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"PSC seeks input on Sussex Shores increase The Delaware Public Service Commission will hold an evening public comment session on the application recently filed by Sus- sex Shores Water Company seek- ing approval to increase its rates for water service to subscribers in southeastern Sussex County. Sus- sex Shores Water Company's ap- plication seeks rate increases to raise the company's revenues by approximately 37 percent. The public comment session will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 3. It will be held at the Bethany Beach Fire Hall located at 215 Hollywood Street in Bethany Beach. Members of the commission staff, representatives of the Sussex Shores Water Com- pany and a representative of the Division of the Public Advocate will be present to explain the rate application at.d the rate-making process. Subscribers served by Sussex Shores Water Company, as well as other members of the public, are encouraged to attend and present their views. Additional informa- tion can be obtained by calling the commission staff at 302-739-4247 or 800-282-8574. County submits names for DelDOT committee Sussex County has been asked to submit 10 names to the Delaware Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT) for a trans- portation planning advisory com- mittee. The 10 citizen names are Phillip Tarpley of Ocean View; Herbert J.D. Bird of Ocean View; Rich Collins of Lewes; Delores Slatcb- er of Seaford; Sam Wilson of Georgetown; William Glenn of Laurel; Marty Ross of Deimar; Debbie Brittingham of Laurel; Donnie Donovan of Greenwood and Bonnie McDaniel of the Re- hoboth Outlets. Police briefs Cape hall monitor arrested, resigns post Delaware State Police arrested Brian Mifflin, 26, of Millsboro, Wednesday, March 22, on four counts of providing alcohol to an underage person - a Class C mis- demeanor. Mifflin, who resigned from his job as a Cape Henlopen High School campus monitor March 8, is accused of procuring four bottles of alcohol for Cape High students. According to Cpl. Bruce Harris, state police spokesman, at two teenagers' request, Mifflin al- legedly purchased $28 worth of Mad Dog 20/20, Boone's Farm peach wine, Arbor Mist and Bac- ardi lemon Feb. 24, and delivered the products to the 16-year-old and 17-year-old students at 3:30 Council approves Robino project" Sussex County Council ap- proved an 80-lot subdivision to be located behind the Lighthouse Plaza Shopping Center, during its March 14 meeting. The Robino- Seaside project was originally in- cluded with an assisted living fa- cility which has already been con- ' structed. There was some recent opposition by members of the Cit- izens Coalition who argued that the development needs a second entrance and is too dense for the Beaver Dam Branch area.The plan had been approved for 80 single family homes in December 1996. Developers then asked for and received permission to build multifamily housing. The latest request was to elimi- nate the planned multifamily housing and build the 80 single family units originally approved more than three years ago. Adjustment board to hear mall request The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, April 17, in the County Council Chambers, County Ad- ministrative Office Building in Georgetown. It will hear several requests, in- cluding a request for a special use exception for additional off-street parking by Rehoboth Mall. Hearing set: Tidewater requests rate hike The public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public comment session at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, in the commission of- rices at the Cannon Bldg., 861 Sil- ver Lake Blvd., Dover. The hearing is being held in large part because of the many let- ters and calls the PSC staff and the Public Advocate have re- ceived requesting an additional opportunity for the public to give input about the Tidewater applica- tion to raise its rates for water. In a March 10 letter to those who attended a Dec. 15 public p.m., at the school. Mifflin, re- leased on his own recognizance, will appear in Family Court at 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 3. Police seek information about traffic crash Delaware State Police are seek- ing information about a traffic crash that occurred at 8:13 p.m., Thursday, March 9. According to Cpl. Bruce Harris, state police spokesman, a Chevy Caprice was eastbound on Route 24, when the operator of an Oldsmobile Cutlass Delta 88 traveling in the west- bound lane allegedly turned into the path of the Chevy. "This action resulted in a near head-on collision," said Harris. Sonny Warrington, 37, of Re- hoboth Beach, who was operating the Chevy, and Lisa Minor, 45, his passenger, were both transported to Beebe Medical Center, where they were treated and released. hearing on the Tidewater request at Cape Henlopen High School, PSC staffer Paul Schellenberger said: "The concerns you have ex- pressed regarding water quality, service level, and the amount of the requested rate increase are be- ing addressed in the technical phase of this proceeding. "The commission will make its decision concerning Tidewater's proposed rate increase on the ba- sis of the evidence of record taken at the Technical Evidentiary Hear- ings and the Public Comment Ses- sions." Dewey debates need for employee drug policy Dewey Beach Town Council is considering a proposal by Com- missioner Pat Wright to pass an orditfaffee amendment that would  require drug and alcohol testing of town employees as a condition of employment and at random times during their employment. The proposal met with opposi- tion during the town meeting, March 11, as lifeguard Capt. Todd Fritchman said it was not needed and would be burdensome and costly to conduct ran- dom drug test- ing during the busy summer seasons. Fritchman said he has never FRITCItMAN encountered drug or alcohol abuse by his beach patrol members. The pro- posal was tabled for further dis- cussions at the April 8 town meet- ing. "I think it would be good for the town to have this policy_ adopted as law," Wright said after the meeting. Mayor Bob Frederick said this week he is "surprised Commis- sioner Wright didn't do her home- work on this issue. We already have a personnel policy on the books that gives the town the right to conduct drug tests if there is a suspicion an employee is under the influence." Consequences of failing the drug test include em- Joseph Parmentier, 75, of Mills- boro, who was operating the Olds, and 72-year-old Lillian Jantz, a passenger in the car, were admit- ted at Beebe. "Parmentier sus- tained a fractured hip as a result of the crash," said Harris. "Jantz sustained multiple trauma to the body and is listed in critical con- dition." Harris said the crash is still under investigation, but alco- hol appears to have been a factor. Charges are pending. Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact Cpl. Mark Hudson at Troop 7, at 644-5020. Informa- tion will be kept confidential. Rash of boat motor thefts strikes Lewes Lewes police responded to a re- port of another sailboat motor theft from Angler's Marina March 10. The theft is one of several re- ported from the dry-dock area in 000 ,Of d - t dawl di,/XT!II) ,1%t - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 - March 30, 2000 - 3 Kerry Kester photos Alcohol suspected in head-on collision The Delaware State Police Fatal Ace/dent Investigation and Reconstruction (FAIR) team is investigating a near head-on collision that left one man in critical condition and another injured March 21. The FAIR team trooper's prelimi- nary investigation suggests alcohol contributed to the crash. Michael J. Parker, 38, of Georgetown, was operating a 1984 Chevy Blazer northbound on Route 24 at approximately 1:10 p.m., as Andrew L. Brown, 36, of Rehoboth Beach, drove a 1987 GMC Safari van in the southbound lane. Police believe Parker's vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the Safari head on. Parker, who was not wearing a seat belt, was trans- ferred to Christiana Hospital with multiple trauma and re- mains in critical condition. Brown, who was wearing a seat belt, was admitted to Beebe Medical Center to be treated for a hand fracture, wrist fracture, multiple lacerations and con- tusions. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident or have information that could help with the in- vestigation to contact Cpl. Lance Abbott at the FAIR team's direct line: 645-8221. ployee termination, Frederick said. "The public is already pro- tected," he said. "We don't need redundancy or more bureaucracy." Minner presents first state retiree certificate Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Rep. Shirley Price, D-Miilville, and State Personnel Director Harriet Windsor will present the first offi- cial state Retiree Certificate of' Appreciation as part of an open house at Delaware Tech College Owensi:ampus at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 29. The certificate will be presented toRaymond Staniewski St., Mil- lville, in. ceremonies that will showcage: the new Employment I the last year. "If people have boats in dry dock, they may want to check them to see if their mo- tors are still there or if anything else is missing," said Det. Patrick Quigley. Police are asking any- one who may have information about the case to call the depart- ment at 645-6264 and will respect requests for anonymity. Services and Pension Office in the recently opened student center. Staniewski, who retired from the Department of Health and So- cial Services, recommended that all state employees receive a cer- tificate of appreciation upon re- tirement. His suggestion was ac- cepted and he will be the first to receive a state certificate. State, county and municipa ! of- ficials, members of civic organi- zations and personnel administra- tors and representatives are invit- ed to join the public in att.etding the open house. Tours of tew center will include the wak-in testing lab already iitilized by those seeking jobs with the state. Continued on page 4 the owners of the homes were summer residents and were not at the property when the thefts oc- curred. "We're cautioning people in the neighborhood to keep an eye on the area and call us if there's anything suspicious," said Det. Patrick Quigley. "We have to rely on the community to help." To contact police, call 645-6264. Lewes police voice concern about robberies Lewes Police Department is re- questing community assistance in monitoring the Cape Shores de- velopment for suspicious people. Police have documented two rob- beries in the neighborhood since late February. The most recent in- cident occurred Mazch J 0,. when thief gained entri tda h0me by breaking a windo' The thief removed some elec- tronic equipment, a television and a video recorder. In both cases, Figurehead robbed of nearly $3,000 in clothes Lewes police responded to a complaint from the Figurehead March l 1, when the store reported five outfits with a value estimated at $2,880 had been pilfered. A clerk believed a black couple was responsible for stealing a two- piece beige outfitZ'thf'eiece . .  .*; . -.. beige smt, two-piece sdants and top set, an oliveoll6d dress and a black dress. Police are ask- ing anyone with information about the thefts to call 645-6264.