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A reprieve for last-minute tax fliers Last minute tax tilers will have until midnight on Monday, April 17, to mail tlieir tax returns at the Georgetown Post Office, located at 115 South King Street in Georgetown. Georgetown Postmaster Bob Dunbar said tax returns will be postmarked April 17 if deposited by midnight in collection boxes inside or outside the post office. Sussex Council sets Prayer Breakfast Sussex County Council will host its 18th annual prayer Break- fast beginning at 8 a.m. on Mon- day, May 8, in the Higher Educa- tion Building on the campus of Delaware Technical and Commu- nity College in Georgetown. This year's guest speaker will be Mike Zello, founder and presi- dent of Teen Challenge of Mary- land, a unique Christian ministry that helps young people with drug and alcohol problems. Teen Chal- lenge has documented cure rate of 86 percent. Zello is an ordained minister who also serves as a member of the National Teen Challenge board of directors and as the eastern regional representa- tive in the United States. Tickets for the dinner cost $8 per person and are available by contacting the County Adminis- trator's office at 855-7743. County Council won't meet April 18 The regular weekly meeting of Sussex County Council will not be held on Tuesday, April 18, be- cause of the Easter holiday. The next regular meeting will Clarifications An article on April 7 about two Lewes-area men arrested for the alleged murder of a 24-year-old Millmm I pve the wrong ad- for one of the defendants. Thomas R. TowMend lives at lot A-57 within the Nassau Mobile Home Park, while his girlfriend lives at lot A-58, according to his mother. Townsend's mother, who asked not to be identified, also stated that her son and Joseph R. Miller, the other suspect charged in connection with the murder of Bryan Keith Frey, did not owe Frey money as reported by Delaware State Police. Rather, the two were delivering money owed to Frey by another party, she said. "They were delivering a debt for someone else," Townsend's mother said. "It was money that the other party owes for drugs." Q Q 1 El Our apologies to Kay Cofrancesco, whose name was spelled wrong in a page 57 article on April 7 about the Cape Hen- lopen girls tennis team. be held Tuesday" Aprii 251 begin- ning at I0 a.m. in County Council Chambers, the Courthouse, Georgetown. Rehoboth continues skateboard discussion The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners gave the latest draft of a revision to the city's skateboard ordinance back to City Solicitor Walt Speakman at its Monday, April 3 workshop, hop- ing to have a final version ready for a vote at the Friday, April 21 regular meeting. Speakman had changed the wording from "public property" to "public structure" so that skate- boarding would not be construed to be prohibited on streets and the boardwalk from Sept. 15 to April 15. (Skateboarding is banned in all public areas from April 15 to Sept. 15.) City Manager Greg Ferrese requested the ordinance be revised because of problems with skateboarders damaging the bandstand and benches and, in the meantime, erected "no skate- boarding" signs at the bandstand to discourage the youths. Howev- er, Police Chief Creig Doyle has said without an ordinance pro- hibiting skateboarding on the bandstand, they have to authority to keep them off. A discussion on the fact that the $1 to $5 first offense fine for vio- lating the skateboarding laws also means $20 in court costs and fam- ily court has jurisdiction over the young skateboarders so the cases must by tried outside of the city. 'It'S insane to take skateboarders to family court," Commissioner Jan Konesey, who has spoken out against the revisions, said. Commissioner B]tsy Cochran called for more police foot patrols in the downtown area as a solu- tion, rather than adopting more stringent laws, as a deterrent to vandalism. Konesey agreed that telling them to get off the bandstand or benches is a better solution, but it was noted that they had to be caught in the act of actually dam- aging the property. "It's my gut reaction that the chief is probably correct. You can't enforce it without an ordi- nance, although I understand your sentiment as in the old days, you could use fear. Now, I'm not sure that's enough," Speakman ad- vised. But Konesey countered that rather than warning the errant skateboarders, the police will ar- rest them over a trifling incident and they will end up in family court. Speakman will fine tune the wording on public structures and the matter is expected to come up for a vote April 21. Rehoboth city offices closed Good Friday The City of Rehoboth Beach administrative offices are closed today (Friday, April 14) in obser- vance of Good Friday. There will be no trash pick up today, but the city will resume normal trash pick up on Monday, April 17. Cole, Benson fork over cash for Cape students County councilmen George Cole and Ralph Benson made some Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict officials very happy on Tues- day, April 4. Cole's councilmanic grant of $200 will allow Cape High stu- dent Robert Shaffer Jr., a member of Cape's Student Government Association, to attend a Presiden- tial Classroom program in Wash- ington, D.C. later this spring. Cole and Benson teamed up to grant $500 ($200 and $300 re- spectively) so that 19 Cape Dis- trict students - all members of winning Odyssey of the Mind teams - can attend the national competition at the University of Knoxville in Tennessee later this spring. Rehoboth discusses housekeeping measures The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners discussed facili- tating the absentee ballot proce- dure, raising the fee for checks re- turned for insufficient funds, rais- ing the amount of money they can borrow and raising tines during their Monday, April 3 workshop. Commissioner Warren Mac- Donald said that it took him three trips to city hall and having two affidavits notarized when he voted by absentee in last year's munici- pal election. "I've found others have voiced the same concerns about the cumbersomeness of the procedure," he said. While state law stipulates the need for two af- fidavits, he said Joyce Sutton, who handles the ballots, could en- courage voters to till out one affi- davit on the scene and notarize it, which would at least cut down on some of the hassle. Commissioner Bitsy Cochran advised that the city have two no- taries of service not directly con- nected with the elections, while Commissioner Jan Konesey said when she voted in absentia in state elections she didn't have anything notarized and therefore couldn't understand why the state would stipulate that the city must require two affidavits. City Manager Greg Ferrese was asked to call the state board of elections to learn more about the stipulations and report back. Any action would require a charter change from the state legislature. MacDonald said he would like to see the charge for checks re- turned for insufficient funds raised from $10 to $15, which is more in keeping with what is gen- erally charged. "It's not a large problem; in fact it almost never happens, except in the summer, maybe once a week when some- one pays a parking tickets," he noted. The follow-up with the bank requires time and paper- work, and the city usually holds the check until the bank informs them the funds are available. City Solicitor Walt Speakman was asked to draw up a revision to the ordinance for their perusal. The city is thinking of seeking a charter change allowing it to borrow up to $2 million in general CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 14 - April 20, 1995 - 3 - Trish Vernon photo DelDOT officials opened the Silver Lake Bridge on Rt. IA between Rehobeth and Dewey beaches with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 7. The bridge has been closed to traffic since December to allow DelDOT to reconstruct the bridge and the contractor was RAM Construction Company at a bid of $370,771,25. "This project involved a high degree of cooperation be- tween DelDOT and RAM Construction Company and we're very pleased to be opening this ahead of schedule," said Del- DOT Secretary Anne P. Canby. "Because of the seasonal na- ture of the traffic counts on this road, we knew how impor- tant it was to meet our deadline. A great deal of teamwork helped us open it far in advance of that deadline in time for Easter Weekend." The rehabilitation project included overlaying the bridge deck, repairing existing piles under the bridge, constructing erosion control measures and installing new bridge Hghting. Above, RAM President Yvonne Mitten stands with Re- hoboth Reach Mayor Sam Cooper and 37th District Rep. John Schroeder during the ribbon cutting ceremonies. obligation bonds without going to public referendum. This came when they were informed by the state they couldn't borrow funds for wastewater treatment plant im- provements under the present charter, and they were advised to set it at $1 minion. City officials feel that may not be enough, espe- cially considering a municipality such as Lewes can borrow against up to 10 percent of its assets. The matter will be brought up for a vote at the April 21 meeting. It has also been proposed to seek a charter change on the amount of fines the city can levy. Those that are now $100 and $200 would be raised to a standard $500 and prison fines would go from 30 to 60 days. This will also be considered at the April 21 meeting. Konesey advised them that any requested charter changes be lumped together for presenta- tion to the general assembly, rather than submitting them one at a time. SCC&TC awards funds to groups The Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission (SCC&TC) awarded grants to a variety of groups at its April 10 board meeting. Of the 18 applica- tions, 12 were granted, and in- clude: Rehoboth Jazz Festival, Inc., $2,125 for out-of-area advertising, the largest grant awarded; Milton Chamber of Commerce, $500 for a roadside marketing campaign and $850 for a Visit Historic Mil- ton guide; Lewes Chamber of Commerce, $1,475 for a new tri- fold brochure and $600 for an ad in Discover Delaware publication; Rehoboth Art League, $281 for an events rack card; Bethany-Fen- wick Chamber of Commerce, $600 for a Discover Delaware ad; Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce, $1,000 for a conven- tion and retreat FAM tour; City of Reboboth Beach, $875 for a Con- vention Hall information packet folder. According to Executive Direc- tor Cindy Small, the SCC&TC is in the process of publishing its f'LrSt Sussex County-wide visitors' guide, a 28-page magazine size color and black and white publica- tion, which will be mailed out to all those seeking information on the entire county. The publication was expected next year, but an ad- ditional $12,000 was received from the state when it was learned they shortchanged Sussex when averaging tourism dollar percent- ages. This year they will print 25,000 copies, while next year, they hope to expand and include advertising as well. As it is, Small said, it is the most comprehensive Sussex guide available, featuring motels and other lodging, camp- grounds, restaurants, a calendar and attractions. It will also cost considerably less to mail than sending a number of local brochures to someone interested in a broad range of areas. Rehoboth Main Street has president; meeting set Kathy Kramedas, owner of Re- hoboth Phar- macy, agreed at the April 10 meeting to serve as inter- im president of Rehoboth Main Street, a fledgling group orga- nized to im- prove and KRAbIEDAS Continued on page 3