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CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, June 7 - June 13, 1996 - 13 Sussex OKs takeover of Dewey building inspection Town still seeks replacement for Ulrich By Michael Short Sussex County Council has agreed to take over building in- spection in Dewey Beach. That decision, made at the June 4 County Council meeting, comes shortly after the resignation of for- mer Dewey Beach Building In- spector Karen Ulrich. But Dewey Beach will continue to advertise for a building official, according to Mayor Bob Freder- ick. Frederick said the distinction is that the county will enforce the standard Southern Building Code, which is in effect in many areas of the county. That standard building code requires no special familiari- ty with Dewey Beach and its par- ticular problems, he said. A building official, as opposed to a building inspector, however, can concentrate on occupancy, parking and other issues which are Dewey Beach ordinances, Freder- ick said. Frederick said this is similar to the system Dewey Beach used from 1981 to 1986 when Sussex County enforced the building code, but Dewey Beach dealt with town ordinances such as signage. "We're not reinventing the wheel here," he said. "Hurricane Della" bearing down on By Michael Short Hurricane Della is bearing down on the Delaware coast and may strike the Cape region with 115 mph winds early next week. Hurricane Della, fortunately, is only an exercise being conducted next week at the Sussex County Airport. The National Guard, hos- pitals, Delaware Emergency Man- agement Agency, Sussex County and other state and local agencies will come together for a week of learning and preparation during the simulated hurricane. The week will include establish- ment of a "tent city" in which offi- cials or members of the public may spend the night, a day-long workshop with officials, some of whom dealt with Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew and a day long public Cape Region open house to demonstrate emer- gency technology and raise disas- ter awareness. "It's to educate the public and have a good time," said Bill Butler, Delaware Emergency Management Agency training of- ricer, of the open house. All of this against the backdrop of Della, a Class Three Hurricane capable of walloping Delaware with massive wind gusts capable of overturning mobile homes, tearing away roofs and creating havoc. Betty Collins, the acting director of the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, said that the agencies hope they never have to use the lessons they learn, but that it's better to be pre- pared. "Basically it is to bring the agencies together," she said. "Bet- ter coordination will make these agencies aware of what they might expect." Equipment will be set up this weekend and the Emer- gency Operations Center will be activated on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the day long confer- ence will feature speakers like Lt. Colonel Jerry Vaughn of the Florida National Guard and Clay Stamp, the director of emergency management in Ocean City, Md. On Wednesday, the tent city will be established and officials may spend the night. Thursday is considered a recovery day and Friday will be a day of critiquing the exercise to see what went well and what needs to be done better. On Saturday, June 15 the public is encouraged to attend the open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. County Council approved the request with no objections from council members. Administrator Bob Stickels said that the more county towns that use the same code and same enforcement, the easier it will be for builders. Frederick echoed that sentiment that this system will create "a more unified picture." Ulrich left following a dispute over what the job entails. Dewey Beach officials had asked her to do late night inspections of bars and restaurants to enforce occu- pancy codes. Ulrich said that was the responsibility of the police or the fire marshal's office. Frederick, however, said that that was part of the job of a build- ing inspector and said the occu- pancy issue involves more than just inspecting bars and restau- rants. Use of county inspectors is expected to be a cost savings for towns. The cost of inspection is paid by the businesses or home owners being inspected. Freder- ick, however, expects the cost to basically even out for Dewey Beach because the town still in- tends to hire a building official. "I think it will be a wash," Frederick said. County enforcement is common in Sussex and the county believes it has enough manpower to add Dewey to that list. The county en- forces the commercial and multi- family building codes in Bethel, Bridgeville, Ellendale, George- town, Slaughter Beach, Ocean View, Greenwood, Fenwick Is- land and Frankford. The single family code is en- forced in Blades, Ellendale, Fen- wick Island, Frankford, George- town, Greenwood, Henlopen Acres, Ocean View and Slaughter Beach. Also  Burns, Cuts and Stains r onyour Carpet and V'my/  - Call for Special Prices ~ .JB FEHRENBACH'S CARPET PLUS George Continued from page 12 world's largest corporations - General Motors - held its annual corporate meeting in Delaware. The night before the meeting I met with the company's top man- agement. I asked them what we could do in Delaware to help in- sure their success. Their answer to me was to make sure that we have a work force that can enable GM to succeed in the world. Two weeks ago I met with manage- ment officials at First Omni Bank in Millsboro. They employ about 800. I asked them the same ques- tion. They said the best thing Delaware could do for them was to provide the best educated, most productive workforee possible. Del Tech's helping to meet those needs and Delaware's a far better place because of Del Tech," said Carper. In his inaugural speech, George said he wants to ensure that Del Tech fulfills its mission "to help our student body achieve success and to provide the trained and ed- ucated workforce that our local businesses, agencies, and govern- ment need in order for them to carry out their mission." He said he feels it's very impor- tant that Del Tech continue to be very accessible and affordable for all the people of Delaware. "And while we want to be as high tech as possible, we want to also be a high touch institution so that our students feel strong support for whatever programs they're in, and so they develop the self-confi- dence needed to be successful." Seeking full time faculty After the ceremony, George, in a brief press conference, said he feels Del Tech's greatest weak- ness lies in the fact that "success has outpaced our ability to keep full time faculty in the classroom. Del Tech personalizes the educa- tional experience and part time faculty members can't give as much to that experience as full timers." He said his first priority is to get funding for and hire more full time faculty members who can in- teract with students inside and outside the classroom. We want to reduce from 50 percent to under 30 percent the number of students being taught by part timers. We will look at our faculty situation by campus and by department. In some departments the percentage of part time faculty members is way too high - some departments are well over 50 percent part timers." George said he understands that Gov. Carper has recommended a significant increase - in his pro- posed budget - for full time facul- ty members at Del Tech. 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