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Extra session slated for open space seminar Because of popular demand, nationally-acclaimed open space and town planner Randall Arendt will participate in a free public talk and discussion on Monday evening, April 24. The ses- sion will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of Lewes Pub- lic Library on Adams Av- enue. A day- ARE time seminar on Monday, April 24 - with Arendt as the principle speaker - is sold out, according to event organizer John Mateyko. Mateyko is a member of the board of directors of Greater Lewes Foundation which is one of the sponsors of the seminar. To be held at University of Delaware's Virden Center in Lewes, the Semi- nar, entitled "Open Space Conser- vation: Sustainable Development for Sussex County," has attracted the attention of local, county and state officials, all focused on pre- serving open space in the face of great development pressure. A number of real estate profession- als and developers are also plan- ning to attend according to Mateyko. Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner is planning to attend and will be among those welcoming particiPants. The Monday night session, which is open to the pub- lic will focus on preserving Lewes's small town quality of life and open space. Randall Arendt is nationally recognized as the au- thor of six books and a lecturer and consultant planner on conser- Rehoboth police chief gives monthly report Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Creig Doyle gave his monthly re- port at the Friday, April 14, com- missioners meeting. During the month of March, 175 arrests were made, which is a 52-arrest increase from the same month last year. Of those, 165 were traffic related and 10 were criminal, with seven accidents re- ported. There were five burgla- ries and five thefts reported with seven acts of criminal mischief. Rehoboth police, in conjunction with the state police and the City of Dover police, are investigatifig a car theft ring which originates in Dover, drops stolen cars off in Re- hoboth Beach and steals vehicles here, mostly on the south side of town, and takes them to Dover. Doyle urged all residents to keep an eye on any unusual activ- ity in their neighborhoods and call the police at the nonemergency vation planning of openspace and preservation of the character and quality of life of small towns like Lewes. One of his most recent Works was published by the Sus- sex Conservation District. It is entitled "Designing Open Space Developments in Sussex County, Delaware: A Practical Handbook For Those Involved in Land De- velopment." For more informa- tion, call 645-2657. Bureaucracy leads to short tempers in Lewes Tempers flared in Lewes City Hall Wednesday night during a discussion between Lewes Plan- ning Commission members and developers of the proposed Safe Harbor townhouse project. Scott DeKuyper, who owns the Anglers Motel property where he has pro- posed constructing 21 town- homes, grew frustrated when planning commission members appeared to have no answers as to which way the project should be directed to gain city approval. He noted early in the meeting that he and partner John Lester have at- tended seven public meetings so far concerning the project. He said that although their project is the only one pending in Lewes that has received approval from the Commercial Architecture Re- view Commission (CARC), they feel that little other progress is be- ing made. "By the time we get_ through this process we will have attended at least 12 meetings and hearings. Now we're told that we have to be considered a major subdivision with a 50-foot right- of-way providing a public street. We're trying to be cooperative with the town. We live here and want it to be a good place. But it will be difficult at best to have this as a public street and provide parking as well. 7 161anning com- mission chairman Jim Bastian said that he felt that the town's re- number, 227-2577, not at 911. Police seek suspect in hit-and-run Delaware State Police are seek- ing community assistance to iden- tify and locate a suspect who in- jured a Milton man in a hit-and- run accident April 13. According to Lt. John Yeomans, state police spokesman, at approximately 5:12 p.m., "James D. Scott, 54, was standing on the west edge of Route 30, attempting to remove a for sale flyer from a for sale sign, when an unknown vehicle travel- ing southbound on Route 30 left the west edge of the roadway for unknown reasons and struck Mr. Scott." Scott, who was not on the road- way at the time, sustained serious injuries to both his legs and was transported to Beebe Medical Center, where he remained hospi- talized for several days before be- ing released. "Investigators say that the v'qsi- cle failed to stop and contino an unknown location," said Yeo mans. "There is no description of quirement that the road serving the project be a public street was an injustice. "If that's public, "he said, "fishermen from across the street will be parking there during the season and there won't be any room left for the residents." Plan- ning commission member Cliff Diver said that the interpretation that the project should be consid- ered under the town's major sub- division provisions might be a problem. "It could get us into an- other law suit if it isn't correct. This is a mess." Project partner Lester agreed. "This has reached ridiculous proportions. It really has. All logic is out the window." Lester's comments fed DeKuyper's growing fire. "We have $50,000 in this project and a year now. Our living is wiped out for the year because of this. A 50- foot internal right-of-way is ridiculous. That's downtown. Please tell us who to talk to about whether this has to be a public or private street." Lester then chimed back in. "Do we have to go to court to get an answer on this'? Who do we go to? It seems like every time a commission gets involved the project suffers." Building official Bill Massey said City Solicitor Tempe Steen took a close look at the project to deter: mine that it must be considered a major subdivision. "It's because utilities may have to be extended and because the residential nature of the project requires h public street." City Manager Elaine Bis- bee told planning commission members that if they felt the law was flawed, they should make recommendations to city council for changes. "That's your job," said Bisbee. "If you feel strongly about this, that's what you should do. It's easy to sit there and criti- cize. Come up with a solution." Planning commission member Mike Mahaffie said that maybe language could be drafted seeking the suspect vehicle; however, it is believed that the suspect vehicle will have damage to the right front bumper, possibly a head- light, turn signal and hood area. Investigators also state that the passenger side vehicle window would be shattered." Police are asking anyone who may have information about the accident to call Troop 7 at 644- 5020 or Crimestoppers at 800- TIP-3333. All information is strictly confidential. Troop 7 seeking Lewes-area vandals Delaware State Police Troop 7 officers are seeking suspects be- lieved to have engaged in approx- imately 50 acts of criminal mis- chief in the Lewes area. The inci- dents that began earlier this year involved broken windows in busi- nesses, homes and parked vehi- Cles. "It is suspected that the perpe- trator is utilizing a BB gun, sling- shot or paintbail gun to shatter or damage the windows," said Et. John Yeomans, state police CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 2000 - 3 Kerry Kesterphoto No injuries from Beebe freon mishap Lewes Fire Department responded to a call at Beebe Med- ical Center shortly after noon, Saturday, April 15, when Beebe maintenance workers discovered an unknown sub- stance and light cloud in a second-floor maintenance room. Firefighters determined an air-conditioning unit line had broken and released freon 22, a chemical classified as an ir- ritant, said Wally Evans, first assistant chief of the Lewes Fire Department. "They did the right thing," said Evans. "They stayed out of it until we knew what it was." Firefighters were joined from .... Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, which is standard procedure for a hospital call. It took slightly more than an hour for the hospital to be properly ventilated. No one was injured. "We did not even evacuate any people," said Evans. Freon is generally only dangerous if it involves direct, p longed exposure, Evans said. the authority to waive require- ments under certain criteria. To that end, planners decided to meet at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in a workshop to discuss some flexi- bility language. In the meantime, Safe Harbor developers are preparing a zoning variance re- quest to the Board of Adjustment to allow them to build residences in a commercial core zone. Lewes planners eyeing new comprehensive plan Lewes Planning Commission members agreed at their Wednes- day meeting this week to begin the process of developing a new comprehensive plan for the com- munity. They pla n to invite state spokesman. "A total of $15,000 in damage has been reported...in Nassau, Edgewater Estates, Whis- pering Pines Mobile Home Park and at numerous businesses in the area." Police are asking anyone with information to contact Troop 7 at 644-5020 or Crimestoppers at 800-TIP-3333. All information is strictly confidential. Thief gains entry to Beebe Nursing School Aman who presented himself as a Beebe Medical Center em- ployee may be a suspect in several theft incidents that occurred at Beebe School of Nursing the week of April 13-20. Cash and jewelry were stolen from rooms in the school. In one incident a nurs- ing student observed a man hold- ing a clipboard in a bathroom and claiming he was checking for leaks. The student became suspicious and went to inquire about him. When she rued, the man had disappeared?:uspeCt is de- scribed as-a-black male with medium complexion, about 30 to t,t .: tt'  planning coordinator David Hugg to their Wednesday, May 24, meeting to discuss ways the com- munity might proceed in the plan- ning process. "We have a plan now with a lot of feel good lan- guage in it but it doesn't really give us enough specifics to work well as a plan," said planning commission member Mike Tyler. ABCC grants liquor -7 license to northbea The Delaware Alcoholic B' r. age Control Commission grah a liquor license to the Hig;V: One group for its new reSta northbeach, on the bay in Beach.  Continued on page= 1 35 years old, 5-feet-8-inches tall; 165 pounds and of average build. When the nursing student saw him, he was wearing a white sweater and dark pants. Police are asking anyone with information to contact 645-6264. Police investigating Lewes jewelry thefts Lewes Police Department is in- vestigating jewelry thefts that oc- curred in a DeVries Circle home April 14; it is the second time the home was burglarized in less than a year. The burglar stole more than $2,000 in jewelry and $300 in cash. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call the department at 645-6264. Where's the coon? Neighbors need to know Neighbors and police have not found a raccoon that bit a pet dog on the morning of April 16, in the 100 block of Kings Highway. Anyone who sees the raccoon should call 911. (Crimestoprs: 1-8"00-fip-333 )