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Continued from page 6 was moving to a police state. Since Chief Phillips was hired a year ago, Milton has become a nightmare of speeding traps and parking tickets. Police hide everywhere. They hide in the cemetery, in churchyards, behind trees. They position themselves strategically where a change of speed occurs. Woe betide anyone going from 35 to 25 who doesn't slam on the brakes immediately. Today, my husband was caught in one such speed trap. We imme- diately pulled to the side of the road. The police officer motioned us to continue. We assumed that he was not after us. Fifty yards further on we turned onto our street and stopped outside our house in order to unload our gro- ceries. The police office screamed at my husband to get back into the car which he immediately did. The officer then approached and asked for particulars which we provided. My husband had the temerity to ask what the problem was. The officer said that he was doing 34 in a 25 mile zone. My husband said, "Officer, I was just rolling down the hill. I wasn't de- liberately speeding." He made the mistake of calling the officer "Son." With this, he was told to get out of the car. The officer then spun him around, pushed him against the car and handcuffed him. He was frisked and asked if he was carrying a weapon. He was never cautioned and no fur- ther conversation took place. He was taken to Milton Town Hall where he was shackled to a bench for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I was in conversation with Chief Phillips who informed me that I had an antisocial attitude because of my failure to understand the law about entrapment. I am choir director at Goshen United Methodist Church. My husband serves (or should I say served) on the Ordinance Com- mittee for the town of Milton. Neither my husband or I have ever been arrested or been in any trouble with the police. My hus- band was not charged with any- thing except speeding which is a write-in fine. We've had it. We are leaving Milton and taking our thriving business with us. Milton now has another lawsuit in addition to the Lt. Miller discrimination case. Donna Gordon Milton Dennis Forney Concerns raised over Lewes bond issue In reading the May 15 article by Andrew Keegan titled Lewes BPW and city council mull bond Totals S22,917,000 $36,743r000 2.4% $1837,000 $ 918.00 S 76.50 Auame 1 fi ) pttdtovatmMaylS,20(D, CeGa,a,alidcbyAMwKeqa;2)2.4%perumra Immtttal froct Mr. Keqllm's provided Imabe; 3) 20 Immeltol {|1/1t) ill Lewe.a; d 4) bit. Keql's allied lmymeat  issues, published in the Cape Gazette, I was shocked at the magnitude of the bond issue being considered by Lewes City Coun- cil and the Board of Public Works. In sorting through the informa- tion, I found it helpful to record the numbers into a table that al- lows a comprehensive look at what are elected officials are con- templating. From the article and table shown above, I developed several concerns: Is such a large bond issue af- fordable for a city the size of Lewes? Is it a wise use of our bonding capacity, our credit rat- ing? Has anyone thought of priori- tizing the projects, breaking the funding requirements into more easily digestible segments? An immediate debt of $18,360 ($918 per household per year for 20 years) applied to each household is outlandish to the point of irre- sponsibility. $36.7 million of debt is a big city undertaking and not appropriate for a small city. The logic of the borrow now theory seems to imply a philoso- phy that if exercised by the indi- vidual, would have one go out and buy several new cars that may be needed in the future, to buy them now because one could get a zero- interest loan. Further, the logic seems to encourage this borrow- now mode while the interest rates are low whether or not the pay- ments are affordable. The $918 per year payment re- quired by each household will come in the form of increased tax- es and/or increased utility bills. The cost for "floating" the bond issue is not included in the table, nor was it identified in the Gazette article. These costs would add an additional million or two to the overall cost of the borrow- ing. Known items such as pay rais- es, the price of goods and services required by the city will continue to rise over the life of the bond in- debtedness. But what of other now unforeseen expenses that might occur in the next 20 years that will further indebt the city? What consideration is given these obligations when determining our debt handling capability? Of one thing the citizenry should expect, to cover the city's obligations, the tax load will continue to spiral up- ward for the life of the bond pay- ments. The current sense of Lewes' elected officials seems to be sad- dling current residents and those who will follow with more re- strictive rules for use of our prop- erties and to inflict a debt load of unprecedented proportions. Hopefully, as this proposed bond issue progresses through the stages of public scrutiny, a vote of probable defeat, our elected offi- cials will spend some time to put together a more rational plan for the future of Lewes, its infrastruc- ture and its people who will be called on to fund any maintenance and improvements. Lowell T. "Bud" Byrd Lewes Don't include Glade in Brighton plans In an article in last week's is- sue, Fritz Schranck proposed a "new city between Lewes and Re- hoboth." Included with that arti- cle was a map that included The Glade within the borders of his proposed new city. To the best of our knowledge, The Glade was not consulted nor gave permission to Mr. Schranck to include The Glade in his map without giving it the opportunity to consider such a proposal. Camilla Conlon, reported as a Glade resident, is quoted as being in favor of this development, but she speaks as an individual and not as a spokesperson for The Glade. In other words, it is highly pre- sumptuous for Mr. Schranck to imply that The Glade is in favor of this idea. Only by a majority vote of all Glade property owners can such an implication he quot- ed. Off the record, since The Glade has its own infrastructure which it operates and maintains by quar- terly assessments from its proper- ty owners, it would appear that there is no advantage for them in this new city idea. It would, per- haps, induce them to subsidize a city infrastructure for others at the expense of added taxes to them but without any tangible advan- tages. I do not speak for The Glade but, as a resident, I refute Ms. Conlon's implication that she speaks for all of us. By a copy of this letter, Mr. Schranck will be requested to delete The Glade from his map from any "new city" presentations without prior per- mission. Charles N. Valenti Glade resident Rehoboth Beach What happended to Keergard's column? I eagerly receive your good news a week after circulation in my home in Southern Maryland. Continued on page 8 CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 7 Waterfront property is great, but this family of beavers is going too far Rick Folmsby and his family enjoy their property along Deep Branch - one of the headwaters of the creeks of Primehook. They hear the whistling of wood ducks that nest in the wetlands and the hooting of owls in the trees at night. And thanks to a family of enterprising beavers that live in the branch, there are times of the year such as the spring when the Folmsbys have even more water- front property than they would like. "We go out in the day and break the dam apart and he builds it back at night," said Folmsby. "Break it apart, he builds it back. Goes like that every day. It's truly amazing. That dam must be 200 feet wide from shoulder to shod- der." Folmsby likes waterfront but not when it backs halfway into his yard. The farmer next door that shares the creek property line with Folmsby also takes exception to the unauthorized dam project. "He can't get in and out of his field with his equipment because the ground gets so wet, so he's taken over breaking it apart each day. It's particularly a problem when we get a lot of rain because the dam backs up so much more water." Folmsby said the state tore out the dam last January because it was built right next to Reynolds Road that crosses Deep Branch. It was felt the water would under- mine the road. "He just built it back a little ways in. That's what they do, If they get tired of re- building in one location, they move upstream. That's what the kits - the little ones - do too, after living with the parents for a cou- ple of years. We've learned a lot about beavers. We go out and watch them every night. They're basically nocturnal creatures. He will flap his tail on the water warning us to get away. They build a lodge and then dam the stream so the water will become protection around their lodge. My wife is writing a book about them - Bubba The Beaver." Folmsby contacted the state about possibly trapping the beavers and moving them to an- other location. "We gave up on that thought because nobody else BAREF00TIN' wants them. They can be a nui- sance." Lloyd Alexander, director of Delaware's Fish and Wildlife Di- vision, said Delaware has no re- strictions on removing beaver dams from private property. "We have hundreds of beavers Jr. Delaware," said Alexander. "They've almost overrun the state. We did a study a number of years ago and found lots of beavers in Delaware. The num- bers have burgeoned since then. They cause problems by girdling trees and chewing them down, al- so by flooding trees and killing them. They can flood septic tanks and driveways and they can cause a road to fail by blocking culverts. They're not just a problem here," said Alexander. "They're all across North America. We get a lot of complaint calls, especially in a wet season like this. Last year at this time when things were dry, we were getting no calls." Alexander said property owners are allowed to trap and kill up to eight beavers from their property during the state's trapping season. "A permit is required to trap them during other times of the year." Sonya James-Reeves, who lives in Starlight Meadows near the Reynolds Road dam, is one of many in the area who wonders about the beavers and keeps an eye on them. She saw an item in the Cape Gazette a few weeks back about the dam and called wondering about why the dam was being broken apart. "There are new homes nearby and I know they can be a nuisance - but we Continued on page 8 Dennis Fomey photo Beavers build this dam along Reynolds Road north of Mil- ton every night. During the day, their human neighbors break openings to relieve the flooding on their property.