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Continued from page 2 day, Feb. 18 to set a five-year time period for sunsetting of subdivi- sion approvals in the county. Under the proposed ordinance, approval would sunset or end if construction had not substantially begun within five years of project approval. Sussex County Planning and Zoning will hold a public hearing on the idea in the Admin- istration Building on Thursday, April 10. The proposed ordinance is de- signed to limit real estate specula- tion by setting a time limit for de- velopment after subdivision ap- proval. The Planning and Zoning Commission meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. Sussex County Council also set a public hearing on the proposed project, which will be heard on Tuesday, April 29. Safe water video workshop set March 13 A national video workshop on "The Tools for Drinking Water Protection" will air from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. The Cooperative Extension Office in Georgetown will serve as a viewing site and will be linked to over 300 other sites across the country that are expected to par- ticipate. The workshop will fea- ture experts on drinking water protection who will explore regu- latory and nonregularatory ways to prevent pollution and protect water from existing pollution. For more information, call Bill McGowan at 856-7303. County sets land use workshop Feb. 26 Sussex County Council will be conducting a workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the County Administrative Office Building with invitations extend- ed to the Planning and Zoning Commission members and state senators and representatives on the proposed Sussex land use plan. The workshop will not be for public participation; however, the public is permitted to attend. DelDOT sets hearing on Georgetown truck route The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will be conducting a public hearing on the proposed extension of the Route 9 truck route from Sussex 431 (South Bedford Street) to Route 9 in Georgetown. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 in Georgetown at Del Tech's The- ater between 4 and 8 p.m. Propos- als include a 12-foot travel lane and a ten-oot wkle shouker n each direction. County libraries move into technology age Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels reports that the Sus- sex County libraries are on the verge of being fully automated. Stickels reported to Sussex Coun- ty Council that the date to be fin- ished is May 30. As a result, several new services will be available, including access to the Internet and electronic checkout of library materials. To introduce residents to the new computer service, the Sussex County library system has chosen the theme "Love Your Library." Beginning on Friday, Feb. 14, and continuing thereafter, new pa- trons and current members are en- couraged to register for a comput- er-compatible library card. Al- though the new cards will not be valid until the library service goes on line, registration now will avoid delays later. To obtain a new library card, bring proof of address and identity--driver's li- cense or photo i.d.Dand your li- brary card to your local library. Registration begins Friday, Feb. 14. Library automation is funded in part by federal funds from the Li- brary Service Construction Act, State DELNET Public Library Automation funds, and the Sussex County Council under a contract with the State Division of Li- braries. Milton to seek block grant funds With the Friday, March 14 ap- plication deadline approaching, the Town of Milton is getting closer to finalizing a request for Community Development Block Grant moneys through Sussex County Community Development and Housing office. Grant discus- sion at the Feb. 19 workshop cen- tered on the amount that the city will pledge toward a sewer and water system expansion that will serve a new housing development and adjacent neighborhood in north Milton. The estimated cost of the expan- sion is more than $200,000, and it will connect the planned Milton Landing to the city system at the Palmer Street and Route 16 inter- section. Also included in the proposed expansion project is an upgrade of the wastewater lift station located at the intersection of routes 5 and 16. Access to the lift station is cur- renfly directlyin the center of the intersection, and any work re- quires obstruction in the roadway. The town must determine the percentage of the expansion that it can finance, and establish the amount that will be sought in CD- BG funds. Total block grant funds available for Kent and Sussex counties for 1997 is $1.8 million. Mayor Jack Bushey said the is- sue will be on the agenda of the Monday, March 3, regular council meeting. An additional city council workshop is set for 7 p.m., Thurs- day, Feb. 27 in City Hall. Howev- er, the meeting is called primarily to discuss personnel issues, and council will meet in executive ses- sion that is closed to the public. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 3 Blayney and Camenisch will fill Milton seats Robert Blayney and Paul "P.D." Camenisch are the only two candi- dates to file for the two at-large seats open in the Milton Town Council election set for Saturday, March 1. Two candidates and two seats means that it is not necessary to hold an election. The two will be sworn in as new council mem- bers at the Monday, April 7 meet- ing. Terms on Milton Town Coun- cil are three years. Blayney is a partner in Zando Designs, a renovation and land- scape design business. Camenisch is in the construction business. County Council holds C-2 workshop Three members of Sussex County Council will be holding a workshop in western Sussex County on the proposed C-2 com- mercial zone. The three, Dale Dukes, George Collins and Finley Jones, will conduct the workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Seaford City Hall. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the proposed ordinance entitled C-2 zoning with the mayors and coun- cils of the towns of Greenwood, Bridgeville, Seaford, Laurel, Del- mar, Bethel and Blades. The proposed (2-2 ordinance has received some criticism from peo- ple who feel it was developed by and for the Eastern part of Sussex County because of increased de- velopment. The proposed C-2 ordinance would impose restrictions on com- mercial building projects larger than 50,000 square feet. Some of the stipulations would require greater setbacks, buffer areas and interconnection between adjoining properties. The public is welcome to attend, but it will not be a public participation workshop. The County Council will hold a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on April 1 on the proposed zone. Coastal residents asked to report seal sightings The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking coastal resi- dents to be on the lookout for seals and other marine mammals which may come ashore during the win- ter months to rest for a few hours before re-entering the water. Res- idents are advised not to feed or touch the animals, and to call the Marine Mammal Stranding Net- work at (302) 739-4782 or (800) 662-8802. Casde calls for federal rainy day fund While Congress is managing to get yearly federal spending under control, Delaware Congressman Mike Castle called for better man- agement of its emergency spend- ing and announced be has reintro- duced his Budget Reserve Ac- count Act-which is modeled after Delaware's "Rainy Day Fund." Castle's bill, the Budget Re- serve Account Act, would set FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARy 10 TO FEBRUARY 16, 1997 DATE LOCATION 02/10/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth 02/11/97 lit. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes 02/14/97 Rt. 1 at Kmart entrance, north of Rehoboth 02/14/97 Rt. I at Exxon parking lot, north of Rehoboth :::ii " ::!S .........  "::: ............... "':" TYPE #4 #5 #2 #1 i  ','.'I : " " "" " .......  ......  .......... .: ......  .............. :.  >-.-.-.::. :. . -  ,i:i;ii:i:.:"s;:!i:i!i:i;i; , ,. ;..- "-. .;::s:z:x,:?..: ..... ;.-::.... :::::::!:::: S::::: S!:!:::: aside funding in every annual budget to be used specifically for disaster spending. "We should ac- tually budget and plan for disas- ters instead of being faced with the choice of adding to the deficit or making last minute cuts in reg- ular programs," Castle said. The amount of federal funds in the account would be based on what was needed for emergency spending in previous yearsDthe average cost of which since 1989 has been $5.2 billion. Under the bill, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would be re- quired to report to Congress on how the funds from the Budget Reserve Account are used, there- by cracking down on the practice of adding pork projects or super- fluous spending to emergency funding bills. The amount of federal funds in the account would be based on what was needed for emergency spending in previous years-the av- erage cost of which since 1989 has been $5.2 billion. In addition, Castle said that the bill could help reduce the deficit; if funds are not used for emergencies, they are re- turned to the Treasury and put to- ward deficit reduction. "There are many, many legiti- mate needs for federal assistance when there are disasters, as we see in Delaware from time to time with winter storm damage. But there is no reason for some Mem- bers of Congress to lard up these bills with pork projects that have nothing to do with emergency spending or disaster relief." Delaware to host mosquito meeting The first state will host the 22nd annual meeting of the Mid-At- lantic Mosquito Control Associa- tion (MAMCA) on March 12-14 at the Sheraton Dover. This is the first time that the MAMCA meet- ing will be held in Delaware. MAMCA is composed primarily of individuals from state and local governments, academia and the military involved in public health, pest (including mosquitoes) con- trol and research, wetlands man- agement and outreach from Delaware and Maryland down to Georgia. The program will feature a wide variety of speakers fromMaine to Florida. Reservations for the meefingmust be made by Feb. 25. The cost for the meeting and ban- quet is $65. The meeting-only cost is $35. For more information, call Roger Wolfe at 302-422-1512 or fax (302) 422-1514. Izzo named new Sussex engineer Michael Izzo is the new county engineer. He has served as acting county engineer since the retire- ment of Robert Wood last year. County Ad- ministrator Bob Stickels announced re- organization of the engi- neering de- partment on Jan. 7. In addition to Izzo being IZZO promoted, other changes are the new promo- tion of Russell Arehut to assistant county engineer and Oscar Perez to public works director. Michael Izzo has been em- ployed with the county since Au- gust of 1984 and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineer- ing from the University of South Alabama. Russell Archut has been employed with Sussex since 1978. He has a Bachelor of Science De- gree in biology from West Vir- ginia Wesleyan College and Bachelor of Applied Sciences in engineering technology from the University of Delaware. Oscar Perez has been employed with the county since 1989. Perez has a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering from A and M College of the University of Puer- to Rico. Stickels called the three men "fine professionals." DSWA offers textile recycling A new textile recycling pro- gram, sponsored by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, has begun throughout the state, allowing res- idents to dispose of clean clothing, nylon, curtains, drapes, towels, sheets, hats, belts, socks and shoes through recycling. Sussex County residents may take their used tex- tiles to a special collection center at the Southern Solid Waste Man- agement Center on Route 20 at the ones Crossroads Landf11.  a six month test period, the program may be extended to other loca- tions. Materials which will NOT be accepted are wet clothing, rugs, pillows, plastic and foam-backed drapes.