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4 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 by the organism. Small said that Brief Continued from page 3 Thursdays from state-owned lands to the east of Port Mahon Road (Route 89). It shall be unlawful for any person to collect or at- tempt to collect on any lands not owned by the state or federal gov- ernment from May 1 to June 30 except on Monday, Wedne.sday and Friday. The bill establishes possession limits for horseshoe crabs. State may suffer Pfiesteria funding losses The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed giving Delaware $200,00 for Pfiesteria monitoring programs in 1998. Delaware had requested more funding for this year and officials note that the $200,000 is well be- low the $343,000 they requested. State environmental officials said that even with the $200,000 (no final decision is due on fund- ing for about two weeks), they can run a monitoring program for Pfi- esteria. But it will have to be scaled back somewhat. Pfiesteria was found in Indian River last year, but it was in a dor- mant, nontoxic phase. The di- noflagellate has been linked to massive fish kills and to human health problems among laboratory workers in North Carolina. Local- ly, it was blamed for Pocomoke River fish losses last year, but there were no confirmed fish kills and no reported human health im- pacts in Delaware. Sometimes called killer algae, the microscopic organism can lay dormant for years and can exist in more than 20 different forms that can either mimic plants or ani- mals. David Small, spokesman for the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC), said that Delaware will still do trawl samples of fish to see if fish appear to be affected the state will also monitor tribu- taries, particularly for problems with menhaden, which have proved vulnerable to fish kills. Even if scaled back, the monitor- ing efforts are expected to be at least as intensive as last summer. Lewes Planners to meet March 18 Members of the Lewes Plan- ning Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m., in City Hall on East Third Street. Agenda items include pre- sentation by Councilman Jim Ip- polito of the first draft of the pedestrian plan for the City of Lewes and further review and dis- cussion of the draft mission state- ment and draft bylaws and operat- ing procedures for Lewes Plan- ning Commission. Lewes Council to hold special session The mayor and city council members of Lewes will meet in special session on Monday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the up- stairs meeting room of Lewes Public Library. Purpose of the meeting is to discuss a survey dis- pute on canal bank lands in the vicinity of 324 through 340 Pilot- town Rd. In 1997, Lewes council members agreed to allow certain property owners fronting on canalfront land on Pilottown Road to lease parcels of land directly in front of their property. The land owners were instructed to get sur- veys of the plots done and pre- sented to the town for approval. At a recent meeting it was report- ed that the property owners were having trouble coming to agree- ment as to how the lines for the canalfront lands should be drawn for the leases. The Monday meet- ing will focus on that process. Lewes Parks Commission to meet March 16 The Lewes Parks and Recre- ation Commission will meet on Jen EIIingsworth photo Henlopen Acres employees complete course Town of Henlopen Acres employees recently completed a first aid/CPR certification course, through the auspices of the Delaware River & Bay Authority at the Cape May/Lewes Ferry. Participants (l-r) included Jennifer Burton, town manager; Bill Shipley, chief of security; Mike Betins, mainte- nance personel; Sonny McClure, maintenance personel and Charles Streacker, maintenance personel. Burton said the employees decided to take the course in case an emergency situation arose in which immediate assistance was needed. To reach the Henlopen Acres Town Hall, call 227-6411. Monday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., in City Hall on East Third Street. Members will discuss expenditure and commitment of funds budget- ed for the commission as the fiscal year comes to a close. There will also be project review and budget discussions focused on Zwaanen- dael Park, 1812 Park and Market Street Park, including discussion of recent vandalism; Stango Park; Blockhouse Pond Park; Commu- nity Playground in Blockhouse Pond Park; tennis/basketball courts; Christmas decorations; and maintenance contract bid re- view and awards for planting bed maintenance, Blockhouse Pond Park lawn maintenance, lawn maintenance of other city parks and property and iirrigation sys- tems. The committee will also di- cuss expansion of recreation op- portunities and preliminary dis- cussions on how to improve the undeveloped and unsightly Smith Avenue area between Beacon Mo- tel and Lewes Dairy Market. Lewes zoning ad-hoc drafting group to meet The Lewes zoning ad-hoc draft- ing committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, be- ginning at 7:30 p.m. The commit- tee is working on new zoning or- dinances for the City of Lewes as implementation of the Long Range Comprehensive Plan. Among the agenda items are the following: proposed height re- quirement in the CB zone; pro- posed draft zoning map; proposed amendments to the proposed zon- ing code; discussion of legal, non- conforming lots of record within the existing zoning code; discus- sion of an amendment relating to annexation/provision for zoning; and discussion of violations and penalties within the zoning code. Lewes variance board approves two requests The Lewes Board of Adjust- ment approved two zoning vari- ance requests following public hearings on Tuesday, March 10. Joan and William Reader will be able to install the original lookout tower of the Rehoboth Beach life- saving station on that station, which they are moving to Shipcar- penter Square for restoration as their residence. The height limit in the R-2 zone of Shipcarpenter Square is 30.5 feet. The lookout tower will make the height of the building, at the peak of the look- out tower, 39.5 feet. The variance board also approved the request of Dr. and Mrs. William Miller to be allowed to construct new stairs to the existing front deck of their ex- isting dwelling at 1704 Bay Ave. on Lewes Beach. The variance is required because the steps will ex- tend 3.7 feet into the front yard setback. No one objected to the requested variances. Lewes BPW to meet Thursday, March 19 Lewes Board of Public Works members will meet for their regu- FOR WEEK OF MARCH 2 TO MARCH 8. 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 03/07/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4  FOR WEK OF MARCH 2 TO MARCH 8. 1998 ] Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New CasOe County ] 10 36 12 30 ] Of the 78 people arrested for DUI, 9 were involved in accidents. lar monthly session on Thursday, March 19, beginning at 8 p.m., in council chambers of Lewes City Hall on East Third Street. Agenda items include the following: pre- sentation of the annual audit for the fiscal year which ended Sept. 30, 1997; report on force main from pump station No. 4 to the wastewater treatment plant; con- sideration of increasing the gener- al manager's authorization for purchasing poles from $7,500 to $9,500; and consideration of a quote from A.C. Schultes to re- condition water well No. 1. The Board of Public Works adminis- ters the town's electric, water and sewer systems. De Kuyper, Lewis placed on architecture group Lewes Council members ap- proved the appointment on Mon- day, March 9, of Christine Lewis and Scott de Kuyper to the Com- mercial Architecture Review Commission (CARC). Lewis was appointed to serve an additional three-year term on the commis- sion while de Kuyper was ap- .pointed to fill the seat previously held by Michael Krausz. De Kuyper's term will aslo be three years. The CARC is charged with reviewing the architecture of pro- posed commercial projects to en- sure they conform to the scale and style of surrounding properties. Rules may change for Lewes election If a contested election arises in Lewes, voters will be able to reg- ister on Saturday, April 18, in ad- dition to other normal working hour days at City Hall in Lewes. The decision to open for Saturday registration came at the request of Councilman Ed Zygmonski at the Monday, March 9 meeting of Lewes Council. "The city charter permits the town office toi be open for voter registration one Saturday in the 30 days prior to the election. April 18 is the Satur- day closest to the closing of the voter registration rolls, which is 4 p.m., on Friday, April 24. The office will be open on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Candidate filing deadline for the Saturday, May 9 election is Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m. Two council seats and the mayor's seat are up for elec- tion. Mayor George Smith has filed for re-election and Judson Bennett has filed for one of the council seats up for election. In- cumbent Tony Pratt announced earlier this year that he will not run for re-election and incumbent Jim Ford said on Thursday of this week that he is still undecided about running for another term. Lewes council approves Memorial Day parade Lewes council members, by a 2- 1 vote at their Monday, March 9 meeting, apporved Delaware Riv- er and Bay Authority's request to host a Monday, May 25 parade to commemorate the 200th anniver- sary of the 1798 sinking of the HMS DeBraak. Councilman Ed Zygmonski asked that the parade be limited to one hour because of heavier traffic in town from the Memorial Day weekend. DRBA's Larry Sharp said he didn't expect the parade to be very long and felt it would last less than an hour. Zygmonski's motion to limit the parade to an hour died for lack of a second. The parade, with no limit to its duration, passed on a motion by Councilman Jim Ford and a second by Councilman Jim Ippolito. The motion passed with Zygmonski voting no. "I expect it to be more a procession than a pa- rade," said Sharp. "It's designed to kick off the new DeBraak ex- hibit being installed at Zwaanen- dael Museum." Lewes presented with subdivision ordinance Lewes Counciulman Jim Ford presented a revised subdivision ordinance to council members during the Monday, March 9 meeting of Lewes mayor and council members. Ford chaired a committee which formed in Oct. 1995 to review the existing laws which govern new subdivisions in Lewes. "The commitee met 23 times and there were additional meet- ings to solidify the text," said Ford at the meeting. "They were last considered in the mid 1960s," he said. The document is available for public review in city hall.