license revocation for one year. The penalty on a conviction for failing to report a fatal accident is a fine up to $115. No trial date is determined, and Tsantes said she may not discuss any evidence that linked Messick's vehicle to the crime. Continued on page 4