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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, May 23 - Thursday, May 29, 1997 Volume 5, No. 1 State legislation could slash Sussex sewer costs most expensive sewer districts. If approved, County Administrator Bob Stickels said this week that the county could use the money to lower the costs of the county's more expensive sewer districts-- West Rehoboth and North Bethany. "We would look to see what we can do for districts that haven't had grants," Stick- els said this week. Both West Rehoboth and North Bethany missed out on federal grant funding. That boat had already sailed by the time the West Rehoboth Sewer District went on line in 1995. That distinction cost millions and sewer users have had higher rates because of it. Both sewer districts are proposed to have the same basic sewer rates in the just pro- posed Sussex County budget. Average Jen En;mo photo Long-dead revenue sharing could be revived By Michael Short Legislation has been introduced to re-cre- ate long dead revenue sharing. If approved, the legislation could potentially be used to help fund the costs of Sussex County's two Artist splashes Rehoboth wall with whale of a mural Local artist Andrew Dera created this mural, painted on the building adjacent to Woody's Restaurant on Christian Street in Rehoboth Beach. Dera, who is also in the process of air-brushing another mural at the Atlantie Sands Hotel on the boardwalk, said he's received several more requests/'or his unique type of artwork- annual cost in West Rehoboth is $626.80 while in North Bethany, hurt by severe lim- its on density which means fewer customers share costs, the average cost is $1,127.73. The bill would set aside two and a half percent of the state income tax for Delaware to be used by towns and counties. "There is hereby created the Delaware Financial Part- Continued on page 16 State agrees to keep big buses out of Rehoboth, lower employee rates By Trish Vernon Rehoboth Beach and state transit officials "kissed and made up" at a May 20 Resort Transit Advisory Committee meeting, as it was announced that no 40-foot buses would venture into the city and that employee park and ride lot discounts would be offered. Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) Assistant Director Derrick Lightfoot was greeted with a couplerounds of applause at the news, coming just hours after the first summer buses began to roll along their routes. As of last week, Rehoboth Beach officials had received assurance from Secretary of Transportation Anne Canby herself, that only two of the planned eight 40-footers would be used to transport passengers into the c!ty to the Boardwalk, and then only during peak weekend hours. The May 14 audience with Canby, thanks to the intercession of Sen. George Bunting (D-Bethany Beach) and Rep. John Schroed- er (D-Rehoboth Beach), came after months of squabbling with DTC officials over their 1997 transit plans. Canby vowed to take their concerns under further consideration, evidenced by Light- foot's latest almouncement - that there Continued on page 10 Local officials raise warning flag on land use plan By Michael Short There could be a flurry of state land use legislation as early as next week. That action follows Monday's second ummit on land use and infrastructure, a meeting attended by hundreds of Delaware's biggest political movers and shakers. The summit called "Summit Two" was the culmination of months of effort by the Delaware Public Policy Institute to develop recommendations for land use and infra- structure. But Sussex County Council Presi- dent Dale Dukes made it very clear that he is wary the state will take a heavy hand on land use issues. It was a concern raised by the executives of all three county governments and that suspicion that the state could try to run roughshod over the counties has been one of the most enduring of themes during this process. "Land use issues are best left with the cities, towns and counties," said Dukes. Kent County Levy Court executive Terry Pepper was more explicit. "One size does not fit all... We do not need new state leg- islation. New laws are not the solution." Rep. Phil Cloutier (R-Wilmington) said there could be a flurry of legislation as early as next week. Senator Tom Sharp (D-Wilm- ington) already has said he has two bills prepared for the return of the legislature next week. Stephanie Hansen, New Castle County executive, said that Cloutier's comments "scared" her. Instead, she called for a meet- ins of the minds with state officials and said New Castle County hopes to work closely with the state. Gov. Tom Carper said the state does not intend to twiddle its collective thumbs, although there may not be enough time left for the legislature to deal with all the issues. "We have an agenda we will tackle this month. We are not going to wait around for next year or the next legislature. We are going to get started." Continued on page 15