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2 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Cooper named to head Cape Henlopen Park Pat Cooper has been named the new superintendent of Cape Hen- lopen State Park. Cooper replaced former super- intendent Jim Graybeal, who accepted a job with the Delaware Di- vision of Fish and Wildlife. Cooper has served at the park for five years and is a COOPER familiar face to park visitors. He has served as park manager at Cape Henlopen, the number two position at the park. Cooper worked for the National Park Service for seven years be- fore spending the last ten years with the Delaware State Park sys- tem. 'Tve worked at Grand Teton [National Park] and Yellow- stone," Cooper said. "Cape Hen- lopen is just as spectacular as those parks in its own way. I'm looking forward to continuing many mprovements made at the park over the past several years." Some of the key challenges of the coming season will be decid- ing how to best use the new Biden Environmental Centerl continuing to work to develop a master plan for the park and continuing to work with the community, he said. Development of a master plan begun late last year and is ex- pected to produce a comprehen- sive guide to the park's use for years to come. "He is a tough act to follow," Cooper said of Gray.beal. "This is a challenge that's exciting." Cooper thanked his staff and family for supporting him. Cape Henlopen State Park con- tains more than 3,000 acres and offers a 159-site campground, a biking trail, renovated fishing pier and many other amenities, includ- ing an observation tower. Charles Salkin, director of Delaware's Division of Parks and Recreation, praised Cooper and said the appointment means good community relations between neighboring towns and the park will continue. "We are very excit- ed and pleased that Pat will be staying at Cape Henlopen." He praised his work and said the division will begin immediately to search for someone to fill his for- mer job as park manager. He added that Cooper was selected as the best candidate following very strong competion for the superin- tendent post. Cooper lives in Lewes with his wife and two children. Rogers asks to revisit burning question Sussex County Councilman Lynn Rogers has asked County Council to re-consider a county February 21- February 27, 1997 ban on burning during the summer season. Rogers, president of the Milton Fire Company, explained that he doesn't oppose the idea of the ban, which prohibits most burning from April to October. The county ban does allow agri- cultural burning, but prohibits oth- er fires in the coastal zone during the tourism season. Rogers said that means that the fire service is technically breaking the law if it burns a property dur- ing the summer season for demo- lition purposes. While that has not been enforced, he said it is a tech- nicality which needs to be cleared up. "It makes outlaws of the fire service," he said. Rogers added that the county ordinance is not needed because it duplicates regu- lations of the Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). He said that DNREC does a good job of en- forcement and that rescinding the county ordinance should not cre- ate any problems with nuisance burning for local residents. County Council set no timetable following the Tuesday, Feb. 18 re- quest, but is expected to consider the request soon. Harry "Hap" Crystal named to task force Harry "Hap" Crystal, of Wind- ing Creek Village, Millsboro, re- ceived notification recently that he' has been appointed to a task force charged with studying Delaware's Juvenile Justice Sys- tem. Crystal, retired from Delaware State Police, received his appointment from Terry R. Spence, speaker of the house for Delaware. CRYSTAL The task force is charged with making rec- ommendations by Tuesday, June 3, 1997. The task force creation comes at a time when the number of juveniles jailed in juvenile and adult facilities in Delaware is in- creasing because laws on violent juvenile offenders have been toughened to make it easier to try juvenile offenders in Superior Court as opposed to Family Court and lowering the age for juvenile offenders to he tried in Superior Court. However the Senate Reso- lution creating the task force notes that "there are some preliminary studies that suggest that there may be less recidivism among violent juvenile offenders tried in the ju- venile court system as opposed to the criminal court system. As a part of the study, the task force will check other states to see how juvenile statutes are structured and how they're working. lewes sign ordinance workshop set Feb. 24 The Lewes city council and sign ordinance committee will hold a workshop session on Monday, Feb. 24 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The workshop will be held within council chambers of city hall lo- cated on East Third Street. Ac- cording to Pisha Eliason, chair- man of the committee, the purpose of the workshop is to review and discuss a set of revised sign ordi- nances sent to Lewes Council members in May of 1996. "This committee was set up as a sub- committee of the Architectural Review Commission and was de- signed to go hand in hand with the review of the zoning ordinances also underway," said Eliason. 'q'here's little coverage of signs in the existing zoning ordinances. Since the community is in a grow- ing phase, we thought it would he a good idea to add some consis- tency and some kind of eye on the look of the community as it grows." Eliason said the proposed ordinances restrict the size and types of commercial signs de- pending on the different zones where they are located. "For ex- ample," said Eliason, "since Sec- ond St. is primarily a walking dis- trict, the signs proposed for that area are different than those pro- posed for areas where automobile traffic is more prevalent. The pro- posals also set some controls on the number and sizes of signs on property especially in keeping with other properties - so that signs don't end up overwhelming one property or nearby properties. Some signs would have to be changed as a result of these ordi- nances and I'm sure there will be some people not in favor of any of this." Other members of the com- mittee include Jack Vessels, Jim Ippolito, Bob Petterson and Dick Gott. The public is welcome to at- tend. Cape Board to discuss long range facilities The Cape Henlopen Board of Education will meet Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Cape Henlopen High School library at 7:30 p.m. to discuss long range facilities planning and hear school choice requests. Also on the tentative agenda are the following: special recognition, budgetary activities, bids and change orders. The board may also discuss a policy change for administrative con- tracts. Police warn of real estate impersonators Delaware State Police are advis- ing anyone who may have been contacted by three men imperson- ating Century 21 real estate agents to contact Troop 4 in Georgetown. Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, said po- lice are investigating allegations that since Monday Feb. 17, three black males have been posing as agents, entering homes and con- ducting surveys which gave them information pertaining to the resi- dences. The were canvassing in western part of Sussex County, said Lewis. The men have been described as wearing gold blazers and traveling in a maroon or bur- gundy pickup truck. Anyone who Ronne Pack photo VIA welcomes the new state senator Doris Budd welcomes State Sen- George Bunting as guest speaker at the February meeting of the Village Improvement Association. Budd serves as chair of the legislative commit- tee, and scheduled the program, "Sussex County and the State. n II may have information about them may call police at 856-5850. State school board president resigns Gov. Tom Carper announced Friday, Feb. 14 that Paul Fine, president of the Delaware State Board of Education, resigned his position and Carper expects to name Fine's replacement on the board in March. Fine said in- creasing business demands and in- terest in other endeavors prompt- ed his decision to leave his post. Fine was appointed to the board during the Castle administration in 1989. "It has been a wonderful, exciting and rewarding eight years," said Fine. "Not many peo- ple have the opportunity to be in- volved in something that has such an impact on the future of our state, as well as the quality of life in our state. For that opportunity, I am indebted to Mike Castle and to Tom Carper - for having the confidence that I would be able to implement a shared vision for our kids." March 11 hearing on sewer expansion Sussex County Council has set a hearing on March 11 on an expan- sion of the West Rehoboth Sewer District. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. in the new County Ad- ministration Building and is for a relatively small parcel of land. The property is on Old Landing Road and is owned by Herbert A. and Patricia A. Shutt. It has been approved for 69 units and is better known as the "Mears Property." The approximately 10-acre par- eel is located north of Sussex 275 on the east side of Old Landing Road. For more information, call or write the Sussex County Engi- neering Department, 2 The Circle, P.O. Box 589, Georgetown, DE 19947 or 302-855-7719. Planning and Zoning meets on Feb. 27 The Thursday, Feb. 27 agenda for the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission is brief. The commission, which meets in the Administration Building at 7:30 p.m., will consider: a request by the Delaware State Housing Authority for a multi-family site plan on Route 54, a two-lot pro- ject on Route 16 by Jesse Hitchens, a two-lot project by First State Storage on Route 9 and a conditional use for Charles Daisey to allow a larger sign size for a car sales facility on Sussex 213. Lewes subdivision review committee to meet There will be a meeting of the City of Lewes Subdivision Ordi- nance Review Subcommittee on Tuesday, Feb. 25 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within council chambers of city hall located on East Third Street. Chicken blood spill poses little danger An 800-gallon spill of chicken blood on Wednesday, Feb. 19. poses little environmental harm, according to the Delaware Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The spill oecured about 3:30 p.m. on Route 113 just north of Selbyville. Butch Kinerney of DNREC said that the spill meant the northbound lanes of the road had to he closed for several hours. He said the spill occured when the valve on a truck accidently opened and driver Ronald W. Allen was charged with causing or contributing to discharge of a pol- lutant into a watercourse without a permit. The blood spill has been cleaned up and is believed to have caused only minimal environmen- tal damage. A small amount of blood did seep into a storm drain, he added. Allen was driving for the busi- ness, Darling International and Company, of Linkwood Md. County Council introduced sunsetting The Sussex County Council in- troduced an ordinance on Tues- Continued on page S