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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 2000 Briefly Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 fall to improve its transmission capabilities on the peninsula Conectiv still must face PSC in- vestigations and hearings on their billing system, which has been plaguing customers with ridicu- lously high and inaccurate bills since last November. Cape grapples with student/teacher affairs Contrary to reports that the Cape Henlopen School District is forming a task force to study how to prevent sexual affairs between teachers and students, it will in- stead address the sensitive issue through the district disciplinary committee. Cape Superintendent Dr. Andy Brandenberger said June 7 that his mention of a possible task force had gotten blown way out of proportion. "Yes, the ad- ministration is taking a look at the issue of how to prevent sexual en- counters between staff and stu- dents," said Brandenberger. "We're certainly concerned about it; these things shock both the school and the community." But Brandenberger quickly not- ed that state laws already cover such affairs as the two that have shocked the Cape Region this spring. "It's a difficult situation, and we're groping to find a solu- tion," Brandenberger said. "Prob- ably, we'll either appoint a com- mittee to look into the issue or have our district disciplinary com- mittee study it." Cape school board member Tony Streett, who chairs the dis- trict disciplinary committee said his group will be brainstorming on the issue at its meeting Mon- day, June 12. "There's little more we can do than the state laws .al- ready do," Streett said. "But we may come up with some options that will help address the issue." l)riviJlg [ndcr the Influence Re )oft Dewey council sets June 9 agenda The Dewey Beach Town Coun- cil will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, June 9 in the Life Saving Station Muse- um on Dagsworthy Street. Agenda items open with a con- ditional use hearing for the modi- fication of hours of operation at Surfrider Condominium units C- 1 and C-2 at 1904 Route 1. In addition, there will be a per- mit of compliance hearing for the same location, which will be a restaurant with full spirits license. Old business agenda items in- clude: a review and vote on an or- dinance to amend Chapter 6, Sec- tion 605 limiting hours of con- struction during certain periods; and a review and vote on a mora- torium effective until Nov. 11 on issuance of building permits for mixed residential and commercial structures. These would involve any residential structure attached or built upon a commercial struc- ture in the RB resort business zon- ing district. New business agenda items include: a presentation by Bobby Jacobs, executive director of Slam Dunk to the Beach on the economic impact of the tourna- ment on the local economy; a re- view of the noise and disorderly houses law, with respect to notify- ing owners and Realtors; a discus- sion on parking in front of the Summerset Condominiums on McKinley Street; and introduction of an amendment defining a sin- gle family structure in the NR neighborhood residential zoning district. Rehoboth to address housekeeping measures The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold its regu- lar monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Fri- day, June 9, in the commissioners room. Besides the usual depart- ment reports, the agenda includes three housekeeping measures con- ceming changes in the codes gov- erning water fates and sewer serv- ice charges to bring them into compliance with the present billing methods. The city manag- er will also present nominating petitions for the three candidates who have filed for seats on the board in the Aug. 12 election. As of the June 3 filing deadline, three people, incumbent Donald Der- rickson, Kathy McGuiness and Gary Trosclair have filed for the two seats. Incumbent Commis- sion Bitsy Cochran declined to seek a third term. The deadline to register to vote in the city elec- tion, by the way, is Friday, June 9, at 4:30 p.m. In order to qualify to register one must be at least 18 years of age, have proof that the City of Rehoboth Beach is now the primary residency, or own property or have a leasehold of record within the city. Rehoboth planners to meet June 12 The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission, along with other city officials, will continue work- ing on the proposed Neighbor- hood Preservation Ordinance (NPO) at their 7 p.m., Monday, June 12, monthly meeting. The planners are expected to continue tackling provisions concerning subdivisions as they move closer to arriving at a NPO to present to the Board of Commissioners for review and possible adoption, fol- lowing public hearings that will be set for later this summer. There is presently a moratorium on all new construction, additions and subdivisions in residential ar- eas of the city which remains in effect until mid-August. The city hopes to have a NPO in place by that time. Arkether Maker charged in mobile home fire case The Delaware State Fire Mar- shal's Office charged Arkether L. Maker, 28, with second-degree ar- son in connection with an April 14 fire that occurred at a mobile home on Sussex 308, east of Millsboro. William E. Street owned the residence that was de- stroyed in the blaze. Maker was residing at the home at the time of the fire. She was incarcerated in the Delaware Department of Cor- rection system in default of $2,000 secured bond. Lewes utilities board to meet June 15 Members of the Lewes Board of Public Works will gather for their monthly meeting at 8 p.m. Thurs- day, June 15, in council chambers of City Hall located on East Third Street. In addition to an executive session at the close of the meeting to discuss personnel and pending litigation, the agenda includes on- ly three items: approval of min- utes of the May 18 meeting; ap- proval of invoices; and considera- tion of commitment to completing projects identified through the Multi-Hazard Loss Reduction Plan for the City of Lewes, Delaware as prepared with Project Impact monies. The public is welcome to attend. FOR WEEK OF MAY 29 - JUNE 4. 2000 DATE LOCATION TYPE 05/29/00 Rt. 1 and Route 1 A, west of Rehoboth #2 05/29/00 Rt. 1 and Collins St., south of Dewey #2 05/29/00 Rt. l and Route 16, east of Milton #4 05/29/00 Rt. 1 and Terrace St., north of Dewey #2 05/31/00 Rt. 1 and Shoppes of Camelot parking lot #2 05/31/00 Rt. I and Airport Rd., north of Rehoboth #2 06/01/00 Rt. I and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth #2 06/02/00 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #4 06/02/00 Rt. 1 and Sussex 258, north of Lewes #2 06/04/00 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 06/04/00 Rt. 1 and Route 16, east of Milton #4 06/04/00 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth #2 KEY: #1 - Private  damage o, $1,400 #5 - Persoml injury; #SA. pedestrian injury #2 - lopet duaje over $1,400 #6 - lilt attd run under H,400 #3- I'rinte damge under $1,400 #7- Patal #4 - Pmpe damage under $1,400 08- Hit and run * Caused by DU! Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 Numbers: first, total arrests; second, total involved in crashes * Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 16, 5 32, 9 14, 3 26, 3 Of the 72 people arrested for DUI, 16 were involved in aeeidents. * Troop 7 statistics included in Sussex County figures. Lewes Mayor, Council meeting set June 12 for his "Ghost Tour" business; The mayor and city council Consideration of a request on members of Lewes will meet at 7 behalf of Mike Miller for use of p.m. Monday, June 12, for their monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in council chambers of City Hall located on East Third Street. The public is welcome to attend. The meeting will begin with reorganization which hap- pens annually after the May elect tion. After the Certificate of Elec- tion is presented which confirms re-election to two-year terms of Mayor George H.P. Smith and Council members Jud Bennett and Jim Ford, those members will be sworn into office. Then the fol- lowing appointments, to be made by the mayor with confirmation by council members, will be made: deputy mayor, currently Ford; secretary, currently Ippolito; assistant secretary, currently Lin- da Evans; treasurer, currently Ford; city solicitor, currently Tempe Steen; Board of Health, currently Dr. Anis Saliba, Ann Moore, Mary Perez, and Theima Collick; three members for a term of three years each to be appoint- ed to Lewes Planning Commis- sion to fill the expired terms of James Bastian, Collins Washing- ton and Allen Vessels Sr.; ex-offi- cio member from council to Lewes Planning Commission, currently Ippolito; and anauditing firm for City of Lewes, currently Sombar and Company. In addi- tion to the above and other normal monthly minutes, financial state- ments, police and Board of Public Works reports, the agenda in- eludes the following items: Consideration of a request on behalf of VoiceStream PCS BTAI for a conditional use to attach wireless communication equip- ment to a tower located at 41 Cape Henlopen Drive; Consideration of a request from Joseph L. Favoroso Jr. for use of 1812 Park as a staging area Blockhouse Pond Park Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a community block party; Consideration towards execu- tion of a proposal between the City of Lewes and Baker, Ingram and Associates for structural engi- neering services regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in elevating eight homes within the Lewes Beach area; Planning Commission mem- ber Mike Tyler to report on pre- liminary steps of reviewing and updating the City of Lewes Long Range Plan; Consideration of a request on behalf of Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for use of Blockhouse Pond Park for the rescheduled 5th Annual British Motorcar Show on Satur- day, Sept. 16, 2000, waiver of the business license fee for vendors and to stage the winners circle pa- rade; Consideration towards a re- quest on behalf of City of Lewes Street Improvement Committee for funding preliminary engineer- ing design of three street rehabili- tation projects; and Request on behalf of John P. McKay Jr., Richard G. McKay and James P. McKay to exercise the 99-year option for property lo- cated at 9 Ohio Avenue commenc- ing Nov. 1, 2040; Rehoboth denies motel request to use island Gene Lankford, co-owner of the Breakers Motel at Second Street and Maryland Avenue, came be- fore the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners May 30, seeking permission to use the city island in front of the motel for barbe- cues, games and general recre- ation for their guests. Lankford reminded the board that the Breakers pays for maintenance and landscaping of the island and he was praised for substituting an indigenous holly for the palm tree that they had previously planted. Mayor Sam Cooper said he feels leasing the triangular island in the middle of the street to a private concern would set a bad precedent and the commissioners concurred. Rehoboth can't resolve donation policy A request from Bobby Jacobs that the city donate $5,000 to Slam Dunk to the Beach was dis- cussed at the May 30 workshop of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners. Ill return, Jacobs would issue the city 5,000 tickets to distribute as they wish, remind- ing the city of the revenue gener- ated for Rehoboth motels and restaurants when the basketball players come to town each De- cember. Mayor Sam Cooper asked the board if they want Ja- cobs to appear before them to elaborate on his request, to which Commissioner Bitsy Cochran replied that they haven't allocated the funds in this year's budget. Cochran said she would rather do- nate $5,000 to the fireworks fund, while Cooper said he'd prefer to give it to the city's own recreation program. Commissioner Patti Shreeve said it was her under- standing that the city didn't give out funds to such causes, the only exceptions beside the fire compa- ny being Rehoboth Little League and the Cape Henlopen High School Band's trip to perform in London, as the band performs for free at Rehoboth events. "We need some consistent policy," Commissioner Jack Hyde noted'. "Either we say we don't give or we come up with a formula." The board decided to revisit the issue at a later time.