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18 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, April 5- April 11, 1996 SCAT approves immigrant resc00lution in close vote By Michael Short The Sussex County Association of Towns voted to support a reso- lution recognizing the expanding immigrant population of Sussex County on April 3. The group postponed a second resolution on farmland preserva- tion and Delaware's 21st Century funding of open space preserva- tion until next month. In a close vote, SCAT voted 13 to 9 on a roll call vote to support the immigration resolution. The measure has sparked controversy, although it's only a resolution that doesn't require any action. County Administrator Bob Stickels has argued that it would raise awareness of increasing im- migrant populations in Sussex County. County Council voted for the measure, although County Councilman George Cole last month argued that it sent the wrong message and would roll out a red carpet for more immigrants. Cole had said he was worried about the impact immigrants can have on county and local services, saying expanding populations put Budget Continued from page 12 been around $480,000, to be spread across a couple of budget years, however bids opened Thursday afternoon, April 4, showed costs in the range of $645,000 to $721,000 without al- ternates.) The police department, at $418,792, represents the largest share of the budget expenditures. Mayor George H. P. Smith said he has received notice that the feder- al COPS FAST program will add $32,000 to Lewes's budget to help pay officer salaries. The street de- partment, which maintains streets, collects garbage, and clears snow, is the second largest department more and more stress on those ser- vices. Other members of County Council like George Collins and President Dale Dukes argued that it was not an invitation to immi- grants, but a recognition that the growing population is a issue which should be addressed. The resolution urges: the place- ment of international safety and traffic signs, support of the county library literacy programs, creating acceptable housing standards, en- .couraging community participa- tion with the immigrant popula- tion, establishing multi-cultural educational programs, requesting the establishment of an Immigra- tion and Naturalization Service office in Sussex and requesting the INS to take action against em- ployers who employ illegal immi- grants. Stickels has said he has heard estimates that the immigrant pop- ulation in Sussex may be as high as 20,000, although the last census only counted 1,221 Hispanics in Sussex County, a number that many consider to be too low. with a budget of $390,683. The capital projects budget in- cludes $50,212 for purchase of two 3/4 ton 4x4 vehicles; $21,724 for a vehicle for the administrative department - a 4x4 for use by Rehoboth voted unanimously to support the resolution at the April 1 Commissioners meeting. Mayor Sam Cooper said this wasn't in- tended to take a stand on immigra- tion or promote immigrants, just to recognize that there are a lot of them in Sussex, that many don't speak English, that they get low wages and employers sometimes take little responsibility. "It's a wake up call to the state and coun- ty government to get involved. They're exploited," Cooper said. Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Fred- erick said after Wednesday' s reso- lution vote that Dewey felt strong- ly that the resolution was needed. He compared immigrant popula- tions to growth in the Rt. 1 area and said that officials should plan ahead to meet situations instead of playing catch-up lateL "I don't want to sit here ten years from now and have people say why didn't you deal with a growing concern," he said. "Let's not play catch-up with an emerg- ing immigrant population." Milton's Town Council, also at an April 1 meeting, voted against building inspector Bill Massey for residential and beach inspections; $80,350 for street improvements with more coming from state and federal funds; and $37,072 for po- lice department vehicles. Lewes variance board to hear two requests Two public hearings on requests for zoning variances will be heard by the Lewes Board of Adjustment on Wednesday, May 1. The hearings will begin at 1 p.m. One of the hearings involves a request by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Colletta who own property at 340 Pilottown Road. They want to build an addition to the front of their house and a 23' by 40' garage addition to the rear of the house. The garage addition proposal violates the rear yard setback requirement of 15 feet within an R-1 resi- dential district. This proposal leaves a 9.9' rear yard setback. The oth- er request comes from Stephen Sosman and Alicia Sosman who own property at 428 Kings Highway in Lewes. They want to build a utility room iddition, an elevated rear deck, and place an accessory building to the northwest corner of the rear of the property. The proposal violates the minimum side yard setback requirement of eight feet in an R-2 resi- dential zone. The proposed utility room and elevated deck would leave only 1.31 feet on the n/e side and 1.6 feet on the n/w side. the resolution. "They [immigra- tion officials from INS] should [already] be coming down here as part of their job," said Milton Mayor Jack Bushey. Here is the breakdown on vot- ing from Wednesday's meeting. Towns voting to support the im- migration resolution included: Delmar, Millsboro, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Greenwood, Laurel, Lewes, Re- hoboth Beach, Seaford, Slaughter Beach, South Bethany and Sussex County Council (which is a voting member of the Association). Bethel abstained and both Blades and Henlopen Acres did not vote. Towns voting against the reso- lution were: Bethany Beach, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Ellendale, Georgetown, Milford, Milton, Selbyville and Ocean View. The farmland and open space resolution was delayed because several towns said they had not had time to review the issue. Re- hoboth took no action on that is- sue at its April 1 meeting. Commissioners said it was not really an issue which affects Re- hoboth Beach and Commissioner Jan Konesey" said she was disap- pointed with the way the program has been handled. "I am very dis- appointed." Commissioners Rich Sargent and Konesey said they thought se- lection of some of the farms which were able to sell develop- ment rights to the state (farmers keep the land but are paid to never develop the land) was political. BIG ON SERVICE! Before you sign on the bottom line, see us in Lewes! 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