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"t- CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 - 15 Fresh faces D egin task of learning Lewes BPW issues By Andrew Keegan from the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. It was the dawning of a new age City and state officials have been for Lewes BPW as two freshman going back and forth for years at- board members began the process tempting to find a viable altema- of learning the ins and ou's of how five. .:y.operates Ap n Lee wh 0 i : "-"?'mtise on Lewes oeacn, se :,re the board addressed the :board shouMsidea quickly moved :to: nominate   acq,nire this proe:alifor- Gary S tabley tO :( as the,:, ! La : told t  Nard:' e idea boards nexf presldrtt. He Ms0o 1 :tL'use? vaste  at n homeown- nominated himself  vice-presi- dent, newly elected Jim Con- naughton as treasurer, first time board member Jon Woodyard as secretary and Howard Seymour as assistant treasurer. The nomina- tions were unanimously approved. Stabley, who has one year of BPW service under his belt, thanked fellow board members for the post of BPW president. "I look at this as a challenge and a team effort with board members, coun- cil and the customers we serve," said Stabley. "We won't always see eye to eye but the board will speak through the actions we take." The only issue which elicited any lengthy discussion focused on the ongoing issue of what to do with the city's wastewater. Sever- al years ago the state informed the city it must remove its effluent ers' property is new hut something that should be explored." Lee, who is an engineer, said by his calculations an average home- owner uses approximately 32 inches of water a year to irrigate lawns. He pointed out that Pilot- town Village residents utilize more than 600 gallons of water a day for irrigation - more than three times the average usage. Lee said he does not propose installing pipes all over Lewes, rather, new subdivision like Wolfe Pointe and Wolfe Run could be outfitted with pipes to supply effluent irrigation. "I know there are a lot of hurdles to overcome but it is doable," said Lee. "As the demand for water goes up new techniques to reuse water will become more com- mon." Seymour, who oversees sewer plant operations, said while he Vineyards Continued from page 14 residences each in the Big House design. This design has been used nationwide in areas that are op- posed to traditional multifamily home design. In addition, 39 townhouses with four residences each will be built as well as l I three-story midrise apartment buildings, also in the Big House design by Humphreys and Part- ners. There will be more than I0 residential units and sizes, from a one-bedroom 750 square foot apartment to a 2,000 square foot villa. Pricing is expected to range from the low $100,000s to upper $300,000s. Vineyard Communities, LLC., designed the community around Gov. Minner's Livable Delaware" smart growth principles. While the community is clustered and dense, it will be one-third open space. A subterranean parking garage is one way this is accom- plished. Another principle of Liv- able Delaware the developer kept firmly in mind was to "foster dis- tinctive, attractive, communities with a strong sense of place." The community will play off adjacent Nassau Valley Vineyards in theme, activities and architecture. The site plan calls for extensive grape arbors in two different locations and a covered bridge. The devel- oper hopes activities such as old- fashioned wine-stomping, wine- tastings and assisting the vineyard with harvesting will bring the community together. "We are ex- cited about the future of The V'me- yards at Nassau Valley and be- lieve the concept offers residents a truly unique living experience while preserving and enhancing the vitality of Delaware's only working vineyard," said Gene Lankford, one Of the principals of Vineyard Communities. Other amenities include seven swim- ming pools with bathhouses, two community buildings and a 10 acre pond, complete with paddle- boats. In order to avoid travel to Rt. 1, the first floors of two of the midrises will be retail space, up to 6,000 square feet. As the land is currently zoned commercial, no EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIES DESERVE EXCLUSIVE LOANS Licensed Mortgage Broker in DE and UD Andrew Keegan photo Gary Stabley, newly elected BPW president, is already making changes on how the board operates. Previously, when statements where made by citizens, board members or General Manager Ruth Anne Ritter had the opportunity to respond. We will no longer enter into a de- bate nor defend our position,  said Stabley. "This is the citizens' opportunity to speak and we will listen." Shown are (l-r) Ruth Anne Ritter, Wendell Alfred, Howard Seymour, Gary Stabley, Jon Woodyard, Jim Connaughton, Glenn Barlow, the boards auditor and Deputy Mayor Jim Ford. whole-heatedly supports the con- cept of reusing wastewater, he doubts this procedure would work for Lewes. "When we build the new wastewater treatment plant the city will be discharging 400 million gallons of effluent yearly," said Seymour. "By my calcula- tions only 72 million gallons would be used for homeowner ir- rigation under Preston's idea. That means we would have to build a holding pond of at least 12 acres and land is not cheap. Homeown- ers really only irrigate heavily zoning changes are needed. The developer hopes to attract conven- ient neighborhood businesses such as a drycleaner, deli and small market. Several years ago a shopping center anchored by a Wal-Mart was proposed for this site. Raley believed the center would detract from the vineyard. "The view from my office for the past thirty years has been of a beautiful piece of ground and I want that to con- tinue, "Raley said. "I think our proposed communi- ty has been designed in such a way that when I look out my pic- ture window I can be proud of what we have done." FOR UNBELIEVABLE JUMBO PROGRAMS AND EXCLUSIVE SERVICE, call 0000lison Wor00nan (302) 337-0840 Direct (302) 645-9181, ext. 109 office four months out of the year, so what do we do with the effluent the other eight months? While I'm all for the idea it's just not feasible for Lewes." Seymour indicated an April 17 meeting with officials from the Department of Natural Resounes and Environmental Control (DNREC) yielded a more promis- ing solution. DNREC is exploring a form of nutrient trading for Lewes. Under the proposal, the BPW would take in four subdivi- sions that currently have no sewer system. Highland Acres, Zwaa- nendael'Acres and Donovan's trailer park are three of the four properties mentioned. The state would allow the city to continue emptying its treated wastewater into the canal in exchange for the removal of hundreds of septic tanks from the watershed. According to the Environmen- tal Protection Agency, excessive nutrient loading is the third lead- ing cause of water-quality impair- ment in the country. Formerly linked to sewage treatment plants, nitrogen and phosphorus loading Continued on page 17 Let flowers play their part in making your W E D D I N G extraordinary. And become an inseparable piece of the moment's magic. f / charle ......  ...... e t-a l. weddings . " .... pa. rt,es occasions Call to schedule an appointment. 1002 Kings Highway, Lewes DE 19958 302.644.8979