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2 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 26 - May 2, 1996 C-2 petition drive still underway Mike Tyler, president of the Citizens Coalition, a local group concerned with issues of growth and land use, said that a petition drive to require the C-2 zone for commercial projects over 50,000 square feet in size is alive and kicking. Tyler told the Citizens Coalition at a April 23 meeting that the peti- tion drive is gathering support from Ocean View, Milton and a host of other areas. He said he is pleased with the response and the coalition hopes for a large number of signatures. The C-2 zone is proposed for large projects, but is now being considered for projects over 80,000 square feet in size. (The coalition supports requiring the zoning for businesses over 50,000 square feet.) Rehoboth workshop agenda slim April 29 The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold its next workshop meeting on Monday, April 29, beginning with the Lis- tening Post session at 6:30 p.m., when the public is invited to speak up on pertinent matters for a half hour prior to the meeting. The agenda is a short one at this time. The only new order of busi- ness is the concession agreement with Catts and Lynam. Beach mansion to be auctioned on Internet The Philip and Susanna Zaffere mansion at 1 Queen Street in Re- hoboth Beach will be auctioned absolute at 3 p.m., to the highest bidder on Saturday, April 27 on the grounds of the parcel, with in- spection beginning at noon that day. Those wishing to tour the oceanfront parcel who haven't a certified check for $100,000 de- noting serious bidding, can pay $100 for the privilege of watching the show. All proceeds will go to the Rehoboth Public Library Cap- ital Campaign and those attending will be treated to a catered party, complete with entertainment, the $100 being completely tax de- ductible. (There's still time to view the estate at $50 a head to- Clarifications A Letter to the Editor in the April 19 edition attributed to Ruth Wetherall of Rehoboth Beach was actually penned by her acquain- tance, Cora Miller. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Two members of the Sussex DeTerminators were not recog- nized in a recent article on their winning medals at Special Olympics. They are Jamie Moore and his sister, Jodi, the latter a vol- unteer who played on the unified team as captain .............  ....... day, with the funds going to Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels.) For those bidders who can't be there in person (or send an agent) an offer can be submitted via the Internet. This is the brainchild of William Bone, president of Na- tional Auction Group, and Philip Zaffere, who founded the compa- ny that invented Stove Top Stuff- ing which he sold to Pet Foods. Other key participants include Utopia, Inc., a national Internet consulting and technology firm, and White Pine Software Compa- ny, developers of Enhanced CI- SeeMe video conferencing soft- ware. Live video of the auction will be linked by satellite to the Internet and prospective bidders and the curious can connect with their PC and link up to http; Hauction.utopia.com to the auc- tion website. There they will re- ceive instructions on how to download the CU-SeeMe soft- ware to view the event, as well as a brief digitized video tour of the home. To participate in bidding via In- ternet, interested parties must sub- mit $100,000 in certified funds prior to the auction, which will be transferred to an escrow account by Wilson, Halbrook and Bayard, which can be reached at 856- 0015. County still taking input on Meats project Sussex County Council is still accepting comments on a pro- posed zoning change which would allow 69 units to be built on the west side of Road 274 opposite Breezewood and Rehoboth Shores Estates. Written comments on the pro- posed zoning change will be ac- cepted until May 2. The proposal calls for 10.9 acres of land to be rezoned as high density to allow the 69 units. The property is locat- ed about one third of a mile be- hind Rt. 1. W. Leroy Mears plans to devel- op the project, which he said is aimed at older residents. The pro- ject's smaller units and low main- tenance will benefit seniors, ac- cording to Mears and his attorney Scott Bradley. The project drew a mixed reac- tion. Critics argued that the pro- ject would increase congestion and would have too great a densi- ty. Area developments split with some approving and some urging denial of the proposed zoning change. Supporters said there was a great need for the housing and said an agreement between Mears and DelDOT will mean that Old Landing Road will be approved. The public hearing was held on April 2. There have only been a handful of written comments since then. One of the comments was a letter from Louis Corrozi, president of the Board of Direc- tors of the Arnell Creek Home- owners Association. The April 10 letter withdrew the Arnell Creek support for the rezoning. Resort Transit plans finalized today The transit plans for the resort should be finalized today at an April 26 meeting of the Resort Area Transit Advisory Commit- tee. The advisory committee has been considering mass transit op- tions in the resort area this spring. The committee will vote on the transportation options and discuss a marketing plan at today's meet- ing. The biggest change this season is expected to be new routes to the Rehoboth area. Routes from Georgetown, Long Neck and Fen- wick Island (the Fenwick route is expected to only run on week- days) are expected to be approved. A public hearing on those plans earlier this month drew little criti- cism, although there were com- ments urging that more bus stops in Rehoboth Beach or service be- yond the usual Labor Day be con- sidered. Dewey Beach town offi- cials have also urged that more buses be considered to deal with the large amount of foot traffic in town late at night after the bars close. The meeting will be at I0 a.m. in the Rehoboth Beach City Com- missioner's Room. Derrickson sign request denied The Sussex County Board of Adjustment voted on Monday, April 22 to deny a request by Don- aid Derrickson to place two signs near Postal Lane. The Derrickson request was tabled on April 8 after three peo- ple spoke against the plan. Two of the three were members of the cit- izens coalition and the opposition centered on the heavy traffic in the area and concerns that the billsboard would be an additional distraction to drivers. Derrickson had asked for two signs to be placed at Postal Lane between the Midway Assembly of God Church and the proposed site of the Re- hoboth Outet Center expansion on Rt. 1. Price and Steen candidacies official Shirley Price made her candida- cy for the representative seat now held by Rep. George Bunting offi- cial on Monday. Price, a Democ- rat, declared for the 38th Repre- sentative seat on April 22 at the Ocean View VFW Post. Price is the only Democrat to declare for the seat (Bunting plans to run for the 20th Senatorial seat now held by Sen. Richard Cor- drey). Two Republicans, William Murray and Bruce Layton, have also declared for the 38th District seat. Price was not the only candidate making news this week, although there were no huge surprises on the political front. Amanda Steen, the mayor of Dagsboro, is making an official annoucement on May 4 that she is running for the 41st District seat. The announcement will be at 10 a.m. in Amanda's Sussex state employment office opens Ceremonies were held April 19 to officially open the new Sussex County State Personnel Employment Services Office located in the Jason Building on the Delaware Tech Owens Campus in Georgetown. Doing the ribbon cutting honors are 0.-r.) Gov. Tom Carper, Harriet N. Smith, state personnel director, and Richard Stokes, president of the Delaware Tech Board of Trustees. Smith, former Dean of the Delaware Teeh Owens Campus, noted that this is the first time in state personnel history that a state personnel office is open five days a week from 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. to serve Sussex County. Services for applicants seeking state employment includes posting of job availability, counseling and testing. Kitchen on Main Street in Dags- boro. Steen, a Democrat, will face incumbent Rep. Charles West in a Democratic primary for the 41st district seat. Republican Nick Varrato also will seek the 41st District repre- sentative seat. In other news, Michael Zeglen may be the first Sussex candidate to go high tech with his campaign effort. Zeglen, who is seeking the 19th Senate seat now held by Sen. Thurman Adams, says he is the first state candidate to have his campaign fully online and to make full use of the Internet. You can find the home page and campaign of Zeglen, a conserva- tive Republican at http://www.bd- snet.com/~mike_zeglen. FEMA reimburses towns for blizzard costs The Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency has reimbursed Sussex County towns and agen- cies after a massive weekend storm in February dropped about 28 inches of snow on the area. The storm dropped snow throughout the first weekend in February, nearly paralyzing the county with its biggest snowstorm in recent memory. County Administrator Bob Stickels announced the following rebates from FEMA on Tuesday, April 23: Sussex County Govern- ment $1,640, Beebe Medical Cen- ter $1,210, Milford Memorial H ospital $3,679, Nanticoke Memor- ial $5,754 and Methodist Manor House $1,785. Towns were also reimbursed for their costs. Receiving money were Bethany Beach $3,191, Blades $975, Bridgeviile $2,696, Fen- wick Island $866, Delmar $2,101, Georgetown $3,338, Greenwood $1,127, Henlopen Acres $1,850, Laurel $2,971, Lewes $2,257, Milford $6,024, Milisboro $2,667, Milton $2,138, Rehoboth Beach $3,915 and Seaford $9,082. Residents reminded of ban on burning County Administrator Bob Stickels noted at the Sussex Coun- ty Council meeting April 23 that debris can't be burned outdoors in the coastal zone from April 1 through October 1. The ban on outdoor burning does not affect agricultural burning. But it does apply to debris removal for devel- opment or construction projects. Stickels speaks on Superfund Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels testified on Wednes- day, April 24 before the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works. The April 24 hear- ing was in the Dirksen Building and Stickels was invited by Sena- tor and Committee Chair John Chafee and Senator Max Baucus of Montana. The hearing was to solicit comments on a bill to reau- thorize and amend the Compre- hensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, also known as the Superfund Pro- gram. Stickels has long been an outspoken critic of the ways local government is charged for cleanup of Superfund sites. Sus- sex has complained that it was overcharged for the cleanup of the former Laurel landfill. "It is my goal to see that local governments receive relief from liability of waste activities from municipal solid waste landfills. I believe the funding that the federal govern- ment spends annually on the Su- perfund program would be better spent if the federal government would reauthorize the Environ- mental Protection Agency's Con- struction Grant Program for water and wastewater infrastructure," Stickels said at the April 23 meet- ing of Sussex County Council. Stickels planned to testify on be- half of local government organi- zations, including: the Municipal Waste Management Association.