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14 - CAPE G ZETrE, Friday, February 23. February 29, 1996 Sussex Planners mull two projects at Rehoboth's front door By Michael Short tion on properties in the Rehoboth velopment." County Planning and Zoning of- Granke said she hoped the plan- Rehoboth Avenue Extended Beach zip code. Rehoboth Shoppes would be 1o- rice gave sketchy details of the hers would defer action temporar- took center stage on Thursday, Feb. 22 as Sussex County Plan- ning and Zoning considered two projects at the entrance to Re- hoboth Beach. The Planners were expected to reconsider a request for a six-unit motel proposed by Samir Ghabra as well as a proposal for Rehoboth Shoppes. Both are within site of the turnoff from Rt. 1 as you ap- proach the city. Rehoboth officials have recent- ly asked to work more closely with Sussex County when it comes to projects in the Rehoboth Beach area. The Rehoboth Plan- ning Commission already sent a letter to county officials demand- ing notice of applications for re- zoning, site plan approvals or ac- Lewes BPW Continued from page 1 we're coping with a trusted, valu- able employee who has undergone a serious change in lifestyle. He's an experienced individual who has exercised experienced and wise judgement in the past in dealing with high voltage. When facts and data about the matter be- come available, we will deal with them at that time. But now we have an all-consuming concern with the care of Dave Pavlik and his family," said Hood. BPW member Mike Hill said he expects Pavlik to continue super- vising a reconfiguration project that is converting the capacity of Lewes's electric lines from 4,160 volts to 12,000 volts. "Dave's just as valuable to us now as ever," said Hill. "He's very much need- ed and we want him back as soon as possible." Donovan said he plans to pre- sent to BPW members safety pro- cedures presently in place and rec- ommendations for anything else he feels should be done. Donovan said he has met with other Board of Public Works linemen - "three, four, five times" - since the acci- dent to discuss safety and other matters. He added that the acci- dent involving Dave Pavlik is still under investigation and that safety procedures being" followed at the time remain to be seen. (The Board of Public Works Electric Department, said Donovan, fol- lows recommendations as out- lined in a book put out by the American Public Power Associa- tion.) Pavlik, 36, was up in a utility truck bucket trying to rectify an imbalance in electricity going out over three wires on a power pole at the time of the accident. It's be- lieved that he received a jolt of electricity in excess of 4,000 volts when he came into contact with two of the wires. He was flown from Beebe Med- ical Center by helicopter to the burn treatment center at Crozer- Chester Medical Center in Up- Officials mentioned Rehoboth's current efforts to develop a long- range plan as one of the reasons for better communication between the city and Sussex County. Fol- lowing that letter, a second letter was sent on Feb. 20. That letter from Rehoboth Plan- ning Commission Chairperson Mary Campbell suggested that the six-unit motel proposal be re- duced in scope. "The size, config- uration and location at an already heavily trafficked and dangerous intersection place constraints on the development of this land," ac- cording to the letter. "In view of the above considerations the Plan- ning Commission would suggest if approval is granted that it be for a four-unit rather than six-unit de- land, Pa. where he continues to be treated. Hospital officials report- ed his condition as "stable" on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Sources close to the Pavlik family said the burns to his arms were so severe that his hands and a portion of his arms below his elbows were re- moved by surgeons at Crozer- Chester. He is in a daily program of therapy and his arms are being prepared for prosthetic devices to replace and provide as much man- ual dexterity as possible under the circumstances. Donovan said Workers' Com- pensation and other insurance pro- grams are covering all of Pavlik's salary and health care costs at this time. There has also been an out- pouring of help for his family and collections are being taken up in a variety of places by people con- cerned about helping in any way possible. The reconfiguration program for the Lewes power system Pavlik has been supervising - which had nothing to -do with the accident - is a five year, $4, 070,000 project scheduled for completion in 1999. Pavlik, ac- cording to Donovan, prepared the plan for the reconfiguration and with his line crew was well into the process of hanging new wires and doing other tasks related to the reconfiguration. A consulting firm estimated the- cost of the reconfiguration at $6.8 million several years ago, accord- ing to Mike Hill. Lewes Board of Public Works expects to save mil- lions of dollars by having the pro- ject done by its own crew and ex- pects to save close to $100,000 per year in reduced line loss be- cause the 12,000 volt system will be so much more efficient than the existing 4,160 volt configuration. Maintenance of the system is also expected to cost less because two of the town's existing four substa- tions should no longer be neces- sary following reconfiguration. "David knows how to do what has to be done and he knows where we're going," said Hill. "There's no doubt in my mind he will continue to supervise this project." cated on Rehoboth Avenue Ex- tended and Rt. 1 next to the Sus- sex Family YMCA at the location of the former Frances Ann Motel. The burned motel property was recently purchased by Frank and Michael Vasilikos, who also own the Sand Palace Motel in Dewey Beach. Plans on file with the Sussex Rehoboth Shoppes project. But they said the project calls for 11,800 square feet of retail store space on 1.33 acres of land and would include 65 parking spaces. The plans did not mention a spe- cific number of shops. The plans show an entrance and exit to the property from Rt. 1. Rehoboth Planner Mabel ily on the project Thursday. "You don't permit or go ahead with something until you have all the 'comments from agencies and in this case, from the city." Granke said on Wednesday that she supported deferring the pro- ject in order to examine the en- trance design and make sure safe- ty is considered. Sussex Lan 2 Use Plan staggers off to slow start Sussex County's efforts to de- velop a comprehensive land use plan got off to anything but a ro- bust beginning Wednesday. The first of four workshops to help develop such a plan drew an audience of perhaps 30 people to Del Tech in Georgetown. "We were hoping for 200," said County Administrator Bob Stickels. County officials were reduced to urging the audience to pick up extra copies of questionairres and tell their friends and neighbors. County Consultant Tom Shafer pledged to take the process on the road to whoever will listenmto groups ranging from the inland bays to the grange. "We are still going to try to reach out and get as many people as we can." Although the turnout was light, the stakes are huge. By the end of the year, Sussex County is re- quired to have a comprehensive land use plan. That plan will con- sider everything from transporta- tion to zoning issues. Required by state law, the plan will not be a pa- per tiger, according to Sharer. That separates this plan from previous efforts which were con- sidered guides. The plan is expect- ed to consider a diverse range of topics, including mobile homes, farmland preservation, transporta- tion, zoning, growth, infrastruc- ture and sewer needs. The plan is also expected to bring together the two existing county land use plans, effectively bridging the differences between the western and coastal plans. Members of the audience were asked to fill out a questionnaire. After an introduction, county offi- cials and planners broke into five groups and fielded questions and comments. The groups were: in- frastructure, transportation, zon- ing and housing, agriculture and economic development. This was only the first of four such workshops and additional public meetings are expected to be held later this year. Stickels said one of the most in- teresting issues is likely to be that of manufactured housing and whether mobile homes can be placed in residential areas like any other type of housing. But the housing has changed and mem- bers of County Council were plan- ning to tour a Skyline Home plant in Pennyslvania on Thursday. Stickels said Sussex will be looking at items like the pitch of a home's roof in determing poten- tial standards for Sussex County. The seven page questionnaire asks people to rate issues by im- portance. Sample issues include: building new roads to keep up with growth, ways to preserve farms, establishing passenger rail service, upgrading hurricane evacuation routes, where sewer districts should be created, eco- nomic development priorities, whether property assessments and taxes should be determined by zoning category and not land use and how affordable housing can be provided in Sussex. The schedule for the remaining three workshops (all are from 7 to 9 p.m.) is Rehoboth Beach Con- vention Center on March 7, Seaford Municipal Banquet Hail on March 20 and Del Tech (High- er Education Center) on March 27. SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. SOLD AS IS. NOT RETURNABLE. CASH & CARRY. Besche Bros. Furniture