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Briefly Milton P & Z to consider Mill Street variance The Milto Planning and Zon- ing Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 9 to hear Marianne Lester's request for a variance of the sideyard setback. Lester's land is located at 311 Mill Street. The variance is so that a smal! laundry room may be added to the property. Once com- pleted, it would be seven feet from the neighbor's property, rather than the 10 feet required by the town ordinance. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Milton Town Office on Federal Street. Routine stop leads to arrest for stolen car A routine traffic stop in Re- hohoth Beach during the wee hours of the morning on March 28 resulted in the arrest of two Dover youtii,>aft a chase by Rehoboth Beach.#ce and Delaware State Troopers and recovery of a car re- ported stolen in the City of Dover. At about 1:20 a.m., Rehohoth PEC Keith Banks was operating radar on Rehoboth Avenue near State Road when he clocked a westbound vehicle at 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. The 1990 Chevrolet station wagon was stopped on Re- hoboth Avenue Extended outside the city limits, but as Banks ap- proached, the driver took off at a high rate of speed, headed toward West Rehoboth. Banks pursued them, with the aid of Cpl. Kenneth Hardy of the Delaware State Po- lice, onto Duffy Street, where the two culprits fled on foot. The passenger was soon appre- hended and taken to the Rehohoth Police Department, where he identified the driver and was later released without charge. War- rants were obtained for the driver, who was taken into custody later that day by Delaware State Police Troop 3. Jeffrey J. Warren, age 17, of Dover, was processed on various criminal charges by the state po- lice and transported to Rehohoth, where he was charged with multi- # traffic violations, arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released into the custody of an uncle on $1,050 un- secured bond pending an appear- ance in Family Court. "Some people in our communi- ty unjustly criticize our depart- ment for enforcing traffic laws, particularly by means of radar," said Rehoboth Police Chief Creig Doyle. "This arrest goes to show there is a lot more happening on the streets, even in the wee hours of the morning, than most people realize. It also proves, once again that vigilant, consistent enforce- ment of city and state traffic laws often results in important criminal arrests and the recovery of proper- ty. This time, thanks to PFC Banks doing the job he is sworn to do, a Dover resident now has one of his most valuable possessions back unscathed - his automobile." Derrickson named to parking advisory panel Donald Derrickson, a former Rehoboth Beach commissioner who has worked to. ward solving the city's parking prob- lems in a number of ca- pacities, is the fourth person to be appointed to DERRICKSON the citizens advisory committee on the new parking permit ordinance and re- lated changes in metered areas. Derrickson joins Sheridan Be- sosa, Dennis Diehl and Jay Smith on the panel, with two more posi- tions to fill, according to-Mayor Sam Cooper, who is in the process of contacting other possible mem- bers. Before being elected as a com- missioner, Derrickson served on the city's first parking committee in the 1980s, as well as a parking committee formed by the Re- hoboth-Dewey Chamber of Com- merce. While on the board, he chaired another parking commit- tee, which, when unsuccessful in coming up with a feasible plan, caused him to strike out on his own. He formulated a plan which was not accepted by fellow hoard members in the early I990s. "I'll do what I can to help, but I think the city has missed a great opportunity by not building a parking garage," Derrickson said, "especially when all independent findings point to the need for one." In related matters, Smith ap- peared before the commissioners during the "listening post" session prior to the April 1 workshop/spe- cial meeting, seeking information on legal ramifications if petitions calling for public referendum or repeal of an ordinance are not cir- culated properly. "The code says you have to watch the person sign the petition and give them access to the ordi- nance, as well as swear they are eligible to sign it," Smith noted. But, he said that during the last petition effort earlier this year over the parking permit system, in at least one instance, a petition was just left on a store counter for anyone to sign. "If someone swears it was signed in his pres- ence, what can we do if it isn't true?" Smith asked, referring to possible sanctions under the crim- inal code. He went on to note that in a pe- tition drive two years ago, there was "obvious forgery" on some of the sheets circulated, saying "something should be done." Commission Jack Hyde sug- gested that if a petition drive is put in motion again, it may be advis- able to put the circulators on no- tice that they must attest to each signature as being that of an eligi- ble signer. "If a person is hoodwinked, the city isn't going to prosecute, but we need to make it clear that the people circulating the petition are swearing they are reasonably sure " Or ,9 of the s=ners, Commissioner Rich Sargent added. Also, before the session ended, Hyde noted they need to "take the bull by the horns," when it comes to suggestions and requests brought to the floor during the "listening posts". Rather than just allowing a matter to slip into oblivion, someone should be ac- countable for seeing that some more formal route is taken, he said. DNREC begins work on Henlopen jetty The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) has started work on replacing the groin just north of Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. Low bidder on the project, at $324,730, was Coastal Design and Construction of Gloucester, Va., with. half the money coming from the bond bill and the other half from state lodging tax funds. The groin is presently 287 feet long and will he lengthened to 318 feet, with 5,100 tons of stone placed around the existing steel and tim- her structure. The work is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, with construction beginning at 7 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. on week- ends. If necessary, they will be al- lowed to continue the work through June on weekdays only after Memorial Day. While the work is underway, part of the parking area next to the Henlopen Hotel will he closed to the public. County Council will not meet April 9 The Sussex County Council will take an Easter recess on April 9 and will not hold its regular weekly council meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting of County Council will he at 10 a.m. on April 16 in the Sussex County Courthouse. Sussex County offices will he closed on April 5 in observance of Good Friday. COunty offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on April 8. Controversial projects on Adjustment Board agenda The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will consider two controversial projects when it meets at 7 p.m. in the Sussex County Courthouse on Monday, April 8. The Board has held public hear- ings on two separate proposals last month to develop a concrete and an asphalt plant in the Georgetown area. Both those hearings lasted for hours and prompted heavy opposition. Both were deferred by the board, but decisions are expected Monday night. The board is not expected to take additional comments on Monday but is expected to vote on both projects. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 - 3 Kerry, Kester photo Meet new Troop 7 officers Troopers from the Dec. 15, 1995 Delaware State Police Acad- emy recently joined Toop 7. The officers completed approxi- mately 500 hours of training before graduation and then en- gaged in a three-month field training period before being as- signed to a troop. Troy Pezzuto is a 1989 graduate of Easton High School in Pennsylvania. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1990-94 and has earned 95 college credit hours. "I was in the Marine Corps for four years," said Pezzuto. "The Delaware State Police was like a continuation of that for me - very tight, very professional." Brian Talley is a 1991 graduate of Dover High School and earned his bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Delaware State University in 1995. "My father was a police of- ricer, so I practically grew up in a troop," said Ttdley. "I like that the role you play changes every day." Talley's father, Larry Talley, retired as a lieutenant in the Delaware State Po- lice. David Hall graduated from A.L DuPont High School in 1987. He attended Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business ad- ministration. "I've Hved in Delaware just about all of my life," said HalL I like the fact that the Delaware State Police has such an aura of professionalism." Colby Cox, is a 1990 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School He earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal jus- tice from the University of Delaware in 1994. "It's just what I wanted to do all my life," said Cox of police work. All of the troopers are now working patrol full time. Shown from 0-r) are Hall, Talley, Pezzuto and Cox. I I I The firsL a concrete plant pro- re-drawn. posed by Wyoming Concrete, County Councilman George would be located at Gravel Hill Cole agreed that the council dis- near Besche Brothers Furniture tricts could use some "refining." and the Delaware Department of Mary Burton, a member of the Transportation yard. The second audience, suggested having at- application is for an asphalt plant large county council members. proposed by County Seat Mated- Bunting opposed the idea of at- als to be located in the Sussex In- large districts. dustrial Park in Georgetown. It was pointed out that at-large voting could concentrate political Bunting discusses power in areas with large x)pula- tions and create inequities. County redistricting plans Administrator Bob Stickels said Rep. George Bunting (D- that drawing lines from east to Bethany Beach) discussed his idea west across Sussex, as Bunting to re-draw Sussex County Council has discussed, also does not guar- districts with Sussex County antee representation would be Council Tuesday, April 2. more equal. It could potentially Bunting has said he would like to mean every member of County re-draw the lines of the County Council would be elected from Council members. He has said Western Sussex, he said. Eastern Sussexisunderrepresent- No action was taken on ed and said that changing bound- Bunting's proposal. ary lines could make the districts more representative of the whole Bike helmet talk may county. Re-drawing the lines is only an idea at this point, he said. lead to skateboard ban "I have felt for a long time that Rehoboth Beach Solicitor Walt it's" not equitable," Bunting said, Speakman was directed at the saying that his representative dis- April 1 commissioners meeting to trict is almost a microcosm of the draft an ordinance banning all county because it is so large and skateboarding on the Boardwalk varied, and pavillion.s year round, a mea- Bunting said he would prefer to sure which will be considered at see the county vote on changing the April 12 monthly meeting. the boundaries, explaining that he Presently skateboarding is banned is big believer in "home rule" and from May 15 through Sept. 15. said that perhaps boundary lines A discussion of skateboarders for the State Senate should also be Continued on page 4