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Briefly Lewes zoning drafting committee to meet There will be a meeting of the Zoning Ad-Hoc Drafting Com- mittee for the city of Lewes on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within council chambers of city hall on East Third Street in Lewes. The public is welcome to attend. Lewes subdivision subcommittee to meet There will be a meeting of the Subdivision Ordinance Review Subcommittee for the city of Lewes on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in council chambers of city hall on East Third Street in Lewes. The public is welcome to attend. Lewes Council to meet Monday, June 10 The mayor and members of Lewes city council will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, June 10 beginning at 8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. One of the items on the agenda is ap- proval of a resolution to set a pub- lic hearing on a subdivision re- quest by Sussex Life Care Inc. of property located off of Oceanview Boulevard in Pilottown Village. This project involves a proposed 141 lot subdivision, behind Har- bor Healthcare Center, which was approved by Lewes in preliminary form three years ago as Phase Two of Pilottown Village. Lewes Planning Commission recently recommended approval of the project. Other items on the agen- da, in addition to regular reading of minutes, Board Of Public Works General Manager's report, and review of monthly monies that come in for street and police departments, are the following: a report from Lewes Police Depart- ment regarding a request from res- idents of Beach Plum Place and Drive for placement of a sign to read "Not A Thru Street" near the egress/ingress to the parking lot of the new Kingsway Professional Building on Kings Highway; pre- sentation of a statement by Clau- dia On" regarding the hiring of a police chief; request on behalf of Norwest Mortgage that the city notify the mortgagee should a de- fault occur on the land lease of 12 Cape Henlopen Drive; request on behalf of Lewes Post Office for permission to hold a dedication ceremony in 1812 Park on Mon- day, June 17, 1996 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; request on behalf of Sharon Yoder and Jerome Trattler for the use of Zwaanendael Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996 for a wedding ceremony along with ap- propriate music; consideration of the execution of the Mosquito Spray Policy Municipality En- dorsement; consideration of the execution of the Collateraiization Escrow Agreement between the city of Lewes, Baltimore Trust Company, and Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company. This agreement, according to City Manager Elaine Bisbee, outlines the responsibilities of the city and the bank regarding the approxi- mately $2.5 million in city funds invested in Baltimore Trust and how the collateral to cover those funds in the event of a bank de- fault are handled; request on be- half of Councilman James L. Ford to amend the fiscal year 1996- 1997 budget to include expendi- tures for certain projects - such as bicycle patrols - conducted by the Lewes Police Department; and ap- pointment of a member to the Lewes Planning Commission to fill the expired term of Jane Pfeif- fer for a three year term. Cape Board to discuss budget on June 13 The Cape Henlopen Board of Education will review the draft proposal of the fiscal 1997 budget during its Thursday, June 13 workshop meeting. Also on the agenda are the following: compre- hensive assessment, the Cape Henlopen Arts Alliance, the assis- tant principal for H.O. Britting- ham Elementary School, review- ing board policies 339, 439 and 539 (uncompensated leave), board policies on meetings and public participation at board meetings, the Intelligences Unlimited pro- gram and Robert's Rules of Order. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the library at Cape Hen- lopen High School. Cape district passes employment contract The Cape Henlopen Board of Education and the Cape Henlopen Support Staff Association have mutually and unanimously ratified a new three-year employment contract. The contract extends from July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1998. The Collaborative Ap- proach to Problem Solving (CAPS) process used in the year- long negotiations was instrumen- tal in both parties reaching the agreement, as well as expanding the communications and relations within the district on an ongoing daily basis. Clarifications Low income housing proposed in Milton The Milton Town Council agreed at its Monday, June 3 meeting to request a traffic study from the Delaware Department of Transportation prior to rendering an official comment about a pro- posed low-income housing devel- opment along the north side of Rt. 16 in the Town of Milton. In a May 24 letter to Milton Mayor Jack Bushey from Susan Frank, director of the Delaware State Housing Authority, Frank advised Bushey that the law requires the town be given an opportunity to comment on any proposed hous- ing projects which provide tax credits to the developers. According to Frank's letter, "Mr. Neil Essick, on behalf of Milton Landing Limited Partner- ship, has applied for and is under consideration to receive an alloca- tion of 1996 low income housing tax credits. Milton Landing will be an affordable housing complex located along the north side of Rt. 16 in the Town of Milton. 'l'he project will consist of no more than 72 newly constructed apartment units which will house families whose incomes do not exceed 60 percent of the area me- dian income based on family size. The proposed financing for the project is with Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company, the Delaware Community Investment Corporation and the Delaware State Housing Authority's Hous- ing Development Fund." Comments about the project must be submitted to the housing finance director by June 25, and the tax credit allocations will be made on or before Dec. 2. Wright trial for shooting dropped The State of Delaware dropped charges against Jerrin Wright on Monday, May 30 when the victim, whom Wright-stood accused of at- tempting to threaten with gun shots, failed to appear in court. Wright was facing charges of first degree reckless endangering, pos- session of a firearm during the commission of a felony, criminal mischief and aggravated menac- ing. According to state police re- ports filed on Jan. 11, Wright was allegedly involved in a shooting incident that occurred on Wednes- day, Jan. 10 at the Rt. 261 and Rt. 261A intersection west of Lewes. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, Wright allegedly fired three shots at a 20-year-old Seaford acquain- tance's vehicle, then followed him to Belltown, where he allegedly fired four more rounds from his handgun. Carole Davis, deputy attorney general, said she made several at- tempts to assure the victim's ap- pearance for the trial. ''be victim didn't show [for Wright's trial]," she said. "In this case, it was basi- cally his word against the defen- dant's. It seems to me that he ob2 viously lost interest." According to Davis, in order to comply with the rights afforded by the Constitution, Wright had the right to face his accuser. The state, she said, could not proceed with the case without the victim's testimony, and since he knew of the court date and did not appear, there appeared to be no sound ba- sis for requesting a continuance. Lewes P.O. enters race for the cure The postal service has joined the fight against breast cancer with the issuance of 100 million breast cancer awareness stamps and is urging each and every American to use the stamps on their letters to bring national at- tention to the cause. Printed on the sheets of 20 stamps is the Na- tional Cancer Institute's cancer in- CAPE GAZETI, Friday, June 7. June 13, 1996.3 A labor of love in Lewes Dennis Fomey photo Billy White Jr. of Lewes spent the last three years restoring this 1956 Chris Craft launch as a labor of love. Sunday was the special day when he put in the water of the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal at Lewes. uIt's 23 feet long and is driven by a 302 horsepower Ford inboard engine. These were built at a factory in Salisbury and were sold to executives for trans- portation back and forth to larger vessels such as corporate yachts." The lapstrake hull is topped with plenty of hand- sanded and varnished bright work. White plans to keep his "Son Of Lewes" in the Anglers Marina. formation service number, 1 (800) 4-CANCER. "From now through October, with the help of the Tunnell Can- cer Center and other breast cancer organizations, we are making the Lewes, Delaware post office a center of information and under- standing on this disease," said Judy George-Thompson, post- master. One June 17, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in front of the Lewes Post Office, we will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Day with a special stamp dedication ceremony. The ceremony will be conducted by Kaye Webb, Lewes window clerk and breast cancer survivor, and Joy Bartell, ontolo- gy services manager at Beebe Medical Center's Tunnell Cancer Center. The community is invited to attend the ceremony, and light refreshments will be served in the post office lobby. Both Webb and Bartell will also be available to answer questions about breast Cancer. are," he said, adding that the other organizations may be aware of funding opportunities for the com- mittee's projects and proposals. The committee also decided at the June meeting that it will orga- nize working parties to assemble the new benches and trash bins for the Governor's Wail Anyone in- terested in helping with the pro- ject may call Boyd-Heron at 684- 2504 or 645-0551. Acres plumbing licenses needed June 15 Plumbers who work in the Town of Henlopen Acres must obtain a Town of Henlopen Acres plumbing license by June 15. The following five items are required by the Town Ordinance No. 53: a copy of the Delaware State Board of Health Registered Plumbers' License (expiration date June 30, Continued on page 3 Milton Main Street making ducky progress The Milton Main Street Com- mittee began finalizing plans for The Great Milton Duck Race in August during its Tuesday, June 4 meeting. According to Tony Boyd-Heron, president, tickets will be distributed to committee members at the July 2 meeting, and sales to the public will begin in early July. The Milton Main Street sub committees have been meeting, said Boyd-Heron. "The goals and objectives have been established and are starting to be refined," he said. He said the at-large committee will make no new decisions until it has had a joint meeting with members of the Milton Town Council, Milton Lions Club, Cen- tury Club and Chamber of Com- merce of Milton. "We want to know what other people's ideas A brief in the May 31 edition incorrectly stated that the last pupil day in the Cape Henlopen School District is June 18. The last pupil day is June 19, and an early dismissal is scheduled. The last teacher day is June 20. A letter from former Lewes Po- lice Chief Richard Stone in the May 31 edition of the Cape Gazette indicated that Council- man Jim Ford, at a Lewes Home- owners Association meeting in May, had suggested going to an employee evaluation schedule of every six months as one means of keeping a closer watch on Lewes Police Department. Jim Ford called to say that at that meeting he had stated that the city had re- cently established a six month evaluation schedule for employ- ees and that that might be one step toward staying in closer contact with the Lewes Police Department operation.