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4-CAPE GAZETTE, FridaYlMaY3o "JungS,'i97  .......................................  ........ ............... " ..........  - ....... " " Route 1 Weekly Accident U 00date Continued from page 3 Rogers recaps council experience Sussex County Councilman Lynn Rogers was the featured speaker at the Sunday, April 27 meeting of the Citizens Coalition. Rogers recapped his first few months in office and discussed the county land use plan, which has been submitted to the state for its recommendations and comments. Rogers said that he is happy that the county is going to offer ex- tended hours on Wednesdays and also said that he has supported a kind of one-stop shopping for county residents seeking services like building permits. Rogers said both he and Sussex County Coun- cilmen Finley Jones had requested additional hearings on the land use plan. Rogers said the extra hearings were needed in order to give people a chance to speak their mind. "You have to let the public be heard," he said. Rogers said he understands the state won't be totally pleased with the land use plan submitted by Sussex County. "[My understand- ing] is that they are not totally happy with everything. That is kind of what we wanted to hear." Rogers said that he and Jones support a committee of people to regularly monitor and keep the county's land use plan updated. Such regular tinkering is a "neces- sity," he said. County Administra- tor Bob Stickels will develop a proposal to begin such a commit- tee, he said. Downzoning approved on Route 16 Sussex County Planning and Zoning and Sussex County Coun- cil have approved a downzoning for land located along Route 16, one of several recent requests. The request by Ethel Graham and Car- ol and Joseph Shockley was to change the zoning for roughly 135 acres on the north side of Route 16 from general residential to agri- cultural residential. "Our intent is just to preserve this land in agriculture," said Robert Graham. The proposal was voted on at the April 24 meeting of Sussex County Planning and Zoning. Delaware's Office of State Planning Coordination praised the request, calling the downzoning a "refreshing" change from most rezoning re- quests. Cemetery gets approval from Sussex A conditional use request to de- velop a veteran's cemetery was unanimously approved on April 24 by the county planning com- mission. Sussex County Council then approved the request on May 13. The veteran's cemetery was ap- proved by the legislature last year and will be located in the Mills- boro area, specifically on land ad- joining the Stockley Center. Rep. Charles West (D-Gumboro) helped champion the cause of a downstate veteran's cemetery and the proposal received little if any opposition. The parcel is 62 acres in size and will be very similar to the oth- er veteran's cemetery operated by the Delaware Commission of Vet- erans Affairs. That cemetery is lo- cated just north of the C & D Canal below Newark. The cemetery is expected to be in operation by October of 1999. Land not used by the Veterans Commission will continue to be farmed until needed. Milton Woods appeal pulled Sussex County Council was set to consider an appeal of a subdivi- sion denial for the Milton Woods project, which the .Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission had denied. But the Council was told at its meeting May 6 that the applicant hoped to withdraw its appeal. In- stead, the applicants want to re- apply for approval to the county planning and zoning commission, so county council denied the ap- peal, which paves the way for a re-application. The 39-1ot proposed project is being considered for a rural area near Milton and would be located on Sussex 238. DelDOT names technology administrator The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has an- nounced the selection of Gene Donaldson as the Administrator of Intelligent Transportation Sys- tems (ITS). After a nationwide search for qualified candidates in the advanced transportation tech- nology field, Donaldson will as- sume the post April 21. Nationally recognized for his expertise on practical applications of ITS, Donaldson, of Mont- gomery County, Md., has served on many committees promoting advanced technology traffic man- agement, including chairing the Washington, D.C., Regional ITS Task Force. Donaldson advanced the use of technology in communicating transportation network condition information; through his efforts, information is now fed to the county government subscriber television station, internet-linked kiosks and a Web page. In his position at DelDOT, Don- aldson will emphasize the practi- cal use of technology to improve Delaware's transportation system. Donaldson will reside in Fen- wick Island. DNREC offers compost bins at reduced price The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) has unveiled its new backyard composting bins just in time for Earth Day. The bins, which can retail around $70 in catalogs and department stores, are available for a one-time, spe- cial price of $20. They are made from 100 percent recyclable plas- tic, are rodent proof, and can be adjusted in size to hold from 12.5 to 24 cubic feet of material. Composting creates conditions which speed up the natural process of decomposition of leaves, grass, plants, weeds, paper, fruit scraps, vegetable garbage and even tea bags and coffee grounds. These materials are decomposed into rich soil-like material called hu- mus which is an excellent fertiliz- er and mulch for home gardens. The bins were sold at the Uni- versity of Delaware's Ag Day on April 19, and at other statewide events during the spring. For more information, call Janet Manchester at (302) 739-3820. Milton zoning hearing Monday, June 2 Milton Town Council has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m., Monday, June 2, in the li- brary meeting room. The hearing is to present a new zoning ordi- nance to the public and to allow comment on it before city council votes to adopt or reject it. The new law would create a designation, R- 2, that would allow detached housing or duplexes, and would allow cluster placement on lots and flexibility in setbacks, but would not allow a higher density than in R-1 single family residen- tial. That density is approximately four housing units per acre. The regularly scheduled meeting of council will follow the hearing at 7:30 p.m., in the library meeting room. Biden secures crime fighting grant Sussex County may soon see a drop in the illegal drug trade as monies procured from a federal grant filter to the Delaware State Police. Sen. Joe Biden announced Tuesday, May 20, that he secured a $60,000 grant, the first-ever "Problem- Solving Part- nership Grant," under the Biden Crime Law. In addition to the funding being used to BIDEN combat ille- gal drugs, some funding will also go toward fighting commercial burglaries. "We're very appreciative of the efforts of Sen. Biden," said Lt. Rick Chamberlin, Delaware State Police spokesman. "This grant will go toward the purchase of some much needed photographic equipment, which will help us combat the open air drug problems in Sussex County."- Chamberlin said the known open-air drug markets include West Rehoboth, Cool Spring, Pinetown, Lucas Development FOR WEEK OF MAY 19 TO MAY 25, 1997 DATE LOCATION 05/21/97 Rt. 1, and Sussex 273C, west of Rehoboth 05/21/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268A, west of Lewes 05/22/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes 05/23/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes 05/23/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth 05/24/97 Rt. 1 and Route 5, east of Milton 05/24/97 Rt. 1 and Route 273D, north of Rehoboth 05/24/97 Rt. 1A at Henlopen Station parking lot 05/25/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth 05/25/97 Rt. 1 and Route 5, north of Milton (formerly known as Martin's Swamp, near Milton), Slaughter Neck and an area in Lincoln near the Sussex 207 and Sussex 213 in- tersection. According to Biden's office, the police will also be able to use the funding to conduct a comprehen- sive crime analysis and mapping system. Police will focus their ef- forts on both drug dealers and users. Biden's office additionally not- ed that Delaware qualified for nearly $2.4 million that will be disbursed not only to state police but to municipal police agencies as well, through Edward Byrne Memorial Program grant funds, also under the Biden Crime Law umbrella. Those funds, will be used to "expand drug testing programs among criminal offenders and en- hance anti-drug prevention, inter- vention and after-school initia- tives for pre-teen and teenage stu- dents," stated a news release from Biden's office. Army Corps studies evacuation routes In a new study to be conducted jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emer- gency Management Agency, the Delmarva Peninsula is being looked at as a unit when it comes to examining emergency evacua- tion routes. Previous studies on hurricane evacuation routes have been car- ried out individually for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia; and the last was competed in 1991. Officials have determined that any major hurricane evacua- tion would likely effect all three states at once, and they often share evacuation routes. "This is a revision of the studies done in 1990, 1991. Because of the age of the study and the popu- lation density issue, we feel it is necessary to revise the traffic model for evacuation," said Joe Gavin. "We are trying to get a handle on just what we are up against in terms of clearance TYPE #2 #2 #5 #4 #4 #2 #2 #3 #5 #7 times. We need information so we will know when to start an evacu- ation." Gavin, the study manager for the corps, said that the study is in- tended to help the states and the agencies get an idea of how many people would be involved in an evacuation, and where they would be going. "We are not focused on telling states to add road capacity, or oth- er options; we have questions about where people are going," Gavin said "We will do the best we can with census figures to figure out the number of year 'round and seasonal residents in the resort ar- eas of the three states." The corps official said that the study might require surveying in local areas or at least contacting area chambers of commerce to try to determine where seasonal resi- dents come from. He said there is no set time frame for concluding the study, and funding in fiscal year 1997-98 will determine how extensively it can be continued. "We only received word of this funding late in the fiscal year," Gavin said. "There is $20,000 combined for the corps and FE- MA." He said that a recent Hurricane Workshop hosted by Sussex County Emergency Operations Center was independent of the study; however, it provided an ex- cellent opportunity for key people to learn of it. Gavin said that the experiences of other states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts will also be taken into consideration as the study progresses. He said those involved in emergency preparedness share information on a regular basis. Regarding how the individual states will use the information, Gavin said, "We haven't been in the business of recommending widening or adding roads; that is beyond our charge. However, state departments of transporta- tion might take our information and make their own decisions."