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Briefly Continued from page 2 Sussex 269 near Five Points. In addition, the board will consider a request for billboard signs at the intersection of Del. 24 and Sussex 301 near Angola. The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the County Council Chambers, room 115 of the Courthouse in Georgetown. Catts-Lynam won't renew Dewey contract Richard Lynam and William Catts have elected not to renew their beach concession contract with the Town of Dewey Beach. As a result, the town will be redrafting a new, five-year beach contract, which will be finalized and approved at the commission- ers' Feb. 12 meeting. The town will be seeking bid- ders from all locations, including neighboring areas, according to a statement released by Dewey Beach Town Administrator William Rutherford. Immediately after approval of the new beach concession con- tract, formal advertising will occur and bidding will begin. The town expects to have the five-year contract signed by mid-March. Red Mill Pond meeting rescheduled Del. Rep. John Schroeder, D- Lewes, and members of the Red Mill Pond Citizens Advisory Committee will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 9 to discuss efforts to find solutions to environmental problems in Red Mill Pond. This is the meeting that was cancelled because of icy weather on Jan. 26. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Lewes Public Library. Clarifications ABCC to meet Feb. 11 in Wilmington The Delaware Alcoholic Bever- age Control Commission (ABCC) will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 in the Carvel State Office Building, located at 820 N. French St. in Wilmington. The meeting will be held on the third floor in conference room B. The commission will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments, which would require any applicant to obtain a certificate of conformity with building ordinances from the appropriate governmental authori- ty within 90 days after the ABCC grants a liquor license. The proposed amendments would also delete the requirement that any person proposing to make application to sell liquor in a package store located within a 15- acre shopping center file a certi- fied copy of an up-to-date plot plan prepared by a professional land surveyor substantiating the size of the shopping center. County to condemn land needed for sewer Sussex County has filed for condemnation proceedings in Delaware Superior Court for about a dozen properties where the county needs construction easements for the West Rehoboth Sanitary Sewer District. One of the sites is the Rehoboth Mall, according to Assistant County Attorney Dennis L. Schrader. "This is not unusual," Schrader said of the condemnation proceed- ings. County Administrator Robert L. Stickels said the affected lands are in a no-build area. "We're not taking the land," he said. Milton man attends UWSA conference Milton resident Robert E. Ham- mond, Delaware State Director of United We Stand America, Inc. (UWSA) will attend a national leadership conference in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 4, 5, and 6. The purpose of the conference is for state representatives from the nation to develop and adopt the 1994 UWSA Action Plan. "We're meeting from across the country to work on enlightening the public," says Hammond. "It's just an exchange of ideas. We're an educational group. We inform the people." Hammond will attend seminars regarding administrative activi- ties, but he will also be involved in working on legislative action plans. Of particular interest to Hammond is governmental finan- cial reform and deficit reduction. Milton.P & Z to hear rezoning requests The Milton Planning and Zon- ing Committee will examine a petition from Landmark Ltd., which is requesting a variance on its 209 Walnut St. property. The company.is asking for a minimum front and side yard requirement. The company is also requesting a zoning change for the same property. Landmark, Ltd. would like to have it rezoned from R1 (single family zone) to R3 (multi- ple family zone) in order to erect a six-unit townhouse. After the committee makes its determination at its Tuesday, Feb. 8 meeting in Town Hall, it will forward its recommendation to the town council. The council will evaluate the recommendation, then grant or deny approval dur- ing the Monday, March 7 meet- ing. Lewes crowd gathers for paving hearing A crowd of about 40 Lewes res- idents gathered at the Lewes Pub- lic Library on Tuesday, Feb. 1 for a public hearing on proposed street and sidewalk improve- ments. A number expressed con- cerns about previous jobs that have resulted a few years down the line with broken pavement and pot holes. Phil Day of the George, Miles and Buhr engineering firm CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994.3 said crowning on streets as well as identification of bad material Oelow the trctt to Ot repalreta should solve previous problems. "We will have an inspector who is trained to identify bad subsurface material such as clay which can cause problems at street level," said Day. "Any bad material will be removed and replaced with good material." Day said if the project goes forward construction will take place between April and October. He said there will be monthly progress meetings open to the public and the job foreman will also be available to the pub- lic, night or day. He said some water mains will have to be replaced in which case water ser- vice would be interrupted, "proba- bly for no more than a few hours," said Day. Streets being consid- ered for improvement include West Fourth, Johnson, Dewey, lurton, Bradley and Brown Lane, and Rodaline Ave. Once work is complete, it will be guaranteed for one year, said Day. In any case where sidewalks are improved, property owners would be billed. It's expected that the total project would cost in the range of $750,000. "It's very unlikely we will do all the streets in this next phase," said Mayor John Adams. "The project will be bid street by street and we will be able to select according to which streets need the work most and our budget." Adams said the bid specifications are being prepared now and the city should get a look at the results in a couple of months. It's possi- ble some of the work could begin this spring. The Jan. 21 Around Town col- umn by Nancy Katz, which appeared on page 10, did not con- tinue on page 11 as indicated. The information that was omitted con- cerning the Southern Delaware Academy of Lifelong Learning's Winterim Program included: you should be 50 years of age or older to participate; the cost for the eight sessions is $15; and for more information, call the Virden Cen- ter in Lewes at 645-4111. Jerry Scott, owner of Jerry's American Cafe in Lewes, was giv- en a new and definitely incorrect last name in the Jan. 28 edition's Cape Cuisine page. Sorry, Jerry. Due to a typing omission, a let- ter published in the Friday, Jan. 28 edition of the Cape Gazette from Lewes Councilman Tony Pratt included a mid-leading paragraph. The seventh paragraph of Pratt's letter would have read: "The police need good, professional leadership now. A long delay while Chancery Court considers the arguments presented by Mr. Vickers, combined with the strong possibility that, at the end of this delay, the hearing would be held in accordance with state law, in spite of the problems mentioned above, is a scenario that benefits no one." We apologize for the omission. Rehohoth palgad to install more meters on R-2 District streets By Trish Vernon With another summer already on the horizon, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners is aware that any decision to install new parking meters must be made immediately in order to have them in place by May. The proposal for additional metering was included in the final report submitted last year by the parking subcommittee as part of the work done by the Financial Planning Task Force. It calls for metering of the ocean blocks of Laurel, Philadelphia and Hickman streets; King Charles between Laurel and Hickman streets; the second blocks of Philadelphia Street and Brooklyn Avenue, as well as second blocks of both Maryland and Olive avenues. Most recently, the American Legion Post 5 has requested meters also be installed in front of their King Charles Avenue post home, which will be considered as a separate issue should the rest of the proposal fall. Also, they will include six spaces by the churches on Laurel since they are not in. front of residences. Lengthy committee meetings and a public workshop devoted expressly to discussing new meters and a parking permit sys- tem did not prevent old and new opponents from coming forward at the Monday, Jan. 31 workshop, as the board is considering a vote on the matter at the next regular meeting on Friday, Feb. 11. Commissioner Roger Pool, who chaired the committee along with Commissioner Richard Darley, said time is of the essence if they are to implement the plan this year, needing "to agree on where and how many meters to order and the time to order them and put them in place." Pool's committee recommends the purchase of 300 reconditioned meters, 50 electric meters and a Canadian-style meter to govern 60 spaces, as well as six hand-held computers for ticket entries at a cost of $111,500. The anticipated gross revenue is at least $225,000, although these figures do not represent costs and revenues of meters in front of the American Legion Post. Questioning the estimated rev- enue figures, Mayor Sam Cooper said "I think that as prices go up, usage goes down," since projec- tions are being made On what the city grossed when the meters were all 50 cents. Now, the majority of the meters nearest the beach and Rehoboth Avenue are 75 cents. Representing the Rehoboth- Dewey Chamber of Commerce, Bitsy Cochran took the opportuni- ty to protest a recommendation to convert the existing 50 cent meters to 75 cents, an idea which did not come out of the parking committee's work. She also want- ed to make it clear, even though these matters weren't on this spe- cific agenda, that the Chamber opposes the committee's recom- mendation to quit bagging meters on weekdays in May and Septem- ber so that people don't have to pay. There was some consternation on the part of businesspeople in the audience that the board might go further than just taking action on the R-2 meter measure. Pool assured them that the presentation given on the committee's recom- mendations was just a brief overview for those who may not have heard it. Back to the R-2 metering, Jack Brinckmeyer, president of CARB, who operates a bed and breakfast on Brooklyn Avenue, said his group wants the city to meter the second blocks of Hickman and Laurel streets as well, even though they asked to be exempted and J rezoned from R-2. "There are bed and breakfasts there and free: street parking would give them an unfair advantage," he said. "L could get owners on Brooklyn to request the same thing they are," Brinckmeyer added. Bill Moore, who lives in the second block of Maryland Avenue and wor out ot his law ornce on Baltimore Avenue, told the board he is-adamantly opposed to meter- ing Maryland and Olive. "The most equitable way to go is to raise property taxes, even if it isn't politically expedient. If anything turns people off it's parking meters. They create a sour image." Noting everyone he has contact- ed on these blocks are opposed as well, he chided the board for pur- suing a long range plan which would improve and preserve aes- thetics on one hand while installing meters, which are not aesthetically pleasing. Commissioner Jan Konesey, who has a residence in the first block of Olive Avenue, said she gladly puts up with the meters in front of her home and prefers them to a property tax increase. Cochran, whose parents live on Olive's second block, said her father hopes to present petitions against the measure before the Feb. 11 meeting. Pool countered that their plan would provide symmetry on the north and south sides of the city and went on to say "metering the rest of R-2 is a way to produce revenue. We started this back in April with meetings and reports in the newspapers, and the commit- tee findings have been available for months. It's not a new subject and we have to act now if we are going to have them this year."