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4 - CAPE GAZE'ITE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 Brier,: Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 Cape board reviewing custodian vacation times In an attempt to reduce the problems associated with schools not being fully prepared for the start of school each year, the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education has requested ad- ministrators to draft a vacation policy change for custodians. Director of Business Operations Andy Brandenberger told the board, at its Thursday, Jan. 22 meeting, that some school build- ings are often not ready for the students' return to classes in the fall of each year, because custodi- ans, discouraged from taking va- cation time during the school year, take vacations in the summers. The draft policy is expected to be ready for .presentation to the board at its Thursday, Feb. 12, workshop. During the Jan. 22 meeting, Geri Williams, Cape Henlopen Education Association vice president, asked the board to include representatives from the Cape Henlopen Support Staff As- sociation when developing the draft policy change "in the spirit of shared decision-making and quality of contract language." Police seeking new suspect in Jan. 6 crime Delaware State Police detec- tives at Troop 4 are seeking infor- mation that could lead them to George Winder Jr., 23, of Seaford, in connection with a domestic in- cident that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 6. When'police originally re- leased information about the crime, the victim told them the suspect's name was Kenneth Moore. "We found that this state- ment was untrue," said Cpl. Pre- ston Lewis, state police spokesman. "For whatever rea- son, she actually lied to us." Lewis said that what appears to have happened on Jan. 6, was that Winder went to the victim's (Winder's former girlfriend's) home on Sussex 227, east of EI- lendale, and knocked on the door at approximately 3:35 a.m. Lewis said when the 31-year-old victim opened the door slightly, Winder asked her for money. When she refused to give it to him, he grabbed her and made threatening remarks to her, said Lewis. With assistance from her four daughters - ages 15, 14, 13 and 12 - the women managed to get Winder out of the home, said Lewis, but Winder apparently then tried to re-enter the residence through a window. Failing that, he went to the rear door of the home, said Lewis, where he gained entry. Once inside, Winder allegedly poured kerosene throughout the living room and kitchen and attempted to ignite it with a straw broom. Lewis said the victim and her daughters managed to extinguish the flame and force Winder out of the home again, Once outside, Lewis said, Winder continued his rampage by breaking the windows onthe victim's car. Police have warrants on file to arrest Winder for the following: five counts of reckless endanger- ing, attempted frst-degree arson, terroristic threatening, second-de- gree burglary and criminal mis- chief. Police describe Winder as a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds. Police are asking anyone with information that could lead them to Winder's location to call Troop 4, 856-5850 or Crimestop- peTS, 1-800-TIP-3333. Cape Henlopen planning session to be reset The Cape Henlopen State Park master plan meeting set for Wednesday, Jan. 28, was can- celled because of Wednesday's miserable weather. The meeting has not yet been rescheduled. Sussex EOC to hold open house Feb. 3 There will be a rededicatiord open house at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center. A ribbon cutting ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3, at noon. There will also be an open house for the public to view the vastly upgraded center, from 2 to 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 3. County to consider Mock subdivision request Sussex County will consider a request for a subdivision on land located northeast of Sussex 268, roughly 500 feet from Route 1. The application by Mike Mock is to subdivide 5.68 acres of land in- to 11 lots. The request will be heard on Thursday, Feb. 26, by Sussex County's Planning and Zoning Commission. Sussex submits block grant applications Sussex County submitted Com- munity Development Block Grant applications to the Delaware State Housing Authority on Jan. 23. The following is a list of the re- quests made in the Cape Region: Milton ($80,000), Rehoboth Beach ($65,500), rural Sussex County ($700,000), Millsboro ($48,000). There is not enough funding to meetall of the $1,991,000 applied for in Sussex County. Sussex must compete with Kent County for funding, so not all of the requests can be funded. The funding is usu- ally used for housing renovation and rehabilitation for low-income families. Council OKs cannery change on Jan. 24 The former Clifton Cannery building will now be used to house an indoor boat storage facil- ity. Sussex County Council has approved plans to use the Milton- area cannery to house up to 300 boats. Donald Clifton requested the conditional use for the facility on Sussex 38. Attorney Karen Brit- tingham said there is a great de- mand for boat storage and said the facility would cause less traffic and less local impact than the can- nery. She added that using the fa- cilities is better than simply hav- ing abandoned warehouse space. The present buildings are 69,400 square feet. The conditional use was passed unanimously and there was no op- position to the project. "It will be put to good use and will have less impact than the previous use," said Councilman George Cole. The plans call for the boats to be placed in the warehouses on trail- ers. Donald and Daryl Clifton would work at the facility and boat owners would have to make arrangements in advance to have their boats moved, since the facili- ty will be locked. Hudsons appeal board condition Joe Hudson will ask the Board of Adjustment to reconsider one of a number of conditions placed upon his request for a special use exception to host events on his land located at the site of the Punkin' Chunkin' on Route 1. Hudson will no longer host the Punkin' Chunkin' at the site north of Lewes. But he does want to host other charitable events and asked for the special use excep- tion to be allowed to do so, The board gave approval to his request, but placed a number of conditions that limit the number of events, limit hours, require fencing, etc. Hudson is asking the Sussex County Board of Adjust- ment to reconsider the condition that would not allow alcohol to be served on site. The other condi- tions are not being appealed and the Hudson request will be heard when the board meets Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. West Side community " center sails ahead A requested community center by West Side New Beginnings Inc. received conditional use ap- proval in a unanimous vote by the Sussex County Planning and Zon- ing Commission at its Thursday, Jan. 22, meeting. There was no opposition to the planned commu- nity center, which received sever- al positive comments. Plans call for a 3,750- square-foot activity center and private club on 17,500- square feet of land and private club that would offer a host of programs, including family preservation, pregnancy alliance and after-school programs. It would be located on the southeast corner of Norwood Street and Burton Avenue, within the West Rehoboth subdivision, off of Sussex 273. "This will be something very positive for the community," according to Attor- ney Jim Fuqua. Mable Granke of the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission wrote one of two let- ters praising the applicaton: FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 19 TO JANUARY 25. 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 01/19/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 14B, 2 miles west of Lewes #5 01/19/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270, north of Rehoboth #2 01/20/97 Rt. 1 at Ocean Outlets 2 parking lot #3 01/22/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 360, south of Dewey #4 01/23/97 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Outlets entrance #5 01/24/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #4 01/25/97 Rt. 1 at Camelot parking lot #4 Troop 7 5 17 13 27 Of the 57 people arrested for DUI, 17 were involved in accidents. Granke said it would help im- prove the area and asked the com- mission to support the plans. "This is a facility that is needed and will be of great benefit," said Granke. Delaware considers horseshoe crab limits Delaware is considering addi- tional restrictions to regulate horseshoe crabs. Delaware is con- sidering tougher limits on collect- ing crabs while coastwide rules are adopted by the federal govern- ment. Environmental officials are proposing collecting on public lands be limited to May 1 to June 30; harvesting be allowed on Port Mahon Road in Kent County on Tuesdays and Thursdays and that harvesting on private lands would be allowed on Monday, Wednes- day and Friday. The problem is that crab popu- lations are believed to be on the decline. Crab collecting, mostly for bait, has soared. But popula- tions of shorebirds which feed heavily on the crab eggs are de- clining and birding groups like the National Audubon Society worry that a decline in crabs could se- verely damage populations of many shorebirds. Monday's meeting included de- bate from environmentalists who want to protect the crabs and wa- termen who argue they make their living from the crabs and not be- ing allowed to collect horseshoe crabs will hurt them. Milton council seats up for election The office of mayor and two town council seats are up for elec- tion this spring. As of Thursday, no one had filed for any of the po- sitions; the filing deadline is Fri- day, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. Mayor Jack Bushey said that he has prepared a filing petition, but he has not made his final decision to seek re-election. The term of mayor is two years. Incumbent Leah Betts said she has not offi- cially announced for re-election, but she is "'thinking about it." The second seat was vacated in the late fall of 1997 when town council member Jeff Stevens moved out- side town limits. His term would have been up this spring, so who ever fills the seat will serve a full three-year term. The election will be Saturday, March 7. To be eligible to vote, residents must register in town hall by Friday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. Milton council meets Monday, Feb. 2 The monthly meeting of Milton Town Council is Monday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., in the library. Included on the agenda are an update on funding for sewer plant repairs and upgrading and discussion of downtown parking along Union and Federal streets. The council will take public comment on a proposal to provide live traps for residents who wish to trap stray cats before voting to accept or deny the proposal. There will be an update on the status of rental property at 116 Collins St.; the apartments were inspected late last year and the owner was noti- fied of several building code vio- lations. Town Council meetings are open to the public. Walt Bryan named to DelDOT committee Walter Bryan, Millshoro, was recently named as the Sussex County real estate representative to serve on the Delaware Depart- ment of Transportation (DelDOT) Access Management Classifica- tion Team. The team will develop access level classifications for state- maintained roads. Those repre- senting the three counties will have a joint meeting in midwinter before starting county-by-county public workshops. After a series of workshops, DelDOT will hold public hearings to discuss access-level classifica- tions.