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First Route 1 meeting in June Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is mov- ing ahead with a comprehensive study of Route 1 in the Cape re- gion. Eli Cooper of DelDOT said that DelDOT wants to develop op- tions to improve mobility for not just vehicles, but also pedestrians and bicyclists. Cooper said that study, which will include possible interconnec- tions or use of surrounding lands, is designed to look at any and all options. While not completely open ended, he said this is a chance to look at long term an- swers to improve access and mo- bility for the roadway. Cooper has sent letters to 15 to 20 residents, business representa- fives and other interested parties, including Chamber of Commerce and outlet center representatives, in the hope of developing a com- mittee to look at options and po- tenfial ideas. Several people have agreed to join the new committee and a tentative meeting date is June 10. The first of several public meet- ings is expected to take place ap- proximately two weeks after that and Cooper pledged that the pub- lic will have abundant opportunity to offer suggestions and make its wishes known. "This will not be a set of top down recommenda- tions," he said. "It will be in an open and participatory manner." "We are not trying to re-invent the wheel...Let's get going." Plovers have up and down week The first nest of rare piping plovers found this year at Cape Henlopen State Park has been de- stroyed, probably by predators, according to David Small, the di- rector of information and educa- tion for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). But another nest was found on May 28 in the Cape Henlopen State Park area. The plovers are small, threatened beach-dwelling birds which have suffered from a loss of undisturbed habitat in beach areas.The new nest has three eggs, Small said. Butch Kinerney, DNREC spokesperson, added that it is quite possible the first pair of plovers will rebuild their nest and lay more eggs. No state word on Sussex land use There have been no state recom- mendations ye t on the Sussex County land use plan. That plan was submitted in late March to the cabinet level committee on state planning for state comments. Those comments are due by May 31 and the county must con- sider, but does not have to adopt, the recommendations. As of May 29, there was no word from the state on the county plan, said Sus- sex Administrator Bob Sfickels. Stickels has said that the county must take a final vote on the often controversial plan after receiving state comments. Sussex County must hold a public hearing before taking that final vote. The state is likely to be most concerned over density in agricultural areas in an effort to preserve farmland. Ef- forts to limit such development ,/vere stricken by Sussex after a massive amount of opposition to the idea. Coastal Partnership reaching Congress The newly-formed Mid-'At- lantic Coastal Partnership is reaching out to the members of Congress from its five member states to advocate keeping the U.S. Array Corps of Engineers in the business of protecting the shoreline and preserving the beaches in all five states. The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Part- nership has representatives from New Jersey, New York, Mary- land, Delaware and Virginia, and is organized to support beach restoration work that is vital to the economy and quality of life along the Mid-Atlantic shoreline. The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Part- nership will be seeking joint meet- ing with the delegations from the Senate and House. "It is of vital importance to each of the five states, and to the nation as a whole, that our beaches and shore- line are protected and preserved. To do that, we need the financial help of the federal government and the expertise of the Army Corps of Engineers," said Bob Frederick, mayor of Dewey Beach. Route 1 project stricken from planner agenda A mulfi-family project planned for Route 1 was removed from the Sussex County Planning and Zon- ing agenda for Thursday, May 22. The 69-unit project was listed originally on the schedule and then later removed. County planning and zoning of- ficials were unsure of the reason, but such schedule changes are quite routine, particularly in the early stages of a project. The plan was listed for preliminary site plan approval. It could be placed on the agenda again as early as June 5. The pro- ject by Dyer McCrea Ventures is proposed for a wooded area next to Troop 7. Cape board increases district's tax rate The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education, during its Thursday, May 22 board meet- ing, voted to approve a slight in- crease in the overall tax rate for fiscal year 1998. The increase raises the tax from $1.585 to $1.652 per $100 of as- sessed property value. It allows for reducing the minor capital im- provement tax from .04 to .03 cents and increasing tuition from .185 to .262 cents. According to Andy Branden- berger, director of business opera- tions, the tuition increase appears to reflect a statewide phenomena. For unknown reasons, he said, many districts are finding their tu- itions for those students requiring special school environments - such as schools for the deaf, blind, etc. - have increased. Tax rates are determined from four components: current ex- pense, debt service, tuition and minor capital improvement. The tax rate under the board's consid- eration calls for maintaining the same figures for current expense and debt service, increasing tu- ition and decreasing minor capital improvement. The tax hike neces- sitated by the tuition increase does not require a referendum. Brandenberger estimated that the amount of tax per $10,000 of assessed value will be approxi- mately $6.70. "In Sussex County, there is a dramatic difference be- tween what homes are assessed at and what they would sell for," said Brandenberger. "On a county-wide basis, homes are now assessed at about 14 per- cent market value and in the Cape Henlopen School District, homes are assessed at about 11 percent market value," he said. Lewes Architectu:-d Review group to meet The Commercial Architectural Review Commission of the City of Lewes will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5, to hear.a re- quest by Michael Makowski, con- tract purchaser of property located at the corner of Cape Henlopen Drive and Maryland Avenue on Lewes Beach to present revised drawings for a three-story board- ing house currently under con- struction. Parking tops Rehoboth workshop agenda June 2 Donald Derrickson, a member of the Rehoboth Parking Advisory Committee, has asked to make a presentation at the Monday, June 2 Rehoboth Board of Commis- sioners workshop session. Derrickson is expected to re- quest that the board seriously con- sider paying merchants and real estate offices 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of parking permits if they agree to sell them from their places of business. During a previous board meeting, some members voiced concern over possible problems arising from paying the merchants. The committee also wants to re- visit the possibility of having the city subsidize the cost of parking at the park and ride lot for all em- ployees of merchants within the city limits now that the state has agreed to cut the rate to $2 for any employee in the resort area. Also on the agenda is a discus- sion of pending legislation enti- tled "Delaware Finance Partner- ship Act," and various committee Dennis Forney photo Lewes BPW honors Buckaloo Members of the Lewes Board of Public Works honored member Dick Buckaloo at their Thursday, May 22 meeting - Buckaloo's last meeting as a member of the city's utilities' board. Buekaloo recently announced that he is leaving the beard after more than a decade of service because he is mov- ing out of Lewes. Members presented him with a commemo- rative clock and enjoyed refreshments and a special golf cake after the meeting to celebrate the occasion. Lewes Mayor George H.P. Smith now has the responsibility of appointing a replacement for Buckaloo who was re-elected, without oppo- sition, to a two year term in April. Members of the Board of Public Works, shown here, include 0-r) Jim Bell, President Tom MeClain, Mike Hill, Buckaloo, and Charles Hood. reports and the city manager's re- port. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m., preceded by the "listening post" session at 6:30 p.m., when the board will receive comments and input from citizens on any topic. Rehoboth Main Street board meets June 4 The Rehoboth Beach Main Street Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, in the Com- missioners Room. Everyone is in- cited to attend. Town meeting date on managed care changed A letter to the editor from Lloyd Mills concerning a town meeting on the proposed Managed Care Consumer Protection Act, which appeared in last week's Cape Gazette, announced that the date for the meeting was May 29. A re- vision in the legislative calendar forced a rescheduling to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 3. The meet- ing will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church Grace Fellow- ship Hall, Loockerman Street, Dover. Avoid gridlock at Dover Downs this weekend Everyone knows that Dover and points north and south can be a traffic nightmare during the Win- ston Cup Races Saturday and Sun- day, May 31-June 1. But DART First State's Race Express will make it more convenient for race fans to travel to and from the speedway without dealing with traffic congestion. For $15, NASCAR enthusiasts can park at the old Acme near the north entrance to the Blue Hen Corporate Center on Route 113 northbound and ride shuttles to and from the track for free. The express shuttles will travel on Route 1, using a new buses-only event ramp, beginning at 8 a.m.; and ending one hour after the checkered flag flies. Each trip takes approximately 12 minutes. Channel 12 to air state constitution centenary On Thursday, June 10, Channel 12 will begin coverage of the cen- tenary anniversary of the Delaware constitution, which will be celebrated at Legislative Hail, Dover. The abolition of the whip- ping post and the iniquitous prac- tice of buying and selling votes were on the 1897 Constitution conventioneer's agenda. There was also talk then about eliminat- ing the Court of Chancery, but it still exists and the whipping post was not abolished until 1972. A program marking the event has been arranged by the Delaware Heritage Commission in conjunction with the Delaware Bar Association. Channel 12 will begin its broadcast at 1:30 p.m. DNREC has own website After more than a year's worth of planning and work, the new Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), website went on line on the 27th anniversary of Earth Day, on April 22. The new site can be accessed by pointing your browser to www.dnrec.state.de.us. For the last few years, the de- partment has had a minor presence on the World Wide Web, but the new site, constructed by the Office of Information and Education, will contain a wealth of information about the department, its pro- grams, its people, its rules and reg- ulations.. "We wanted to do two things with our website," according to Butch Kinemey, the website's co- ordinator. "We wanted to make sure information was available to the widest array of people who use the Internet," he said.