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Continued from page 2 Feb. 28. The group will meet at the Sus- sex Conservation District. The Center for the Inland Bays is charged with helping protect Delaware's inland bays and the agenda for the meeting will in- clude land use planning, setting priorities and possible efforts to protect submerged aquatic vegeta- tion. The vegetation known as SAV's, is being re-established in the inland bays to improve wildlife habitat and boost water quality. The Sussex Conservation District offices are located at 21 Shortly Road. Renew America Confab Feb. 26 at Del Tech A Renew America Teleconfer- ence will take place on Monday, Feb. 26 at Delaware Technical and Community College. The teleconference will include a 1:15 p.m. speech by Governor Tom Carper on "ensuring a sus- tainable future" for Delaware. There will also be panel discus- sions from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on "environmentally sustainable communities." The teleconference at the Owens Campus will be held in the Higher Education Building and will highlight some of Sussex County's sustainability success stories. The Sussex panel will consist of: John Hollis, president of the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, Moderator Ileana Smith of Delaware Technical and Commu- nity College, Cindy Small, the ex- ecutive director of Sussex Coun- ty's Convention and Tourism Commission, Ron McArthur, past president of the Nanticoke Water- shed Preservation Committee and Kay Wheatley, chair of Greater Seaford Transition Team. The teleconferenee will bring together via satellite more than 50 cities, countries and state agencies to focus on ways to further im- prove our environment. The event is organized nationally by Renew America, a national organization that coordinates a network of community and environmental groups, businesses, civic activists and government leaders who are involved in environmental im- provement. The teleconference is free and open to the public. To register, call the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce at 576-6595. Seat- ing is limited. Fitzgerald services 'set after deadline The date for a memorial service for Beatrice Fitzgerald of Re- hoboth Beach was announced af- ter our Obituary page had left the office prior to deadline. The ser- vice will be held at 2 p.m., Satur- day, March 9 at The Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Bay Vista Road, Reboboth Beach. Tenants Association meeting now set Feb. 24 A meeting scheduled for Feb. 17 for tenants of Ell-Cap Commu- nities (McNichol Place, Aspen Meadows and Camelot) was post- poned because of winter weather. The meeting is a general meet- ing to discuss sewer bills and ne- gotiations between the owners and tenants over the West Rehoboth Sewer District, according to Alan Hedlund, the president of the Camelot Neighbors Association. The meeting has been resched- uled for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Lewes Library. County Council gets inland bays update Sussex County Council got an update on Feb. 20 on the status of Delaware's Inland Bays. Dr. Bruce Richards, director of the center for the Inland Bays, and Dr. Kent Price gave the update. They said that problems still re- main in the three inland bays, Re- hobotli, Indian River and Little Assawoman. Main problems per- sisting include non point source pollution, according to Price. Land use is also an issue and Price and Richards said they would like to work with the county to incor- porate elements of the compre- hensive conservation and manage- ment plan designed to protect those inland bays into the land use plan which will be developed by Sussex County this week. Price said that progress is being made, but that protecting the bays is a long term process. Progress is slow, but "we are moving in the right direction," he said. Price said that it's difficult to name one most difficult issue and said that everyone needs to work together to solve the environmen- tal problems of the bays. He was asked by County Ad- ministrator Robert Stickels about the impact of the West Rehoboth Sewer District and how much it would help improve the inland bays. "I would rate it as a top ac- complishment," Price said. Frederick takes MDDC Press award Susan Frederick, sports writer for the Cape Gazette, received an honorable mention for a sports story in the non-dailies under 12,000 circulation division in the 1995 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Editorial Con- test. Frederick won the award for her article entitled "Cape hockey wins championship."Otber local honorable mentions went to Scott Nathan, Delaware Coast Press photographer, who received an honorable mention, also in the un- der 12,000 circulation division, for sports photos with his "Bas- ketball Guy" and their sports- writer, Phil Burke for his column. Lewes zoning drafting committee to meet There will be a meeting of the Zoning Ad-Hoc Drafting Com- mittee for the city of Lewes on CAPE GAZEWE, Friday, Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within coun- cil chambers of city hall on East Third Street. The meeting is open to the public. Lewes Council budget, personnel meeting set The Mayor and City Council of Lewes plan to meet in a special session on Monday, Feb. 26 to discuss "personnel matters involv- ing names, competency, and abili- ties of individual employees" and to discuss the budget for the next fiscal year which begins April 1, 1996. The meeting will 15egin at 7 p.m. in council chambers of city hall on East Third Street. The portion of the meeting devoted to personnel discussion is the first item on the agenda and will be closed to the public. Mayor George Smith said the closed meeting will focus on perfor- mance of employees and possible salary increases. Those items have to be discussed as part of the overall budgeting process. Fol- lowing that discussion, the budget discussion portion will be open to the public. Lewes BFW 1995 net income doubles 1994 Net income from Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW) opera- tions, interest income and pur- chase power refund in 1995 dou- bled the total from 1994 according to the audit report accepted by BPW members at their Feb. 15 meeting. The net income total for 1995 was $781,292 versus the 1994 net income figure of $351,612. Biggest factors in that total increase were increase in in- vestment interest from $106,359 in 1994 to $176,960 in 1995 and a purchase power refund from Del- marva Power and Light in 1995 of $303,140 against no such refund in 1994. According to Glenn Bar- low, a Certified Public Accoun- tant with the Robert M. Hoyt Company who prepared the audit, the interest income increase re- suited from a revised investment program for Board of Public Works contingency funds along with improved market perfor- mance in 1995. The purchase power refund resulted from a number of rate case settlements in 1995 involving the Board of Pub- lic Works's wholesale purchase of electricity from Delmarva Power and Light. Additionally, Board of Public Works electric, sewer and water operations generated ap- proximately $54,000 more in in- come in 1995 than in 1994. BPW cash investments increased in 1995 to $2,070,377 from $1,867,183in 1994. Barlow said Lewes BPW has targeted $2,000,000 as a cash investment fund it ideally keeps to cover sev- eral months' worth of operating expenses and a percentage of fixed assets to cover extraordinary costs that might arise in the case of a storm or some other unfore- seen circumstance. A summary of the audit is printed in this edition on pages 30 and 31. February 23 - February 29, 1996 - 3 Michael Short photo Blaze destroys 10 Sea Strand units An early morning fire on Saturday leveled ten units of the Sea Strand Complex. The first alarm went off at 6 a.m. and the Dewey Beach building on Chesapeake Street near Silver Lake was fully en- guIfed by the time firefighters arrived. Rehoboth Beach Fire. Chief Leonard Tylecki said the scene looked "like a big barbe- cue pit." No one was injured in the fire, which did an estimat- ed $2 million worth of damage. The ten units were leveled and continued to smoke for hours on Saturday. Little remained except twisted lawn furniture and the remains of a burned jeep parked beside one of the units. Tylecki said firefighters were hampered by strong winds and cold weather. Some firemen's coats Hterally froze after being sprayed with water, but the firemen were able to keep the blaze from spreading to neighboring buildings, including the rest of the Sea Strand complex. The Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating the cause of the fire and has not released any findings yet. Tylecki said that approximately 80 firemen from Rehoboth, Bethany Beach and Lewes battled the fire and brought it under con- trol at 7:17 a.m. Millville, Georgetown, Milton and Indian Riv- er Fire Companies covered Rehoboth, Lewes and Bethany while fire fighters from those companies fought the Sea Strand fire. Jack Redefer of Rehoboth By the Sea Realty, which owns the land in the 36-unit Sea Strand complex, said it was fortu- nate the fire took place during the winter. During a busy sum- met" when the units were rented, he said that 20 or 30 people could have died in the fire. The Dewey Beach police removed two residents from an adjoining building when the fire broke out, but no one was in the building which was destroyed. Dewey Beach has scheduled a meeting for Sunday to speak with owners of the units, according to Building Inspector Karen Ulrich. Redefer said there was one permanent resi- dence among the ten units and one unit which was rented for the winter (the remaining units were seasonal). The last unit sold in the complex sold for $165,000, he said. Redefer said he was called at 6:10 a.m. and when he arrived, "you could see the (neighboring) houses through the flames. It was burned down that far.., you could see the smoke from the canal bridge." Sussex nixes resolution on immigrant awareness Sussex County Council failed to approve a resolution designed to raise awareness about the soaring immigrant population in Sussex at its Feb. 20 meeting. County Council failed by one vote to approve the resolution, which would have had no legal power. The resolution supports lit- eracy programs, multi-cultural programs, the Fair Housing Act and other efforts to meet the needs of the county's immigrant popula- tion. County Councilman George Cole called it "feel good legisla- tion." County Administrator Bob Stickels countered that the resolu- tion would raise awareness. Stick- els wrote the resolution, using a resolution recognizing Latino im- migrants as a basis. That resolution was considered by the Sussex County Association of Towns recently, but did not te- cei,ve approval. Stickels re-wrote the resolution, which is dramati- cally different in one regard. Rather than focusing on the Latino population, this resolutions focuses on immigration. Stickels said he was concerned that one population was being singled out with the first resolution. The new resolution was adopted by the steering committee of the Sussex County Association of Towns. It will now go back to the individual towns for considera- tion. Cole complained that people who need a lot of services are be- ing encouraged to come to Sussex and suggested the poultry industry be required to have minimum standards for workers. But County Council President Dale Dukes objected, saying "I don't want the county coming in and telling me who I can hire." Councilman Ralph Benson was absent. Councilmen Dukes and George Collins voted yes. Coun- cilman Bill Stevenson voted no and Councilman Cole abstained.