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Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, MARCH 26 - THURSDAY MARCH 28, 20]3 9 LEWES' NEW POTABLE WATER Public invited to discuss TREATMENT PLANT TAKES SHAPE Stockley Center initiative HENRY J. EVANS JR. PHOTO A NEW WATER PLANT under construction at the City of Lewes' well field adjacent to Cape Henlopen High School is 25 percent complete and is on schedule to begin operating in July. The $1.7 million Lewes Board of Public Works project will replace the city's more than 70-year-old water treatment plant that no longer meets reliability standards, said Darrin Gordon, BPW general manager. At the plant, chlorine, fluoride and substances to adjust acidity are added to water before it is pumped into the Lewes water tower on Sch- ley Avenue. Plant construction started in December, and underground plumbing and concrete subflooring have been finished; wall construction has be- gun. Gordon said although Sudlesrville, Md.-based contractor Bearing Con- struction has had a few bad weather days, the project should finish on schedule, He said the new facility would use energy-saving, high-efficiency pumps, motors and controls linked to a computer that provides remote system monitoring and operation. The public is invited to a Wednesday, March 27 meeting in Georgetown as community members begin to develop a plan to help the state realize the full potential of the Stockley Center and its surrounding property on behalf of the people of Sussex County. While the Stockley Center continues to serve the needs of some Delaware residents with developmental disabilities, for more than a year, a diverse group of community members has been looking at potential uses of the center's state land and facili- ties to improve the health and well-being of Sussex County residents. Last year, the project began by inviting suggestions for potential uses of Stockley from residents and people associated with state- wide efforts to support health and wellness for the county's residents. More than 100 people contributed more than 275 sug- gestions. The suggestions were divided into four topics, and task forces have been formed to explore how the ideas could fit into the initia- tive's goals. The topic areas are: recreation and community, learning and education, housing and infra- structure, and medical health and wellness. The public is invited to discuss the Stockley Center Initiative at an open meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in the Sussex County Council Chambers, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. "We are so grateful for the many suggestions and feedback we have gotten, especially from the people of Sussex County and those who have strong ties to Stockley," said Rita Landgraf, secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees the Stockley Center. "Now, working with our community partners, we have an opportunity to see how the Stockley Center and its sur- rounding property can fit into a bigger plan to benefit people's health, fitness and overall well- being." The Stockiey Center includes a 50-bed skilled nursing fa- cility and has residences for Delawareans with developmen- tal disabilities. For "more information about the Stockley Center Initiative, contact Jill Fredel at 302-255- 9047. Walk Continued from page 8 trance road leading to a school bus stop; the revised plan had no sidewalks. "This is of grave concern to me," Johnson said. "Without a sidewalk leading to the highway, I'm not prepared to vote on this." He said a sidewalk in that location was paramount to pe- destrian safety. Representing the developer, Ben Gordy, of Ocean Atlantic Management, said the site plan would be revised to include sidewalks on both sides of the street leading to the school bus stop. Hunters Walk includes 144 condominiums in nine buildings along with 23,000 square feet of commercial space. The com- munity will be adjacent to and have access to the Midway Par 3 golf course.