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CAS Continued from page 1 district or sub district," Stickels said. Srickels noted that courts have upheld the county's policy of set- ring. different rates for sewer dis- tricts as being fair and equitable. According to Stickels, County Council will hold a public hearing in December to set sewer rates be- fore tax bills are sent out. Rates for the Dewey Beach San- itary Sewer District are based on usage, while rates for the expand- ed district are based on linear feet of froniage. CAS's latest argu- ment is that the county cannot jus- tify the sewer project as an expan- sion of an existing sewer district, while at the same time setting higher rates for the West Re- hoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District. CAS's argument is identical to one repeatedly raised by Wash- ington, D.C. attorney William Green. Green, who owns property in north Bethany Beach, sued Coun- ty Council over what he considers an inequity in the assessment rates per front foot between the Bethany Beach sewer district and the North Bethany Beach expan- sion. The typical annual sewer bill is about $249 in Bethany Beach and nearly $1,232 in North Bethany Beach. Unlike the Bethany Beach sewer system, the North Bethany sewer system was built without state or federal funding. In May, Superior Court Judge N. Maxson Terry upheld the coun- ty's sewer assessments by ruling that nothing in state law prevents County Council from setting a new rate for each area added to a sewer system. Green has ap- pealed the court's decision to Delaware Supreme Court. By law, referendum approval is required in order to establish a new sewer district. On two occa- sions, County Council held refer- endums to establish a sewer dis- trict in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area. However, property owners voted overwhelmingly in opposition to the establishment of a sewer district. The county is not required to hold a referendum in order to ex-, pand an existing sewer district. In June of 1993, CAS filed legal action in Delaware Superior Court over the creation of the sewer dis- trict. The group argued that the county improperly dubbed the sewer project an "expansion" of the existing sewer district in order to circumvent a referendum vote on the unpopular project. CAS later dropped its suit after state and county officials man- aged to slash the projected sewer rate by about 40 percent from $937 to $547 a year for the aver- age-sized home lot. In addition, the county lowered the one-rime connection fee in the sewer dis- trict from $2,000 to $500 for the typical single-family home lot. "CAS has saved you $1,500 so far," Bierman said. "We'd like to save you more." According to Bierman, the aver- age sewer rate should be $480 a year based on Environmental Pro- tection Agency (EPA) guidelines. "We believe the Environmental Protection Agency ... should come to our rescue," Bierman said. In addition to concerns over sewer rates, CAS has criticized county and state officials for al- legedly sidestepping the prepara- tion of an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of the sewer project. The group believes that an EIS would have required the county to take mitigating measures to man- age growth. In August of 1993, Gerald L. Esposito, director of the Water Resources Division of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), signed a "find- ing of no significant impact." Specifically, Esposito stated:"The review process indicated that ei- ther significant environmental im- pacts would not result from the proposed action or significant ad- verse impacts have been or can be eliminated by making changes in the project. Consequently, a pre- liminary decision not to prepare an EIS has been made." Michael Tyler, president of Cit- izens Coalition, said the sewer is promoting "unrestrained growth". Citizens Coalition is a group of citizens promoting responsible land use and the preservation of the quality of life. The group is concerned that traffic from unbridled develop- ment along Del. 1 will slow re- sponse times of emergency crews and dramatically affect air and water quality. CAS and Citizens Coalition have asked Peter Kostmayer, re- gionai administrator for the EPA, to review why an EIS was not pre- pared and to impose a moratorium on further development until the study is completed. Mable Granke, a member of the Rehoboth Beach Planning Com- mission, urged those present to write Guy. Thomas R. Carper and demand that development along Del. 1 be staged based on safety concerns along the highway. Property owners wishing to contribute to CAS's legal fund should make their checks payable to CAS. 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