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4 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Police arrest Rehoboth man for marijuana Troopers from the Delaware State Police Special Investigations and Tactical Unit arrested Aus- tralia Mackey, 21, of the Re- hoboth area, on Tuesday, April 15 when they found marijuana and a large sum of cash in his posses- sion. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, troopers approached Mackey in Burton Village when the 1990 Honda Accord he was operating was stopped on the side of the road. "Mackey could not produce any identification," said Lewis. "He was searched, and de- tectives found a large sum of cash inside of his pockets." Lewis said Mackey attempted to flee from the scene on foot, but after a short pursuit, officers apprehended him. The troopers seized 22.6 grams of marijuana and $3,189 in sus- pected drug money. According to figures from the Delaware State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforce- ment Agency, the estimated street value of the drug is approximately $160. Mackey was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug para[hernalia and resisting arrest. Although he was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $1,000 cash, his bail was posted and he was released, pending a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas April 24, 1997. Managed care forum set for Georgetown The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Delaware Division of Aging and Physical Disabilities and Delaware State Council of Senior Citizens will hold a series of man- aged care forums throughout the state, with one set for Delaware Tech in Georgetown from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 22. The forums are open to all older persons and are free, with lunch and refreshments provided. Due to limited seating, those planning to attend should call 1-800-897- 2277. The Georgetown forum will be held in the Higher Educa- tion Building Lecture Hall. Access management policy outlined Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has out- lined very preliminary plans for a proposed access management pro- posal. DelDOT Secretary Anne Canby briefly mentioned the pro- posal during the Tuesday, April 15 Sussex County Council meet- ing. The proposed plan, which will be the subject of public meet- ings, would be designed to set standards for the amount of access available to roadways. "The proposed Access Manage- ment Policy is a combination of regulatory and administrative ac- tions that, building on existing statutory authority, will help de- termine how and where connec- tions between development and transportation systems are made," stated the proposal. "The pro- posed Access Management Policy does not seek to limit access, but to provide appropriate access to transportation infrastructure. This will be accomplished by assigning roadways, or portions of road- ways, to one of the seven access classes." The goals and objectives are to "Encourage development which relates to streets and roads in a way that provides access for all modes of travel. Discourage di- rect access from development to high speed roadways. Discourage driveway entrances on major roads and use alternative access instead." Center for Inland Bays changes meeting date The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has announced a change in meeting dates for CIB's upcoming beard meeting. The beard meeting originally scheduled for Friday, April 25 has been postponed. The meeting will now take place on May 29 from 8:30 a.m to noon at the Sussex County Courthouse Chambers in Georgetown. State land use discussions continue The second of three planned fo- rums on land use and infrastruc- ture was held on Monday. Each county will be hosting a forum following the statewide session March 5-6 at the University of Delaware on land use and infra- stucture. Following that statewide forum, attended by about 600 of the state's movers and shakers, the forums were scheduled to help the approximately 98 member work- ing group develop state land use and infrastructure recommenda- tions. The third forum will be scheduled May 2 in Sussex Coun- ty before a second statewide sum- mit later next month. The Mow day, April 14 session in Dover in- chided a brief but intense discus- sion of whether or not farmland development should be regulated, one of the key and most hotly de- bated issues, of any land use de- bate. Route I shoulder signs changed The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has de- cided against placing a bicycle lo- go on the shoulder lane of Route 1. That was requested by bicy- clists at a Route I Working Group Committee .meeting as a way of improving bicycle safety. The shoulders on Route 1 north of Rehoboth Beach were signed last summer for bus travel and right turns only. That prompted bikers using the right hand shoul- der or "diamond" lane to worry about potential conflicts between buses and people bicycling. The signs are being changed this seasun to describe the lane as a bus lane. They will .no longer say 'buses only' and will also not say 'for right turns'. Christine Gillan, the Delaware Department of Transportation director of ex- ternal affairs, said that DelDOT hopes the changes will increase safety. She said the bicycle logo on the lanes was denied for safety reasons. But she said that bus dri- vers will undergo sensitivity train- ing this season in order to elimi- nate any potential conflicts be- tween the lane users. Gillan said that bicycling is still allowed on the shoulder, but that it is being discouraged because of safety reasons. The decision on shoulder signs was opposed at the April 8 Route 1 meeting by Larry Wonderfin, who said "I do not see that sign as a safe thing." Gillan said the decision to remove 'right turn' from the signs was made be- cause vehicles were traveling long distances in the shoulder and then claiming they were only making a right hand turn. The police said that was making enforcement dif- ficult, Gillan said. Rehoboth sets Arbor Day observance The City of Rehoboth Beach will hold its 1 lth annual obser- vance of Arbor Day at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 24, at Rehoboth Elementary School on Stockley Street. The ceremony will include the dedication of the memorial trees and the public is cordially invited to attend. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Rehoboth formalizes lease, agreements The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners formalized an agreement April 11 with Delmar- va Online! to allow the Internet service to install a camera on the Bandstand so that people can view Rehoboth's beach and Boardwalk on the web. Delmarva Online! will assume all liability for the camera, which will be placed in a secured box, and the board stressed that it can have the cam- era removed at any time if desired. The beard also agreed to renew the lease on the city-owned "Scout House" at 84 Kent Avenue, with the Rehoboth Kiwanis Club, which is used for scout meetings. The terms are for five years, with an automatic five-year renewal at $1 per year if the Kiwanis Club re- mains in good standing and the city doesn't give notice. The Ki- wanis Club assumes all liability on the property. Commissioner Kenny Vincent congratulated the Kiwanis Club on "doing some- thing for the kids in the communi- ty - I'd like to see more of this type of thing done." The board formalized a request by the Rehoboth Beach Patrol to hold the Mid-Atlantic Regional Lifeguard Olympics on the beach in front of the Baltimore Avenue lifeguard shack this summer rather than on the north end of the city. This will mean closing the beach to the public firm Rehoboth Av- enue to Maryland Avenue that day. FOR WEEK oF APRIL 7 TO APmL 13, 1997 DATE LOCATION 04109/97 lit. 1, northbound at Rehoboth Outlets 04/09/97 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Mall parldng lot 04/11/97 Rt. 1, northbound, Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth, 04/11/97 Rt. 1, northbound, Sussex 273D, north of Rehoboth 04/13/97 lit. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes TYPE #5 #3 #2 #2 #2 Rehoboth Parking Committee meeting set The Rehoboth Beach Parking Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 22 in the Commissioners Room. The agenda includes a dis- cussion on gearing up for the 1997 parking permit season and the loading and unloading of buses at the Bandstand as is presently done, or mandate that buses use the area behind the Bandstand by the fountains. The Commissioners Room will also be used that after- noon at 1:30 p.m., when officials meet with representatives from the Delaware Transit Corporation on their final plan for summer re- sort transit routes and fare sched- ule. Both the proposed routes and fares have stirred up controversy over the past couple of months. Bahan appointed Rehoboth cable TV representative Bill Bahan, a member of the Re- hoboth Beach Cable TV Commit- tee, was appointed April 11 to rep- resent the city as it joins other Sussex County municipalities in an effort to form a consortium in granting a cable TV franchise. With Rehoboth's present contract with Comcast Cablevision extend- ed until July, the resort has held public hearings on service and programming before drawing up a RFP (request for proposal) in an effort to find a satisfactory cable television provider. Commission- er Betty Ann Kane, who chairs the committee, told fellow commis- sioners April I 1 that they have modified the proposed RFP to delete requiring a public access channel and made some revisions to the language. With the other towns now considering forming the consortium, Kane recom- mended that they extend Corn- cast's contract for an additional six months as Bahan will work in concert with the other communi- ties and report back to the beard. New INS officers coming to Sussex Sen. Joe Biden has announced that there will now be 10 Immi- gration and Naturalization Service (INS) officers assigned perma- nently to Kent and Sussex coun- ties and a new INS Office in the greater Dover area. One year ago there was just one full-time and one part-time agent serving southern Delaware when Biden initiated an effort for more INS attention, services and re- SOIH'CS. "Last April, I convened a meet- ing in Georgetown, bringing to- gether senior INS officials, state, county and local elected leaders, law enforcement officers, poultry industry executives, and church and community leaders," Biden said. "As a result, follow-up contacts I had with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and INS Commission- er Doris Meissner, and congres- sional approval of more federal funding to hire additional INS agents - immigration needs in Kent and Sussex will no longer be underserved and understaffed." A year ago, the INS increased the number of agents in both counties from one-and-a-half to three, lo- cated in the Georgetown and Dover police departments. With the addition of seven new officers, INS will seek new permanent of- fice space in the Dover area but continue to work out of the police sub-station at Georgetown Apart- ments, Georgetown, in Sussex. "The new INS office and seven new officers will provide on-site services to help the increasing Hispanic population in Southern Delaware, poultry plants and their foreign-bern employees and coun- ty and state officials address im- migration related issues and con- cerns," Biden said. There will now be two new special agents for investigations; one new employer relations/audits agent; one agent for deportation; one detention of. ricer;, one information officer who will assist with applications and services; and one supervisory spe- cial agent. "With the recent report by the Delaware Population Consortium of a nearly 61 percent increase in Delaware's Hispanic population, it is more important than ever that INS provides a full range of immi- gration and naturalization services in Delaware to assist those who want to become U.S. citizens, while strictly enforcing our immi- gration laws," Biden added.