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4- CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 4- April 10, 1997 Brier,: Route 1 Weekly Accident U 9date Camera to beam Rehoboth on Interact DelMarVa! Online received permission March 31 from the Re- hoboth Beach Board of Commis- sioners to place a camera on the Bandstand, facing toward the beach and Boardwalk, on a per- manent basis. The camera will provide a still photo of that seascape on the Internet at all times, showing just what the cam- era "sees" at any given moment. The camera will be placed in a locked cabinet and DelMarVa! Online will assume all responsi- bility for it. "We think it will be very popular," Rick Burton from DelMarVa! Online told the board, "and keep people informed of conditions here." In three years, he estimate's, the image broadcast will be live. Michael ShOrt photo A disgrace to Sussex This Sony television sot is one of the many litter items to be found along Sussex 262 near the Hopkins' Covered Bridge Farm. Found within a few yards of the television were awash- ing machine, a chair and a complete set of tires. The Hopkins' called recently to complain about the problem and about how hard it is to keep the road sides clean. Elizabeth Short, the direc- tor of the Delaware Depart- ment of Transportation's (DelDOT) Adopt A Highway Program, said that litter is decreasing in some areas, but is always a problem on some reads. She said that people can re- port litterers if they catch them in the act and suggest- ed people get a license plate number. But that is difficult, so Short suggested calling ei- ther the DelDOT mainte- nance yards or DelDOT's ex- ternal affairs division at 1- (800) 652-5600. DelDOT will send a crew when available to clean the area. Her other suggestion was that people join the Adopt A Highway Program available through the same 800 telephone number. "Adopters" periodically clean highways by picking up lit- ter. Rehoboth postpones cable contract action The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners decided at a March 31 special meeting to post- pone accepting the RF (request for proposals) which will go out to cable television companies will- ing to provide the franchise for the resort. Commissioner Richard Sargent, a member of the city's cable tele- vision committee, told fellow members "there are some things in here we may not want," such as a provision for a local public ser- vice channel. Noting he was upset that the committee had not reviewed the RFP before it came to the board for action, Sargent.said "the leg- work was done at a late date and we don't want to go asking for things the city really doesn't want." (Committee chair Commission- er Betty Ann Kane was enroute to the meeting during the nor'easter that evening but arrived after it was adjourned. Fellow committee member Bill Bahan had been out of town.) City Solicitor Walt Speakman reminded Sargent that they are looking into the possibility of forming a consortium with other Sussex County municipalities in requesting a new cable contract to service them all. Sargent said he hopes to meet with the rest of the committee be- fore the April 11 regular commis- sioners meeting, and the matter is expected to be resolved at that meeting. Also postponed for discussion until the April 11 meeting, is a re- quest by Commissioner Kenny Vincent to revisit the square footage allowed for bar area in the city's restaurant ordinance. While Vincent noted at the March 14 meeting he would be unable to attend the March 31 workshop, fellow Commissioner Jan Konesey said she wanted it brought to the floor immediately as well. But Konesey was also a no show at the workshop. 'Td like him (Vincent) to ex- plain his reasoning a little fur- ther," Sargent said, requesting it be postponed, as any adjustments to the ordinance in this direction could be controversial. Following the denial of a re- quest for a restaurant expansion in March, Vincent said he feels that smaller restaurants shouldn't be allowed to a lot 350 square feet of its space to bar area if that is more than 10 percent of the entire square footage. Any change in that proviision would require a public hearing be- fore it could be amended. /vayor Sam Cooper explained that when the ordinance was adopted a few years ago, there was "a lot of ne- gotiation in good faith and the commissioners prevailed in get- ting what they wanted. Just be- cause one restaurant may be per- ceived as a problem, and was de- nied anyway, doesn't seem to be a reason to re-open the matter. I don't identify this as a real flaw in the ordinance." The April 11 agenda may also include the Rehobot h Planning Commission's latest proposed re- visions to the sign ordinance. The Planners have been meeting since the March 24 session, when they received a lot of input from mer- chants about the ordinance, to come up with an workable propos- al. FOR WEEK oF MARCH 24 TO MARCH 30, 1997 DATE LOCATION TYPE 03/24/97 RI. 1 at Camelot, north of Rehoboth Beach #5 03/26/97 Rt. 1 at Kmart parking lot #3 03/29197 Rt. 1 and RL 24, north of Rehoboth Beach #2 03/29/97 Rt. 1 at Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth Beach #4 03/30/97 Rt. 1, .6 miles north of Lewes #4 Police arrest alleged ,stalker near Millsboro Officers from Delaware State Police Troop 7 arrested Gary Eu- gene Wilckens, 39, of Seaford on Wednesday, April 2, on charges of stalking, resisting arrest and traffic offenses following an early evening incident that occurred ap- proximately six miles west of Millsboro on Route 20. "Apparently, Wilckens was fol- lowing the female victim in his ve- hicle," said Lt. Rick Chamberlin, Delaware State Police spokesman. "Apparently this is an ongoing do- mestic incident where Wilckens has allegedly been stalking this woman. The woman noticed that Wilckens was following her. She used her cell phoneto Call for ,qs- sistance." After troopers arrived and "the vehicle was stopped," said Chamberlin, "Wilckens at- tempted to flee from police offi- cers and then attempted to flee on foot." Troopers, however, appre- hended him, arrested him and took him to Court 3, where he was re- manded to Sussex Correctional In- stitution in default of $3,100 bond. Boundary change bill passes House House Bill 130, sponsored by Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes), passed the House Thursday, March 27 and is now pending a vote form the State Senate. The bill calls for new school district election areas which more clearly denote geographical boundaries and balance the populations in each area. The bill was prompted by com- munity members, who late last fall expressed concern to the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education that Area D did not provide a broad enough geograph- ical or population base to allow for a significant pool of candidates for the school board. The Area D seat, which is ex- panded by the terms of HB 130, is up for re-election on May 10. Fil- ing deadline for the election is Thursday, April 10. Since the bill will not have been passed into law by filing deadline, anyone desiring to file for the Area D seat will have to reside within the current Area D district. School board seats are typically five-year terms. In addition to the election area boundary changes outlined in HB 130, the bill also provides that this year's Area D school board election winner will hold the position for one year on- ly, with a re-election to be held next year for a four-year term. Schroeder said the legislators will reconvene Tuesday, April 15. "They [the Senate] will try to deal with it as soon as they come back," said Schroeder. "It should go through with no problem what- soever." School board to discuss state testing April 10 The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education will con- tinue its discussion of the Long Range Facilities Plan, will open discussion on a physical education curriculum and will be apprised of the district's plans for this year's state testing during its Thursday, April 10 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the audi- torium at Milton Middle School. Officials'attend airport convention Two officials of the Sussex County government attended the 20th Annual Airport Conference in Hershey, Pa. from March 4-6. County Engineer Michael Izzo P.E. and Economic Development and Industrial Airpark Director Frank Calio attended the confer- ence sponsored by Federal Avia- tion Administration (FAA) and Penn State, a continuing education service of the College of Engi- neering at Penn State. During the conference, the officials met with FAA management and Delaware Aeronautic officials to discuss fu- ture grants for the airport. The air- porthas received over $4 million in grants. Programs offered in- cluded airport field lighting, air- port field safety and airport plan- ning, capacity and environment. County Council says no to violence Sussex County Council passed a proclamation on Tuesday, April 1 urging families to tune out tele- vision violence. The proclamation says that Sussex County Council "encourages the National Associ- ation for Family and Community Education and its affiliate, Sussex County FCE, to lead the nation in a call to tune out television vio- lence on April 5, 1997." "Therefore, the National Asso- ciation for Family and Communi- ty Education'and its affiliate, Sus- sex County FCE, sets forth these resolutions: that children, caregivers and parents become aware of and choose alternatives to violent pro- gramming; that children, parents and care- givers discover the wonders of television instead of being influ- enced by senseless violence and other potentially harmful pro- gramming; that the Children's Television Act of 1990 be strengthened and enforced; that the National Association for Family and Community Edu- cation's Family Choice-TV pro- gram help children to benefit from television." Rehoboth begins annual clean up April 28 The City of Rehoboth Beach will hold its annual clean up of discarded items other than house- hold items April 28 through May 9. Construction materials will not be picked up by city workers. Crews will begin the cleanup on the south side of Rehoboth Av- enue starting with the Lake Drive area during the week of April 28 through May 2. The north side of Rehoboth Avenue, including the Schoolvue area, will be picked up starting with Henlopen Avenue during the week of May 5-9. City Manager Greg Ferrese stressed that those residents dis- carding items during the designat- ed weeks should to so in a safe manner. City employees will not be authorized to go back into such areas once pickup is completed. All residents are urged to have their discarded items at the curb during the designated week. DelDOT kicks off Rideshare program The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) un- veiled Rideshare Delaware, a pro- gram designed to match potential car pool candidates which will be administered by the Transporta- tion Association of New Castle County (T/VIA). The program is targeted at increasing the number of commuters, reducing traffic congestion and assisting clean air goals. Companies wishing to hold an expo promoting the program should call (302) 368-6200.