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Jr School board tables vote for fiscal year 2008 budget Typographical errors in the final fiscal year 2008 budget for Cape Henlopen School District led board member Dr. Pete Coveleski to move to table the vote to approve it. The board unanimously agreed during its Thursday, April 10 meeting. Such errors in the budget are not uncom- mon, said Superintendent George Stone. The budget is being corrected so the board can take the vote. He said someone usually spots the errors or omissions and calls the office. "This is the FY [fiscal year] '08 budget; FY '08 runs out June 30, so we've already spent most of this money," Stone said. Recoding the numbers of positions earned by the district from the state was responsible for some of the changes on the latest version of the budget, an issue that prompted ques- tions by board member Noble Prettyman. He wanted to know how some areas of the budget had received more money than they had before, and Stone said that was a result of the district coding positions when they were certified by the state, as opposed to waiting until the end of the year. Assistant Superintendent Janis Hanwell said anyone interested in seeing the budget before the meetings at which the board is discussing or voting on it, can pick up a copy at the district office the Monday before those meetings. County gives approval for V'meyards to start site work Ocean Atlantic Associates received approval to start site work on the Vineyards at Nassau Valley, even before the final site plan is approved and all state and county permits are granted. Developers had requested to begin work on grading for the Stormwater management system on the entire 82-acre site, off Route 9 near Five Points, to take advantage of good weather and get a head start on the res- idential-commercial project. Final site-plan approval is not expected for at least another three months. The Vineyards at Nassau Valley is a 927- home, mixed-use community composed of 300,000 square feet of retail space with a hotel, restaurants and a 50,000-square-foot grocery boutique. Preliminary approval was granted last November to begin Phase I, which is a commercial component of the project. Sussex County Planning and Zoning granted approval at its Thursday, April 10 meeting, after deferring the request in January. Even though he originally object- ed to the idea, Commissioner Michael Johnson motioned for approval of the request with several stipulations. He said only /rading approved by the Sussex Conservation District and author- ized by the county public works division - not site preparation or site excavation - could take place. In addition, the developer must submit a 125 percent bond before work could start, staff from the conservation district and the public works division must inspect work and there can be no removal or delivery of grading materials to the site. Johnson said the county does not typical- ly allow site work to commence before the final site plan is approved. He said in this case, however, the county engineering department and the Sussex Conservation District did not have objections to the pro- posal. County purchases land in runway protection zone Sussex County, using grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration, will pay about $65,000 an acre, or more than $394,000, for a six-acre parcel of land in the county airport's runway protection zone. The vacant parcel, owned by Betty Jane Truitt, is located near the intersection of Park Avenue and the Route 9 truck route near the entrance to the county's industrial CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, April 15 - Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 3 park. County council voted unanimously Tuesday, April 8, in favor of the land pur- chase. Mike Izzo, county engineer, said the land is needed to create a safe zone for a larger runway. Dewey postpones height limit, FAR votes until May 9 Discussion and votes on two controver- sial issues facing the Dewey Beach Town Council were removed from the agenda for the Saturday, April 12 meeting and contin- ued until the next meeting scheduled for Friday, May 9. The first postponed item was the discus- sion and vote on a referendum to establish a 35-foot height limit throughout Dewey. The second was the continuation of a public hearing, discussion and vote on a recom- mendation by the planning and zoning com- mission to create a townwide floor-to-area ratio (FAR) of 1.2. A presentation to be made by Chris Fazio of Remington, Vernick and Beach Engineers regarding FAR was also canceled. Town Manager Gordon Elliott said Mayor Dell Tush, Commissioner Diane Hanson and Commissioner Rich Hanewinckel requested the agenda items be postponed. New stoplight activated at Long Neck on Route 24 The Delaware Department of Transportation advises motorists that a new traffic signal has been activated at the inter- section of Route 24 and Bayshore Plaza II in Long Neck. The lights for all directions will be in flash operation for a period of 72 hours after activation. Across the country, the flash operation indicates to motorists that a new signal is ahead and serves as a training period before full activation. After the 72-hour alert period, the signal will be converted to full stop-and-go opera- tion Wednesday, April 16. Variable mes- sage signs will advise motorists of a new signal ahead. For more information, visit or tune to WTMC-AM 1380. Markell campaign volunteers meet April 15 in Mliton The volunteer campaign for Jack Markell is expanding its reach in Sussex County. The 150-member JackPack has recruited leaders and is organizing committees to help Markell's gubernatorial campaign. The next JackPack public meeting is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at the Iguana Grill ir Milton. The gathering is free and open to anyone interested in supporting Markell's vision for Delaware's future. This month, Markell will address the group. The Iguana Grill has reserved its entire facility for the meeting and is offering food and drink specials to atiendees. The meeting agenda includes recruitment and voter turnout strategy, planning for out- reach projects and community events, and upcoming volunteer opportunities. Those planning to attend are requested to RSVP by calling 302-245-8595, Milton water towers to be repainted Milton's water towers will be given- fresh coats of paint, inside and out, beginning within the next two weeks, said Milton Town Manager George Dickerson. A 75,000-gallon tower near Shipbuilder's Village will be pressure washed and paint- ed. A pipe holding the 100,000-gallon tower overlooking Chandler Street will also be repainted. Residents should not experi- ence any home water-pressure reduction. No date has been determined. For more information, call Milton Town Hall at 684- 4110. Governor signs Milton town charter The Town of Milton's revised charter was passed with an amendment, which required a town map be submitted with the charter. Revisions include the establish- ment of a town ethics committee. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed the town charter March 26. Police & Fire Wrap.up Milton police arrest woman for felony theft Milton police arrested Sheronda R. Jennings April 1, for theft by false pretenses. The charge is a felony, because the amount was more than $1,000 and the victim was 62 years old. Police said they investigated a complaint in February and March, after the victim told them Jennings had on several occasions lied about her circumstances to obtain money. The Milton Police Department obtained a warrant for Jennings' arrest, and the Delaware Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Street Unit assisted Milton police by locating Jennings and transporting her to the Milton Police Department. Probation and parole officers issued an administrative warrant for Jennings. Bail was set for the warrant at $9,000 secured, with an additional $1,000 secured bail set for the felony theft charge. Jennings, 37, of dENNINGS Frankford, was remanded to the custody of the Department of Correction in default of the bond, pending further court action. Milton arrest Wilmington fugitive for burglaries, graffiti, assauR Milton police arrested Nelson Torres, also known as Nelson E. Cabrera, Wednesday, April 9. He is accused of assaulting a person at Milton Public Library, allegedly commit- ting approximately 30 burglaries and painting graffiti throughout the Town of Milton over the last few months. The Delawm'e State Police Criminal Investigations Unit assisted the Milton Police Department in attempting to locate Torres over the last few weeks, but police did not locate him. Milton police said Torres walked into the Milton Police Department and turned himself in, say- ing he was tired of running. Torres, 19, of Wilmington, was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangering, carrying a concealed dangerous instrument, 30 counts of burglary and graffiti. He was committed to TORRES Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $77,800 secured bond, pending further court action. Delaware State Police image Police seek help identifying suspect Criminal investigators assigned to the Delaware State Police Property Crimes Unit are currently investigating an April 3 burglary that occurred at the Parker Block Co. located on Millsboro-Laurel Highway. Cpl. Wes Barnett, state police spokesman, said troopers were dispatched to the scene at 6:23 a.m. to investigate the incident. Upon arrival investigators learned that sometime during the early morning hours the suspect broke a glass door and entered the business. Barnett said the victim removed chop-style saws from boxes and put bricks in their place. The estimated property loss was $950; the estimated property damage was $1,000. Police are asking anyone with infor- mation or who can identity the suspect shown above to call Det. Mark Justice at 886-5880, Ext. 209, or Crime Stoppers 800-TIP-3333. Online tip submission can be made at http.J/