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Skeen contract discrepancy remains mystery .pg. 4 I Delaware's Cape Region Fdday, Feb. 28 -Thursday, Mamh 6,1997 Volume 4, NO. 41 Schroeder seeks closer look at canal sewer discharge it be disposed of at the county's West Rehoboth sewer treatment facility. It's hardly a new idea. But Schroeder is calling for a dialogue in an effort to improve the inland bays. While hardly the only source, the Rehoboth Beach plant is considered a source of both nitrogen and phosphorous. With the canal emptying into Rehoboth Bay, those excess nutri- ents are one of many problems faced by the inland bays. There are approximately seven to eight point source discharges into the bays, either through sewage treatment plants or industry. The Rehoboth Plant is consid- ered an especially large contribu- tor of phosphorous, although the city has spent a massive amount of money to clean up its treatment plant. The result is a much cleaner plant and Schroeder said those efforts should be applauded. Rehoboth Beach City Manager Continued on page 11 Schroeder bill earmarks slot money for sewer costs By Michael Short The rush to play "video lottery" machines has Rep. John Schroed- er (D-Lewes) gambling that legislators will want to take that windfall and use it to fund water and sewer projects in Delaware. "Video lottery" machines, known everywhere else as slot machines, have proven wildly successful at venues like Dover Continued on page 11 By Michael Short Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes) is proposing a "brainstorm" ses- sion to discuss removing a major point source discharge into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Schroeder is suggesting the Rehoboth Beach Sewer Plant no longer dump into the canal in an effort to help improve Delaware's inland bays. Instead, he is suggest- ing that that treated waste still be treated at the Rehoboth Beach Sewage Treatment Plant, but that Collick bids farewell to Del State football coaching career Dave Frederick photo Friends, family and former players of Del State football coach Bill Collick gathered at Kings Creek Country Club on Friday, Feb. 21 to celebrate Collick's 12 successful years leading the Hornets to perenial winning seasons. Collick retired after the 1996 Del State season and moved into the athletic director's position. Shown at the dinner are Bill and his family and a plaque which detailed the coach's career at Del State. Shown (l-r) are Bill's mother, Emily; his wife, Nancy; his sen, Billy; and Coach Collick. Sussex bites bullet on land use plan; preferences given By Michael Short Sussex County Council has reached a consensus on most of the politically charged issues in the proposed county land use plan. During a massive four hour long meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in a sweltering meeting room, the Council reached consen- sus on strip development, minimum lot sizes and other key issues. No votes were taken and no decisions were made. In fact, County Council has set another public hearing for 7 p.m., Monday, March 17 at Del Tech to discuss the plan. But it was the first time, the County Council has really hunkered down and delved into the details of what its members would like to see. The Wednesday session was not for pub- lic comment. Instead, it was a casual meet- ing of Council with members of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission and members of Delaware's legislature. Eight members of the Sussex delegation showed up for the session, which was marked by freewheeling discussions which occasionally caused tempers to flare slight- Continued on page 16 Future of Overfalls Lightship, rusting away, in doubt By Dennis Forney The future of one of Lewes's most visible waterfront landmarks - the red-hulled Lightship Overfalls - came into question this week. Lewes Historical Society President George Elliott sent notice to Society mem- bers that he is seeking an organization or persons to accept responsibility for the lightship which has punctuated the town's canal area since 1973. Noting structural problems and topside corrosion, Elliott wrote: "Extensive discus- sion of the situation has led to the conclu- sion that the repair and continued mainte- nance of Overfalls could jeopardize the financial soundness of the Lewes Historical Society." Elliott said the vessel's hull, mired in the mud of its slip in Lewes-Rehoboth Canal alongside the public launching ramp, is rusting and deteriorating. "A marine sur- veyor has been engaged to inspect the hull Continued on page 14 LIGHTSHIP OVERFALLS