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4 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 The recreation program, which will be held in the sum- mer during the evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be imple- mented, maintained and managed by members FRITCHMAN of the Dewey Beach Patrol under the direction of Fritchman. A youth recreation committee, made up of Bill Zolper, Roger Mallet and Dewey Beach Police Chief Ray Morrison, has been organized to spread the word about the program and solic- it funds from the community. The town's commissioners have al- ready approved a junior lifeguard program, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during July and August, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about either the youth recreation program or the junior lifeguard program may call Fritchman at 227-8822 or 227- 6363. Public hearings top Dewey Beach agenda Three public conditional-use hearings are slated for the 9 a.m., Saturday, March 14, Dewey Beach town meeting at the Sunny- side Up Caf6 in the Ruddertowne complex. Commissioners will hear a request by Guardian Capi- tal, LLC, owner of Rehoboth Bay Marina on Collins Avenue, to op- erate a carryout eatery; a request by Grotto Pizza, Inc. to extend the hours of operation of its arcade from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily; and a request by Bahama Restaurants, Inc., Covehouse Seafood Restau- rant, to operate a restaurant with a beer and wine license. Commissioners are also expect- ed to review and vote on an ordi- nance to amend the existing "Dis- orderly Houses" section of the municipal code and an ordinance to establish business licensing and regulatory fees for vending and game machines. Mayor Bob Frederick is also ex- pected to present a review of the Town Hall expansion status. -The office of the Town of Dewey Beach will be moving from the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue into the new Town Hall building at 105 Rod- ney Ave. address early next week. The town's police department will also be included in the move. Milton calls special meeting March 18 The regularly scheduled month- ly meeting of Milton Town Coun- cil was set for March 2; however, of the five council members, only two joined Mayor Jack Bushey at the appointed time. Without a quorum, council could not con- duct any business that required a vote; therefore, a special meeting had to be scheduled for Wednes- day, March 18. The meeting will be conducted at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Council members who were absent were Leah Betts, Robert Blayney, and Dale "Woody" Magee; P.D. Camenisch and Charlie Fleetwood were in atten- dance. Included on the agenda are dis- cussion of ordinance revisions and updated reports on construction contracts that were recently awarded. It was reported that Mil- ton has received a matching grant to fund a study of water and sewer system expansion and upgrading. At the March 2 meeting, it was announced that the townwide spring yardsale will be Saturday, April 25. The March 18 special meeting is open to the public. Poisoned swans still recovering Most of the swans being treated for lead poisoning are doing quite well, according to Tri-State Bird Research and Rescue. The swans were found recently in a farm field just west of Harbeson along Route 9. They were suffering from lead poisoning after acciden- tally ingesting lead shotgun pel- lets, which were believed to have been left in the soil from target shooting in the area. A number of swans died, but many others were caught by vol- unteers and taken to Tri-State's New Castle County offices for re- habilitation. Tri-State Executive Director Virginia Pierce said most of the swans have grown frisky, although a few are still in serious condition. They are being fed a chelating agent which binds with the lead in an effort to remove the lead from their bodies. The agent being used, which is also used to medicate human be- ings, costs $400 a bottle. 'llaat is making us nervous, but it is work- ing," Pierce said. She said that 22 of the tundra swans are splashing around in wading pools, although four are still in intensive care. She said the birds, although they appear to be doing well, must receive the med- ication until approximately this weekend, then wait for several days and undergo another blood test. If that blood test shows ntr- mal lead levels, then the birds can be released, Pierce said. Mid-Atlantic Partnership urges federal beach help The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Part- nership, a five-state shoreline and coastal advocacy organization, met in Wilmington on Fridaly, Feb. 27, and passed a resolution urging federal support for beach replenishment. Delaware, Maryland, New Jer- sey, Virginia and New York are represented in the partnership: Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Freder- ick, who is among the members of the alliance, said the meeting was productive. The resolution states that shore- line and coastal resources provide significant economic, environ- mental and recreational benefits to the entire nation. "Whereas, the partners representing the five member states call upon their con- gressional delegations to provide support for the federal govern- ment to continue its involvement in the preservation and protection of coastal resources through fund- ing of federal agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)." Frederick said the group plans to lobby Congress to support beach replenishment and to attend the 1998 Coastal Summit, sched- uled for June in Washington, D.C. A statement from the American Coastal Coalition (ACC) said the summit will lay the groundwork for a national coastal policy that will carry coastal America into the 21 st century. Magee maize deferred by Sussex P&Z Sussex County's Planning and Zoning Commission deferred ac- tion on a request by Danny Magee to operate a corn maize on ap- proximately five acres of land on Route 54. The application will be considered at the next planning and zoning meeting, scheduled for March 12. The planners were con- cerned about additional traffic on Route 54 and the entrance to Magee's property. Mock subdivision deferred by Sussex Sussex County's Planning and Zoning Commission deferred ac- tion on a subdivision request by Mike Mock to subdivide 5.68 acres of land near Kings Highway into 11 lots. The land is located northeast of Sussex 268, 500 feet north of Route 1. The planners deferred action after Keith Parsell expressed concerns about the im- pact on the entrance to his adja- cent funeral home. Mock hopes to divide the par- cell into 11 lots and said the Sea- side Baptist Church has expressed interest in building a church on at least the rear portion of the prop- erty. The relatively new church now holds Southern Baptist ser- vices in the Lewes Senior Center and is hoping to build a facility of its own. Parsell said that he tried to reach an agreement with his neighbors to have a joint entrance when he built the funeral home. He worried that if Mock's project is approved, it would mean his ex- isting driveway could be dug up, which could be costly and could disrupt his business, he said. The request is expected to be considered when the commission meets March 12. Carper inks disaster funding; office still open Governor Tom Carper signed an agreement on Monday to formal- ize the state and federal govern- DATE 02/23/98 02/23/98 02/24198 02/24198 02/25198 FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 23 TO MARCH 1, 1998 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 12, west of Lewes #5 Rt. 1 and Applebee's parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Sussex 14, west of Lewes #5 #5 02/28/98 Rt. 1 and Sea Air private drive 00ii'00'i iiiiiiiii00i!!il ii ii !i00i0000iiiiii00i!iii00iii!ii!ii00000000iii!00ii00i00i00iii!i00iii00ii00!ii!!i00i00iiii!!iiiii00!00iiiiiiiii00i00i!iii!iii!i00ii00!iiii00iiii00i00iiiiiiiii00ii00i00i00iiii!iiii0000!ii!i00iiiiii00iii00!00i!i00i!i00iii!00000000i!iiiiii00i00!0000iiii !!iiiiiiiii ii!iiiiiiiiiiilliiiii!iii!i!i!iiiiiii!!!i!iiiiiiiii!iiiiiii!iiiiJiiiiiiii!!iiiii!ii!!iiii!iiii!iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii!iiiiii;ii!ii FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 23 TO MARCH I. 1998 I Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County I _ 13 33 18 a4 I Of the 85 people arrested for DUI, 19 were involved in accidents. ment's roles in providing emer- gency assistance following recent damage by nor'easters. The agreement makes official a finan- cial commitment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and includes the stipulations that the state must fulfill to receive aid. The agreement states that the federal government will provide funds on a 75 percent cost-shared basis. The state of Delaware and local governments will need to come up with a 25 percent cost match. Also, this week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it will keep its dis- aster outreach center open for anyone wishing to apply for assis- tance at least through Saturday, March 7. The office is located on Long Neck Road, at the Mariners Cove Marina, 126 Pine Dr. The office is open on March 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since opening, there have' been 96 SBA applications distributed. Eleven businesses and 85 home- owners have asked the SBA for low-interest loan applications thus far. Of those, some 63 applica- tions have been submitted and the first checks for businesses and homeowners hurt by recent storms are expected to be signed in a cer- emony today. Castle urges pollution help Congressman Mike Castle has urged approval of a budget re- quest to provide funding to the National Oceanographic and At- mospheric Administration (NOAA) so the agency can pro- vide technical and financial assis- tance to address water pollution threats to the coastline. "We need to do more to re- search nonpoint-source pollution and determine whether runoff pol- lutes shellfish beds, creates harm- ful algae blooms and contributes to beach closures," he said in a written statement. The Congress- man's letter was sent to Chairman Harold Rogers of the Appropria- tions Subcommittee on Com- merce, Justice, State and the Judi- ciary. Castle requested congressional support of the adminstration's coastal water initiatives. The $22 million program would allocate $10 million to additional research and assessment of harmful algae blooms and pfiesteria, $6 million to NOAA's coastal non-point pol- lution control program and $6 million to Section 309 nonpoint- source enhancement state grants. Delaware is expected to receive funding under these grants to complete development of its non- point-source pollution plan. Rehoboth board mulls McQuay parcel funding The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners discussed the pos- sibility of acquiring a Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund grant to fund the purchase of Mc- Quay's Ice House parcel, a pur- chase the board approved last month. The 50 percent grant has its drawbacks,, however, in that they are earmarked for outdoor recreation and open space pro- jects, thus limiting future use of this canal-bank property adjacent to The Grove park. Commissioner Kenny Vincent called for the formation of a task force to advise on the best use on the property, as there's plenty of time to decide. The widow of Butch McQuay, Jewel McQuay, agreed to lease the liquor business operating on the site and the leasee has four- and-a-half years to find a new lo- cation. The city won't be able to use the land until then, unless the liquor business vacates it earlier. During the discussion, Mayor Sam Cooper noted there didn't seem to be a lot of sentiment on the part of the board to go forward with the fund application. But Commissioner Bitsy Cochran ad- vised that the board should ex- plore the restrictions governing the grant further. She also said she wanted to know if there is a time limit on the grant application so that the board knows how long it can keep its op- tions open.