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4 o CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 18- April 24, 199 Briefly Rezoning, restaurant expansion top agenda A request to rezone 158 Colum- bia Avenue (lets 86,88 Columbia) and a request for a hearing on ex- pansion of Sydney's Blues and Jazz Restaurant top the agenda for the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners' Monday, April 28 workshop. Bruce Allan Garey is seeking to rezone 158 Columbia from R-1 to C-3 so that he can relocate his hair salon from Route 1 into town on the parcel which has been in his family for many years. Virtually surrounded by commercial parcels, he received the blessing of the city's Planning Commis- sion on April 14. Now the board must entertain whether to take the matter to a public hearing, which is necessary in all rezoning cases, before they can vote on the matter. Also, Sydney Arzt, owner of Sydney's, a restaurant at 25 Chris- tian Street, which backs on Re- hoboth Avenue, wants to expand her dining facility into the adja- cent building to the west at 236 Rehoboth Avenue, which was re- cently vacated by Boston's. In or- der to do so, she must obtain a cer- tificate of compliance from the city, and the board is being asked to schedule a hearing on the mat- ter at the April 28 workshop. In a letter to Mayor Sam Cooper earli- er this week, Arzt noted she had been informed by him that her plans had not been submitted in time to schedule the hearing for the regular Friday, May 9 com- missioners meeting, even though Building Inspector Susan Freder- ick had informed her that the deadline was April 15. "It is with obvious frustration and concern" Arzt wrote, that she is requesting a swift decision and a special board meeting at which time her request could be heard; otherwise, it would jeopardize her entire pro- ject. She went on to state that she was unable to access the proposed property until the first week of April, so it was impossible for her move any faster in completing the necessary drawings of the pro- posed expansion. However, Cooper said he has learned from Frederick that the initial drawings show that the pro- posed layout would not satisfy the state's bathroom requirements and that this must be remedied before they could proceed. He expects that by Monday night, they will have an updated report on the sta- tus of the project. The agenda includes a request to purchase a 1,700 square-foot triangular parcel of land owned by the city in the second block of Olive Avenue. The mayor was approached earlier this year by an adjacent property owner, Gladys Blaner, who sought to purchase the land, which the mayor and other officials were unaware that the city owned. (It had been part of a long forgotten right of way.) However, one of the buildings and the driveway belonging to the neighbor on the other side, Ron Gillis, encroaches on the parcel, and he too has expressed interest in acquiring it. "It clearly belongs with the Gillis property, but we need some legal guidance," Coop- er said. n other matters, the board will discuss the request from the Sus- sex County Association of Towns (SCAT) on whether to endorse a position paper on planning drawn up by the Delaware League of Lo- cal Governments, as well as a dis- cussion and review of the plan- ning commission's proposed revi- sions to the city's sign ordinance. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m., but it is preceded by a "lis- tening post" session at 6:30 p.m., when the public may air its views and concerns. Another motel eyed for Route 1? Delaware Department of Tram- portation (DelDOT) Subdivision Engineer Joel Leidy said DelDOT has very recently seen preliminary plans for a motel to be loca/ed off Sussex 273 adjacent to the County Bank building on Route I near the Rehoboth Beach entrance. Plans called for an entrance off Sussex 273, instead of Route 1. Details are sketchy, but Leidy said the existing entrance for the County Bank facility was proba- bly built to accomodate growth, since much of the parcel where County Bank is located remains undeveloped. If so, then he said his agency probably will not have major concerns about the impact of the project on traffic. No formal plans have been sub- mitred to the Sussex County Plan- ning and Zoning Office for a mo- tel, But Shane Abbott, Assistant Di- rector of Planning and Zoning, said his office has heard about possible plans for a Holiday Inn at the site. Variance for McKlnney set for May 19 A variance has been requested by Chadle McKinney from the re- quirements for signs to be located on the southwest side of Route I, located just northwest of Route 271. The County Board of Adjust- ment hearing will be held in County Council Chambers on May 19 at 7 p.m. Grace period for Long Neck sewer sunsets The five year grace period for existing lots/parcels to connect to the Long Neck Sanitary Sewer System will end on June 30. Prop- erty owners were granted a five- year grace period when the waste- water system became operational on April 1, 1992. After the five-year grace period, all new properties connected, as well as additions, must pay a con- nection charge. Currently, the connection charge for the Long Neck Sanitary Sewer District is $1,997. Cape Henlopen Park plan set May 13 The next meeting for efforts to develop a comprehensive manage- ment plan for Cape Henlopen State Park will be held on Tues- day, May 13 at the park officer's club. The meeting is open to the pub- lic and will be the second meeting in recent weeks as efforts to devel- op the master plan begin, Mark Chura, manager of planning for the parks division of the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Conol (DNREC), has said that a master plan is ex- pected to take perhaps nine months to develop. The May 13 meeting agenda is expected to include organization of a steering committee. The com- mittee will oversee development of a plan and Chum has pledged that the public will have a chance to participate in development of any plan. The meeting time will be 6:30 p.m. Inland Bays Citizens pass mission statement A mission statement which says "We shall protect and improve the quality of the inland bays and their watershed by monitoring, educat- ing advising and advocating their use as guided by the Comprehen- sive Conservation Management Plan" was approved on Monday, April 21 by the Inland Bays Citi- zens Advisory Committee. A mis- sion statement serves to define the purpose or mission of the group, which works to protect the three bays, Assawoman, Indian River and Rehoboth Beach. Rogers on coalition agenda April 27 The Citizens Coalition will meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at the Henlopen Grange. The meet- ing is open to the public and the speaker will be Sussex County Councilman Lynn Rogers. DNREC publishes state ofenvironment report Delaware residents can learn more about Delaware's environ- merit, thanks to a report inserted in newspapers this week. "Delaware's Environment, a re- port to the people of the first state," will be inserted in newspa- pers throughout the state during Earth Week, April 20-27. The 12- page report features numerous graphics on various indicators of the state's environmental health. The report is organized around the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol's (DNREC) strategic priori- ties: protecting public health and safety, protecting and enhancing water resources, managing fish and wildlife resources, preserving valuable lands and enhancing recreational opportunities. These are the ovemrching concerns that affect the lives of Delaware resi- dents and establish the long-term direction for the departmenL Our Angle Moon photo Rehoboth fire under investigation The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire which occurred at a three-story building in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach .at apprmdmately 9 Priday, April 18. The fire originated in the basement area beneath Snyder Candy Stere at 60 Rehoboth Avenue. The building is also oe- cupied by Bermuda Swim Wear, EC Shades and Creative Im- pression Art Outlet. The apartments above were not occupied at the time of the fire. The investigation indicated that the fire originated in a crawl space basement area and was caused by electrical wire failure, Smoke damage occ throughout the building with wire damage limited to the basement area. Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company ex- tinguished the blaze quickly, assisted by Lewes Volunteer Fire Department, and no injuries were reported. Damage has been estimated in excess of $20,000. goal is to provide our constituents with an easily digestible "snap- shot" of Delaware's environmen- tal health using various indica- tors," said DNREC Secretary Christophe Tulou. ''We hope these indicators, such as the amount of toxics being released into our air or the number of fish caught by recreational anglers, will help make the report more relevant to our leaders." Downzoning sought for Millman parcel Grace and Richard Millman have asked to downzone 111.56 acres of land on the north side of Route 16. The downzoning is not controversial and will be heard by County Council next month. Such requests to downzone land are becoming more common fol- lowing the county decision recent- ly to re-assess agricultural land lo- cated in commercial areas. The county decided to begin assessing such property at the commercial rate, which is a much higher tax rate. But the county is allowing landowners who' wish to keep their land in farming to downzoue their land free of charge and thus keep the lower tax rate. The Millman's are one of sever- al landowners who have come for- ward and voluntarily asked to downzone property from commer- cial to agricultural residential since the decision. The Millman hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on June 10 in County Council Chambers. Small multi-family project sought for Route 1 A zoning change to develop a multi-family project has been pro- posed for a small tract of property owned by Mary Bensinger. She has asked that her land on the south side of Road 275A be changed from (AR) agricultural residential to general commercial to allow development of a four- unit project in an already existing building. Sussex County Council will hold a hearing on the proposed zoning change in the County Ad- ministrative Building on June 10. Hearings begin at 1:30 p.m., al- though this zoning change may not be the first bearing scheduled. ]Estuary coordinating conference set May 15 The Delaware Estuary Program will hold the second of three coor- dinating conferences on May 15 at the Sykes Student Union at West Chester University. For informa- tion, or to register for the confer- ence, call Charlie MacPherson or Angle Marciano at 1-703-385- 6000. The conferences are being held for the following purposes: continue to focus on priorities identified during team sessions; present those pdorites to gov- ernment and non-government agencies; network with federal, regional, state and other organizations who will implement the plans. continue progress made to- ward implementing the "Manage- ment Plan for the Delaware Estu- ryo" Cole donates to Rehoboth Little League George Cole, Sussex County Councilman, has donated $500 from his councilmanic funds to the Rehoboth Beach Little League.