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IINSIDE: i "'The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance" Delaware's Cape Region Friday, February 24 - Monday, February 27, 2006 Volume 13 No. 79 Initiatives seek to reduce usage, protect consumers By Jim Cresson , Cape Gazette staff The state's top elected financial officer has outlined a response to Delmarva Power's proposed 59 percent rate hike. State Treasurer Jack Markell is calling for Delaware to give back to th~ Public Service Commission its role in regulating ers electricity. He also calls for a stay in to promote electricity conservation so Delmarva Power's proposed rate hike. people and businesses can play a role in He says three strong initiatives are war- lowering their electric bills ranted to ensure state consumers are pro- to help those who need it most, such as tected and that sufficient electricity sup- hospitals, school districts, nonprofits plies will be available at a reasonable cost whose budgets have been cut at the federal over the long term. level, small businesses and those with low Those initiatives are as follows: incomes. to develop renewable energy sources to He also said the public has the right to minimize reliance on current power suppli- more information regarding the costs Delmarva Power pays for the electricity it obtains from its subsidiary, Conectiv Energy. Flaws in deregulation Delaware power plants do not generate enough electricity to meet the local demand, making the state a net importer of electricity from elsewhere. Power providers must bid on wholesale blocks of Continued on page 16 CYCLIST I UST OBEY ALL I'RAFFIC LAWS INCLUDING SI'OPPIIIG AT REI LIGHTS AND MOVING WllH IHE FLOW OF+TRAFFIC Sussex Street zoning issueprompts debate in Rehoboth Kevin Spence photo Rehoboth Beach Commissioners unanimously passed a to residential, affecting about 40 lots. Several resolution to hold a public hearing Monday, April 17, to Street property owners oppose the change. rezone several blocks of Sussex Street from commercial See story on page 19. Sussex Locals say no plans in place for pandemic By Molly Albertson Cape Gazette staff A statewide summit about a possible pandemic has left locals squawking about bird flu. Federal officials on a nationwide aware- ness tour urged communities to prepare in advance for worst-case scenarios, including a possible six-week quarantine, if avian flu becomes a virus transmitted from person to person. ',You need to do this now. You need a plan and a sti'ategy for preparedness," said Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Jr special assis- tant to the secretary for the private sector of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Small communities and even neighbor- hoods need to organize, officials said, because if a pandemic strikes, many people will be confined to their homes. Under Continued on page 21 Cluster to add 242 more units on Gills Neck Road By Rachel Swick Cape Gazette staff Paul Townsend of Lewes has a master plan for his family's land on Gills Neck Road outside of Lewes. recently got render way on that develop- But he's releasing the plan one piece at a ment. time. The state's Preliminary Land Use Townsend s;aid the new Senators cluster Service (PLUS) discussed the newest piece subdivision wiill use 119 acres on what is a of the puzzle, Senators subdivision, 400-acre plot of land, leaving about 339 Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Dover. acres. Part of Chat acreage will be reforest- Townsend is also developing the 162- ed to create a Sussex woods, similar to unit Hawkseye, also on Gills Neck Road, what was on the site in the late 1800s, he about a mile from Senators. Construction said. Senators will feature 242 single-family houses, clustered together, surrounded by recreation areas, ponds and woods. Several archaeological sites were found on the property, which has been farmland for several decades. Surveys done by archae- ologists found only a few artifacts in the field, probably because it has been plowed Continue~ on page 115