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Cape Gazette BRIEFS FRIDAY, MARCH 27- MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 3 Briefly )) Death penalty voted much as $75 million of debt for $18 million project, which would municipal purposes, build a new police and city The current level of debt the administration building. Im- town can't exceed is $50 million, provements to the lobby of the House Bill 66 was assigned to Rehoboth Beach Convention out of committee the House House Administration Center and a new building for A bill repealing the deathpen- Committee and is c0-sp0ns0red Reh0b0th Beach Main Street alty in Delaware was voted out of by Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes. committee March 25. Senate Bill 40, introduced March 18 by Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 5-0, on its merits. The bill would eliminate death by lethal injection and replace it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. SB40 will not impact the sentences of the 15 men currently on Delaware's death row. This is the second legislative session in a row a bill to repeal the death penalty has been intro- duced. Previously, it passed the Senate 11-10, but did not get out of committee in the House. The bill is scheduled to be discussed on the Senate floor Tuesday, March 31. Bill hikes Rehoboth's allowable debt Speaker of the House Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, introduced a bill March 25 that would amend Rehoboth Beach's charter in a manner that allows the town to take on as Correction )) Rehoboth committee meeting cancelled The Rehoboth Beach Com- munications Committee has cancelled its Friday, March 27 meeting due to a lack of agenda items. A new meeting date was not announced. Rehoboth approves 2015-16 budget The Rehoboth Beach commis- sioners unanimously approved the city's $18 million, 2015-16 budget. This year's budget includes an average 20 percent increase in business license fees and an increase in parking meters to $2 per hour. City officials said busi- ness license fees have not been raised since 1993, and the parking increase is intended to help pay for new multispace meters to re- place the current Rhino meters, which the city can no longer get replacement parts for. City Manager Sharon Lynn said the city intends to install new meters on the first two blocks of Rehoboth Avenue this year. Innacurate headline - A headline in a recent story about the appointment of " Nancy Targett as interim president of the University of Delaware was incoi'rect. Targett vdll not apply as a candidate for the top post; but the headline shou have said she plans to turn to her duties as dean of the Lewes campus, but that office is in Newark, not in Lewes. Rehoboth defers City Hall contract Rehoboth Beach officials have deferred voting on a contract for EDiS Co. to prepare construc- tion and bid documents for the proposed City Hall project. Sam Cooper said City Glenn Mandalas was still working out the terms of the contract. EDiS wbuld be the manage- ment contractor for the proposed and the city parking department would also be part of the pack- age. Vendor stands on Sussex council agenda Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, in the county administra- tion building on The Circle in Georgetown. On the agenda is a discussion of an amended ordi- nance relating to vendor stands and a presentation from West Side New Beginnings. See a com- plete agenda at sussexcountyde. gov. Milton sets workshops for charter changes Milton is hosting a series of workshops to review proposed changes to the Town Charter, including one Monday, March 30 as well as Tuesday, March 31. Both meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton library. The March 30 meeting does not include a specific agenda regarding charter sections to be discussed. The March 31 meeting includes discussion of proposed amend- ments to section 29 of the Town Charter, which covers the enu- meration of powers. For more information, call 302-684-4110 or go to milton. RICARDO MELENDEZ NAMED ELAINE BISBEE AWARD WINNER NICK ROTH PHOTO THE CITY OF LEWES recently named Ricardo "Ricky" Melendez the re- cipient of the 2014 Elaine Bisbee Award. The award is handed out each March to a city employee who displays dedication, dependability, reli- ability and excellent work habits, and who is team-oriented and commit- ted to providing quality service. Melendez works as the assistant foreman in the city's streets depart- ment. He has worked for the city for nearly 15 Years. He also won the award in 2011. He thanked streets department foreman Fred Slater for hiring him, as well as city council, city hall staff and his fellow employees. "The guys who work for me who are always out there doing work, they're the ones who make me look good," he said. "I'm up here because of them." The award's namesake, Elaine Bisbee, worked with the city of Lewes for 35 years, Working her way from secretary to city manager, a position she held for 22 years before retiring in March 2006. Fellow city employees nominate candidates, which are reviewed by City Manager Paul'Eckrich. The final decision on a recipient is deter- mined by mayor and city council. Past award winners include Carol Richardson (2013), AliceErickson (2012), Melendez (201]), Ellen Lorraine McCabe (2010), Lenora Dill- inger (2009), Gilbert Holt Jr. (2008), James "Bear" McLean (2007) and Jennifer Murphy (2006). Above, Lewes Mayor Ted BeckeT congratulates 2014 Elaine Bisbee Award recipient Ricardo Melendez at the March 16 city council meeting. Rehoboth offices close day, April 6. of collection. The city will not accept yard waste, electronic April 3 Lewes spring cleanup goods, business-generated trash, oil paints and paint by-prod- The Rehoboth Beach adminis- April 8,15, 22 ucts (such as turpentine), any trative offices will close Friday, April 3, in observance of Good The City of Lewes Spring appliance that has or ever had Friday. There will be no residen- Clean Up will be held Wednes- Freon, construction materials, days, April 8, 15, and 22. It is free tree stumps, chemicals, concrete tial trash pickup April 3; regular tO all residents. Items must be and tires. To schedule a pickup, trash pickup will resume Mon- at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day call 302-645-7777, Ext. 101. Police & Fire )) Man sought in attempted robbery Delaware State Police are investigating an attempted late- night armed robbery March 25 of a Route 1 Pizza Hut. At 11 p.m., a 33-year-old woman em- ployee was preparing to close the Pizza Hut at 19068 Coastal High- way, Rehoboth Beach, said Sgt. Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police. A man confronted the woman with an unknown make and model handgun, and he demanded money from the restaurant's safe, Bratz said. The woman refused and the man fled Pizza Hut in an un- known direction with no cash. The employee was not injured, Bratz said. The man is described as black, 20-30 years of age, 5-feet-10-inches tall to 6-feet tall, weighing 160-180 pounds and wearing dark clothing and a hooded sweatshirt covering his face. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to call Detective Archer at 752- 3791. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP- 3333, via the internet at www., or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP. Milton man charged with third DUI A 46-year-old Milton man faces third driving under the influence charge following a March 23 traffic stop in Re- hoboth Beach. Christopher M. Bledsoe was driving westbound on Rehoboth Avenue at 11:45 p.m. when police stopped him for a traffic violation, said Chief Keith W. Banks of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. During the traffic stop, C. Bledsoe Banks said, po- lice detected a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Bledsoe refused field tests and would not answer questions. He was taken to Beebe Healthcare for a blood draw, Banks said. Bledsoe was charged with third-offense DUI, no proof of insurance, no registration in pos- session and failure to signal. He was committed to Sussex Cor- rectional Institution in default of $3,100 secured bond. Bledsoe was convicted of DUI in October 2003 and ]uly 2004. Milton man stable after wheelchair crash A 71-year-old Milton man was knocked out of his wheelchair March 25 while riding along Route 16 in a crash that closed the roadway for two hours. Joseph Seymour was operat- ing his motorized wheelchair eastbound in the westbound shoulder bicycle lane of Broadkill Road at 1:13 p.m. when he was struck by a 2005 Ford F250, said Sgt. Richard Bratz of the Dela- ware State Police. James Parker, 52, of Millsboro was driving southbound on Morris Avenue extended after stopping at an intersection when the truck's frOnt right bumper struck Seymour, knocking him to the ground, Bratz said. Parker stopped immediately. Seymour was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital where he was admitted for nonlife-threatening injuries. He is listed in stable condition, Bratz said. Parker was properly restrained and uninjured. Both lanes of Route 16 were closed for about two hours during the crash scene investigation. Georgetown man charged in purse theft A 63-year-old Georgetown man faces charges after police say he took a purse from ReNove Med Spa in Rehoboth Beach. Police saw Edward L. Hack walk- ing in Rehoboth March 23 and connected him to the March 16 theft after the victim identified him, said Chief Keith W. Banks of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. Hack was charged with theft under $1,500 and released on $500 unsecured bond pending a hearing at Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.