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Briefly Lewes to discuss DeVries Circle project completion The Lewes Mayor and Council will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, April 14, at the Lewes Public Library second-floor conference room. Among agenda items: a request to ratify the city manager's authorization to take necessary steps to complete the DeVries Circle rehabilitation project, and a proposal to increase parking meter rates for the business district and to adjust the budg- et to reflect the anticipated revenue increase. The panel will also accept the slate of candidates who filed to run in the Saturday, May 10 municipal election; consider a proclamation declaring the week of Sunday, May 25, as Hurricane Preparedness Week; and a proclamation promoting the greening of Lewes through active community participation in pro- grams encouraging environmental aware- ness and energy conservation. The Lewes Board of Public Works will present a report on performance of the new water reclama- tion plant; and the city will consider a University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine & Earth Studies request for extension of a conditional use agreement for two mobile laboratory trailers. Also scheduled for discussion are requests from the Cape Henlopen School District to renew the conditional use for placement of modular classrooms at Richard Shields Elememary School; to increase the use of bond funds from $20,000 to $22,000 for removal and planting of trees on the DeVries Circle median; and proposed establishment of an accrued compensated absences fund, and to appropriate an amount equal to $50,000 into the fund from the unreserved and undesignated balance in the general fund. For a complete agenda, visit City Hall or the city's website, www.ci.lewes.de.us. Lewes BPW to discuss electric system projects The Lewes Board of Public Works will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Lewes Public Library second-floor confer- ence room. Items on the agenda include a recommendation to add two electric divi- sion capital renewal projects, election of board officers, appointment of division board principals and appointment of the board's solicitor. The panel will also dis- cuss a resolution to establish a statement of objectives and guidelines for investment of BPW funds, and the board's continued involvement in stormwater management. The board will also talk about the state of the. electric industry, and consider a pro- posed date change for May's regular meet- ing. For a complete agenda, visit City Hall or www.ci.lewes.de.us. Union withdraws petition, forcing vote cancellation The union vote within Sussex County government has been cancelled. Communications Workers of America Local 13101 requested the Delaware Public Corrections SHOOTING LOCATION - A Lincoln man was shotMarch 30 in the Slaughter Neck community, not in Slaughter Beach, as printed on page 10 of the Friday, April 4 issue. Employment Relations Board to withdraw its petition as the exclusive bargaining rep- resentative for Sussex County emergency communications specialists I and II at the 911 dispatch center. Without a petition, the deadline imposed On the county to have an election by the end of March was dismissed by the board. Telephone calls to the Local 13101 office were not returned. Rehoboth officials to discuss police station April 14 Rehoboth Beach officials will meet with Jim Tevebaugh of Tevebaugh Associates at 10 a.m., Monday, April 14, in the confer- ence suite at City Hall, to discuss Phase 2 of the municipal Complex master plan, the building of a new police station. Milton demolition moratorium tabled A six-month moratorium on town demo- litions was tabled at a Monday, April 4 town council meeting. Officials said more time was needed to work on the moratori- um to include demolition exceptions. If passed, officials say they will use the time " to tighten town ordinances concerning demolitions in the town's historic district. Officials will not consider any demolition applications and say the proposed moratori- um will extend until Nov. 3. Town council will vote on the moratorium at an April 17 meeting. Meeting time and location have yet to be determined. Milton economic group meets April 15 The Milton Economic Development Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at Milton Public Library to dis- cuss reports from the 2008 National Main Streets conference in Philadelphia and a March 18 economic development training session. The committee will discuss the need for subcommittees. Dewey town council addresses town-wide FAR, parking fees The Dewey Beach Town Council will, during its meeting to be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Lifesaving Station at 1 Dagsworthy St., hold a public hearing and may vote on a recommendation from its planning and zoning commission to cre- ate a town-wide floor area ratio (FAR) of 1.20. Town planners Remington, Vernick & Beach Engineers are scheduled to make a presentation on FAR and the council is to consider a $15,000. budget amendment for their continued services. Other matters on which public hearings and possible votes are scheduled include a proposed store sig- nage and display ordinance, a new public park and phragmites removal. Increases in parking permit fees, parking meter costs and parking fines are also on the agenda. Conditional use applications for Hammerheads Restaurant, a coffee shop in Izzy Plaza and a gelato vending tent in front of Grotto's Pizza are slated for considera- tion. The Council also intends to discuss and vote on a referendum imposing a 35-foot building height limit. Summer 2008 noise levels to be addressed in Dewey The Dewey Beach Noise Committee is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m., Friday, April 11, at the Town Hall conference room 10cat. ed at 105 Rodney St. to discuss permitted noise levels. The committee intends to establish and may vote on recommending what it consid- ers to be a reasonable level for the upcom- ing summer season. CAPE GAZEIWE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 - 3 00venm00 \\; \\; \\; \\; \\; Molly Wlngate graphic Milton gives OK to Riverwalk on the Broadkiln Milton Town Council approved a 76-acre, mixed-use housing development proposed to rise along the Broadkill River across from Front Street. Voting 6- 1, council approved a large parcel district overlay master plan for Riverwalk on the Broadkiln at a Monday, April 7 town council meeting. Plans calls for 370 units to be built on land between the river and Atlantic Avenue. The council debated concerns that have arisen in other large develop- ments, but in the end approved the project, proposed by Chestnut Properties and owned by James and Nancy White. Council did recommend the develop- er build a fence between the development and an adjacent property and repave two nearby streets. Plans will now go before the planning commission for final approval. Surfriders schedule beach cleanup dates The Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is organizing several beach cleanups in 2008 to be held at various ocean beaches throughout the state. The chapter challenges the public to come out and lend a hand. School groups, communi- ty organizations, students needing to meet community service hours and the general public are all invited to the cleanups. An Earth Day Celebration Cleanup will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19. Volunteers should meet at the Herring Point parking lot at Cape Henlopen State Park. A cleanup at the Indian River Inlet will take place Saturday, Aug. 16, with volunteers meeting at 10 a.m. at the North Side Indian River Inlet parking lot at Delaware Seashore State Park. To volunteer or for details, call Mark Carter at 302-249-8834. Fisheries advisory council April 16 meeting canceled The monthly meeting of the Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, has been cancelled. The council's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 21, in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control auditorium, Richardson and-Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. For further infor- mation, contact Fisheries at 302-739-9914. Recycling council to meet April 16 in Smyrna The Recycling public Advisory Council will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m,, Wednesday, April 16, at the Smyrna Rest Area, 5500 DuPont Parkway, Smyrna. Topics on the agenda include a Measurement & Methodology Sub- .Committee report, a discussion of the Value of a Landfill Diversion Sub-Committee, the Recycling Assistance Grant Program and an Organized Trash Collection Study. The agenda will also include oM and new busi- ness, public comments and scheduling for future meetings: For further information, or "for directions to the meeting location, con- tact Bill Miller, Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Branch, at 302-739-9403. Some post offices to extend hours April 15 Several Delaware post offices will extend their retail hours on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 15. In the Cape Region, the Georgetown Post Office, located at 115 S. King Street, will be open until 9 p.m. The Dover Post office, located at 55 The Plaza, will be open until 8 p.m., April 15. Clean Water group to meet April 16 in Dover The Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council will meet at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, in Conference Room 400B at Delaware Technical & Community College's Terry Campus on North DuPont Highway in Dover. The updated agenda includes public hearing on the fiscal year 2009 project pri- ority list and intended use plan and a Tax Ditch Right-of-Way Task Force update. Also on the agenda are a project status update on the clean water state revolving fund, financial reports, Bond Bill Committee hearing and Surface Water Management request, 21st century fund meeting request, Rehoboth Beach work- shop summary, Sussex level of surface pre- liminary results and stakeholder workshop, and the Bethan} Anchorage Canal Project. The agenda will also include subcommit- tee reports on wastewater, surface water management, public outreach and finance and a public comment period. For informa- tion about the Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council, call 302-739-9941.