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State land use committee told that counties and towns should cooperate New Homes Ready For Spring., More sewer and water help crucial for Cape Region By Michael Short The House Land Use and Infra- structure Committee heard two major themes on Monday night at the first of five state hearings on land use legislation. The Cape Henlopen High School crowd told the committee that it wanted more water and- sewer systems and that it wanted counties and towns to play nicely together. Several speakers supported measures for intergovernmental coordination between counties and towns to ensure that both work together on issues of land use. The hearings are on 11 land use bills developed last year, but nev- er voted upon. Those bills may come back for votes this year and the intergovernmental coordina- tion is likely to be one of the most debated. Several other speakers called for more water and sewer system construction. Harold Truxon spoke of the needs in Ellendale and some speakers discussed "third world" conditions in Sussex County communities. Earl Chamberlin of Piney Point said "we need sewers. This is a critical and extremely expensive item, I know." Bob Jewett and Bruce Wright of First State Community Action said there are many communities that need help. Wright said the state has a surplus, and "yet, our state has over 30 communities that still have third-world conditions." Minnie Smith of West Re- hoboth also called for more cen- tral sewer and Truxon held up a jar of light brown water to show the audience the quality of some of the drinking water in Ellendale. He said residents using that well get their drinking water at the lo- cal gas station. Rich Collins, who has formed a group called Citizens for Public Research to provide factual infor- mation on often controversial sub- jects, said that "the state cannot limit development, it can only cre- ate winners and losers." The other major issue of the night was intergovernmental coordina- tion on issues of land use. That has been an issue in Rehoboth Beach where officials said that county land use decisions just out- Cape Region By Kerry Kester Delaware State Police arrested George Kalomeris, 34, on Feb. 27, for first-degree attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery in con- nection with the Aug. 15 attempt- ed murder of Thomas W. Jones, 56, of the Prime Hook area. Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, reported at the time of the incident that detectives said Kalomeris, an acquaintance of Jones, went to the victim's home at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 13. Police suspect Kalom- eris shot' Jones in the back of the neck area, placed him in a vehicle and drove him to a wooded area one-half mile northwest of Jones' home. "He dropped Mr. Jones off in a wooded area, leaving him for dead," Lewis said at the time of the incident. Jones lived alone, was partially paralyzed and used a wheelchair. His disappearance was first dis- covered at approximately 8 a.m. two days after the incident oc- curred, when his housekeeper ar- rived for work and couldn't locate him. She alerted family members, who became alarmed and called police. Troopers and family members located Jones at approximately 1 p.m. The tag on Jones' Dodge Dart was missing, said Lewis, and items were stolen from the home, so detectives were inclined to be- lieve robbery was the crime mo- man returns to face tive. Following a two-day surveil- lance in the area where the Super Giant store is located in Silver Spring, Md., police arrested Kalomeris as a Delaware fugitive. When he was returned to Delaware on Feb. 27, police levied the-Delaware charges side the city have greatly affected Rehoboth Beach. Sussex County is considering an intergovernmental coordina- tion zone of one mile, but has not yet voted on the issue. Mary Campbell and Mable Granke of the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission and Faith Duncan of the Dewey Beach Commissioners supported increased intergovern- mental coordination. House Bill 397 reads in part that "the General Assembly finds and declares that coordination be- tween counties and municipalities is essential for the efficient and orderly development of the state and the proper and timely provi- sion of public services." "Absent such legislation, we have been powerless," said Camp- bell. But Collins said that it may be unfair for officials to have some say when the people being affect- ed cannot vote for the officials. For example, he said a Route 1 property owner cannot vote for a Rehoboth Beach commissioner, but under the legislation the Re- hoboth officials might have a say over the property use. 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