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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March '7 - March 13, 1997 Briefly Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page S Charles Goetz was flown to Baltimore Shock Trauma He is presently in Union Memorial Hos- pital, Elkton, Md., where he is in critical condition. Detectives, who are continuing to investigate the incident, have not been able to interview Charles Goetz because of his serious medical conditon. Cape board to finalize boundary changes The Cape Henlopen Board of Education, during its Thursday, March 13 meeting, is tentatively planning to adopt language for school board election area bound- ary changes. If the board approves the changes, it will then submit the proposal to legislators for fast tracked legislation enacting the changes. Also on the board's ten- tative agenda is discussion of the long range facilities plan, the guidance curriculum review, an update of the progress of mathe- matics curriculum and the MIT/Cape Carousel program. The meeting will be held in Re- hoboth Elementary School's cafe- teria at 7:30 p.m. Sussex Planners consider land use ordinances The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will con- sider a full slate of ordinances at its next meeting. The planners will meet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, on The Circle in Georgetown in the new county ad- ministration building. The agenda includes three ordi- nances which the planners de- ferred action on at the commis- sion's Feb. 13 meeting. They would: amend the setbacks in a vacation retirement park, change subdivision definitions to regulate "strip development" and change the minimum lot size required to place manufactured/mobile hous- ing. The Commission will also hold a public hearing on the proposed C-2 zoning. County Councilman George Cole has proposed the zoning to deal with large scale de- velopment of at least 50,000 square feet in size. The new zon- ing would place additional restric- tions on such development. It could require larger buffers, land- scaping and interconnecting roads between development. The three ordinances which were deferred all relate to the county's proposed land use plan. Two of the ordinances have a sig- nificant impact. The proposed strip development ordinance would limit the number of strip lots, or lots which are developed along the roadway usually with individual entrances, to four with over the counter approval. That's the number which could automati- cally be approved by planning and zoning without requiring a public hearing: The manufactured housing ordi- nance would allow manufactured homes to be placed on one-acre lots in agricultural residential dis- tricts. Supporters say the change is needed because the current five acre requirement for such homes is not needed. The planning and zoning commission has also sug- gested that such homes can only be placed on one-acre lots if the request is first approved by the Sussex County Board of Adjust- ment. Also on the agenda is a revised site plan for Vernon Office Park. The project has been tabled by the Board of Adjustment because it does not meet the corridor overlay setback requirement. The planned expansion is located at the corner of Route 1 and Road 275A, the lo- cation of O'Conor, Piper and Fly- nn Realtors. Delaware legislators call for beach funds Senator William Roth, Rep. Michael Castle and Senator Joseph Biden Jr. have sent letters to the Congressional Appropria- tions Committees asking that the committee provide funds for the Dewey Beach-Rehoboth Beach replenishment project. The letters were sent to Rep. Harry Reid, Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Joseph McDade. Domenici and McDade chair the Senate and House committees. The funding would be used to complete preconstruction, engi- neering and design studies that are required before the replenishment can start. Replenishment is used to replace eroded sand on beaches and involves pumping sand from offshore on to the beaches. It's considered a temporary and ex- pensive measure, but it's also con- sidered a good way to fight ero- sion of valuable beach areas caused by storm damage. The Feb. 25 letters describe the project as a wise investment of lo- cal, federal and state resources. Delaware's congressional dele- gation has fought hard for federal funding for the project, arguing that Delaware has already spent millions of dollars in expectation that federal funding would help pay for the cost of a projeeL State and local officials have said a federal pullout now leaves the state with a pile of paper stud- ies and nary a grain of extra sand. "For the past two years, the Clin- ton Administration has ascribed shoreline protection initiatives low budget priority and as a result, no funds for the Dewey Beach- Rehoboth Beach project were re- quested in FY 98," the delegation wrote. "Put simply, we find this situa- tion totally unacceptable. The State of Delaware has already spent $1.5 million for the cost- shared studies on the expectation that the federal government would maintain its role in this partner- ship... 'q'he Congress can and must en- sure that the Corps fulfills its pre- existing obligations to the states and coastal communities, partiou- lady when millions of dollars are at stake, as in this case." One of West Rehoboth lawsuits settled There is a decision in one of the lawsuits filed against the West Re, hoboth Sewer District. The Court decision ruled that Relaoboth Mall was not entitled to be given credit for its existing sewer plant when it was forced to hook into the West Rehoboth District. Superior Court President Judge Henry duPont Ridgely ruled on Friday, Feb. 28 against Rehoboth Mall Limited Partnership. The Mall ownership said it should re- ceive credit for the system, but Ridgely ruled that the county only has to give an assessment credit when it actually uses or incorpo- rates a private sewer system into its county system. Rehoboth Planners to resume sign discussion The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will continue its dis- cussion of the revisions to the cur- rent city sign ordinance, as is called for in the Long Range Plan, at the regular monthly meeting slated for 7 p.m., Monday, March 10 in the commissioners room. All interested citizens from both the commercial and residential ar- eas of the city are urged to attend and participate in the discussion. All themes and concepts voiced will be correlated and developed into recommendations for the Board of Commissioners in the form of a draft ordinance/work in progress for final revision of the current ordinance. Suspect held in Ashby's fire The Delaware State Fire Mar- shal's Office has arrested Donald E. I-Iickman, age 29, of Millsboro, in conjunction with a fire that oc- curred at Ashby's Oyster House in Peddler's Village, Angola. The fire, reported at 12:14 a.m., Thursday, March 6, caused minor damage when the subject report- edly set fire to an exterior awning at the business. Hickman was tak- en to Court 3 in Georgetown, where he was arraigned on charges of arson and reckless en- dangering. The subject was re- leased on bond pending a prelimi- nary hearing at the Court of Com- mon Pleas in Georgetown. Rehoboth Convention Hall rate hikes seen The City of Rehoboth Beach is expected to increase the rental rates for its Convention Center which is currently being expanded to include a large new meeting room with many amenities. The Convention Hall Committee, chaired by Commissioner Bitsy Cochran, recommends that the rates for the hall, Monday through Thursday, be raised from $250 to $300, and from $425 to $500 Fri- day and Saturday. Those wishing to rent the meet- ings room along with the hall "'r FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 24 TO ]tARCH 2, 1997 DArE LOCA00ON TYPE 02/24197 FR. 1 and lit. 24, south of Lewes #4 02/25/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9 at Five Points #5 03/02/97 Rt. I and Fit. 24, south of Lewes #2 would pay $75 rather than $50. The rate for the meeting rooms alone would remain at $75, as would the kitchen. The set up fee would increase from $175 to $200. Non-profit groups would re- ceive the discount rate of 10 per- cent if they are a locally oriented organization. The last increases on the hall rentals were in Febru- ary, 1994. Cochran also advised that the rate for the new addition be set at two prices, $175 for the entire day or $75 if it is used for four hours or less, although at the March 3 workshop it was decided to raise the half-day rate to $100 to pre- vent someone from renting it for two half days at a lower rate. The rates, which are expected to be approved at the Friday, March 14 commissioners' meeting, would become effective in Janu- ary, 1998 for returning events and effective immediately for any new renters. Completion of the addition is running behind schedule and was expected to be finished by the end of this month. Now it may be the end of April before the addition is ready for use. Grove Street traffic light committee topic The Rehoboth Beach Street and Light Committee is expected to discuss the request to place a traf- fic light at the intersection of Re- hoboth Avenue and Grove Street near the entrance to the city, at a 9 a.m. meeting on Friday, March 14 in the Commissioners Room. There has been concern expressed about the difficulty of crossing Grove due to heavy traffic in that vicinity, although there are also fears that a traffic light there could result in bottlenecks as people try to enter or exit the city. Also on the agenda is a request to remove the stop sign on Second Street and Olive Avenue and the status of the King Charles Avenue storm sewer upgrading project. Rehoboth expected to OK budget March 14 The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners is expected to ap- prove the budget for 1997-98 at the Friday, March 14 monthly meeting. The balanced budget shows $6,551,586 in anticipated rev- enues without any proposed in- creases but includes revenue from the 3 percent gross receipts tax, and expenditures of the same, which includes a capital improve- ment program in the amount of $783,093. The average full-time employ- ee's wage increase for 1997-98 is 3 to 3.5 percent, with an increase in Christmas bonuses from $50 to $75 and a 25 cent increase per hour for all part-time employees. City Manager Greg Ferrese has budgeted $10,000 for the Re- hoboth Beach Planning Commis- sion which requested the funding to carry out its duties. Rehoboth Main Street has requested $26,000, with the city providing $24,000 last year. The part-time salaries for the police department have increased from $143,000 to $158,500, as Chief Creig Doyle has requested hiring a part-time relief radio dis- pateher year round. The budget also reflects the pur- chase of one marked police cruis- er. The Public WorksDepartment has requested two additional sea- sonal part-time employees to clean sidewalks in the central business district and remove de- bris and weeds along curbing in both residential and commercial areas. The Parking Meter Department has been renamed the Parking De- partment and will encompass the parking permit system. The Parks and Shade Tree Commission has requested $12,000 for additional contractual services to maintain the islands, street ends and park areas. Capital improvements include $2,000 for signs on the back of the lifeguard stands; $3,500 to repair cracks in the tennis courts; a dump truck for the street department, $27,500; a new refuse truck, $88,000; new convention center equipment, $21,450; the new Delaware Avenue comfort station, $287,000; new parking depart- ment van, $18,500; a new pick-up truck with snowplow for the wastewater department, $24,000; and a four-wheel drive tractor, $35,000.