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I ,.g Briefly ti Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission to meet May 16 The Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, May 16, at City Hall. Items on the agenda include consideration of a request by Savannah Ventures LLC for an informal review of a major subdivision and land development and the effect onexisting or proposed open space of park areas on prop- erty located at the base of Jefferson Avenue; an expenditure and commitment report; 2005 summer concert series; and status reviews of the Zwaanendael, 1812, Mary Vessels, Stango, and George H.P. Smith Park and the Community Playground. Lewes Bl to hold executive session May 16 The Lewes Board of Public Works will hold an executive session meeting to dis- cuss personnel matters at 10 a.m., Monday, May 16, in City Hall. Executive session meetings to discuss personnel matters are closed to the public; however, board deci- sions, findings or announcements could be made when the panel reconvenes in open session. Lewes BPW changes date of monthly meeting to May 17 The Lewes Board of Public Works will hold its regular meeting at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 at City Hall. The May meeting schedule was altered due to an anticipated lack of a quorum. Items on the agenda include: approval of invoices; presentations of the treasurer's report; report from Severn Trent on wastewater treatment facility operations; consideration of long-range plan electrical system upgrades as recom- mended by Booth & Associates; considera- tion of an amendment to the MetLife pen- sion pla for employees; project status reports from city engineer Charles O'Donnell; Electrical Department status report; consideration or action on matters discussed in executive session and com- ments from the public. Lewes Ilistoric Preservation panel to meet May 17 Police & Fire Wrap-up The Lewes Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, in City Hall. Agenda items include: a discussion with Clarence Lucas on a means to either mitigate or eliminate a request for demolition of an existing detached garage at property located at 115 Madison Ave.; to schedule a public hearing on the request of Clarence Lucas for demo- lition of a garage on property located at 115 Madison Ave.; reorganization and election of officers required by Historic Preservation Commission bylaws. Sussex planners to discuss major development May 12 Plans for a 1,672-home development on Route 30 between Milton and Milford will come before the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, May 12. Named Isaac's Glen, it is one of the largest developments to ever come before the county. The 842-acre property is north of Reynold's Pond and south of Jefferson Crossroads. Developer Glen Urquhart is seeking a zoning change from agricultural-residential (AR-1) to medium-density - residential planned community (MR-RPC). The change would create 1,104 single-family homes, 95 duplexes, 251 assisted-living units, a golf course and small shopping cen- ter. The state filed 14 pages of comments with the county about this development. The state planning office opposes the proj- ect because it is inconsistent with the state spending strategies given the project's loca- tion in a rural area. The state is beginning to take a harder line on high-density devel- opment in rural areas, as evidenced by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's proposal to limit devel- opment in rural areas to one house per four acres. In addition to the density, there are a number of surrounding properties in agri- cultural preservation. State planning com- ments say they believe this development will harm their agricultural investments. Comments from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) say impacts on the many wetlands on the property should be mini- real. The state Department of Agriculture is also opposed to the plan, for the same rea- sons as the office of state planning. Milton Mayor John Busbey, in a letter, also said if the county approves this project, it renders their comprehensive plan null and void. Anyone interested in speaking for or against this project is invited to attend the public hearing on May 12. It is listed sec- ond on the agenda as Reynolds Pond, LLC. CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, May 10. May 12, 2005.3 t Jim Cm photo Longstanding motel razed in Rehoboth The Fountain Motel on Route 1 went up in flames at 7 am., May 8, as Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Bethany Beach firefighters conducted a con- trolled burn on the -year-old motel. Larry and Michael DiSabatino of Conley's Chapel Ventures LLC own the property just south of the Route 1 bridge and plan to create Fountain Plaza in its place. Project manager Ee Foster said Fountain Plaza would have eight 3-story townhouses in two buildings, with three parking spaces per unit. Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese said the controlled burn provided great instruction for young firefighters. Ferrese also said that water from the fire fight backed up into the basement of one home on Stockley Avenue Extended and the cafeteria level at Rehoboth Elementary School. Ferrese said ServPro handled the cleanup on Sunday, and the city's insurance company will cover that cost. Ferrese said proper procedure for the burn was followed, and Rehoboth Beach Building Inspector Dave Murphy reported that the backup may have been the result of a stormwater drain tied into the sewer Hne. "Weql check that possibility when we clear the debris," said Ferrese. Shown monitoring the fire is Rehoboth Beach Assistant Fire Chief D.J. Messick. Police charge man with attempted kidnapping State police charged Otis Taylor Jr., of Millsboro, 40, with second=degree attempt- ed kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and offensive touching after an incident that occurred on Second Street in Tru Vale Acres May 7. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state .police spokesman, said Taylor was wearing a red hat and riding a purple bicycle in the devel- opment when he stopped in front of a resi- deuce andasked two children if they had seen his missing dog. 'qhe suspect picked up the 5-year-old boy, while he was still on his bicycle, and placed him on the crossbar," said Oldham. "The victim kicked his legs, and the boy's aunt grabbed the victim and pulled him away. Both of the children then ran home." The suspect rode off, and a trooper found a man wearing a red hat and riding a purple bicycle on First Street in Tm Vale a short while later. Taylor told the trooper he was searching for his missing dog, said Oldham. 'q'he suspect appeared to be intoxicated," he said. Taylor was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $5,200 secured bond. NuPhaze changes name, looks for more business By Henry J. Evans Jr. Monroe E. "Mike" Brittingham said he's hopeful that the slight change lie's made in the name of his business on Cedar Branch Road might attract more cus- public hearing. Now, Brittingham said, he's unsure whether the renamed NuPhaze Bar & Grill will remain open. "I haven't had the turnout that ing nearby. Elder said he's not given up trying to change things back to the way it was before the NuPhaze opened. "The noise has resumed and is back to the level it was at before tomers. Residents riving nearby I'd like and I'm not surf what my he applied for the liquor license," who opposed Brittingham's:plns plansare.,,Brittlh Said :May ' ::Elder said. to obtain a liquor license say there haven't been any distmtmnees: - : Brittingham and his wife Clara opened the NuPhaze Social Club earlier this year. In March, [he Mcoho$ic Beverage Control Commissioner (ABCC) granted the Bfittinghams ! a liquor license. Several residents opposed the Brittinghams' plans to serve alco- 1iol and testified against the license application at a March 9. Elder said he's considered filing 'Brittingham said he"changed complaints about the.noise with the name of the business because the ABCC enforcement division of confusion about whether the or with police "if I though I'd get NuPhaze Social Club was open to a return:call from them." e pu or pnva. ,fi!nghara  ._elmCan we'h'buhey said a nov thebtisiness " " #orless...Tre are is open tCihe public. , ,- :' nois4dWs, bht can police:acally Jim Elder-ahdehis wif Melissa do anything" Eldgr said. live only,-a" ft'-: yards from Elder has sold his:ltome end NuPhaze. At the time of the hear- planned to leave the area-before hag, Elder served as spokesman the ABCC granted the liquor for the more than 25 residents liv- license. Wanda Kosinski lives less than a half mile from the NuPhaze. She and her. husband John protested the liquor license appli- cation. But she said the NuPhaze has been tolerable. "Every once in awhile I hear the music but it's not where it will drive you nuts," Kosinski said. Shirley Fair and her "husband Paul live a long stone's throw from the NuPhaze. She said besides what seems to be more cars on ner cu'-e-sae'ane, s'e hasn't noticed changes in the community. "I've got nothing against Mike; he's a nice guy. It's just that it was so quiet here before," she said. Fair said she hasn't heard much loud music in part because she has kept her windows closed due to the weather and pollen- filled air. Brittingham said for now, he's taking things at the NuPhaze one day at a time. He said he's con- sidering expanding the current Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule by adding a couple of weekday nights. "I'm also thinking about turn- ing it into an assembly or rental hall type of facility for private evems, TM Me stub. nngam smo he and his wife are examining a number of possible options. "We haven't had much of a crowd, but I really had high hopes for the business. A consumer base just doesn't seem to be happening - at least not yet," he Said.