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CAPE GAZETTE; Friday, February 3: Feb- 9, i995 - 13 By Denise M. Marshall hoboth Elementary School. 334 near Dagsboro to Sussex 24 Sussex County Administrator In addition, DelDOT had pro- near Miilsboro. The proposed Robert L. Stickels believes Sussex posed spending $300,000 during Capital Improvement Program al- County is getting the short shrift the current budget year for a corn- locates $1 million for fiscal year in the Delaware Department of prehensive survey of the single- 1996 for drainage, pedestrian pro- Transportation's proposed $1bil- track swing bridge over the Lewes tection, patching, resurfacingand " _ at tf/.g ,I,T, ,,-  # lion spending plan over the next & Rehoboth Canal on the utility relocation along the stretch six years. Theodore C. Freeman Highway in of roadway. February 11th O r The draft version of DelDOT's Lewes. DelDOT will then design Stickels maintained that pro- Capital Improvement Program and construct any needed repairs jects which involve reconstructing  TgFltary 14th t earmarks funding for 18 capital based on the survey results, bridges and patching roads should  HOTEL I Spend Valentine's Weekend in cozy comfort with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy a candlelit, romantic evening oceanfront in Re Includes: One night stay Box of chocolates for sweetheart Complimentary champagne .... .-- A.d a spec00 v00e.00ne All thin for only $601doubleoccupm Call 1-800-422-0600 for Reservations ._...,-,r,.....,._._:-- -'t?/ The Boardwalk projects in Sussex County, com- pared to 68 projects in New Castle County, Stickels noted. Only one project, proposed im- provements along Del. 26 from the Assawoman Canal to l)ei-l, is funded after fiscal year 1996 (which begins July 1, 1995). The proposed Capital Improvement Program allocates nearly $4.3 mil- lion in fiscal year 1998 to widen a stretch of Del. 26 that is only about one mile long. In addition to widening the highway to four lanes, the proposed funding woul d pay for traffic signals, bikeways and safety improvements. The remaining 17 capital pro- iects for Sussex County will be funded in fiscal years 1995 - 1996. DelDOT's proposed spending plan earmarks $114,000 to con- struct a four-foot-wide sidewalk on the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal bridge on Del. 1. Stickels noted that the proposed sidewalk would provide safer conditions for chil- dren from Burton Village walking over the bridge to and from Re- The six-year plan earmarks $1 million in fiscal year 1996 to con- tinue studying ways to minimize flooding and improve evacuation conditions on Del. 54. The pro- posed study focuses on the flood- prone stretch of Del. 54 from Del. 1 to Sussex 58C west of Fenwick. "I don't think it does enough," Stickels said. Sussex County Council had requested that Del- DOT upgrade Del. 54 from Fen- wick Island to Selbyville. DelDOT projects that it will cost an estimated $11.5 million to construct road improvements for Del. 54 from Del. 1 to Road 58C. The Capital Improvement Pro- gram allocates $2.2 million for roadway improvements along U.S. 9 from Del. 20\\;near Hard- scrabble to U.S. 113 near George- town. County Council had re- quested that DelDOT include funding to upgrade U.S. 9 and maintain capacity along the road from Georgetown east to Rt. 1. Improvements are also planned along Sussex 331 from Sussex Cape board Continued from page 10 which will be paid off in March. Should the public pass that refer- endum, it would not result in a higher tax rate; it would just shift funds from one account to anoth- er. If the board votes on any of the alternatives or prevention pro- grams, the referendum question would ask for increased taxes. Board to set meeting Butch Archer, Cape Henlopen Board of Education member of the building and grounds commit- tee, recommended to the board that board members meet with Bobby Jacobs, who has expressed interest in providing an addition to Cape Henlopen High School. Archer made his recommendation at the workshop meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19. The board agreed that more formal discus- sions should be initiated between the two parties. In December, Jacobs told the Cape Gazette that he had a vision of improving the high school to make it one of the premier high schools in Delaware and the na- tion. During an interview Wednesday, Jan. 25 Jacobs said he would like to knock out the east wall of the gymnasium and remove the little theater to add seating. He wants to replace the the growing population of the school." He said he would also like to knock out the north wall to add seating where the current band room is located, then "enlarge the band room and hopefully, two classrooms." His vision is to ulti- mately have 2,000 more seats in the gymnasium and add a private box for special functions. He esti- mates the entire vision could cost between $750,000 to $1.25 mil lion. "I would go out and privately so- licit the funding to do the build- ing," Jacobs said. Jacobs' plan in- cludes making a community effort to secure donations of supplies and labor in order to reduce costs of the project. Additionally, he would offer excess profits from the annual Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament. "I think we need to communi- cate with Mr. Jacobs," said board member Dave Baker. "I agree with Butch. Somebody's got to talk to him. I hope he doesn't have the feeling we're not interested." Assistant Superintendent Mar- shall Jones said, "Bobby has had several contacts. He certainly has discussed the ideas with a number of people. It's never been a for- malized process, and I think we need to do that." Campus monitor to patrol Cape High School Superintendent Suellen Skeen room with a larger theater with. presented a proposal to hire a "enough seats to accommodate campus monitor for Cape Hen- be funded through DelDOT's op- erations and maintenance budget, not through the Capital Improve- ment Program. DelDOT Secretary Anne P. Canby explained that the transportation department has combined the budgets for capital projects with its maintenance and operation budget into the Trans- portation Trust Fund. According to Stickels, the pro- posed Capital Improvement Pro- gram lacks a "vision," because many proposed projects simply entail paving and patching roads. Canby has stressed efforts to avoid spending large chunks of money on new or widened roads by preserving existing roadways. Omitted from DelDOT's pro- posed spending plan is funding to expand the park-and-ride program to serve central and western Sus- sex County. County Council had pressed for a park-and-ride pro- gram in the Georgetown area, pos- sibly at Delaware Technical and Community College during the summer. lopen High School during a Cape Henlopen Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19. She recommended that the board hire someone for the position, begin- ning second semester. The board approved the position at its Jan. 26 meeting. Her estimated cost for the em- ployee, including benefits, is be- tween $10,000 and $13,500. She said that because the position is not a state-funded position, she recommended the district use con- tingency funds to pay for it. She said the job, as she envisions it, would be patrolling halls, adjacent areas, the parking lot, and bath- rooms. She said she wanis someone "to be a presence" in the school to cut down on vandalism and supervise for tardies. Skeen said she thinks the person for the job should be a paraprofes- sional with a background or expe- rience working with young peo- ple. 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