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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 Redden Continued from page 1 are as follows: Area A starts on the Delaware Bay shoreline between Broadkill Beach and Roosevelt Inlet, near where the Broadkill River runs. The line then runs west through the middle of the fiver, to the mid- point of the confluence of Beaver- dam Creek, where it turns south through the middle of the creek to the boundary of the school dis- trict. It then follows the district's boundary line west to the shore- line of the bay, near Fowler's Beach, then south to the beginning point. Area D begins where the Indian River Inlet and ocean converge. It goes west, then north until it meets the intersection of Area C and the district boundary. From there it follows the Area C bound- ary north, then east, until it meets the ocean shoreline, where it then moves south to ttie beginning point. The election is slated for Satur- day, May 9, with polling sites at Milton Middle School, Cape Hen- lopen High School and Rehoboth Elementary School. This is the first school-board election that the Delaware Department of Elec- tions is managing. The depart- ment has not yet determined the filing deadline. Millman plans to retire Millman, member of the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education, announced on Mon- day, Jan. 26, that she will not seek re-election. "My service on the board has been rewarding, challenging and educational," said Millman. "I thank the communities of the Cape Henlopen School District for allowing me the opportunity to serve them. I hope that our dis- trict will continue in a positive di- rection." Millman has held the Area A seat since October 1990, when she finished the year for Hobby Isaacs, who resigned the previous August. In May 1991, she ran unop- Derrickson seeks new theaters in old Farmer's Market, hopes to use mall theaters for foreign films By Michael Short Richard Derrickson is consider- ing placing a dozen movie the- aters into the abandoned Farmers Market on Route 1 near Lowe's. Derrickson, who already owns theaters in the Midway Shopping Center and Rehoboth Mall, said that the location south of Five Points is ideal. "We're looking at that possibililty," Derrickson said. He said the site is attractive be- cause it contains the approximate- ly 10 to 12 acres of land needed and because it is accessed through a traffic light. "I think it is impor- tant to be at a traffic-light." The site has been vacant since the short-lived Farmer's Market went out of business and has been the subject of numerous rumors about its future. There were even sug- gestions that Lowe's could ex- pand its operations into the Farmer's Market, but Lowe's has expressed no interest in that site. Derrickson said he is interested in building a 12-screen movie the- ater complex on the site. He is now speaking with Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) about the possibility. The site has existing parking and commercial zoning. A 12- screen theater complex could host up to 2,200 patrons, he said. That would mean there would be 25 theaters located at the three area theater complexes. There are already seven theaters in Midway Shopping Center and another six in the Rehoboth Mall. Derrickson believes there is enough demand to support all three theater complexes. But if ap- proved, he expects to change the focus of the theaters in Rehoboth Mall. There would be no changes planned at the Midway Shopping Center. Instead of showing first- run movies, he would like to show foreign films in the Rehoboth Mall. Such theaters are considered art houses in the movie industry,. because they tend to show foreign films, art films and other films that have a devoted, although smaller, audience than many Hol- lywood offerings.. Such theaters are often popular on college campuses and tend to be associated with a more sophis- ticated crowd. Derfickson said the growing area population will lend itself to both foreign films and more movie theaters. He said plans for a Rehoboth Beach Film Festival by the newly formed Re- hoboth Film Society is evidence of a growing market in the area. Mall Continued from page 1 tion, but Morris said he isn't aware of any current additional plans for Sussex County. "I don't see any current plans on the hori- zon just yet," he said. Although the Rehoboth Mall Cinemas will remain open, Richard Derrickson has said he is interested in converting his the- aters so that they show foreign films instead of first-run produc- tions. Derrickson is looking for anoth- er location to show first-run movies, which would free him up to show foreign films at the Re- hoboth Mall Cinema. In addition to adding one or more anchor stores, the Rehoboth Mall is planning design upgrades which will include new signs, canopies and store fronts. posed for the remainder of Isaac's term. In 1993, Mill- man ran for the five-year term that will expire on June . 30, 1998. During her years as a school board member, she served on the following district commit- teeS: Parent Teacher Organization and Parent Teacher Association; athletic committee, chairwoman; athletic task force; discipline task force; discipline committee, chair- woman; negotiations team; build- ings and grounds committee; strategic planning committee, chairwoman; siperintendent search committee, chairwoman; and retirement dinner committees. Millman also served on state- level organizations: Kent-Sussex Consortium, vice president; Gov- ernor's Task Force on Saturday School; and Delaware School Boards Association legislative committee and board of directors. She also attended two of the Na- tional School Boards Association conventions. Sussex to form land use advisory committee By Michael Short Sussex County Council mem- bers will each appoint four people to a land use advisory committee, designed to oversee the county's land use plan. The land use plan, adopted after months of wrestling with a host of thorny issues like manufactured home placement, strip zoning and farmland preser- vation, was approved by the coun- ty last year. While approving the plan, county council did not solve every issue. For example, the is- sue of conservation zones or larg- er lots around waterways to pre- vent waterways from potential pollution, was never completely resolved. Council members also decided that a committee should be developed to update the plan periodically. Because the land use plan is considered a "living" doc- ument that must be periodically updated, such a group would over- see the plan. The idea is that peri- odic reviews make more sense than to ignore it and then have a massive overhaul every five years when each county plan must be updated. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Sussex County Council members each agreed to nominate people to the advisory commitee. There will be two/eople nominated to over- see the plan, one person nominat- ed to consider the issue of farm preservation and another nominat- ed to consider the transfer of de- velopment rights. That's a total of 20 people, four nominated by each councilperson. Farm preservation and transfer of development fights (TDRs) were both earmarked for additional study by county coun- cil. Delaware has a farm preserva- tion program, but Sussex County decided to study whether chang- ing the requirements could allow more farms to be considered. Such farms, such as Lowder Mitchell's farm outside Lewes, cannot be- come part of the state program be- cause they do not meet require- ments that they are close enough to other farms being preserved or because they are not large enough. TDRs are just what they sound like. If approved, they allow the transfer of development rights. For example, a landowner could decide not to develop a parcel of land, but could transfer the devel- opment allowed on that land to another piece of property. County Council members are expected to submit nominations at the Tuesday, Feb. 3, session. JOSIBPII & MAIR MANSFIELD Serving The Eastem Shore Of Maryland And Delaware DON'T GET CAUGHT UNEXPECTEDLY... The.l thing you need is a stopped up drain, sluggish toilets, or worse, backed up bathrooms! 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