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I0 - CAPE GAZE'rYE, Friday, May 2- May 8, 1997 Beach replenishment could be delayed until next year By Michael Short A planned beach replenishment project for several coastal Sussex beaches could be delayed until next year. John Hughes, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Enviromental Control's Division of Water Resources, met with representatives from several towns on Thursday, May 1, to discuss the project and whether the towns could wait. The project calls for relatively modest beach replenishment for South Bethany, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. There is also expected to be a small amount of beach replenishment done at Fenwick Island, al- though that small amount of sand could per- haps be trucked in. The reason for a possible delay is cost, according tO Hughes. He said that the current cost is acceptable, but that it may be possible to get a better cost if the state waits and "piggybacks" an Ocean City project. "Piggybacking" means that Delaware uses the same dredging HUGHES company which is al- ready in the area, thus greatly reducing start up costs. Hughes said the options were to do a project this fall in September or Octo- ber (which eliminates concerns about dis- mpting the midst of the summer season) or waiting until next year. But the towns at the meeting early Thurs- day afternoon tended to favor doing a pro- ject this fall. All the towns except Dewey Beach voted in favor of a fall project. "The consensus is a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," said Bethany Beach Mayor Charles Bartlett. Hughes said his office will now walt for a reply from Dewey Beach before making a decision about whether to do a project this fall or walt until next season. "Most com- munities liked the idea of a fall project," he said, adding that his office could have a de- cision on when to proceed with the project by sometime next week. Dewey Beach is expected to receive ap- proximately 216,000 cubic yards of sand with the other towns receiving somewhat less and Fewnick Island receiving only per- haps 48,000 cubic yards. Part of the cost for the beach replenish- ment project will be paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as money received by Delaware for beach erosion during a storm early in 1996. Hugh- es said that there is no risk that Delaware will lose that FEMA funding. Delaware joins other states in seeking replenishment funding By Michael Short The representatives drafted a Representatives from Delaware, mission statement and resolution, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia met in Wilmington on May 30 to try to lobby for con- tinued federal funding for beach replenishment projects. The meeting went well, accord- ing to officials who attended. Bob Frederick, the president of the As- sociation of Coastal Towns (AGW) and the mayor of Dewey Beach, said that the representatives pre- sented a united front. "Them was 100 percent commitment, 100 per- cent participation and 100 percent enthusiasm," he said. and their next step will be to lobby Congress to keep the dollars flow- ing for beach replenishment. The resolution adopted on Thursday said "Whereas, shoreline and coastal resources provide signifi- cant economic, environmental and recreational benefits to the entire nation...now therefore, be it re- solved that the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Partnership, meeting in Wilmington on April 30 hereby goes on record requesting that the congressional delegations of the five member states unanimously support continuation of federal funding for fiscal 1998 of the Fed- eral Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and par- ticularly th U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain and protect coastal resources and environ- ment." "Be if further resolved that a copy of this resolution be for- warded to the president of the United States and to the members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representative," the res- olution concludes. Delaware representatives in- cluded Bob Henry and Tony Pratt of the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC)and Frederick. John Hughes, the director of DNREC's Division of Soil and Water Con- servation could not attend the meeting, but praised the effort to join with neighboring states. "it is a great idea. When you look around the country at differ- ent [beach] projects, ours are clearly some of the most defensi- ble...It is time we did more than stand around and complain [about funding cutbacks]" Frederick said the next step is for the representatives to go to Congress and present their-case. Representatives at the meeting in- eluded former New Jersey Senator Tom Gagfiano, Jane Ekstein, di- rector of Save Our Seashore Inc, in New York and representatives from the mayors of both Virginia Beach, Va. and Ocean City, Md. "It was a very good meeting," said Gagliano, who praised mem- bers of Congress, including Delaware's for their support of beach work. He said they could meet with member of Congress as early as this month. Lewes's Small of DNREC named state employee of the year By Michael Short year. Three were then chosen for the Award and to his adopted state and who deserves smiie." Even in the midst of daunting Pit Lewes resident David Small has been named one of three statewide winners of the 1996 Delaware Award for Excellence and Commitment in State Service. Small is the chief of information and education (I and E) for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DHREC) and is a well-known name in the Cape Region. Small, known for his good disposition, is a former reporter and sports editor who has worked for the Delaware Coast Press, Delaware State News and Whale Newspa- pers. An avid suffer, Small has worked for DHREC for the last ten years. DNREC Secretary Christophe Tulou said "This is very well deserved. For me, Dave is real valuable for information and educa- tion, but also as an advisor." Each state agency had an individual employee of the Lewes Continued from page 1 change [which would give the mayor a vote in all appoint- ments] goes along with it. I also think the motel pro- posal for the DeBraak property is an important is- sue but it CLEAVER doesn't seem like we're going to be able to get a lot done until we get the chief is- sue settled. Everything else seems to be going along." Cleaver said be's visited about 65 percent of the homes in Lewes for Excellence and Commitment and fellow employees said Small was a deserving choice. "It amazes me the way he treats all people with the same respect and courtesy, whether they are politicians, reporters or everyday citizens. He is a true gentleman in every sense of the SMALL word," said Lori Burchett, who works with Small in the DNREC I and E office. "I support the nomination of David Small for employee of the year. He is an extreme- ly capable, diligent and gentle person who has given many years to this department on a walking tour and has heard time and time again that the peo- ple want the chief issue settled. "'What's wrong with the coun- cil?' they ask me," said Cleaver. He said that if re-elected, he would try to compromise and work within the council to settle the matter. "I would try to get an- other executive session to discuss some of the other candidates who I feel are more qualified than who the mayor appointed [Lt. Ronald "Beau" Gooch] - to get more what I think our town needs. We tried one time, but that meeting lasted about two minutes before a shout- ing match erupted. You can't dis- cuss things if you blow your top. We need some sort of compro- mise. That's what I plan to talk about most at the candidates' fo- ru." , recognition," said John Hughes, the direc- tor of DNREC's Division of Soil and Water Conservation. The nomination letter fists criteria, including leadership, service, achievement, and accomplishment. The nomination says that "as a manager, DaVid runs one of the most cost-efficient offices in the department...Unafrald to get his hands dirty to save a dollar or to help his staff, it is not uncommon to see him hauling boxes laden with magazines, manning a display at the mall, moving hand-me-down furni- ture from another office or staying late at night to stuff envelopes." "I've always been impressed with his lev- elheadedness, professionalism and commit- ment to education," said Nancy Rolli, a public information officer with DNREC. "He always provides "service with a Cleaver said voters should cast their vote for him "because I'm trying to settle this issue. I'm try- ing to do what I can." JIM IPPOLITO An artist, and challenger for a first term, Ippolito presented a list of six issues he feels are important to Lewes at this time. He said all of these, in no particular order of priority, represent his concerns for Lewes: "I think we need a comprehen sive transportation plan. The town's master plan doesn't deal with transportation and yet it im- pacts us daily. Our streets, park- ing, law enforcement, pedestrians, crosswalks - all these items need to be addressed. "I also think Lewes needs to look further out in its budgeting [public relations] quagmires and tremen- dous personal tragedy, he has never let any- one think than we rank less than number one," said Delaware Director of Parks and Recreation "Chaz" Salkin. "For the most part, David's accomplish- ments go uncelebrated, largely because he works behind the scenes to make the de- parlment shine by focusing the spotlight on others and on the mission---proteeting and conserving Delaware's vital natural re- sources," stated the nomination. Small said he tries to be an environmental educator who teaches that environmental responsibility is shared by all residents. "When it comes to the environment, people in Delaware have come to expect a certain quality of life," he said. "I was really humbled by all this." process. We should have a five- year budget that gives us a frame- work to work within, a three-year budget for fine tuning, and a one- year budget for operating." Secretary for Lewes Planning Commission, Ippolito said he thinks an important is- sue is restor- ing Lewes Planning Commission IPPOLITO to" its full powers as defined by the Delaware code. "As secretary of the planning commission, I feel it's essential to plan for the future of Lewes." Ippolito said he feels that the city's policies regarding refuse collection and disposal also need to be reviewed. 'q'wenty percent of the city's budget pays for tip- ping fees at the landfill," said Ip- polito. "I'd like to see how we could reduce and control our refuse. I think we should have city-wide composting and defi- nitely a recycling program. I think with a cooperative effort be- tween the city and its citizens, everyone c could benefit. The De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says that four percent of what goes to the dump is recyclable. I'd say if we could reclaim that, the four percent of 20 percent of the bud- get would be a good savings." Another issue Ippolito sees as important is raising the personnel Continued on page 14