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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 - March 30, 2000 Briefly Route 1 WeeMy Accident Update Continued from page 3 Condo regulations topic of March 27 hearing A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, March 27, in Cape Henlopen High School audi- torium to give information and get input on a proposed law regarding governance and contractual rela- tionships between condominium owners and management. Sen. Steven Amick, R-Newark West, set the hearing to discuss S.B. 142, the Delaware Uniform Com- mon Interest Ownership Act. This bill is a rewrite of the current state code dealing with legal relation- ships of owners and management. Sen. George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach, said he will be at- tending the hearing. "There's a lot of interest in this legislation in this area; many of my constituents are affected by it," he said. "It's important that they have access to the information in a clearly under- standable form. It's not fair for every little homeowners' associa- tion to have to hire a lawyer to un- derstand these things." l)riving Imlcr lilt' influence Rc )ort I)claxvarc Slate Police Statcxvidc ,% )ccial Initiative Fatal Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Team Tip Milton sets April 11 for adjustment hearing A public hearing will be held by the Milton Board of Adjustments at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April I 1, in Town Hall, 101 Federal St. On the agenda is an application of Bar- bara Stellar of 115 Tilney St.; she is applying for a residential set- back variance to allow her to add a front porch to her residence. The hearing is open to all interested residents. Waste authority sets meeting March 30 The Delaware Solid Waste Au- thority Board of Directors will conduct two meetings Thursday, March 30, in the public meeting room of the authority building, 1128 S. Bradford St., Dover. The Policy Affairs Committee meets at 4 p.m., and the board meets at 5:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public; agendas are avail- able at the Solid Waste Authority. For more information, call N.C. Vasuki, CEO, 302-739-5361. DNREC issues reminder about burning ban The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control is reminding resi- dents that the burning of leaves, refuse such as old lumber, trash or garbage, grass and tree stumps is illegal through the year in Delaware. Complaints of open burning have accompanied the onset of recent mild weather. Penalties range from $50 to $500 in fines, plus a criminal record for more serious offenders. Burning of cut or fallen branch- es, limbs or shrubbery from a res- idents is legal during the year, ex- cept during the summer ban in Kent and New Castle counties in effect from June 1 through Aug. 1. Sussex County does not have a summertime restriction. Camp- fires, bonfires and cooking fires are legal statewide and year- round. For more information, call 302-739-4791. To report illegal open burning, call the 24-hour hotline at 800-662-8802. Rehoboth named Tree City USA again The City of Rehoboth Beach has been named a 1999 Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. A letter to Rehoboth City Manager Greg Ferrese stated, "The Tree City USA award indi- cates that you take your municipal tree-care responsibilities serious- ly." Tree City USA is sponsored in cooperation .ith the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Construction continues on West Rehoboth Sewer Sussex County officials have announced that work continues on installation of the West Rehoboth Sewer System. During the week of March 6, there will be base paving on County Road 271, in- stallation of sewer main and later- als in Henlopen Keys and Glade Farm Drite, as well as installation of sewer main and laterals on Glade Circle East and Glade Cir- cle West. League of Women Voters changes TV debate policy At its annual review policy cov- ering League-sponsored debates originating in a television studio, the board of directors of the Delaware League of Women Vot- ers made the following modifica- tions to its policy governing the inclusion of candidates. Members agreed that in order for a candidate to participate, the candidate's party will have re- ceived at least 2 percent of the popular vote in either of the last two general elections or, by the filing deadline, the candidate's party has at least 2 percent of the total number of registered voters in Delaware. This changes the league's prior policy of requiring the candidate's party to have re- ceived 2percent of the popular vote in the last election in order to be eligible to participate. All other requirements for televised debates remain the same. A complete copy of the Delaware League of Women Vot- ers policy governing candidates' debates is available by writing the league at 1800 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19802, or by calling 302-571-8948. Lewes BPW Candidates' Forum set March 24 Lewes Homeowners' Associa- tion will hold a Candidates' Fo- rum for Board of Public Works candidates at 7 p.m., Friday, March 24. The forum will be in the upstairs meeting room of Lewes Public Library on Adams Avenue. The oublic is invited to attend. There are five candidates running for two seats up for elec- tion. Running are George T. Smith, incumbent; Wendell Al- fred, James Gardner, Bob Wilson and Howard Seymour. The elec- tion will be held Saturday, April 1. National planner.Arendt coming to Lewes Sussex County's population is expected to grow by 35 percent over the next 20 years, and some Delawareans fear too much of the county's farmland, forest and seashore will be sacrificed to house the crowd. However, there are ways to conserve open space while creating new homes for an expanding population according to Randall Arendt, a nationally recognized land-use planner and site designer. Arendt will be the keynote speaker at Open Space Conservation: Sustainable Devel- opment for Sussex County, a half- day seminar for planners, con- cerned citizens, building contrac- tors, site designers, mortgage lenders and real estate profession- als, set April 24, at the University of Delaware's Virden Conference Center in Lewes. The cost of the seminar is $15 per person; ad- vanced registration is required. To register, contact the UD Sea Grant College Program in Lewes at 645-4346. Ford files for fifth term in Lewes Jim Ford said he was headed to City Hall Thursday to file for his fifth two-year term as a member of Lewes Council. Ford, 47, cur- rently serves as deputy mayor. "I still want to be involved in the de- cision-making process of immedi- ate issues such as a number of zoning aspects we're working on. I also think we need to address the city's financial situation espe- cially in terms of budgeting and revenue generation. Our costs for running the city continue to climb but our FORD revenues aren't keeping up. I'd like to be in- volved in helping to identify some revenue options over the next sev- eral months and then discussing them with the public to see how we might proceed." Also running for the two seats up for election this year is Jud Bennett who is seeking his second term. George H.P. Smith is also running for an- other term as mayor. Election for the mayor's seat and two council seats is scheduled for Saturday, May 13. Candidate filing dead- line is Friday, April 6. Voter reg- istration deadline is Friday, April 28. Lewes sets special meeting for budget Lewes Mayor and Council members will meet in a special session at 8 p.m, Thursday, March 30, in council chambers of City FOR WEEK OF MARCH 13 - MARCH 19. 2000 DATE LOCATION TYPE 03115100 Rt. ! and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #5 03118100 Rt. 1 and Church St., west of Rehoboth #4 03119100 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes *#2 Route I accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 Listed eamt by number of arrests, secood by number involved in crashes * Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 7, 1 19, 4 16, 2 29, 9 Of the 119 people arrested for DUI, 12 were involved in accidents. * Troop 7 statistics included in Sussex County figures. Weekly Statistics for February_ Initiative: Red Light VioIMtions - Statescide Red Light Violations: 137 Troop 7 Red Light Violations: 24 " Hall on East Third Street. The purpose of the meeting is to adopt the 2000-01 budget and to ap- prove a resolution regarding ap- pointment of a part-time assistant building official. The public is welcome to attend. Lewes transportation committee to meet Lewes Transportation Ad-Hoc Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. The meeting will be held in council chambers of City Hall located on East Third Street. Purpose of the meeting is to gather input and comments from interested parties regarding pedestrian circulation, as well as parking, within the City of Lewes. Lewes committee to review Washington Ave. The Lewes Street Improvement Ad-Hoc Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 24, in council chambers of City Hall on East Third Street. The public is welcome to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss re- lease of the Washington Avenue reconstruction project design from the committee for imple- mentation and review of the street inventory selection for 2000. A number of Washington Av- enue residents have criticized the committee for not involving them in the planning process for the makeover of the street. They say they should have been notified individually about the meetings. Committee members noted that meetings are posted in City Hall and notices circulated to the press. They have asked that the plans include more trees, a movement of some utility poles, burying of utility lines and a change of lighting fixtures from the "cobra" style to a more colo- nial style fixture. In a letter to Charles Hood, president of the Board of Public Works who serves as chairman of the streets committee, Washington Ave. resident Barry Dunkin said: "If the town does not start to make aesthetics a priority in planning processes the character and charm of Lewes will be destroyed." Hood said previously that a num- ber of improvements suggested by residents are constrained by major utilities that run along Washington Avenue and by great cost. Lewes Planners decline review of Cadbury plan Lewes Planning Commission members at their Wednesday, March 22, meeting voted unani- mously to hold off on reviewing a request by Cadbury of Lewes to consider whether the proposed Continuing Care Retirement Community is in keeping with the city's core values. Commission member Mike Tyler said he felt it was premature to consider the plans until a specific site plan has been presented or until the new CCRC (Continuing Care Retire- ment Community) zoning is creat- ed. Rob Gibbs, an attorney repre- senting Cadbury, said they came before the planning commission as a courtesy. "We have an appli- cation in process and we thought it might be a good idea to discuss the core values at some point. That can walt if the planning com- mission prefers." In a prepared statement to the planning com- mission, Gibbs said he felt the Cadbury plan does meet the city's core values. Cadbury proposal topic of March 29 meeting Lewes Mayor and Council have scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, in the up- stairs meeting room of Lewes Public Library on Adams Avenue. Purpose of the meeting is to dis- cuss Cadbury's proposal for a new zoning overlay district known as CCRC (Continuing Care Retire- ment Community) and its request to rezone 75 acres on New Road for that purpose. The meeting is open to the public.