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4 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, May 5 - May 11, 1995 Briefly Continued from page 3 sidering the hiring of a Main Street manager and will meet May 15, following Helmich's return with her tabulations on top priori- ties May 11. Through a pending contract with the. state, National Main Street will provide a year end assess- ment and offer advice on how to get over any stumbling blocks. Lewes Mayor and Council to meet Monday, May 8 Lewes Mayor and Council will meet for their monthly session on Monday, May 8 beginning at 8 p.m. in city hall on East Third Street. Items on the agenda in- clude the following: under police activity report, recommendation to amend the law regarding stop intersections; consideration to- ward adopting the mosquito sway policy of the state's Mosquito Control Section between March 1 and Oct. 30, 1995; Cape Shores Associates' request for a renewal of a one year conditional use per- mit for its sales office located at 400 East Cape Shores Drive; Uni- versity of Delaware's request for renewal of a one year conditional use permit for two mobile units on the marine college campus at 700 Pilottown Road; John Bishop's re- quest for a one year conditional use permit for a one chair barber shop to be located within a de- tached garage at 508 Railroad Av- enue; consideration toward dis- continuing the collection of appli- ances, air conditioners and other items which contain freon (CFCs). This matter was tabled at the April 10,1995 meeting; certification by city assessor that all owners of property that have been placed on the fwst supplemental assessment list have been notified; setting a date and time for hearing appeals of the fLrst supplemental assess- ment listing; presentation of a res- olution setting a date for a public hearing regarding the Phase VII Street Improvement Project con- sisting of Brown/Bradley Lane, Burton Avenue from W. Third Street to Johnson Street, and John- son Street from Burton Avenue to DuPont Avenue; appointment of an election board for conducting the May 13 city election; appoint- ment of two members to the Parks and Recreation Commission to fill the unexpired terms of Claudia Orr and Hiram Carter; and consid- eration toward the city making available to its employees a sup- plemental insurance plan through American Family Life Assurance Company. The meeting is open to the public. Lewes BP approves funds for improving two streets Lewes Board of Public Works, at its Thursday, April 20 meeting, approved funds for improving utilities on two out of three streets that the city government has slat- ed for rehabilitation during 1995. Lewes plans to improve Brown/Bradley Lane, Johnson Street and Burton Avenue as Phase VII of an ongoing street im- proving project. The city attempts to coordinate that street work with the Board of Public Works so that any necessary utility work, such as stormwater improvement on Brown/Bradley Lane in this case, can be done at the same time to save money. It's estimated that Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW) would have to come up with $91,000 to handle the utili- ties aspect of the total $361,000 street improvement project. BPW members, at a meeting earlier this year, budgeted $50,000 for the work being discussed. BPW member Charles Hood said that because of an unexpected expense of more than $200,000 to do emergency sewer work on Kings Highway, he didn't see how the BPW could go beyond the $50,000 budgeted. BPW member Dick Buckaloo made a motion that the BPW provide funding for utility work along Johnson Street and Brown/Bradley Lane but that Burton Street work not be includ- ed because of budget constraints. The motion passed unanimously. Mayor George Smith told Board of Public Works members that residents of the three streets had been put off from last year's work and had been told their improve- ments would be made this year. 'TII discuss your proposal with other members of city council," said Smith. "The city may decide to move forward with Burton Street any way in which case the BPW would have to come back later and do its work." Lewes Mayor and Council will discuss the matter at their Monday, May 8 meeting. Lewes candidates to address Homeowners Lewes residents are reminded that candidates for Lewes Council will discuss their views and an- swer questions during the Lewes Homeowners Association's annu- al candidates forum on Friday, May 5. The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of Lewes public Library. Sussex board rejects appeal of asphalt plant The Sussex County Board of Adjustment voted Monday (May 1) to table a decision on an appeal challenging a Sussex County offi- cial's position that the property is exempt from the county zoning ordinance. The board voted 3-1 to uphold Sussex County Planning Director Lawrence B. Lank's de- termination that County Seat Ma- terial's plans to build an asphalt plant on county-owned property at the Sussex County Airport and In- dustrial Park are exempt from the jurisdiction of the zoning ordi- nance because county functions are excluded from the zoning code. The county plans to receive an estimated $3.8 million over the next two decades in rental income from the leased land at the indus- trial park and royalties from as- phalt and cncrete production at the site. Alvin and Josephine Kruger, Linwood and Arvella Sir- man, IA Construction Corpora- tion, Atlantic Concrete Co., Inc., Thoro-Good's Concrete Co., Inc., David G. Horsey & Sons and Del- Mar-Va Paving Co., Inc. appealed Lank's decision. The appellants challenged Lank's interpretation that the company is exempt from the zoning requirements and does not have to go through the public hearing process. Dozens of resi- dents attended an April 3 bearing on the appeal to fight for the right to voice their opposition at a pub- lic hearing. The majority of board members rejected the appeal based on an established county policy of allowing construction on county land without first holding a hearing, according to Robert N. Betts, chief inspector for Sussex County. County Seat Materials still needs approval for an air per- mit from Delaware Environmental Secretary Christophe A.G. Tulou. The project has also been chal- lenged in Court of Chancery. Lewes youth arrested after disturbance The Lewes Police Department arrested a 20-year-old Lewes man on Tuesday, April 25 after re- sponding to a call of a domestic disturbance at the 200 block of West Cedar Street. The incident occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Keith N. Truitt, 20, of 10 East Canal Street. He was charged with offensive touching, underage consumption and being a local fugitive, according to a press release issued by the Lewes Police Department. After pro- cessing, Truitt was taken before Justice of the Peace Court #3, where he was released on $623 unsecured bond. Dew P&Z to discuss B&B restrictions tonight The Dewey Beach Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Friday, May 5 to consider restric- tions on bed and breakfast inns in the neighborhood residential (N.R.) and resort residential (R.R.) districts. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Life Saving Station at 1 Dagsworthy Street. The public is invited to attend and comment. Sussex planners to meet May 11 The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the County Council Cham- bers of Courthouse in George- town. The commission will con- sider a site plan for a new Jiffy Lube north of the Midway Tire Center on Del. 1. Dewey to consider parking, sign regulations The Dewey Beach Town Com- missioners will meet on Friday, May 12 to consider tbe adoption of an ordinance amendment to re- Tdsh Vernon photoe Loyalty Day observed in Rehoboth The Veterans of Foreign Wars District Four, Depart- ment of Delaware, held a Loyalty Day ceremony, host- ed by the Rehoboth Beach Post 7447, Monday, May 1 at Rehoboth Bandstand. Don Feltenberger (far left), Dis- trict 4 Americanism Chair- man and Officer of the Day, stands with (1. to r.) Harry Troutman, commander of Broadkiln Post 6984; George Ritchie, commander of Ma- son-Dixon Post 7234; Harry MeLaughlin, adjutant, VFW Post 7447; and Ross Roberts, chaplain, Greenwood Memo- rial Post 7478. At right, Dick Hires, bugler for Post 7234, ends the ceremony with a stirring rendition of Taps, as his seeing-eye dog Phifer waits patiently. strict off-street parking on private lots in town. The proposed legisla- tion would require property own- ers in the neighborhood residen- tial (N.R.) district to provide a six- foot-wide safety zone from the front door of their house to the property line at the road. In addi- tion, the proposed legislation would cap the number of vehicles permitted on a N.R. lot to six cars from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend for a single- family home. On a single lot with a duplex, a maximum of four ve- hicles per unit, or eight total vehi- cles, would be permitted. The pro- posed legislation is designed to al- low emergency access to emer- gency personnel, as well as to maintain the residential character of the N.R. district. The commissioners will also discuss proposed restrictions for banners and flags. Members of the town's Planning and Zoning Commission have recommended that the commissioners limit each business to one flag with lettering or "open" sign on a building; per- mit free standing signs only from September 15 until May 15 and when properly secured to the ground; limit each business to one directory or menu board no larger than six square feet; and allow on- ly one banner per business. Under the proposed legislation, the size of the banner would be limited to one square foot per lineal foot of street frontage, not to exceed 45 square feet. In addition, the pro- posed legis!ation would prohibit businessesfrom placing banners on roofs, roof structures or para- pets. The proposed sign regula- tions are designed to clean up the town's appearance, which some property owners perceive as clut- tered by the proliferation of signs. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Life Saving Station. Sussex County variance board to meet May 15 The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will hold public hear- ings on variance requests on Mon- day, May 15. The board will con- duct a hearing on an application by Joseph P. and Sherry L. Trageser, who are seeking to ob- tain a variance from the front yard and side yard setback require- ments for lot 1 within the Old Landing subdivision on Arnell Road. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the County Council Cham- bers in Georgetown. Sussex P&Z OKs zoning requests The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, April 27 approved an application by Bernice Jackson to subdivide 10 acres near Lewes in- to three lots. The property is located 200 feet northeast of Sussex 275, southeast of Sussex 276 (Shady Road). In addition to subdivision approval, the commission granted Jackson a waiver from street construction requirements. The applicant plans to leave the dirt road serving the three proposed lots unpaved.