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22 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, March 11 - March 14,2005 Mulberry Street project back in the spotlight By Rosanne Pack The long-awaited Mulberry Street curbing and sidewalks proj- ect surfaced again at the March 7 Milton Town Councilbut ques- tions remain regarding when the project will actually begin. Vice Mayor Leah Betts said that planners from the Delaware De- partment of Transportation made an appointment to meet with her and Town Manager Hal Godwin on March 10 to give them an up- date on the status of the project. Planned work includes installa- tion of curbs and sidewalks along Mulberry Street from Route 16 to H.O. Brittingham Elementary School. The project has been in various stages of planning for more than three years. Betts' report prompted Council- man Noble Prettyman to voice dissatisfaction with the length of time and lack of progress of the project. "I'm upset over this whole Mul- berry Street thing," Prettyman said. "They are eomi'ng to meet with the town manager and the vice mayor, not the people. [DelDOT] lied when they told us they would start this spring. "School children walk along Resident urges Milton counciI to redevelop neglected areas town." He went on to describe his experi- ences with serving on municipal boards in larger urban areas. He said submission of re- sumes and interviews are frequently required before people take positions on appointed boards that conduct business such as plan- ning and zoning and the board of adjustment. He also said he would like to be consid- ered for appointment to municipal boards in Milton. Mayor Jack Bushey said that, in the past, there was usually not enough interest in serv- ing on boards as it was. At one point, he of- fered to read the dates of membership of Before Milton Town Council addressed the March 7 agenda, members heard ques- tions and comments during the Open Floor session. Resident Norman Lester said he hoped the town would move forward to redevelop neg- lected areas of town, especially downtown. He said he has questions about members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and how long members have served. He recommended that Milton look at the make up of appointed boards and consider term limits. Lester said, "I'm new to a small country those who serve on planning and zoning and the board of adjustment, but Lester had addi- tional comments to make in his allotted time. Contacted following the meeting, Bushey made the following information available to the Cape Gazette: dates of appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission are Linda Rogers, 1987; Dean Sherman, 1995, Michael Filicko, 1999; Dennis Hughes, 2001; and Herb Dutt, 2003. Dates of appointment to the Board of Ad: justment are John Collier, 2002; Marion Jones, 2002; Larry Savage, 2002; Jackie Ar- tis, 2004; and Joan Martin Brown, 2004. there, they have to walk in the street when it rains. This is ridicu- lous and I'm sick of DelDOT postponing and postponing this project. They should meet with the people of Mulberry Street. We don't have homes of more than $400,000, but we should be in- chided in the process." Prettyman said he would attend the March 10 meeting. Plans for improving the shoul- ders and installing sidewalks were initially discussed more than three years ago when residents came to council with complaints. Many expressed concerns about children who have to walk to school along the road, and they described pond- ing and mud in their yards follow- ing rains. Milton officials originally at- tempted to develop a cooperative project paid for with suburban street funds secured by elected of- ficials and DelDOT funding from what was then Intermodal Trans- portation Enhancement Act funds. Mulberry Street is State Rt. 5, a state maintained road. Milton officials thought the project could be expedited by sharing the cost rather than wait- ing for DelDOT funding to be im- proved for the entire project. However, complications arose when the necessity for utility and road surfacing work along Mul- berry expanded the project and more than doubled the cost that started out at approximately $450,000. At that point, DelDOT agreed to take over and fund the entire project. At a DelDOT/Milton workshop in the spring of 2004, estimated starting time was spring of 2005. The primary reason for delay is utility work that is below road surface has not been sched- uled. That work must be done before surface work, that includes shoul- ders, paving, curbing and side- walks. Speaking at the March 7 meet- ing, Godwin said, once the March 10 meeting with DelDOT was ac- complished, he would "be pursu- ing them aggressively." Trial Continued from page 9 Police Department for 14 years. Shortly af- ter Bushey was elected mayor in 1996, Miller was inexplicably demoted from the position of assistant chief, although he re- tained his rank - the second highest in the department - so he remained, in fact, the assistant chief, stated Martin in the lawsuit. Additionally, when former Chief Donald Mills retired in 2001, Miller continued serving in an acting chief's capacity, albeit with new language that called for him to re- ceive administrative direction from the town clerk and mayor/police commission- er, the suit asserts. A former Milton police officer, Trudy Schuyler, stated in a September 2004 depo- Late Obituaries Ada I. Foskey, Georgetown homemaker Ada I. Foskey, 93 of George- town, departed this life Wednes- day, March 9, 2005, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was born March 2, 1912 at Bethel, daughter of the late Arthur D. Phillips and Allie V. (Moore) Phillips. She was a homemaker who en- joyed gardening and canning. She loved taking care of her fami- ly. She was fond of dancing and never missed a Saturday night of dancing with her husband when he was living. She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn E Rogers and her hus- band, Ralph Elliott of George- sition that she heard Bushey utter a racial re- mark about Miller when she was at the fire de- partment, where she and Bushey volunteered. "He said that nigger will never be chief as...that nigger will never be chief as long as I have MILLER anything to do with it. Something like that," Schulyer stated. Lat- er, an attorney asked her if she ever heard Bushey use the N word other than on that occasion, and she replied that she had not. She also testified that she had not heard Bushey make other discriminatory marks on any other occasions. Harry Hunsicker, a former Milton coun- cilman who resigned in part because of town; daughter-in-law, Janice Fos- key Owens and husband, Bill of Georgetown; sister-Eleanor Carmine of Laurel; brother, George Phillips of Laurel; grand- daughter Sue Schroeder and her husband John of Lewes; grandson Mark Rogers and his wife Paula of Millsboro; granddaughter Cindy Balas of Georgetown; grandson Jeff Foskey and wife Tina of Millsboro; great-grandsons Travis Rogers, Zachery Schroeder and Jonathan Balas; and a great-grand- daughter Lauren Balas. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 13, at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crema- torium, Dodd-Carey Chapel, 307 North Bedford St., Georgetown, with Pastor Randy Booth officiat- how the personnel committee was pursuing hiring a new chief, also gave a deposition in September 2004, in which he stated, "...there were comments regarding the black youth in town and the loitering issues and the fact that they needed to be - basi- cally, this town needed to be cleaned up and these kids, these black kids, need to be told where they need to be, and it was up to the police department, and he was going to make sure that the town was not, in essence, rid of black kids but rid of the loi- tering, which at that time was presumed to be or was black children." Hunsicker also testified that there were letters to the town that were favoring hiring Miller, but they were not read into the -record as he believed they should have been. Ultimately the town hired W.E. Phillips, who is white, to serve as chief, and ing. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, in Georgetown. Memorials can be made to American Legion Post # 8 Ambu- lance Service, PO Box 202, Georgetown, DE 19947. Queenie L. Nielsen, retired nurse Queenie L. Nielsen, 91, of Lewes, died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at Harbor Healthcare in Lewes. She was born in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of the late Arthur G. and Lilly Carlson Simmonds. She was a nurse. She was also presi- dent of Lititia Doll Clubs and An- tique Club and was a curator of Paramas Historical Society. She was a member of St. Peter's Epis- copal Church in Lewes and associ- ate rector of Medford Episcopal Miller accepted a position at the Lewes Po- lice Department, where he remains em- ployed. The focus of the trial will be whether the town violated the federal law, Title VII. "That is part of the Civil Rights Act that al- lows employees to file discrimination claims against their employers," said Mar- tin. "But it's only for a few categories, such as gender, age, race, disability, nation- al origin and religion. The issue in John's trial is whether there was discrimination based upon his race. "John is very gratified this matter is fi- nally going to trial, and he's anxious to speak to a jury about what happened to him," said Martin. Neither Bushey nor the town's attorney, Norman H. Brooks Jr., returned phone calls to the Cape Gazette. Church in New Jersey. She is pre- ceded in death by her sons, Philip and Timothy, and a daughter, Sharon. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ralph H. Nielsen; four daughters, Patricia and Ar- lene of Lewes, Jacqueline and her husband, Don, of Lewes and Joanne and her husband, Joe, of Medford, N.J.; two sons, Freder- ick and his wife, Linda, of Harbe- son and David and his wife, Pam, of Vincentown, N.J.; a brother, Mardn Simmonds of Aubom, Ind.; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great- grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m, Satur- day, March 12, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 e. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Bur- ial will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions are sug- gested to Seaside Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 443, Lewes DE 19958. Mary Ellen Heacock, avid bmgo player Mary Ellen Heacock, 63, of Seaford, died Monday, March 7, 2005, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Mrs. Heacock was born March 13, 1941, in Pottsville, Pa., the daughter of James Bridges of Lewes and the late Irene Bridges. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Richard Heacock; three sons, Leonard Bridges of Pottsville and James H. Johnson and Christopher R. Vamer, both of Seaford; her father; a brother, Robert Bridges of Millsboro; a sis- ter, Louise Kelley of White Haven, Pa.; six grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Services and burial will be private.