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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May I - May 7, 1998 Briefly Continued from page 3 proximately 350 feet of shoreline at the College of Marine Studies (CMS) located on the Broadkill River and Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. The land is located near the marine operations building and near the pollution ecology and shellfish laboratories. The stabi- lization will involve placing rock riprap on the property. Hovington asks for youth center support Jane Hovington has asked Sus- sex County Council for their sup- port of a youth center in the Georgetown area. Hovington said she plans to ask Delaware's legis- lature for help in funding such a center. The council agreed on April 21 to write a letter of sup- port for a potential facility, which would potentially be located on the Thompson-Layton Tract. Hovington said the town of Georgetown has given permission for a youth center to locate on that land, although Sussex County Ad- ministrator Bob Stickels said he was concerned that the tract is sur- rounded by commercial proper- ties. Hovington said that such a center could be a central place for young people. "I'm just asking for your support," she said. 'q'his is something that is needed in Georgetown." She said that such a facility would offer baseball, soccer, skateboarding and other facilities for youth. She said there is little for children in the area to do, with the exception of Little League Baseball. Rehoboth Golf asks for pitch and putt The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will hear a request on Monday, May 4, for a pitch-and- putt golf course. Rehoboth Golf Properties LLC. is requesting ap- proval of a lighted course to be lo- cated 300 feet north of Route 273, northwest of Sussex 273A, near the Park and Ride facility. Rehoboth Golf Properties previ- ously operated a driving range on the site, but would like to replace it with the new use. William A. Carter day slated May 8 Sussex County Council has pro- claimed Friday, May 8, as William A. Carter Day. County Council, on April 28, issued the proclamation recognizing Carter. "Whereas, William A. Carter has served his town, his county, his state and his country; and where- as, William A. Carter was hon- ored during World War Two with a Silver Star and the Russian dec- oration, 'Order of Fatherland Wars, 1st Class,' the highest Russian military decoration given to foreign soldiers," according to the proclamation: The proclama- tion goes on to note Carter's sue- cessful business career, his tenure as president of Millsboro's Town Commission and his service as a founding board member of Delaware Technical & Communi- ty College, and a member of the Water and Air Resources Com- mission, the Industrial Building Commission and the State Goals Commission. The proclamation will be pre- sented at a Del Tech ceremony honoring William Carter. May 7 Sussex student government day The Sussex County Council will host high school students from both public and private schools at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, for a mock session of Sus- sex County Council. Students in the mock sessions always deal with a variety of issues handled by the county. The students will be participating in the Boys and Girls State Program and the public is in- vited to attend the session in the County Council chambers of the new administrative building. County approves Beebe expansion request Sussex County Council ap- proved a planned Route 24 expan- sion for Beebe Medical Center at its Tuesday, April 21 meeting. The ptanned satellite facility would be an outpatient treatment facility, which will be located near the intersections of routes 1 and 24. Jeffrey Fried, president of Beebe Medical Center, said that it makes sense for the hospital to lo- cate some of its outpatient ser- vices in nearby satellite centers. The Route 24 facility will provide patients with mammograms and similar types of outpatient ser- vices. Kings Creek Associates requests 16 units A request for 16 multifamily units near Rehoboth Beach has been made by Kings Creek Asso- ciates. Kings Creek Associates has asked for a zoning change from AR agricultural residential to MR medium density residential for 1.98 acres of land bordering the existing Kings Creek golf course and housing development. The ordinance requesting both a zoning change and conditional use was introduced at the Tuesday, April 21 meetihg of Sussex Coun- ty Council. The request will now be heard by the Sussex Planning and Zoning Commission. Fun Sport track denied, wading pool approved Fun Sport Inc. has received part of what it requested from Sussex County. Fun Sport operates the go-cart tracks, wading pool and waterslides at the Midway Shop- ping Center. The business had requested an additional go-cart track and an ex- panded wading pool to be located in the Midway Shopping Center. But several neighbors complained about noise and objected to the expansion, despite promises to place sound buffers to reduce the noise. Fun Sport also agreed to move the proposed additional track farther away from residen- tial areas in order to reduce the ob- jections. The owners said they run a family-oriented business which employs young people and which tries to be a good neighbor. The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission had rec- ommended that the go-cart por- tion of the proposal be denied and the wading pool be approved. County Council approved the wading pool and denied the extra track by a 3-1 vote. Councilmen George Cole, Dale Dukes and Fin- ley Jones voted yes, saying they worried about the appropriateness of the project. "It's not proper, even though it's C-1 [a commercial zone]," said Jones• Councilman George Collins voted no. Milton man injured in car-truck crash A Milton resident, Brian W. Ferry, 42, is in stable condition in Milford Memorial Hospital after a Tuesday, April 28 accident. Ferry suffered head and facial injuries when his 1988 Mazda collided with a tractor trailer as both vehi- cles traveled north on U.S. 113 in Milford at approximately 6:40 p.m. The rig, driven by Leonard Morris, 37, also of Milton, was approaching the intersection with Route 36 when the car driven by Ferry slammed into and slid under the rear of the truck. Morris was uninjured. Milford Police Depart- ment is investigating the accident and charges are pending. Shorter session idea gets short shrift Legislation that would have shortened the Delaware General Assembly's legislative year was defeated in the Senate when it came to the floor on April 29. Sponsored by Sen. Robert Voshell, D-Milford, the proposed constitutional amendment would have cut one month from the ses- sion and sent elected officials and their entourage home on May 31 rather than June 30. Voshell had the votes of 11 other senators; however, the 12 - 8 vote fell two short of passage. For passage, a constitutional amendment re- quires a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Milton council looks at full agenda May 4 Discussion of a skateboarding law is on the agenda for the Mon- day, May 4 meeting of Milton Town Council. The issue drew comments from several interested residents when it first surfaced last month. It was tabled until council members and the town's solicitor could research how other towns have dealt with the use of skateboards and in-line skates on public property. Mayor Jack Bushey said that town officials are waiting to hear from some of the other towns that have skateboard FOR WEEK OF APRIL 20 TO APRIL 26. 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 04122/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth #4 04123198 Rt. 1A and Church St., west of Rehoboth #5 04/26/98 Rt. 1 at Sussex 217, south of Milford #2 04126198 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #2 04126/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #2 laws. Kathy Thumel, Milton building code enforcement offi- cer, will report on progress with properties that have been identi- fied for building and zoning code violations. After several weeks of cooperative work with Thumel, First State Community Action Agency-and housing authorities, all tenants have moved out of apartment units located at 116 Collins St., the Coops. Thumel said property owners will be meeting with engineers and other contractors to determine the future of the property. The status of new pedestrian crosswalks and "Yield to Pedestri- an" signs will be discussed. Leah Betts, counciFmember and mem- ber of the Milton Truck Traffic Committee, recently announced that Milton will receive state mon- ey to pay for painting and signs. Sen. Thurman Adams, D- Bridgeville, will provide approxi- mately $3,000 from his suburban street fund allotment. Milton will have to create a specific law spec- ifying violations and fines regard- ing crosswalk infractions. The town council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in the Milton Library 'News Journal's' Cohen writing book on politics Wilmington "News Joumar' re- porter Celia Cohen is taking a year off from her employment to write a book about her favorite subject. "It's going to be called 'Only In Delaware' and will focus on Delaware politics since World War II," said Cohen this week while attending Steve Forbes' vis- it to Sussex County. "Most of it will involve the personal side of Delaware politics." Working with a $3,500 grant from the Delaware Heritage Commission ("it amounts to gas money basically"), Cohen began her project in Janu- ary and plans to finish the book and have it published by year's end. "My research is finished and I'm very pleased about that. Now • I'm going to start the writing•" Cohen said the "News Journal" isn't paying her during her year off but is holding a job for her. Lewes architectural committee to meet May 7 The Lewes Commercial Archi- tecture Review Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7, to consider a request on behalf of Peter Economos, 108 W. Third St., to construct a 14-by-47-foot carport to be attached to the exist- ing improvements within the C-1 Commercial District. The public is welcome to attend. Ellerman files for Clerk of the Peace When Ray Ellerman became clerk of the peace, his wife had one condition. "There are two places where you can't marry people. You can't go skydiving and you can't do a nude wedding," Ellerman laughed• Ellerman, 70, announced on Tuesday, April 21, that he will seek a second term. The Republi- can will face former Mills- boro Mayor Thelma Mon- roe in the gen- eral election ELLERMAN this fall. The clerk of the peace is primarily known for marrying people and Ellerman has married roughly 1,100 Couples. Ellerman said he is proud of his record of service. "We have worked very hard to make this office accessible to all the citizens of Sussex County• We conduct weddings and issue li- censes on evenings and Saturdays in order to accommodate people's busy work and personal sched- ules," Ellerman has occasionally made house calls to do weddings, performing them on the beach (in- eluding one where the bride sport- ed a bikini) or on the observation tower of Cape Henlopen State Park. Ellerman said that if he serves a second term, he plans to continue the effort to modernize the office as well as to extend business hours in order to make the office more accessible.