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10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, April 12 - April 14, 2005 Sparks flyat He nlopen Acres meeting Tempers flare over nonresident board By Jim Westhoff Nestled in a corner just north of Rehoboth Beach, the Town of Henlopen Acres has only about 200 homes, no stoplights and few roads. Yet despite the town's small size, sparks flew at a recent board of commissioners meeting. At issue was an earlier 5-1 vote deciding that four of the town's seven commissioners must he res- idents of the town. Because that decision requires changing the town's charter, the legislation was sent on to the state Legislature for approval. The charter currently allows any homeowner or resident to run for commissioner. The lone dissenting vote on the charter change came from Com- missioner Steve Canton, who later sent out a survey to homes in Henlopen Acres, asking if resi- SPCA Continued from page 1 "It really wasn't worth the de- mand, the liability and the bad public perception," Caldwell said. "The state will not be using our fa- cilities to handle rabies or bite cas- es after June." In 2004, Caldwell said, the Delaware SPCA responded to and investigated 1,222 bite cases in Sussex and New Castle counties. He said that each bite case re- quires at least three on-scene visits by the rabies control officer, and most of the cases require many more visits. Using the three visits per bite as a measure, Caldwell said the Delaware SPCA rabies control of- ricer dealt with an average of 10 bite-case responses a day last year. In addition, Delaware SPCA's rabies control officer responded to dents favor a referendum on the issue or if the commis- sioners were correct in changing the charter. Fewer than half the sur- CANTON veys were re- turned. Of those, 73 percent of the respondents said they did not sup- port the board's decision, 22 per- cent supported tlae vote, and 6 percent abstained. The discussion at the April 8 meeting began to heat up when Canton introduced the results of his survey and asked for a second to his motion that the previous vote be rescinded and the issue be taken to a referendum. When the mayor asked for a second, Canton was greeted with silence. Because no one seconded the motion, it died. However, the issue remained alive. Commissioner Paul Capo- 251 public calls about possibly sick, injured or rabid wildlife in 2004. The officer submitted 311 rabies specimens to the'Division of Public Health last year and quarantined 73 animals for 10 days each in the two counties. Kent County SPCA handles state contracts for that county. "Right now, the demands put on us by the Division Of Public Health are unreasonable," said Caldwell. 'q'he contract for just one offi- cer has become unreasonable in light of the overwhelming number of bite cases in the state. We're not going to renew what we view as an unreasonable contract," he said. Caldwell declined to comment on whether the Delaware SPCA would continue its separate dog control contract with the Division of Fish and Wildlife. However, the longtime director PARTY COR00 Your "One Stop Party Store ' 302.934.8119 208 Main Street Millsboro, DE ,', ,/ ,U If! tI, 41 f DECORATIONS, PARTY and BIRTHDAY ' Supplies including: , ,. Mothers Day & More! ., i: i: Also ,q t 1 A The Classroom Corner 'i Fun and Educational Toys a/ ,r Start thinking about Rainbow Bridge for '" the summer skills. "24" game  Chalkboards , nandpuppets .'.',"  .'a-:-: "..  .'.,#;  >:r.-: -. danno made a motion that questioned the validity O f the survey because he did not re- ceive a survey. "They were not sent to a CAPODONNO third party; they were sent back to Mr. Canton," Said Capo- danno. "I also.point out that nonresi- dents, Mr. Canton, in particular, has the highest absentee record of this commission." The fireworks followed. "Who do you serve, sir?" Can- ton asked Capodanno. "The residents of Henlopen Acres," Capodanno said. "I think the survey is prejudiced. It was not even sent to all the residents." "If th "survey were valid, would you withdraw the legisla- tion? asked Canton. "Beyond a shadow of a doubt?" "No," Capodanno replied. of the state's largest nonprofit ani- mal protection agency recently has said publiclY that there could soon come a time when the Delaware SPCA bows out of all state contracts. "You would not withdraw the legislation if the residents were opposed to it? You wouldn't withdraw it?" Canton asked. "Nope," Capodanno said. "I was elected by the citizens. I rep- resent them well. I understand what needs to be done to run this town and the people who need to be here to run it. This is not a ca- sual business as some people treat it," he said. "You said that they should not have to have a vote in it," Canton responded. Canton read the responses from the surveys, While some of the responses supported the earlier vote, most did not. Among the re- sponses read were the following: "I am shocked by the cabal they are forming." "Is this legal?" "A general vote should decide these matters." After reading the comments, Canton continued talking about why he says the vote was wrong, but he was interrupted. "Just make your motion," said Commissioner Frank Abbott. "Pardon me, sir," Canton said. "I don't like being ordered around." "I don't either," Abbott said, "and I'm getting tired of listening to you. So get it over with." Canton once again moved to re- scind the earlier vote changing Continued on page 12 MARTIN'S PLUMBING REPAIR 302-945-8139 INDIAN RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES PRESCHOOL SCREENING& KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Vv'ho: Children who will be 5 years old by August 31 st can register for kindergarten. Children who will be 4 years old by August 31 st and 5 years old by August 31 st will be screened or will be scheduled for screening for special services eligibility. Children younger than 4 may qualify for other special services provided by the district or Child Development Watch in Milford. Where: At your local elementary school. East Millsboro Elementary Frankford Elementary Georgetown Elementary Phillip Showell Elementary Lord Baltimore Elementary Long Neck Elementary 934-3222 732-3808 856-1940 436-1040 537-2700 945-6200 When: April 1 lth April 12th April 13th April 14th 12:00 - 3:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 12:00 - 3:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 12:00 - 3:00 12:00 - 3:00 *Call to confh-m time at your local school* PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING: CHILD'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE  COPY OF CHILD'S SHOT RECORD CHILD'S SOCIAL SECURITY CARD Website address Darlene St. Peter, Supervisor Special Education 436-1000