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I Briefly Lewes BPW regular meeting March 17 The Lewes Board of Public Works will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7.p.m., Thursday, March 17, at Lewes City Hall. Items on the agenda include a report from Severn Trent on wastewater treatment plant operations, a report from Charles O'Don- nell of George Miles & Buhr on a tempo- rary filter being used at the wastewater treatment plant, an approval to move for- ward with Jefferson Avenue utilities bid- ding and a recommendation to award a bid on the University Drive drainage project. Ippolito seeking re-election to Lewes City Council Incumbent Lewes City Councilman Jim Ippolito has f'ded to run for a fifth term on the Council. Ippolito has lived in Lewes for 24 years and has served as deputy mayor since 2004. Ippolito and incumbent Stephanie Tsantes hold the two seats up for election scheduled for Saturday, May !4- Tsantes, aioancilm_, tuber sii!ce 1999, has not yet filed to rum:The :filing deadline is April 7. : Lewes Planning Commission to meet March 16 The Lewes Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, at City Hall. Items on the agenda include, a request On behalf ofBeebe Medical Center to expand the Rollins Wing to include an addition to the emergency center, the coro- nary care unit and surgical services; final- ization of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan with consideration of comments re- ceived during the public review/comment period. Lewes Mitigation Team to buy support equipment The Lewes Mitigation Planning Team will purchase a rolling computer terminal rack and hire a technician to set it up and install software on the system, for use in the city's Emergency Operations Center. The EOC is located in the city's fire station on Savannah Road. The team also agreed to spend up to $500 for an upgrade to comput- er software for a geographical information system database. The decision to buy the items was reached at the te-n's March 8, regular monthly meeting. The purchase will be made With money from the planning team's fiscal year 2004 budget. The city provided $4,200 in the budget for out-of- pocket expenses and purchases of materi- als, but the money must be spent by March Clarifications A business story in the March 8 issue of the Cape Gazette incorrectly stated the phone number of East Coast Audio and Video in the Rehoboth Beach Plaza on Route 1. The number is 226-9999. A story about dog control in the March 4 edition should have stated that the Delaware SPCA was founded 132 years ago, and it is not affiliated with the Ameri- can Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A story in the March 8 edition about a smoking wall heater at Brandywine Assist- ed Living should have stated that the wall heater was located in the lobby, not a resi- dent's room. 31, the end of the fiscal year. Money re- maining in the team's budget after that time is returned to the general fund. At the meeting, Lewes City Manager Elaine Bisbee questioned whether the mon- ey should continue to be provided in the budget because the team appears to have trouble spending it. "You go through this year-after-year. I'm just wondering whether the city should re- duce the amount," Bisbee said. Plan to reduce phragmites in Lewes areas developing The Lewes Mitigation Planning Team continued its discussion March 8 on how best to go about reducing phragmites in parts of the city. The goal of the team's Lewes Beach hazardous fuel reduction pro- gram is to bum and chemically treat stands of the vegetation so that less combustible material is in the area. Lewes Volunteer Fire Department chief and team member Walt Reynolds said coordination of the ef- fort would have to be carefully done. Reynolds said the vegetation is very close to several homes between Cedar Avenue and the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, and on Market Street where the veget_ation has grown on private property. Reynolds said the control effort would be coordinated with the state's Division of Fish & Wildlife and other state agencies as needed. He said prior to any burning or herbicide treatment, a public workshop would be held to hear concerns and comments. Reynolds said in the past, some residents have had concerns about smoke generated by burning the plants and the possible effect herbicides could have. "When you put chemicals down, people are going to be worded about their pets," he said. A specific date to begin the fuel reduction program has not yet been set but sometime between the middle of next month and early May has been dis- cussed. Sussex County Council sets March 15 agenda Sussex County Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, in the county council chambers in Georgetown. County Administrator Bob Stickels will open the floor to the League of Women Vot- ers, who will give a presentation. Procla- mations for Community Development Block Grants and Red Cross Month follow. Ducks Unlimited will request funding for 2005 Safety and Conservation Day. Stick- els will then give an update on the Western Sussex Public Safety Building. Wastewater agreements and the adminis- trator's report follow. Finance director David Baker will update the council on the insurance program and propose an ordinance to authorize the is- suance of wastewater revenue refunding bonds. A public hearing on extending the Fenwick Island Sanitary Sewer District fol- lows. Assistant County engineer Russell Archut will discuss the Miller Creek and South Ocean View Sanitary Sewer Dis- tricts. Douglas Brockway's conditional-use re- quest to open a boat repair shop follows as old business. Tenants asked to attend March 15 meeting in Dover Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA) is asking its mem- bers in all three counties to attend the first- ever meeting of the House Subcommittee on Manufactured Housing at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 15, in the House hearing room at Legislative Hall, Dover. CAPE GAZEXTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 - 3 St BIIIups photo Shipbuilders Village experiences chronic flooding Shipbuilders Village, Milton, homeowner John Meade did what his flooded South Spinnaker Street neighbors did when they had to go to work on March 8. Meade rolled up his pants, held his shoes and socks in his hand and sloshed through high water to his car. Meade reported that the street flood- ing was greatly reduced later in the day when a crew from Christiana Exca- vating Company removed the stormwater grates ind pumped rainwater from : stormwater catch bas/ns on South Spinnaker. It seems there is nowhere for the rainwater to go once the catch bs fill,, saj'd Meade. "It backs up into the street and over the curb into over yards.=It happens every time we have a big rain, and it has to be fixed. It's frustrating all of us on this street and it's a health and safety hazard." DMHOA board member Bobbie Hem- merich said it is critical that manufactured- home owners in leased-lot communities at- tend the meeting and show support for ten- ants' issues. Formore, call Hemmerich at 644-8507. DNREC to explain beach use regulations March 16 The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's shoreline and waterway management section will hold a public workshop on draft regulations that would set storm-damage-reduction con- struction standards for homes built on the oceanfront. The standards for new homes in beach or erosion areas include piling depths, eleva- tions for homes and utilities, parking lot and driveway standards, prohibitions on dune-area construction, permitted construc- tion behind dunes and a remapping of the state building line along the coast. People interested in presenting state- ments at the workshop should register in advance and submit written comments to Maria Sadler, shoreline and waterway man- agement section, DNREC, 89 Kings High- way, Dover 19901. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in the Commission- ers Room of Rehoboth Beach City Hall, Rehoboth Avenue. Family Law Commission to meet in Dower, March 16 The Delaware Family Law Commission annual public meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in House chambers at Legislative Hall, Dover. The. meeting is a once=a-year opportunity for the public to express its coanments about the Family Court system. Speakers will be given five minutes each. Milton approves mapping expenses In routine Milton Town Council business during the March 7 monthly meeting, $39,405 was approved for aerial photogra- phy necessary for mapping of the corporate town limits, proposed annexation area, pro- posed wastewater treatment plant site and disposal area of treated water. In addition to providing needed mapping information for Milton projects, council will consider a fee system for making the aerial map and asso- ciated information available to developers. The overllight and photography must be conducted before trees and plants leaf out and distort or mask the relevant topogra- phy. Milton approves final Preserve site pla 9 After hearing remarks from Milton Car- row, a partner in Preserve on the Broadkill, Milton Town Council approved the final site plan for Phase II of that development during the March 7 meeting. Carrow said that streets and walks are going in for Phase I and most of the lots are sold. He said he plans to build a home and live in Phase II. "So then, I will be known as Milton from Milton," he said. The approval was made contingent on the developers obtaining a final permit from the. Army Corps of Engineers. Bob Blayney and Libby Zando are also partners in the development. Remove cemetery arrangements by March 15 Christmas arrangements and decorations placed on cemetery plots at both Epworth United Methodist Cemetery in Rehoboth Beach and Bethel United Methodist Ceme- tery in Lewes must be removed prior to Tuesday, March 15, to make room for East- er arrangements. Commission seeks public comment on Family Court The Delaware Family Law Commission will hold its annual public meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Match 16: in the Hous Chambers at Legislative Hall in Dover. The hearing is for those interested in help- ing to reform and improve the Delaware Family Court system or who have com- plaints or positive suggestions about the system