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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY. MARCH 2- MONDAY. MARCH 5. 2012 3 Historic preservation will be topic of meeting Sussex County's proposed his- Costello and several other resi- dents testified at council public hearings prior to adoption of the 2007 comprehensive plan on the need for a county historic preser- vation program. toric preservation ordinance will be the topic of an open discus- Rehoboth board sion scheduled for 11 a.m. Mon- meeting rescheduled dag March 5, at the Marvel Mu- seum, South Bedford Street, Georgetown. A historic preser- vation ordinance was listed in the county's 2007 comprehen- sive land-use plan in an effort to preserve and document the her- itage of historical architecture and cultural landscapes in the county. The foundation of the or- dinance would be a requirement for a demolition permit for his- toric buildings. At this time, no ordinance has been formally drafted or introduced for county council consideration. Dan Par- sons, the county's historic preservation planner, will attend to discuss how the ordinance would work to help document and preserve historic structures. The Rehoboth Beach Boardof Adjustment has rescl eduted its Monday, Feb. 27 meeting to 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, in the city commissioners' room. The meeting was rescheduled because the case on the agenda was not properly noticed. Sussex council takes break next two weeks Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, March 6, or Tuesday, March 13, due to its winter break. The next sched- uled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tues- day, March 20, in the county ad- ministration building on The Circle in Georgetown. For more information, contact Dan Costello at Sussex council wants to d costello2@verizon.net. Ctarifkation WRONG FINISH- Cape Henlopen wrestler Garrett Smith finished in third place at the state tournament Feb. 25. His finish was incorrectly identified in the Tuesday, Feb. 28 edition. change Capitation tax By state law, Sussex County Council must impose a capita- tion tax ranging from $3 to $10. At its Feb. 28 meeting, council voted to impose the $3 minimum tax, but also directed county ad- ministrative staff to move for- ward with a plan to amend state law. Council President Mike Vin- cent, R-Seaford, said the tax should either be stricken or the minimum should be removed. County Administrator Todd Lawson said Kent County has a $5 maximum tax and New Castle County does not have a capita- tion tax. Milton to discuss wastewater rates Milton Town Councilwill dis- cuss a compromise for its pro- posed wastewater rate increase at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 5 at the Mil- ton Public Library. Tidewater Environmental Services Inc. filed to increase the town's rates more than 90 percent in Septem- ber. An evidentiary hearing regard- ing the increase is set for Tues- day, March 20 at the Public Ser- vice Commission office in Dover. TESI also plans to increase the rates in several other communi- ties in eastern Sussex County. At the March 5 meeting, coun- cil also plans to discuss the lan- guage for the upcoming water tower referendum, the purchase of radio read meters for 80 homes, and amendments to ordi- nances pertaining to employee benefits as well as recruitment, appointments and promotions. Lewes approves Picnic in the Park Lewes Mayor and City Council have approved Picnic in the Park, a fundraiser set for noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 3, in Canal- front Park. Friends of the Canalfront Park BEEBE BfflNGS LEAP YEAR BANES SUBMITTED PHOTO ?H~EE CAPE REGION ~,~O3"HE~S proudly display their leap year babies born Feb. 29 at Beebe Medical Center. Pictured are (I-r) Brandy Ferrara of Millsboro, With baby boy Sergieo, born at 6:12 p.m., at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, 22 inches; Elizabeth Lyczynski of Millsboro, with baby boy Lucas, born 9 p.m. at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, 20 inches; and Tracy Habas of Lewes, with baby girl Lily Jane. born 2:02 p.m., at 5 pounds, 2 ounces. 181/2 inches long. is sponsoring the event. The old- dedicated Aug. 9, 2009, and fashioned, family fun-themed friends of the park was estab- event will feature as many as 20 lished to provide a way for vol- restaurants and vendors offering unteers to participate in park ac- samples of their fare. Beer and tivities such as plantings and wine will also be available, cleanup, and be a source of sug- Stephanie Boright, a friends gestions for policies and proce- board member, said the picnic dures. would be similar to Taste of Volunteers also help raise Lewes events, which were also money for park maintenance and park fundraisers, held at the Vir- actively promote use of the park den Retreat Center on the cam- by local residents, visitors and pus of the University of nonprofit organizations. For ad- Delaware's College of Earth, ditional information about the Ocean and Environment. organization, go to www.lewes- Lewes Canalfront Park was canalfrontpark.org POL E & HRE WRAP UP F RE BUR.NS B$tGADKtLL BEACH HOME Cape High School girls JV basketball coach arrested Delaware State Police arrested Cape Henlopen's junior varsity girls basketball coach March 1 in connection with inap- propriate behavior with a minor. Cape administrators contacted police with concerns that IV coach Jordan Thomas, 25, of Lewes might be involved with a minor, according to a statement released by the school district. Thomas was suspend- Jordan Thomas ed from all coaching du- ties pending the completion of an investi- gation, the district said. Thomas did not work for the district in any other capacity than IV coach. State police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Thomas was charged with two counts of offensive touching. Thomas was released on his own recog- nizance. Police: Girl, 13, brings knife to Mariner Middle School Milton police charged a 13-year-old Mil- ton gift with a weapons offense Feb. 27 af- ter police say she brought a knife to school. Police were called to Mariner Middle School at 2:20 p.m. where the girl was hiding a camouflaged knife with 2.75- inch blade on her body, said Capt. John Cornwell of the Milton Police Depart- ment. The girl was charged with carrying a concealed dangerous instrument and re- leased to the custody of a parent pending a Family Court appearance. Mariner Princi- pal Mike Dmiterchik said he was follow- ing the school code of conduct to address the situation. This includes administrative referral, consideration for expulsion, par- ent/guardian conference, referral to police and suspension for up to 10 days. Coming on the heels of the deadly shooting in Ohio, the incident will be dis- cussed with students at an upcoming town hall-style meeting at the school, Dmiterchik said. Milton police arrest fugitive during traffic stop Milton police arrested a fugitive during a traffic stop and turned him over to Mil- ford police Feb. 18. Milton police saw Tel- ley Aiken, 33, of Milton driving on Magno- lia Street and determined he was wanted by Milford police for forgery and theft charges, said Capt. ]ohn Cornwell of the Milton Police Department. Milton police stopped Aiken in the parking lot of Bodies Dairy Market, where they arrested him, Cornwell said. ~)For local news updates andmuch more: capegazette.com MELISSA STEELE PHOTO AN AFTERNOON F~E Feb. 28 completely gutted a Broadkill Beach home. When firefighters from Milton, Lewes, Slaughter Beach and EIlendale responded to the 1:20 p.m. blaze, the home was fully engulfed in flame.s, said Denny Hughes of the Milton Fire Department. "We could see it when we drove in on Route 16," he said. Reviewing the smoky remains, Hughes said he wasn't sure whether the structure was a mobile home on stilts or a stick-built home. "It was a summer home," he said. No one was in the home at 2506 Bayshore Drive when the fire struck and no one was inJured, Hughes said. The structure had collapsed oy thetime Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Randall Lee arrived; he called it an "abandoned structure" in his report. The fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damages, he said. In a Facebook posting by Missey Hilligoss Mulveny, she wrote, "There was no longer a home there. Just the pickings and part of the base structure of what was once a see-through plexiglass home. People from Broadkill called it the gerbil run." The State Fire Marshal's Office continues to investigate the origin and cause of the fire and is ex- pected to release its findings upon completion.