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4 - CAPE GAZETIIg, Friday, April 10 . April 16, 1998 Briefly Route 1 XVeeklv Accident [ +date Continued from page 3 vote against S.B. 1180, a bill au- thored by Idaho Republican Dick Kempthorne. Environmentalists have dubbed the bill "ESAin't." 'rhe Kempthome bill attempts to limit public participation in ef- forts to protect endangered wildlife from extinction while in- creasing the influence of lobbyists for developers and multinational mining, oil and timber corpora- tions who want to weaken envi- ronmental protections," said Bob Davis of the Audubon Society. The television ad is part of an ef- fort ,by environmental and reli- gious organizations to block the Kempthome bill. l)cla are State Police l)riin [nder tile Int]ucnce Report CHEER will continue to transport seniors Sussex County on April 7 corL- sidered and then decided against taking over the operation of CHEER's transportation program for seniors. The county considered the idea after Senator George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach, suggested that the county could do the job better. The concern grew out of concern last year that CHEER could no longer handle the job because it had not received a contract from the Delaware Transit Corp. and was worded that it would run out of money. Besides transportation, CHEER also provides a variety of services to seniors and has a proposed bud- get of $533,000. That contract from Delaware Transit was ultimately awarded late and CHEER continued its ser- vices. But the agency had been running short of funds and had ap- proached Sussex County for assis- tance. "We were telling them wehad to stop," said Richard Harper, CHEER's deputy director. Harper said the problem seems to be settled and that CHEER has been told by Delaware Transit Corp. that it will be given a con- tract this year. Tributary strategy approved for bays The Center for the Inland Bays on April 3 approved a tributary strategy for the inland bays. Three such tributary teams are planned for the bays. +'A tributary strategy is a com- prehensive approach to reducing nutrient pollution in a watershed," according to a written description of the program. "During the next few years, state and local government staff, farmers and concerned citizens must work together to develop a menu of nutrient reduction op- tions and select the most appropri- ate ones in each tributary. These include both regulatory and vol- untary programs that include ex- isting campaigns, new directions for state and local governments, and nongovernmental activities... Tributary 'action teams' will be selected in each watershed to en- sure continued widespread public involvement in each watershed. "These teams will combine the expertise of citizens, environmen- tal representatives, farmers, acad- emic institutions, government staff and others who represent the" diverse land uses in each water- shed?' Dredge policy for bays to be reviewed Delaware's Division of Soil and Water Conservation is reviewing its dredging policy for the inland bays. Delaware operates dredges, but dredging has sometimes come under fire by environmentalists. A proposed Assawoman Canal pro- ject has been especially controver- sial and is still being debated years after being proposed. The Center for the Inland Bays was told at its April 3 meeting that the division is developing an up- dated policy. Dredging can be considered good because it increases flushing or water flow or bad because it disturbs the bottom and aquatic life. Delaware's updated plan is expected to considerwhatdredg- ing should be done by the state and what should be handled by private firms. County considers final Pelican Square plan The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will con- sider a final commercial site plan for Pelican Square, which is not expected to be cofitroversial, when the group meets on April 16. Pelican Square, formerly called Townsend Square, is bordered by Postal Lane and Route 1; plans call for a large shopping center which will include a SuperFresh grocery store. That store is expect- ed to be 50,000- to 60,000-square "feet and will anchor the planned center. Other stores reportedly eyeing location in the Pelican Square complex include TJ MAX fashions and Staples office sup- plies. Planning and Zoning meets at 7:30 p.m. on the Circle in Sussex County's new Administration Building. Roth, Biden push for armory funding U.S. Sens. William Roth and Joe Biden joined last week in urg-. ing Congress to fund four military construction projects, including a proposed $3.609 million Readi- ness Center/Armory in Dagsboro. Last year, the Senate Armed Services Committee earmarked $1.03 million for the Dagsboro project. The design process has since been completed and this year's re- quest will allow the Army Nation- al Guard to begin construction. The State of Delaware has already allocated $1.2 million for this pro- ject, representing 25 percent of the proposed cost. Roth and Biden noted that the Delaware National Guard's ef- forts to assist needy communities in the aftermath of this past win-. ter's severe storms were ham- pered and complicated by the de- ficiencies at Dagsboro. State Democrats have new executive director Jim Purcell, 27, of Milford, has been named the new executive di- rector of the State Democratic Committee. Purcell, a longtime resident and former Democratic committee person of Milford, is a graduate of the University of Delaware, re- cently receiving a master's degree in public administration. Purcell worked as the Kent-Sussex coor- dinator for Sen. Joe Biden's suc- cessful 1996 re-election campaign and worked briefly as the assistant to the executive director of the League of Local Governments. Mock appeals P&Z subdivision decision A public hearing will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 5, by Sus- sex County Council on an appeal of the Sussex Planning and Zon- ing Commission's decision to de- ny an application-by Mike Mock for the subdivision of land in a C- 1 General Commercial and AR-1 Agricultural Residential zoning district, by dividing.5.68 acres in- to I 1 lots, located northeast of County Road 268, 500 feet north of Route 1. Sussex County Council cancels April 14 session Sussex County Council will not hold its regular weekly meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at the county's administration build- ing because of the Easter holiday. County Council will resume its regular weekly meetings "on Tues- day, April 21. Ford to propose policy for Lewes investing Lewes Councilman Jim Ford is on the agenda for the Lewes May- or and Council meeting Monday, April 13, with a proposal for an investment policy for the city. "I've been working on this with other city officials since about last November," said Ford. "We've taken a copy of the City of Dover's investment policy and modified it for our own use to cre- ate a written policy on how to go about investing funds the city has. The proposed policy includes things we're doing now - such as a money market savings account and certificates of deposit - and broadens to allow things we aren't doing now, such as using federal government securities like trea- sury bills and the state of Delaware  s investment pool." Ford said the proposed policy also prohibits certain investment options, such as any speculative instruments, stocks in business, commercial papers from business corporations and securities issued by nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations. "It also proposes that the city FOg WEK OF MARCH 30 T0. APRIL 5. 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 03/30/98 Rt. 1 and Fit. 24, south of Lewes #5 03/31/98 Fit. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 04/03/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, north of Lewes #2 04/04/98 lit. 1 and Sussex 268A, south of Lewes #5 04/04/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268A, South of Lewes #2 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: .... ::: i..:+ .:: .: :.i+ :.:.? : :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: | ! +'+ +++i:.:+ ++  ':+:i:+:,::+:ii:+i +.': ::: :, ++:  i +:.i :+i ii'. :: :+ i ! Route ] accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 FOR WEEK OF MARCH 30 TO APRIL 5. 1998 Troop 7 Sussex County Kent.County New Castle County 12 27 14 25 Of the 66 people arrested for DUI, 13 were involved in accidents. treasurer would make investment decisions with the city manager and would allow the City Council to contract with an investment ad- visor if members wanted to go that route," said Ford. "The whole procedure is to be taken very slowly and conserva- tively. We're dealifig here with public funds. We're looking first at safety, second at the return and yield on our investments and third on how liquid our investments would be - how quickly we could get to money if we needed it." Lewes has between $2.5 and $2.8 million in invested funds. "We might be able to increase our re- turn by 1.5 or 2 percent if weiat to a longer-term on our investments but I think we need a written poli- cy fast. Our discussion next Mon- day" night might get us going in the right direction," said Ford. Lewes voters can register Saturday, April 18 The city manager's office in Lewes will be open on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the purpose of permitting individ- uals to register to vote in the armu- al election scheduled for Saturday, May 9. The Lewes city charter allows for the office to be open one Sat- urday within the 30 days prior to the election for registration. Councilman Ed Zygmonski brought up the matter at the March city council meeting and his motion was ap.proved unani- mously. Lewes residents have to be reg- istered to vote. They have until Friday, April 24, at 4 p.m., to reg- ister. As of Thursday this week, there were 1,074 voters registered and eligible to cast ballots in the May 9 election. Two candidates - in- cumbent George H.P: Smith and challenger George Cleaver - have filed for the mayor's seat (a two- year term) while four candidates have filed for two council seats up for election. Incumbent Jim Ford is seeking re-election for a fourth two-year term and Jim Bastian, Jud Bennett and Stephanie Tsantes have also filed for election. The Lewes Homeowners' Asso- ciation will hold its annual candi- dates forum on Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m, in the public meeting room above Lewes Public Library, ac- cording to vice president Barbara Vaughn. Lewes answers 130 fire calls in month of March The Lewes Volunteer Fire De- partment responded to 130 calls in March. Calls included 28 alarms and 102 ambulance runs. As of March 31, the department's 1998 calls include 88 alarms and 317 requests for ambulance service. A total of 628 firefighters re- sponded to the 28 alarms, putting in 430 totalwork hours. The 102 ambulance calls brought 290 fire- fighters responding, logging 161 work hours. March alarmg includ- ed seven assists to other depart- ments, five auto.mobile accidents, three house fires, three mercantile fires, three rescues, three field fires, one vehicle fire, one barn fire, one mobile home fire and one erroneous alarm. Equipment used for the month included 600 feet of hose and 40 feet of raised ladders. Lewes BPW to discuss wastewater on April 16 The Lewes Board of Public Works announced the following tentative agenda for its Thursday, April 16 meeting: reorganization of the board, consideration of a purchasing'equipment for the wastewater-treatment plant and consideration of amending the employment benefit package as it pertains to holidays. The board will also consider whether to authorize George, Miles & Bub, r to prepare a match- ing grant request for possible en- largement of the wastewater treat- ment plant, to include removing nitrogen and phosphorous. The board will also hear a report on the Washington and Jefferson av- enues utilities. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in City Hall.