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NEWS Cape Gazette project moves on d00pite snow South end hopefully ready later this month / By Ryan Mavity .. The two heavy., February put a slig hoboth Beach's construction proje ficials say the b ready to stroll by 1 Commissione chairman of the cil Committee, said was the main area snow, 'Tklmost all the ( place at the tim snows," he said. " filled the deep ex dering the Board vent us from clea the excavations a revegetating the disturbed by recor Mills said the de were made in ord demolition. The c pate a small slice abutting the Boa3 naturally fall into t by removing th( Mills said most of ring the Boardwall es and need to be t "When the snow ground thaws, the ceed with the few to be able to reopen the south Henlope portion from Laure] Street to as usua Prospect Street," he said. Mills sa Reopening the south end has only du also been pushed back because snow, bt the city changed light mounts work sn and light-pole specificationsi de- "The, atnwstrmsdelay in Re- in laying the order for the light, shovel si oardwalk re- Residents have questioned decking, zt, but city of- why fencing is still up at sections snow an )ards will be in the south end when it appears ing the d lemorial Day. they have been completed. Mills sai Stan Mills, "There are some more steps to start the y's Boardwalk complete before we can reopen shovelin I he south end the south Boardwalk," Mills aid. of the b( tffected by the Among those steps: clean up ment op, construction debris, fill in exca- construc lecking was in vations, revegetate sloughed and He sai e of the first restored dune areas, pull wiring and Mill ut snows have and install lighting, and install done a zavations bor- fence posts and sand fencing pace, de aralk and pre- along the Boardwalk and at the er cond ing and f'filing dune crossings, have be ith Sands and "Until the Boardwalk is com- the nortt reas of dunes pleted, we cannot reopen it to "We f struction." the public for safety reasons. As that we .p excavations weather is a factor, until the around, er to facilitate weather clears up, it is hard to water p ity did antici- determine a reopening date, but I around. of the dunes would hope for late March," er const 'dwalk would Mills said. system m void caused Safety issues holding back the dunes w ,. Boardwalk. reopening of the south end in- eas, exD clude a lack of lighting, open any high fie areas abut- ditches abutting the BoardWalk, "This di, are like ditch- illed in. construction machinery still be- within tl s melt and the ing used and cleaning up debris, precauti a we can pro- On the north end, the area up the b tetails needed from Rehoboth Avenue to the prior te Hotel, work continued even with the snow. work crews took off ng the worst of the were quickly back to shovels in hand. rpentry crews would t( w off the newly placed t ae sun would melt the they would be fasten- .'king by late mor. g," . "Other crews rould after-snow days with snow off beams c r out m forms while e quip- ators would clear their 3n entrances of sl low." contractor Mun fiord r of MiddletowlL has at job maintaining the ite the adverse w eath- ons. Mills said 1here it more challeng.s on ,'.nd than the soufl md hidden sea'valls aeeded to redesign ad there were ,ome es we had to tiptoe ae November nor east- Led much of the lune the north, an( the e breached in tw a ar- aag the project area to des or waves," he said. aot cause any damage ' project area, bursas a a the contractor built ached areas with sand :he anticipated !high kAST MONYW$ HE# reconstruction of Reho south end, which city month. The entire strut winds of the lasl storms." The city paid fo with around $5.1 mi al stimulus money American Reinvest] covery Act. City Ferrese said to dat, issued $1.8 millioJ checks to MtLmforc check for an estim will be issued wil two weeks, Ferre construction 'portk tract is $4.4 million while $631,000 Kercher Engineer neering, administr spection services. Mills said once sections are compl LAURA RITTER PHOTO y slightly d .qayed progress on the ch's Boardwalk. Most of the problems were on the f s say should hopefully be rei dy by the end of this u muld be ready for walkers by I 5emorial Day. 1 snow- tractor woulc then turn things over to the cit : Project engineers project representing :he city will then fi perform an " tspection of every F by detail and list any items still 1 and Re- needing atten.-ion. When the en- a Greg gineers are s tisfied the work is city has completed an, t there are no safe- i ;timulus ty issues, city officials will deter- : mine when t ) reopen it to the t( public. "We anticipate reopen- d next hag portions s soon as they are e The completed, aspected and ap- l con- proved. Pm onally, I miss my said, daily walks o a the 'boards' and s )ing to am also anxious for it to reopen. engi- Our patience will be rewarded t! and in- with a beautiJhi new Boardwalk with new lilhting, new foot tl various showers, ne, v pavilions, new L( con- plantings and more," Mills said. only to maj, subdivision Rehobot00v passes street widtli ordin00 .... Even farm is a 'subdivision' sion found that ( I Street, Law would apply code will stall mandate ma the fact tk from sm e larger piece of land. which runs along tl e rear of the project has nc )F This ord ance is only applicable property, was mor than 50 feet in its totality S to areas at have been subdivid- wide in two plac s, meaning hat would be coasid- mid have to By Ryan Mavity ryanm@capegazetl Rehoboth Bead its rules to allow f jor subdivision to isting 40-foot-wid land was previousl The ordinance, 6-1, would only ap major subdivision. L has amended omes in a ma- !ront on an ex- e street, if the y subdivided. which passed ply to lots in a that, except for lots fronting an approved, short dead-end street, each lot must front a street at least 50 feet wide. The new legislation amends this law to state that a lot can front on an existing street at least 40 feet wide where the frontage is part of the frontage of an'larea that was previously subdivided. City solicitor Glenn Mandalas said, "The area had to have been subdivided into lots with no more than 100 feet of frontage on the street. ed into some of the lots a ered av, age or slightly lrger front Canal Street. than aw age lots in Rehdboth The Rehoboth p Beach." mission proposed The g tesis of the ordir ance as a way to address came dang the planning zorn- "ambiguities" in tl mission' 'eview of a majoi sub- ing to existing str division )plicationfor the Oak subdivisions. Grove 1 tor Court. Oak (rove Although he vot engineeJ ad measured the road tion, Mayor Sam ( as being ) feet wide. Durin g the not coming out for course o ts review, the con trois- Oak Grove subdiv Rehc,b0th approvesllside ac!=ks W 1 Law affects major have to install sidewalks, ci?nd e new 0rdina, i ce, "The city has bern sl The ordinance, passed by a 64 e a home impr(wements vote, provides a mechanism to personr, luestingabuildinl;per- in ADA (America By Ryan Mavity begin completing sidewalks. Fill- mit wou l construct a sid,walk abilities Act) con ing in sidewalks is requested in when th aggregate value f all pedestrian mobili the 2004 comprehensive devel- projects aat require a building applies to those se Rehoboth resid, nts who don't opment plan. The commission- permit d ring a 12-month IZ eriod 50 percent or mor ers spent close to a year debating is at le law have sidewalks, an( have sidewalks might have to put t $20,000. Thi, them in if they mtdertake major the problem - identifying about would o y apply when 5( per- correspond gener home improvements. 20 areas around town with miss- cent or ore of the lots a the more trafficked are In areas where half the neigh- ing sidewalks - before tabling the block h '. sidewalks. Commissioner boring properties have side- idea because of economic con- The c finance is not re roac- Zellers said the ord walks, a property Owner who un- cerns and there being no resolu- tive, so would not apl: ly to help improve safet) dertakes a proper{y upgrade val- tion over who would pay for the building ermits granted k efore without forcing th{ ued at $20,000 ot more would sidewalks - homeowners or the the ordt nce was passed, zens. Commissic the only "nc don t believe anning com- ous." code change Mills also s wha{it called ing to succun e code relat- the Oak Grov ets {n major dominiums. / ! Commissio d fo{ the mo- ness said, "TI oopgr, while for anybody )r against the good thing fol don, lament- nce the Oak Grove t been looked at it ) resolve all issues. ter Stan Mills cast vote, saying, "I he code is ambigu- aid he was not go_ tb to threats to use . property for con- aer Kathy McGui- is is city-wide. Not ;pecific. This is a the entire city." 00r00!nance " In keeping with the economy nvesting alot and the ecormmic times, we're ns v)ith Dis- not going to fqrce someone to do tpliahce and it. But if you're going to take on a y. This only project that'{.a large project, I ctions where think this is the time to trigger '. of file areas these througt. This is the right I think those thing to do," s]m said. ally with the Commissk,ner Bill Sargent, as. I the only "no' vote, said, "I just l]orraine inance would arotnd town issue on citi- am extremely forcing this w at all. I think ed. I think tt do it:' uncomfortable en- ay. I do not like this this is heavy-hand- is is a poor way to