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2 - CAPE GAZE, Friday, Milton Council meets March 3 Milton City Council meets Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. in the library for the regular monthly session. Included on the agenda is a review of personnel ordinances in regard to hours worked by Mil- ton police officers and the city building code inspector. A charter revision that would reduce the number of hours that polls will be open during city elections will al- so be discussed. Milton will be included in the Community Development Block Grant application that will be filed by Sussex County Community Development and Housing office. Specifics regarding the amount that the city will request for a sew- er and water system expansion will be discussed. The proposed expansion will serve a new hous- ing development, Milton Landing and adjacent neighborhood in north Milton Milton Landing will connect to the city system at the Palmer Street and Route 16 inter- section. Also included in the pro- posed expansion project is an up- grade of the wastewater lift station located at the intersection of routes 5 and 16. Milton officials must determine the percentage of the expansion that it can finance, and establish the amount that will be sought in CDBG funds. Planning, zoning meets March 11 in Milton The Milton Planning and Zon- ing Commission and the Board of Adjustment meets in public hear- ing Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m. in the library. Representatives of the deAntonio Group, land owners and prospective developers of the proposed River Milton will make a presentation to the commission regarding their request for a zon- ing change from R-I, residential single family homes to R-3, resi- dential, multiple family housing. This is the third time the deAnto- nio Group has made application to the commission, and a spokesman for the group said that the new presentation will answer concerns raised by residents in the last hear- ing. After the commission denied a recommendation for approval in July, 1996, the group withdrew the application before it was sent to Milton Town Council. Primary concerns stated by residents at- tending the July hearing were re- garding population density and entrance and exit of traffic. Walt Bryan, a partner in River Milton, said that remedies and an- swers for these concerns will be presented; and he and his partner, Lou deAntonio wish to cooperate with the town to alleviate fears and to show that they want to work for the best interests of the are.a. The 16-acre parcel, located on the northeast edge of Milton, is at the end of NE Chandler Street and fronts on Atlantic Avenue. Of the February 28- March 6, 1997 total land, I0 acres are buildable, and the River Milton proposal in- cludes up to 65 units to be built in three phases. In a request for a zoning change, the planning and zoning commission recommends that town council approve or disap- prove of the request. Town coun- cil votes whether or not to accept the recommendation; members are not bound by the recommen- dation of the commission. If a rec- ommendation is voted down in city council, those applying must wait at least six months before reapplying. That same night, the Board of Adjustment will hear an applica- tion for a variance requested by Paul "P.D." Camenisch for Land- marks Unlimited. Fatal accident claims life of Milford man The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction (FAIR) team contin- ues to investigate an accident that occurred on Monday, Feb. 24 that claimed the life of James Byrd, 54, of Milford. According to Sgt. David Thomas, Delaware State Police spokesman, Jeremiah Jones, 19, of Rehoboth Beach, was traveling on Sussex 213, north of Sussex 207 and Lincoln, when he applied his brakes to avoid hitting a cow and lost con- trol of his vehicle. The Ford Bronco he was driving veered into the southbound lanes, where it struck Byrd's Oldsmobile head- on. Byrd was trapped in the vehi- cle and extricated by members of the Carlisle Fire Company, then transported to Milford Memorial Hospital, where he died of multi- ple trauma. Jones was also taken to the hospital and was treated and released. Police have filed no charges in the accident. Lewes police seeking outboard motor thief The Lewes Police Department is investigating the theft of a 40 hp outboard motor from the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's shore- line management building, the former Doxsee Clam Plant, 901 Pilottown Road, between Friday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 20. Pfc. Bruce Ritter reported that a suspect gained access to the build- ing by unknown means, but the entry was not forced. The Lewes Police Department is asking any- one with any information on the incident to call 645-6264. Rehoboth Beach teen arrested on drug charges Pfc. Bruce Ritter of the Lewes Police Department arrested Gary Van Solver, 16, of Rehoboth Beach, on Thursday, Feb. 20, on charges of possession with intent to deliver drugs within 300 feet of a park, possession of marijuana and possession of drug parapher- nalia. According to the police re- port, Ritter was investigating a call from a citizen who was con- McFee Street before school, and he interviewed Van Sciver. Dur- ing his interview, Ritter noticed a green, leafy substance on the con- sole between the driver's and pas- senger seat. Van Sciver was taken to Family Court, where he was re- leased on unsecured bond to the custody of his parents, pending another appearance in court. Milton subdivision appeal to be heard Sussex County Council will hear a appeal of a subdivision de- nied by Sussex County Planning and Zoning on Dec. 19. The Mil- ton Woods subdivision appeal will be heard on March 18. Planning and Zoning denied the 39-1ot request because of com- plaints about poor drainage in the area. Several residents also object- ed to the idea of low income hous- ing and what they considered too much density in a rural area. The project is proposed for the north side of Sussex 238, east of Sussex 240. March 17 land use plan hearing set Sussex County Council will hold an additional public hearing on the land use plan. County Council held one hearing on Feb. 20 and held a second session Feb. 26 with state legislators and mem- bers of the Planning and Zoning Commission. The additional hear- ing will be held at 7 p.m. at Del Tech on March 17 and the public is encouraged to make its views known. The proposed plan has proven controversial with farmland preservation, strip development and mobile homes getting the li- ons share of the attention. Local developments complain about roads Several residents of area devel- opments are complaining of road conditions following the West Re- hoboth Sewer District installationl Residents spoke to Sussex County Council on the issue, complaining that roads were not repaired as they should have been following the installation. County Council on Feb. 25 heard complaints "that roads had not been returned to as good a condition as they were before the sewer project. Sal Marine of Rolling Meadows showed the county a video of road conditions and said there are fissures and high and low spots in the roads. "Our streets are much worse," Marine said. Representatives of Breakwater Estates, Sussex East and Colonial East also expressed some concern over the condition of roads. Sus- sex County engineering officials said they will be returning in the spring to fill potholes and do other minor repairs to the roads to bring them up to snuff. County Council President Dale Dukes suggested giving the county time to fix any problems and then returning in a few weeks if the roads still have p . Michael Short photo Sussex honored for Return Day support Sussex County Council was honored on Tuesday, Feb. 18 by members of the Georgetown Historical Society. The Council was honored for its support of Return Day and received a Georgetown quilt from (l-r) Joan Messick and Rosalie Walls. Return Day is considered a unique Sussex tradition which occurs following every election day. It includes the reading of election results, food, fireworks and even the "burying of the political hatchet.  Shared entrance urged for assisted living project The Citizens Coalition on Sun- day, Feb, 23 urged that the devel- opers of a possible assisted living facility in Lewes use a shared en- trance on Savannah Road because of concerns with traffic flow. Gilman Associates of Wilming- ton discussed plans for an 80 unit assisted living facility for the el- derly on six acres of a 16 plus acre parcel between Kings Highway and Savannah Road just south- west of town limits. The remaining 10 pids acres would be used to develop age re- stricted residential units. The Coalition members asked several questions about cost, need and other elements of the pro- posed project in a quiet meeting with few fireworks. Coalition President Michael Tyler urged that a joint entrance be considered for Savannah Road. He said that perhaps Henlopen Gardens could share an entrance with the new project. But Gilman representative Su- san Weaver said that "we want to establish our own identity" and added that she is not sure Hen- lopen Gardens would agree to such a shared entrance. Joel Leidy, subdivision engi- neer with Delaware's Department of Transportation, said they would also favor a shared entrance. He said that he did not think DelDOT could mandate a shared entrance, but supports the concept. Weaver, however, said her com- pany will talk to Henlopen Gar- dens and discuss the issue. Weaver is director of operations for Gilman subsidiary Gracious Living Inc. Leidy said no approval has been given yet for an entrance at either Savannah Road or Kings High- way. Weaver said they would like an entrance on Savannah Road and a shared entrance with farmer Ossie Warrington on Kings High- way. But Leidy said that DelDOT would prefer to have no entrance on Kings Highway because of traffic, a higher spee d limit and because they want to preserve the traffic capacity of the roadway. Weaver said they are undaunted by plans for other assisted living facilities in the area, plans which did not exist when they made their initial proposal. She said the site is excellent and Gilman remains committed to the project. Delaware wants to replenish Fenwick, Bethany Delaware's Division of Soil and Water Conservation has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for beach replenishment work along southern Delaware. Delaware is requesting federal approval to replenish 400,000 cu- bic yards of sand in Fenwick Is- land, South Bethany Beach and Bethany Beach to replenish erod- ed beaches. Delaware has been replenishing" the beaches on a maintenance ba- sis since 1988. The first of the three sections of coastline pro- posed for replenishment is a 5,000 linear foot stretch Of shoreline ex- tending from the northern town limits of Bethany Beach to the southern town limits--between North Fifth Street and Cedarwood Lane. The state proposes to cover 29.8 acres of shoreline below the high tide line. A second stretch would be a 4,150 foot stretch of shoreline ex- tending in South Bethany Beach Continued on page 8