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Milton preservation committee supports demolition moratorium By Rosanne Pack At the initial meeting of the Milton Historic Preservation Committee, members agreed to recommend a temporary moratori- um on demolition within the town's historic district. The moratorium would be in ef- fect until a Milton historic preser- vation ordinance is adopted. The recommendation will go to town council for review and discussion at the Monday, June 7, meeting. The newly named committee will inform Mayor Jack Bushey and council members that they support such a moratorium and recommend that it be imposed un- til at least Dec. 6, with the option of an extension until an ordinance is complete. Stephanie Parker, chair of the committee, said al- lowing for the potential of an ex- tension is important. She said it would be difficult to judge how long the ordinance process will take, including development and adaptation, hearings and reviews that will be required before adop- tion. The demolition issue was raised after more than 150 residents sub- mitted a petition to council re- questing a temporary moratorium be in place until historic preserva- tion ordinances could be complet- ed. The petition was introduced at the May 3 council meeting. The petition listed concerns with unregulated demolitions of buildings, both residential and commercial, that have historic merit. It stated that developers and speculators are looking at Milton as a location where property can be purchased at a reasonable price, cleared of older structures and sold at a profit as unimproved property without regard for histor- ical and cultural value of demol- ished buildings. The three committee members attending the first meeting, Parker, Jerry Hudson and Dick Greig, be- gan a review of a draft ordinance Hudson prepared. Among issues to be determined are the exact boundaries of the present Historic Preservation District and how property owners can petition to be included. Since the additional members, Don Post and George Short, could not attend the May 13 meeting, it was decided that all members would be given an opportunity to review the draft before further dis- cussion. The committee will re- port to town council on their progress and with recommenda- tions. The committee will meet in June, but a date has not been an- nounced. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 4 - June 10, 2004 19 HUGE SALE IN PROGRESS Groin Continued from page 1 attorney Eugene Bayard said his clients tried to negotiate a settle- ment with the Sierra Club, but didn't have any response from them. "We didn't hear anything from the Sierra Club, and then the Environmental Appeals Board let the case drag on for more than two years without hearing it," said Bayard. "So we took it to Superior Court for a ruling. The Environmental Appeals Board attorney said the board was han- dling several big cases and could- n't get to it. I argued that at least the board should have set a hear- ing date within the mandated 30- day time period and opened the hearing, if only for a few minutes, just to meet the state code as described in Title 7, Section 6007. The hearing, that law states, must be scheduled and opened within 180 days of the appeal being filed." Superior Court Judge Henley Graves listened to argument last month from both sides of the groin issue and ruled in favor of North Shores, stating in his ruling that the five-member Environmental Appeals Board waited "way too long" to hear the case. Graves' ruling put a halt to the scheduled May 25 hearing by the appeals board. "My main argument about the groin itself has been that there are 18 groins between Dewey Beach and Cape Henlopen," said Bayard. "How can anybody claim that this one groin is keeping all the sand from reaching Cape Henlopen State Park? That's an awful big stretch, to single one groin out of 18." Bayard also noted his observa- tion that despite the existence of those 18 groins along the ocean, sand still is sweeping northward. "Anyone can go to Cape Henlopen and see the huge island of sand that's been formed around the point in recent years. The sand is moving north; it's just going around the point before it stops." Bayard said he feels the Graves decision is good for his clients. He also said the picture painted in court of how the Environmental Appeals Board has handled the scheduling of its many cases is an ominous one. "In the big picture, I'm wondering how many other key environmental appeals cases - important ones for Delaware - could be effected by this ruling. What will this do to Motiva I and Motiva II? Will they be thrown out, too? It doesn't look real good for the big picture." Deputy Attorney General Kevin Slattery did not return a phone message, June 3, asking for com- ment on the issues Bayard raised. OFF and more p ... We have tt all. . [WQN//j Resort Furnishings ,t Outlet lrices! J k   1312 Highway One, Lewes, DE 19958 (302) 644-4233- Daily 10 - 5 Milton preservation committee supports demolition moratorium By Rosanne Pack At the initial meeting of the Milton Historic Preservation Committee, members agreed to recommend a temporary moratori- um on demolition within the town's historic district. The moratorium would be in ef- fect until a Milton historic preser- vation ordinance is adopted. The recommendation will go to town council for review and discussion at the Monday, June 7, meeting. The newly named committee will inform Mayor Jack Bushey and council members that they support such a moratorium and recommend that it be imposed un- til at least Dec. 6, with the option of an extension until an ordinance is complete. Stephanie Parker, chair of the committee, said al- lowing for the potential of an ex- tension is important. She said it would be difficult to judge how long the ordinance process will take, including development and adaptation, hearings and reviews that will be required before adop- tion. The demolition issue was raised after more than 150 residents sub- mitted a petition to council re- questing a temporary moratorium be in place until historic preserva- tion ordinances could be complet- ed. The petition was introduced at the May 3 council meeting. The petition listed concerns with unregulated demolitions of buildings, both residential and commercial, that have historic merit. It stated that developers and speculators are looking at Milton as a location where property can be purchased at a reasonable price, cleared of older structures and sold at a profit as unimproved property without regard for histor- ical and cultural value of demol- ished buildings. The three committee members attending the first meeting, Parker, Jerry Hudson and Dick Greig, be- gan a review of a draft ordinance Hudson prepared. Among issues to be determined are the exact boundaries of the present Historic Preservation District and how property owners can petition to be included. Since the additional members, Don Post and George Short, could not attend the May 13 meeting, it was decided that all members would be given an opportunity to review the draft before further dis- cussion. The committee will re- port to town council on their progress and with recommenda- tions. The committee will meet in June, but a date has not been an- nounced. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 4 - June 10, 2004 19 HUGE SALE IN PROGRESS Groin Continued from page 1 attorney Eugene Bayard said his clients tried to negotiate a settle- ment with the Sierra Club, but didn't have any response from them. "We didn't hear anything from the Sierra Club, and then the Environmental Appeals Board let the case drag on for more than two years without hearing it," said Bayard. "So we took it to Superior Court for a ruling. The Environmental Appeals Board attorney said the board was han- dling several big cases and could- n't get to it. I argued that at least the board should have set a hear- ing date within the mandated 30- day time period and opened the hearing, if only for a few minutes, just to meet the state code as described in Title 7, Section 6007. The hearing, that law states, must be scheduled and opened within 180 days of the appeal being filed." Superior Court Judge Henley Graves listened to argument last month from both sides of the groin issue and ruled in favor of North Shores, stating in his ruling that the five-member Environmental Appeals Board waited "way too long" to hear the case. Graves' ruling put a halt to the scheduled May 25 hearing by the appeals board. "My main argument about the groin itself has been that there are 18 groins between Dewey Beach and Cape Henlopen," said Bayard. "How can anybody claim that this one groin is keeping all the sand from reaching Cape Henlopen State Park? That's an awful big stretch, to single one groin out of 18." Bayard also noted his observa- tion that despite the existence of those 18 groins along the ocean, sand still is sweeping northward. "Anyone can go to Cape Henlopen and see the huge island of sand that's been formed around the point in recent years. The sand is moving north; it's just going around the point before it stops." Bayard said he feels the Graves decision is good for his clients. He also said the picture painted in court of how the Environmental Appeals Board has handled the scheduling of its many cases is an ominous one. "In the big picture, I'm wondering how many other key environmental appeals cases - important ones for Delaware - could be effected by this ruling. What will this do to Motiva I and Motiva II? Will they be thrown out, too? It doesn't look real good for the big picture." Deputy Attorney General Kevin Slattery did not return a phone message, June 3, asking for com- ment on the issues Bayard raised. OFF and more p ... We have tt all. . [WQN//j Resort Furnishings ,t Outlet lrices! J k   1312 Highway One, Lewes, DE 19958 (302) 644-4233- Daily 10 - 5