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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Briefly Continued from page 3 the prestigious Delaware Clean Marina certification. During the past year, Chapman worked with an advisory committee of marina operators and associated groups and agencies to develop an exten- sive guidebook and checklist that can be used by Delaware marina owners and operators to imple- ment sound environmental prac- tices. For more information, con- tact Jenny McDermott at DNREC at Jenny.McDermott@state.de.us or 302-739-8014. She may be reached by cell phone the day of the event at 242-0593. Granke resigns from Rehoboth planners Mable Granke has formally re- signed from the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission, citing the Board of Com- missioners' decision to overturn the planners' de- nim of a parti- tioning of a parcel into two lots at New Castle Street GRANKE and the Board- walk March 31 as the reason. "As far as I'm concerned, the commissioners' considering the Boardwalk to be a street is illegal and creates a dangerous situation for any interior lot, as there are not sufficient easement provi- sions." During the April planning com- mission meeting, Granke's mo- tion to take the board's decision to Chancery Court failed. The plan- ners had maintained that the Boardwalk couldn't be considered a street with public access to a new lot, as emergency vehicles couldn't use it to respond to the lot. Rather, vehicles would have to use the driveway easement through the comer lot and the city has no control over maintaining such private easements. "My time is of value and I'm Driving I'ndcr the Influence Report Clarifications A STORY ABOUT the An- glers Rest hearing in the June 6 is- sue of the Cape Gazette incorrect- ly attributed some comments to Janie Maedier. Maedler did not inquire about whether Irish flags painted on Anglers Rest would be removed. That question was raised by another speaker at the hearing. The Cape Gazette re- grets the error. A PHOTO CAPTION in the May 23 edition reported incorrect information about Shore Property Maintenance and its relationship with the RainBird irrigation cor- poration. The correct information is that Shore Property Mainte- nance is one of four select con- tractors for RainBird systems in Delaware. June 13 - June 19, 2003 tired of playing these silly games. Mayor Sam Cooper was the only one who had the courage to do the right thing," Granke said of his lone vote to support the planners' decision. Granke, who heads up the Citi- zens Coalition Action Foundation, said looking back on her tenure on the planners, she is very proud of their work on the Long Range Plan, first adopted in 1993, as well as the ongoing work on the updated Comprehensive Develop- ment Plan (CDP) now before the Board of Commissioners. "We struggled through the first Long Range plan and I was happy that it was considered not just a guide that could be ignored. The current proposed plan is very good, al- though I have fears about what will be adopted. I'm happy the planners stood strong on its belief that the elementary school proper- ty should be maintained for edu- cation and open space and not left open to future development," Granke said, "as it's too many open acres we need to preserve, as well as consider protecting Silver Lake." She also pointed to the draft CDP's recommendation to rezone the west end of Columbia Avenue from commercial to residential, which the Board of Commission- ers rezoned last year. "I hope that decision stands," Granke added, as the owners of a large parcel that was rezoned has taken the city to court over the matter. The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the draft CDP at two separate session this month. The first session will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in City Hall, while the second session will be held at 2 p.m., Sat- urday, June 28, at Rehoboth Ele- mentary School auditorium. Dewey Town Council posts June 13 agenda The Dewey Beach Town Coun- cil meeting time changes to sum- mer schedule this month, with the next meeting scheduled for Fri- day, June 13, at 6 p.m. at the Life Saving station. A public hearing on the Dewey Beach Lions Club request to con- struct a clubhouse is the fwst order of business. The Lions received a preliminary recommendation for approval for their proposed club- house from the Dewey Beach Planning and Zoning Commission March 7. The June 13 hearing is a continuation of that process. The clubhouse, planned for McKinley Street property adjoining the Li- ons' John Waples Playground, re- quires a conditional use variance because the street is currently zoned for multifamily residential use. The Lions have requested to construct a multipurpose building which would allow space for club needs, such as meetings, display- ing awards and housing business ledgers, as well as community needs. A site plan has been intro- duced for a two story building re- sembling a coastal lighthouse. In old business, the council will continue discussion of an ordi- nance to determine the number of people per property that can vote in a municipal election. The question is being considered for inclusion on the referendum vote planned for September. The coun- cil will also discuss and vote on an ordinance to prohibit gambling in town and another to prohibit py- rotechnics displays. Sussex council to vote budget, June 17 Sussex County Council will vote on its proposed $107 million budget for fiscal 2004 during its June 17 meeting. Council will also hold public hearings for the following four items: at 10:45 a.m., on the proposed Woods Cove expansion of the West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District; at 11 a.m., on the proposed Bay Farm Road expansion of the Long Neck Sanitary Sewer Dis- trict; at 11:15 a.m., on the proposed assessment rolls for sewer and water districts; and at 11:30 a.m., on an ordinance establishing annual service charges, annual assessment rates for collection and transmission and or treatment, and connection charges for all Sussex County wa- ter and sanitary sewer districts. Sussex mum on possible land buy Sussex County Council entered executive session, June 10, to dis- cuss land acquisition. County Administrator Bob Stickels would not give more de- tails on the possible land buy, say- ing public disclosure could drive up the price of the land they are eyeing. Stickels did say earlier this year that the county needs to buy more land to be used for spray application of treated wastewater from the county's Wolfe Neck sewage treatment plant and for the Inland Bays treatment plant near Long Neck. As council members entered the session, Stickels said they were meeting with Seacoast Realty owner John "Skip" Valliant. State sets hearing on horseshoe crab limits The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) Division of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled a June 23 hearing on proposed new regu- lations for horseshoe crabs. The proposed new regulations include the following provisions: Define bait-saving devices and require their use in conch pots when horseshoe crabs are used as bait; Def'me how much of a horse- shoe crab may be used in any type pot (no more than half a female crab or one male crab on any one day); Establish a closed season Eliminate by-catch provisions for retaining up to six horseshoe DATE 06/02/03 06102/03 06103/03 06103/03 06103/03 06104103 06/04/03 06105103 06/05/03 06106103 06/06/03 06106103 06/07/03 06/07/03 06/07103 06/07/03 06108103 06108103 FOR WEEK OF JUNE 2 - JUNE 8. 2003 LOCATION TYPE Rt. I and Sussex 264, north of Lewes 5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, north of Rehoboth *4 Rt. 1 and Amoco parking lot, north of Rehoboth 3 Rt. 1 and Lowe's parking lot, west of Lewes 1 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth 2 Rt. 1 and Washington St., west of Rehoboth 5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268, west of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth 5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, north of Rehoboth 2 Rt. 1 and Church St., south of Rehoboth 2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes *5 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth 4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth 5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 265, west of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 14B, west of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth 2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth 4 I: " oute I ace,dent information provided by Delaware State Police Troop_ 7 , DUI arrests; second, total DUIs involved in crashes; third, minors arrested for DUI Troop 7 Troop 4 Troop 5 Troop 3 Troop 1 Troop 2 Troop 6 Troop 9 6, 4, 1 15, 2, 1 4, 4, 1 8, 0, 0 9, 4, 0 8, 5, 1 10, 5, 2 3, 1, 2 Troop 7 responded to 36 cases of domestic violence during the week. Troop 7 has responded to 796 more complaints this year than during last year at this time. I crabs per day; Require crab collectors to maintain log books and file monthly reports of daily landings with DNREC; Establish a statewide annual harvest limit of 150,000 horse: shoe crabs; Make it mandatory to renew horseshoe crab collecting permits by a specific date each year (April I) or forfeit eligibility to partici- pate in the fishery. Canalfront park meeting at library, June 16 Lewes City Council will meet with Andropogon Associates at 7 p.m., Monday, June 16 at Lewes Public Library to discuss design elements of the canalfront park. Parks commission convenes June 16 Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 16, at City Hall. The agenda includes review- ing the status of city parks. Greenways committee meets June 14 Lewes Greenways and Trails Committee will meet at 9 a.m., June 14, at City Hall. The agenda includes discussing the American Kodak Greenways Grant and Greenways Master Plan. Lewes BPW convenes June 19 Lewes Board of Public Works will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 19 at City Hall. The agenda includes appointment of members to Committee and clarifying the water meter policy. Planning commission meets June 18 Lewes Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 18 at City Hall. The agenda includes reviewing Lewes Trans- portation Plan and introducing f'wst draft of Lewes' Comprehen- sive Plan. Water committee meets June 18 Lewes Board of Public Works Water Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 18 at City Hall. The newly formed commit- tee will discuss water issues. Indian River Inlet bridge receives federal grant The U.S. Department of Trans- portation has awarded a $3.47 million grant for renovations and planning of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Delaware Senators Joe Biden and Tom Carper along with Congressman Mike Castle re- quested the federal funding. "We're delighted that our close re, lationship with our dedicated Congressional delegation has again resulted in securing major funding for this project," said Michele AcHes, spokesperson for Delaware's Department of Trans- portation. Groundbreaking for the bridge is scheduled for fall, 2004.