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12 - CAPE GAZE'ITE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 Cleaver, lppolito running in Lewes; She'.]00an, Bennett undecided By Dennis Forney George Cleaver, incumbent Lewes councilman, said this week that he will run for a second two year term in the May 10 election. Jim Ippolito, who ran unsuc- cessfully for a council position in 1996, said he planned to file Fri- day, Feb. 21 for one of the two seats up for election. Incumbent Councilwoman Eli- nor Sheehan said she hasn't yet made up her mind whether to run for a third term. And Jud Bennett, who came within 28 votes of winning a seat in the 1996 election, said he too is undecided as to whether to make another run. Candidates have until Thursday, April 3 to file for the Saturday, May I0 election. Cleaver said that although he plans to seek a second two year term, he isn't planning on filing prior to the beginning or middle of March. "I enjoy serving on coun- cil and I think my thinking's right for the city. I'm trying to get the city thick to operating the way I think it should operate. I've been I I I Development Continued from page 1 our property rights away from us," said Donald Collins of the Sussex County Farm Bureau "We are trusting you and trust is earned," Collins told the Council. The idea generated some sup- port from both the Citizens Coali- tion and Delaware's Department of Transportation, which support- ed the limit on strip development. But most of the comments were negative and most,ame from the farming community. "I am op- posed because of the loss of equi- ty," said Vance Phillips. Rich Collins, insurance sales- man and farmer, said that in most cases strip development has not caused heavy traffic congestion. He said the exception is on major roads like Route 1 and opposed the strip development limit. out in the audience and now I'm sitting at the council table and it is a different perspective. I think you have to remember that you're working for the city and that you're there to set policy, not manage the city's affairs - we pay peo- CLEAVER ple to do that. But I'm concerned about helping in my own way to restore the peo- ple's trust in the governement - not just here but other places too. To do that you have to think about the people and what they're con- cerned abouL" Jim Ippolito said be's ready to begin a second campaign for a two year term. "We're in the transition from old to new in this town. We're growing by leaps and bounds and we have to change the way we govern to keep up with the growth," said Ippolito. "We need Farmer Roland West said "be- fore you know it you are adding $10,000 to the cost of a lot." Richard West of Milford said "farmland or big parcels of land won't be worth owning." He sug- gested allowing Sussex County property owners to vote on te land use plan (the ordinances are being considered as a companion for the proposed land use plan) and said that perhaps Sussex should consider seceding from Delaware. He added that the limit of four lots should be a ratio with people having more land being allowed more lots. Othewise, "there is no fairness, only discrimination," West said. "Let me tell you fellows, this whole thing can be a can of worms," said Farmer James Bax- ter. Sussex County Council took no action on the proposed ordinance. There is no timetable for a vote. / Located at the North end of the Rehoboth BeachSoardwalk next to the Henlopen Hotel -. Call (302)227-2,524 compromise to help smooth the transition and I think I can help in that regard. I think I'm a good de- cision maker. Right now there's a stalemate among coun- cil members and I'd like to take a shot at helping straighten that out." Ippolito IPPOLITO said he feels a decision on a new police chief should be made before any charter change is made which would al- low the mayor to vote in such ap- pointments. I also think the plan- ning commission, which I current- ly serve as secretary, should be re- stored to its full authority as spec- ified by the Delaware code and we have to watch traffic in our town. It's growing greater and greater as a result of the town's growth." Ippolito serves on the town's sign ordinance committee and served on the Long Range Plan- I That's because Sussex County Planning and Zoning deferred ac- tion on the idea on Thursday, Feb. 13. County Council must now wait for a recommendation from the Planners or wait 45 days to make any decision. The Planning and Zoning Commission had argued that the county should finish adopting its land use plan, which is due March 31, before it takes up the issue of ordinances. The county has a year after completion of the plan, according to Delaware law, to finish its ordi- nances and the Planning and Zon- ing Commission said doing other- wise is putting the cart before the horse. County Council President Dale Dukes told the speakers that the county government is struggling to adopt a land use plan that will please as many people as possible. 'This council wants to hear what people say." Stuart Kingston.,.c. Since 1930 ning Committee. He's also active as a member of Lewes Historical Society and Friends of Lewes Public Library. In the 1996 elec- tion, Ippolito tallied 406 votes. Elinor Sheehan said she plans to wait a while before making her de- cision. "I'm wondering whether to run again and talking to my kids too. I do what I think is right. My whole history is Lewes. But I really haven't decided yet." Jud Bennett said he's not as cer- tain now that he wants to make an- other run as he was last year when he came close to winning a seat. "I'm not so sure it's my time this year," said Bennett. "I'm not sure my positions would be compatible with those of Jim Ford and Tony Pratt and I don't know if that would be good for the city," he said. "And some things have changed in my life so I'm not sure. But I will decide by March 1." In the 1996 election, the vote tally for the two council seats up for election showed the following results: Jim Ford, 496; Tony Pratt, 459; Jud Bennett, 43 I, and Jim Ip- polito, 406. Lewes Planners approve site plan :r Edgehill medical arts project By Dennis Forney Following a lengthy discussion dominated by traffic congestion and pedestrian safety concerns, Lewes Planning Commission. members voted to approve a site plan concept for the new Lewes Medical Arts building and Edge- hill Pharmacy on Savannah Rd. Sam Russell cast the lone dis- senting vote on the issue. "I have no problem with the Edgehill Phrmacy aspect of this project," said Russell, "but I think the doc- tor's offices will generate too much traffic for that area." Preston Dyer, representing FAMed Properties which is devel- oping the project, said the next steps include a Board of Adjust- ment hearing for a height variance and application for an entrance permit from Delaware's Depart- ment of Transportation. That per- mit is required because the project entrances feed off of Savannah Road which is a state highway. 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