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16 - CAPE GAZET]gE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 Trash collection on Dewey agenda By Denise M. Marshall The Dewey Beach Town Commissioners tonight will toss around a proposed ordinance to implement a municipal trash collection system for residential properties in town. The proposed ordinance would establish fees for trash collection and penalties for vi- olations. The proposed ordinance states that the town would collect an annual trash collection fee from each resi- dential property owner regardless of whether or not he or she uses the town collection service. The amount of the fee would be set by the Town Com- missioners each year during the budget approval process. "The rates will be lower than what the people are paying now," Dewey Beach Public Works Commis- sioner William Tansey said. The measure is aimed at putting a lid on the town's trash troubles. Commissioner Tansey explained that some property owners and tenants deposit their trash in commercial dumpsters or in their neighbor's trash cans. As a result, others are forced to pick up the tab for the additional trash collection and disposal fees. Commissioner Tansey noted that many out-of- state visitors renting homes in Dewey Beach do not realize that the town does not have municipal trash collection. As a result, they put out their trash, but it is never picked up. According to Commissioner Tansey, a municipal trash collection system would insure that trash is col- lected at each residential property. Commissioner Tansey said the commissioners could vote to adopt the trash ordinance as early as tonight (Friday, June 9). However, there has been some discussion about allowing property owners to vote on the proposal during a referendum this fall. Under the proposal, garbage would be collected and disposed of by the Town of Dewey Beach or by a licensed collector under contract with the town. Property owners would be billed annually for the trash collection service. The proposal gives the town manager the authority to "adjust promptly" the amount of all trash bills due to any increases or de- creases in fees charged by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority to dispose of garbage at the authority's landfills. The penalty for violating the proposed ordinance would be a fine of up to $25 per day plus costs. Currently, there are four different trash collectors who bring in garbage trucks to collect trash in Dewey Beach, according to Dewey Beach Town Adminis- trator William H. Rutherford. "It's a big burden on our streets," Rutherford said. By hiring a single contractor to pick up all residential trash, the town would be eliminating truck traffic in town, he said. The proposal would not affect commercial estab- lishments and condominiums that contract for Dumpster trash collection. However, restaurants and eateries which sell take-out food products would be required to provide at least one trash can at the en- trance to their businesses during business hours. The businesses would be required to pay for the trash cans and the removal of the trash. Businesses selling take-out food would be required to empty the trash cans at least once a day or as need- ed. Any business which does not empty a trash can that is filled to capacity after 24 hours would be fined for littering. The town's public works committee, under the su- pervision of Commissioner Tansey and the chair- manship of Robert Duncan, prepared the comprehen- sive proposal for trash management and collection in Dewey Beach. The committee drafted the proposed ordinance, as well as bid specifications for contractor collection of residential trash and bulk rubbish. The Town Commissioners will review the pro- posed trash ordinance at their meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Life Saving Station, located at 1 Dagsworthy Street. Coast Guard Continued from page 1 days a year coverage. However, whether or not the Indian River Inlet station will remain an active duty station for the Coast Guard is still under study. "We could rent a slip and a pri- vate dock and rent an apartment nearby. Or, we could keep the in- let station open," said Capt. R.B. Hurwitt, Chief of the Search and Rescue Branch of the Coast Guard in Norfolk, Va. He said that maintenance costs for the inlet station would be prohibitive for a reduced staff. All of this will be- come effective Oct, 1 this year if the budget passes Congress as is. "My concern is the safety fac- tor," said state Rep. George Bunting, noting that the Indian River Inlet is considered one of the most dangerous inlets in the country. Hurwitt said with the advent of newer and faster boats and equip- ment, Hurwitt said, the Coast Guard stations in close proximity to each other may not be justitled. In order to meet the budget re- straints mandated by Congress, the Coast Guard developed a sci- entitle program to analyze each station. Hurwitt said officials looked at a number of factors, such as workload. "We found some were grossly over-worked. We found some that were OK. Some were too big sevelt Inlet station turned in just 40 boat hours last year. "Statistics show there's almost no search and rescue activities [at Roosevelt In- let] ." Firemen and marine police ob- jected to the closing of Roosevelt Inlet, citing fears of increased re- sponse time from the Coast Guard and the fact that some of the Coast Guard vessels may be too large for shallow water rescues. They also felt the Coast Guard was shifting more of the responsibility for search and rescue to local au- thorities. "With only one boat available, it's going to be a strain on us," said Captain James Passwaters, who is in charge of marine police operations in Sussex County. Bunting, whose district encom- passes much of the county's In- land Bays and coastal region, said the legislature may be forced to dig deeper for more money to ex- pand marine police operations be- cause of the cutbacks. Lewes Mayor George H.P. Smith and Lewes Police Chief Richard Stone also expressed their concerns and the concerns of Lewes fire chief Wally Evans. "The fire company wants Roo- sever open," said Stone. Richard Buckaloo, a Delaware River Pilot and member of the Delaware River Pilots Associa- tion, suggested that Coast Guard personnel be pulled from other stations to man search and rescue units, especially at Roosevelt In- and some were Tery seasonal: let. 'Wee iit least nxl a sUmmer- said Hurwitt, noting that the Roo- time vessel at Roosevelt," said Buckaloo. Jerry Blakesly, a char- ter boat captain and president of the Delaware Captains Associa- tion, summed up a lot of people's feelings when he said: "It's just a good feeling seeing the Coast Guard there." But Hurwitt tried to assure those in attendance that response time from Cape May to search and rescues in Delaware Bay would not change. He noted that the Cape May sta- tion has several larger, faster boats, as well as smaller boats for shallow water rescues. On top of that, the station's helicopter can respond to an emergency any- where in Delaware Bay in about 15 minutes. Major William Wagamon, a homicide detective with the Delaware State Police, praised the cooperation he has received in the past from Lt. Wayne Stacy, com- mander of the Indian River Inlet station. Stacy has provided boats and personnel at the request of the state police for a number of inves- tigations. He also wondered out loud about drug traffic going up Delaware River to Philadelphia might increase with smaller Coast Guard presence in the bay. The bottom line, Hurwitt said, is that the Coast Guard plans to evaluate all of its stations every three years. "If there is a need to [reopen a station], then there will be a shift. If down the road we determine there's a ndat RoOsevelt Inlet, that station could be re-manned." Om'tlu MatshaU photo Chesapeake Street homeowners William Kloepfer, Jane and Joe Churchman have organized a petition drive urging the Dewey Beach Town Commissioners to repeal an ordinance amendment which allows bed and breakfast inns to operate as conditional uses in the neighborhood residential district. Dewey Beach homeowners petition against B&B inns By Denise M. Marshall erties in Dewey Beach are rental A group of Dewey Beach prop- properties. erty owners have organized a peti- "It's not going to change the tion drive urging the Town Com- neighborhood," his wife, Vivian missioners to rescind an ordinance Barry, said. amendment which allows bed and Calling his bed and breakfast breakfast inns to operate as condi- inn a "neighbor-friendly opera- tional uses in the neighborhood tion," Robert Barry maintained residential (N.R.) district, that bed and breakfast operations "We think this is totally out of actually increase property values character," said Dewey Beach res- and enhance the quality of life in ident Joe Churchman. neighborhoods. According to Vi- Churchman and his wife Jane vian Barry, some group rental live year-round in their retirement houses create more noise and dis- home on the ocean block of Car- ruption that bed and breakfast op- olina Street. They, along with erations. neighbor William Kloepfer Jr., Bed and breakfast inns must be have sent Dewey Beach property owner occupied unless a manager owners form letters expressing is approved. "How many rental opposition to bed and breakfast properties have owners on site?" inns. Robert Barry questioned. The group has collected more Each bed and breakfast inn is than 166 signatures from property limited to four guest rooms and owners in support of its effort to eight guests unless approved by have the ordinance amendment re- the commissioners. Vivian Barry scinded. The Chesapeake Street noted that she could have up to 10 homeowners plan to present the tenants in her property at 116 form letters to the Town Commis- Chesapeake Street if she rented it sioners prior to their meeting out as a group rental home instead tonight (Friday, June 9). of operating it as a bed and break- During the meeting, the corn- fast. The Churchmans maintained missioners will consider placing a that they do not have a problem moratorium on bed and breakfast with disruptive group rentals in operations in the N.R. district, the N.R. district. Kloepfer said Joe Churchman explained that town officials have done a good he is concerned that the ordinance job enacting legislation designed amendment, which was adopted in to regulate overcrowding, disor- March, opens the door for anyone derly houses and noise from group to operate a bed and breakfast in rentals. the N.R. district. Two bed and Robert and Vivian Barry noted breakfast inns have already been that they, nor the owners of the approved on Chesapeake Street. other bed and breakfast inn on The Churehmans are particular- Chesapeake Street, received the ly concerned that a large bed and Churchmans' letter. breakfast, such as the three-story "The petition thing was one- structure being constructed at 101 sided," Robert Barry said. Chesapeake Street, could be built Robert and Vivian Barry ques- on their street. Such "quasi-com- tioned whether or not the form let- mercial" establishments would ters the Churehmans received in adversely impact their neighbor- support of their effort to rescind hood and the value of homes in the bed and breakfast ordinance the area, according to the Church- were signed by "legitimate" roans. Dewey Beach property owners. Kloepfer said he is concerned "We believe the underlying is- about "zoning integrity" and file- sue is the alternative lifestyle," tion created by mixing residential Robert Barry said. Specifically, and commercial uses in the N.R. Robert and Vivian Barry surmise district, that those opposed to bed and However, Robert Barry of Bar- breakfast operations are afraid ry's Gull Cottage Bed & Break- that such operations will attract a fast at 116 Chesapeake Street, ar- gay clientele. "It has never been gued that group renal homes are i an issue," Jane Chhman court: also "commercial ventureS:' He  tered. "The issue is zohig, and noted that two-thirds of the prop- our zoning was changed."