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40 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, First Omni Continued from page 37 Millsboro Mayor Lynn Bullock said town officials have been told that the number could be as low as 30. He said town government will involve itself wherever possible in encouraging other businesses to pick up former First Omni em- ployees and in attracting other businesses to locate in the area and hire employees who might be displaced. "Of course, we are concerned when any business in our area goes through a major transition that can result in job loss," Bul- lock said. "But at this point, we are not sure who or how many we are talking about. When we know more, we will look into what we can and need to do." The mayor said it is his under- standing that the closing of the First Omni credit card operation and transition to First Mary- land/Dauphin Deposit customer Second Continued from page 37 ing very hard to make this happen. Of course there are no guarantees. We've finished the blueprints for renovations but don't want to go into those details until we've had a chance to go before the neces- sary town officials to get their blessing. We would basically end January 30 - February 5, 1998 service in Millsboro is set for April. White and Nank confirmed that. Sen. George Bunting (D- Bethany Beach) said that White told him that the corporation will do all that it can in smoothing the transition for those who will re- main employed, but perhaps in a different position. "Mr. White was very sincere in conversations that I had with him," Bunting said. "I understand that the bank will give some peo- ple bonuses if they need a little breathing room to find another po- sition. "I had heard that the job loss po- tential is in the neighborhood of a couple Of hundred. The governor has been down with the people from the Delaware Development Office; it's that big an issue. They are staying on top of it." White said that the number of those employed in the First Omni credit card operation is approxi- mately 200, but he said that a sig- nificant majority of those will re- up with a home turned into a restaurant with a variety of rooms. The house is an 18th century house, which I understand was originally the home of a Delaware governor named Burton who served during the Civil War. He lived out in the Angola area near Burton Pond and this home was moved in from that area." The Buttery's lease at the New Devon Inn runs through Decem- ceive employment with First Maryland's other operations. "What happens to the rest? A certain number will decide on re- tirement; some will elect to move on," he said. "There's always a certain amount of attrition in any business, and in ours, there is a turnover of about 15 percent to 20 percent in customer service and collections. I can confirm that a large number have already moved into First Maryland operations." The Sussex County Office of Economic Development is also watching the situation closely. Steve Masten, assistant director, said the office definitely wants to take a role in keeping the banking transition as positive as possible. "For one thing, we are actively looking to attract an additional business that could absorb exist- ing employees and offset job loss," Masten said. "The overall situation seems very fluid. Yes, word comes down of a merger that is positive, but the flip side is that it might eliminate jobs in an- ber 1998. If Donnato and Gonza- les are successful with their plans, they would make their move at the end of this year. J.B. Walsh, who completely re- stored the home and its five fire- places nearly two decades ago, said he hasn't decided yet what he will do if the contract for sale goes through. "Right now I'm trying to decide whether I want to continue living in Lewes," said Walsh. 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