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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 Continued from page 3 W. Third Street which was ap- proved at the March 13, 1995 meeting; considering an ordinance which makes changes to the laws relating to accessory buildings; set a date for a special meeting to dis- cuss satellite parking on Smith Avenue (between Beacon Motel and Lewes Daily Market; and ap- pointment of an ad-hoe committee to work with the Board of Public Works regarding future street re- habilitation projects. New Marketplace owner considers joint access Rojan L.L.C., the new owner of the Marketplace shopping center along Del. 1, met with officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) on Tuesday (June 6) to discuss a pro- posal to permit access between the shopping center and a miniature golf course being developed along Del. I. Thomas and Patricia Der- rick of Rehohoth Beach plan to open a Sea Shell Shop and minia- ture golf course along Del. 1 just east of the Marketplace shopping center. DelDOT officials and res- idents have expressed concern over the approved entrance along the congested highway into the Derricks' property. DelDOT sub- division engineer Joel Leidy met with Patricia Derrick and Robert Aerenson, managing member of Rojan L.L.C., this week to request that Rojan allow access between the shopping center and the Der- ricks' property. "We're consider- ing all the options," Aerenson said Wednesday. "I want to do what's fight for the community, the shop- ping center and everyone in- volved." The Wilmington-hased company purchased the shopping center for $4.3 million last month. The Marketplace shopping center consists of 58,000 square feet and is anchored by Food Lion, Happy Harry's Drug Store and Sherwin Williams Paint Store. Dewey Commissioners meet June 9 The Dewey Beach Town Com- missioners will discuss sign regu- lations, a proposed moratorium on bed and breakfast inns, bus mutes and Woposed regulations to pro- teet dunes during their next meet- ing on Friday, June 9. In addition, the commissioners will discuss a proposal to establish a municipal trash collection system. The commissioners also plan to discuss concerns regarding an or- dinance recently enacted in Bethany Beach to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages after 10:30 p.m. Five Bethany Beach restau- rants have asked Court of Chancery to overturn the alcohol ban, which went into effect last week. Dewey Beach officials are con- eemed that the new law may in- crease the bar crowd in Dewey Beach. "I will not see Dewey become the dumping ground for the bars," Dewey Beach Mayor Robert Frederick said. According to the mayor, there are no plans to pro- pose an early last call in Dewey Beach. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Life Saving Station Museum at 1 Dagsworthy Av- enue. The public is invited to at- tend and comment. AG Office to reprimand four deputies After completing an investiga- tion into alleged misconduct dur- ing a retreat in Rehoboth Beach on May 18 and 19, the state Jus- tice Department plans to repri- mand four deputies, according to Attorney General M. Jane Brady. "We determined that three male deputies did in fact skinny dip," Brady said. Another male deputy became intoxicated and got sick in a boardwalk trash can, she said. Citing the confidentiality of personnel matters, the Justice De- partment will not disclose the names of the deputies involved. Brady said she hasn't decided whether the deputies will receive verbal or written reprimands. On Friday, May 19, the Re- hohoth Beach Police Department responded to a noise complaint in- volving a group of state deputies partying at the Henlopen Hotel about 3 a.m. No arrests were made. The incident occurred dur- ing the fifth annual retreat of slightly over 100 state Justice De- partment lawyers and employees on May 18 and 19. The retreat is designed to provide continuing le- gal education to deputies. County Council adopts $70 million budget Keeping the current property tax rate unchanged for the sixth consecutive year, Sussex County Council on Tuesday (June 6) ap- proved a $70 million budget for fiscal year 1996, which begins Ju- ly 1. Based on a tax rate of 44.5 cents per $I00 of assessed value, the average single-family home will have an annual county tax of $77.97. The average county tax bill for a manufactured home will be $31.71. The fiscal blueprint includes a 3 percent pay increase for all elect- ed and appointed county employ- ees and retirees beginning July 1. An additional 1 percent pay raise is scheduled to go into effect in January. In addition, the budget allocates nearly $1.2 million to the County Pension Fund. The budget allows for the hiring of an environmental planner, historic planner and an engineer-in-train- ing. The budget includes two new programs, $296,527 for 911 ad- dressing and $791,500 for library automation. The paramedic de- partment remains the largest de- partment expenditure in the coun- ty's budget. The county's $1.4 million share of the $3.5 million paramedic program is paid from funds received from the realty transfer tax. Libraries in Sussex County are slated to receive a total of $2.8 million. The county expects to generate $187,000 in revenues for the libraries by imposing a 1 per- cent placement tax on mobile homes. County Council is sched- uled to introduce an ordinance im- plementing the tax on Tuesday, June 13. The FY '96 budget allocates money towards the $7.3 million estimated cost of the county's new administrative building. In addi- tion, funding should be secured from the Federal Aviation Admin- istration to allow for the purchase of an additional 24 acres of land adjacent to the Sussex County In- dustrial Airpark. Sussex County will apply for more than $1.4 million in Com- munity Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which will be used to rehabilitate substandard housing throughout the county. In addition, the funding would be used to allow 90 homes to be con- nected to the West Rehohoth Ex- pansion of the Dewey Beach San- itary Sewer District. The budget allocates $175,000 for legal services, $628,862 for fire and ambulance services and $75,000 for future reassessment. The county's contribution to the State of Delaware for i2 addition- al State Police troopers at Troop 4 near Georgetown will be $313,898 for FY '96. Funding is earmarked for the "Slam Dunk to the Beach" basketball tournament and the Delaware Arts Stabiliza- tion Fund, which supports organi- zations such as the Rehoboth Art League and the Possum Point Players. The county's Capital Improve- ment Program exceeds $40 mil- lion for the next budget year. This program also includes projections that the county will spend $86.4 million through fiscal year 2000. The bulk of the capital improve- ment projects are for airport oper- ations and sewer systems, such as the $76 million West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District. Water, sewer rates increase in Dewey Beach Sussex County Council on Tuesday, June 6 approved rate in- c for sewer and water ser- vice in Dewey Beach. Due to a new service contract with the City of Rehoboth Beach, annual water bills are expected to increase by $5.35, Under the new five-year agreement, the city has increased by six percent its charges for pro- viding water to the district. Sewer bills will jump by $12.60 a year because the county antici- pates rebuilding three pump sta- tions in the sewer district. Skeen to present New Directions role to CURE Suellen Skeen, Cape Henlopen School District superintendent, will be the guest speaker at the Citizens United Regarding Educa- tion (CURE) monthly meeting. She will make a presentation on the district's long-range strategic plan for the implementation of New Directions, the state's educa- tion reform initiative. A question Trish Vernon photo A new look in Henlopen Acres The Henlopen Acres maintenance department is now sport- hag new uniforms, with green pants and hats and green and white striped shirts emblazoned with the Henlopen Acres name. Those sporting the new uniforms are 0. to r.) Sonny McClure, maintenance manager, Rick Donovan, Buddy Reynolds and Bill Shlpley, along with town manager Jenny Burton. I and answer session will follow the presentation. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be held Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. in the Parish House of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Second and Market Streets, Lewes. For more information or for directions, call Estie Class, 645-5854. Moore to seek explanation on statement Cape Henlopen Board of Edu- cation board member elect Brent Moore said he will challenge a statement a Parent Teacher Asso- ciation (PTA) president told him Superintendent Suellen Skeen made during a June 8 meeting of PTA leaders. According to Moore, the PTA president said Skeen denied that Moore requested permission to at- tend an executive session of Cape Board of Education meeting on May 18. Moore said he believes the su- perintendent deliberately misled the PTA members and be plans to address the issue publicly during the board's workshop meeting, Thursday, June 15. He said he was with another board member when hemade the request, so his assertion that Skeen denied his access to the meeting is verifiable. Board to discuss fiscal '96 budget The Cape Henlopen Board of Education will discuss the fiscal 1996 budget at its workshop meet- ing on Thursday, June 15. Superintendent Suellen Skeen has said she will recommend the hoard budget $10,000 for testing students on opposite years from the state assessments. "I don't think we're getting enough from the interim test to evaluate students," Skeen said in a May 24 interview. She said on Thursday, June 8 that state level proposals may eliminate or alter the math and science interim tests. If so, the district may need flex- ibility to use the increased local testing funds to continue assess- ments in those areas for students in grades three, five, eight and ten. Skeen said she also will suggest using recently acquired referen- dum funds to purchase instruc- tional materials and to increase the textbook account. The board will also discuss Board Policy 202, regarding non- resident students, and a proposed new policy on students' course and extra curricular activities par- ticipation. Skeen said that with advice from the district's attorney, the board will examine a policy aimed at students who are not registered in Cape Schools, such as privately or home schooled students, who may wish to participate in any public school activities such as Odyssey of the Mind, a sport, etc. At the meeting, the hoard will also serve as an audience for the Positive Self Image student group. The students have been devel- oping public speaking skills under the tutelage of district staff, com- munity members and board mem- ber Sue Shupard. They will give brief speeches to hoard members as a culmination to their public speaking unit. The meeting will be held in the - Cape Henlopen High School li- brary at 8 p.m. Civic Center/Library committee announced Milton Mayor G. Ruth Batten announced the members of the Civic Center/Library committees at the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 6. Members of the committee that will work with Bob Stickels, Sus- sex County administrator, are Car- ol Fitzgerald, Bill Townsend, and Bill Siegmund. Members of the local commit- tee are Mary Catherine Hopkins, Barbara and Charlie Fleetwood, Pauline Wilson, Nora Martin, Walt Bryan, Marian Bau, Tony Boyd-Heron, Kristie Betts, Ruth Batten, Diane Lockwood, and Ron and Carol Webster. The committees will explore options for replacing the civic center and expanding library ser- vices.