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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 Click It or Ticket Enforcement Results Click It or Ticket early results show seat belt use up, fatalities down The-Delaware Office of High- way Safety (OHS) preliminary re- suits show seat belt use increased statewide from 67 percent to 71 percent, and motor vehicle fatali- ties and injuries decreased during the May 2002 Click It or Ticket campaign. Enforcement in Delaware ended May 25; it con- tinues throughout the country through May 31. During the enforcement portion of the campaign, which ran from May 12 through May 25, 461 seat belt assessments were issued to motorists during traffic safety pa- trols. More than 1,000 motorists were listed as unbelted at traffic safety checkpoints, and they were given written warnings for the vi- olations. Additional campaign highlights include 194 child re- straint citations, apprehending 29 wanted individuals, four DUI ar- rests and three drug arrests. Safety officials will now begin the ovaluation comportroof tbe campaign with teleph0ne and i': surveys aL,eiit o. t Mo Vehicle locations, an analy- Sik Of crash data for May and OHS's annual statewide observa- tional seat belt use survey to be conducted June 1 through June 14. Click It or Ticket is a high visi- bility public awareness and en- forcement campaign, designed to save lives and reduce injuries in motor vehicle crashes by increas- ing motorists' seat belt use ...... L  ! ,i# i ::: : Traffic safety checkpoints conducted Traffic safety patrols conducted: Drivers through checkpoints Drivers found unbelted at checkpoints Seat belt assessments issued Child-rsstraint citations issued Other traffic arrests Wanted people apprehended Stolen vehicles recovered DUI arrests Drug arrests Regular duty patrols conducted: Seat belt assessments Issued  , Thursday 5/22 5 34 3,460 334 58 19 190 1 0 0 0 25 Friday 5/23 0 150 0 0 33 7 77 1 0 0 0 61 13 145 statewide. Officers from 25 state at Cape Henlopen High School. and local police participated in the . Troopers and staff from the well- statewide effort from May 5 through May 31. The Delaware State Police Youth Aid Unit at Troop 4 con- ducted a teen-buckle-up survey from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., May 23, ness center checked vehicles at both entrances to the school, where 125 cars passed through. There were 116 drivers who were wearing seat belts, and nine who were not. Saturday 5/24 0 26 0 0 24 17 127 5 0 0 0 Sunday Campaign 5/25 Totals 0 26 15 324 0 18,454 0 1,009 7 461 1 194 75 1,613 0 29 0 0 0 4 0 3 61 I 61 I 1,.5 I[ 20 I I 43900l 109 L88 | 5,130 21 There were 91 passengers wear- ing seat belts and 11 who were not. Students who were buckled up received raffle tickets for drawing held later in the day in- side the schxfl. Police found no other traffic-related violations during the survey. Parents, students ask Cape board to recc,nsi, ter band program By Amy Reardon Parents and students wearing stickers that read "Music Support- er" voiced their concerns about next year's band program at the Cape Henlopen School District's Board of Education meeting, May 22. A handful of middle school stu- dents stood up to demonstrate that they would like to march, and Dr. Rama Peri shared the podium with Milton Middle Shool teacher Tammy Morley to oppose the mu- sic department's proposal. Under the proposed plan, mid- dle school students and ninth- graders would not march in pa- rades and ninth-graders would play in a separate band on the Ninth Grade Campus. Peri op- posed the recommendation at the April 10 board meeting and brought parents and students with her for support May 22. Peri stressdA inber presentation that she fully supports the music department, but fears that elimi- nating marching may hurt the pro- gram. "Marching is the reason some students join band," said Peri. "The excitement and pride they have when they march in front of their parents, grandparent s , and friends is important and valuable. It doesn't matter if they stay in step." Peri also argued that eliminat- ing marching is major curriculum change that the district should no- tify parents about. 'q'his is a change in how things have been done up until now," said Peri. "It's dramatically different than what was already going on. Par- ents need to be notified about that kind of change." Superintendent Dr. Andrew Brandenberger explained that eliminating marching wasn't a curriculum change, but a change in one component of how thema- terial is delivered. "We will be conforming with state standards," said Cape Hen- lopen band director Barry Eli. Music teachers Bill Bennett and Stephanie Buchert from Lewes Middle School and Stephanie Williams from Cape Henlopen High School joined Eli in repre- senting Cape's music department at the meeting. "I fully stand by the proposal; that's why we made it," said Eli. "As teachers and music instruc- tors we have what's best for the kids in mind. We know the plan needs tweaking, but we need a chance to make it work." The music department feels time spent on marching takes away from music education, and middle school and ninth grade stu- dents would benefit from extra in- struction time. "I went to Seaford, which put a major emphasis on marching," said Buchert. "When I got to col- lege as a music major, I wasn't as prepared as others from Delaware." "We are always happy to hear directly from parents," said Camilla Conlon, board president. "Dr. Peri went through the proper motions to voice her concern. We heard from a half a dozen families who are not happy and we under- stand that. But we are following the lead of our music profession- als. We're just going to have to agree to disagree this time." Few in attendance at public hearing on Milton's land use plan By Rosanne Pack A public hearing to view the new comprehensive land use plan for Milton drew a small crowd May 20. Fewer than 10 people came to hear Ann Marie Townsend review the comments of state agencies to the prp_poset land use plan. The map showing commercial and residential areas and areas for potential development and the text description of land did not differ radically from the plan approved in 1997. Included in the comments was an apprehension-with the amount of outlying properties that the town would designate as having potential for annexation. Townsend said there are con- ceres that annexation of outlying parcels could come at a rate that would outstrip the town's infra- structure capacities. Milton engineering consultant, Robert Kerr, Cabe Associates, said there it is a delicate balancing act to keep development and in- frastructure in pace with each oth- er. "You don't "want to get too far ahead [with expanding utilities], in case development doesn't ma- teriaiize," he said. However, earlier in the hearing, Kerr told Townsend that the town had already begun the process of reviewing water and sewer capac- ity with an eye to scheduled and unanticipated potential growth. Responding to comments re- garding the amount f land shown with potential for annexation, Lin- da Rogers, chair of Milton Plan- ning and Zoning Commission, said, "As always, the state doesn't want a huge development area around tovn, but if you don't get" it now, you don't get it. .: "There's always an influx of people who don't want develop- ment at all." . Townsend Said the state plan- ning office would like to see the proposed land use map illustrate specifically which properties have expressed interest in being an- nexed. Comments from other agencies included the Department of Agri- culture pointing out the need of a 50-foot buffer around any existing farmland in close proximity to land that might be annexed. That department also said that, in keep ing with the Urban Forestry Pro- gram, Milton should ensure that there will be a "greenbelt" around town. There was also a recommenda- tion that the town establish a his- torie review board to determine how to preserye:historically rele- vant locations. Meeting May 27, the Milton Board of Adjustment agreed with two recommendations sent by the plarmingand zoning commission. Milton Planning and Zoning met May 20after the land use plan public heating.  Membeas also voted on recom- mendations for two variance re- quests. Following planning and zoning commission recommendations, the board of adjustment voted to deny a request for a variance sought by Richard and Patricia In- gram for a Commercial property at 901 Palmer St. They also agreed that two lots owned by Bob Jen- nings are acceptable as noncon- forming parcels without further official town action since they were originally partitioned and registered with the county as two lots. The Ingrams plan a building that will house one large or sever- al small retail or offices spaces. They requested a variance that would allow them to reduce rear and side yard setbacks and to eliminate an off street loading space behind retail spaces. This would have allowed a building of greater square footage. Jennings entered a request for a variance for minimum lot size and front yard set back for two lots on Frederick Street. The unimproved lots have been recorded as two lots in Sussex County deed records since before Milton had a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet. The required lot width is now 75 feet; the Frederick Street lots are 55 feet wide with square footage of 8,000. Milton legal counsel pointed out that the partition of the proper- ties existed before current ordi- nances were established. Tim Willard said the strong evi- dence of the pre-existence of the two lots without any intent to join them probably was cause enough tO accept them as they were with- out having to approve or deny a variance for non-conforming use. The board of adjustment voted to accept planning and zoning's recommendation that the lots be allowed to remain as they are without further application for variance. Planning and Zoning Commis- sioner Dean Sherman did not par- ticipate in discussion of the Jen- nings's property during the com- mission meeting. Sherman cur- rently has a contract on the prop- erties.