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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 19 - June 9.5, 1998 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 lar place. People park in front of [the Wilson complex] even though there is a sign there saying it&apos;s for those stores only." Rehoboth board mulls transfer tax changes Wanting to be prepared to act quickly should the state Legisla- ture reduce the property transfer tax by 1/2 percent, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners discussed raising its transfer tax by that half percent in the event of passage at the Friday, June 12 monthly meeting. Mayor Sam Cooper explained to fellow board members that he had it on authority that H.B. 525 has a good chance of passage, even though it had been shot down earlier in the week and was awaiting reconsideration. The legislation, which is designed to give county and municipal gov- ernments additional funding while not increasing taxes, failed pas- sage in the Senate again earlier this week, as legislators tussle over how best to share revenue with local governments. If H.B. 525 does garner enough support, the city wants to be ready to increase its own transfer tax, so as not to create a "window of op- portunity" for people to claim that sales contracts were signed during the gap between when the state lowered its tax and the city raised its tax. The board will hold a special meeting before the end of June to deal with this measure should H.B. 525 be enacted. "It makes a lot of sense for us," said Commis- sioner Richard Sargent. "Our costs go up each year and we haven't raised property taxes." Cooper added that he likes the fact that this means of giving money to local governments isn't based on population, as Rehoboth Beach al- ways gets shorted in these in- stances because of its small year- round population, even though it has very high expenses in main- taining an infrastructure designed to accommodate the thousands of visitors. Planet X receives permit of compliance Planet X, a restaurant located at 35 Wilmington Ave., received a permit of compliance from the Rehoboth Beach Board of Com- missioners on Friday, June 12, to expand its operation, which sells alcoholic beverages. Owner Jus- fine Carpenter plans to add six bar stools at what is now a service bar, and expand dining capacity on the front porch to 40 seats, for a total of 70 seats in the entire restaurant. Bill Joiner, who was at the com- missioners meeting to represent Carpenter, was asked if they planned to offer live music at the restaurant. He replied that they have discussed adding acoustic guitar solos or duos, but have no interest in anything more lively than that. The request for the per- mit passed unanimously and now Planet X can seek permission from the Alcohol Beverage Con- trol Commission to complete its expansion. Cape board to begin FY 99 budget process The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education will begin preliminary discussions on the FY 99 budget, during its Thursday, June 25 meeting. Other items on the agenda include Academic Challenge, senior privileges for the 1998-99 school year, visual arts and theatre arts curriculum adoption, and a citizen's participa- Kerry Keter photo Seat belts a plus in Wescoat's Corner crash Seat belts may be the reason no one was seriously injured in the two-car collision that occurred at Wescoat's Corner - Route 9 and Route 12 - Tuesday, June 16. According to Delaware State Police, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Norma Dalesio, 71, of Towson, Md., was driving a 1988 Chevrolet Caprice in the eastbound lane of Route 9, toward Lewes, fol- lowing several other vehicles. At the same time, Cheryl Hikes, 40, of Newark, was driving a 1991 Ford Aerostar in the Route 9 westbound lane and attempted to turn onto Route 12, also known as Clay Road. Although Hikes yielded, she did not see Dalesio's oncoming ear, which struck the right rear of the Ford. Police said that the nature of the collision and the angle of the roadway were factors that caused the minivan to flip. The Lewes Fire Department ambulance transported Hikes, two passengers and Dalesio to Beebe Medical Center, where all were treated and released. Hikes was cited for inat- tentive driving. tion advisory group. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the Cape Henlopen High School library. Police search for van involved in accident Delaware State Police officers at Troop 7 are seeking information about a white delivery van that was involved in an accident at ap- proximately 8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Route 1 and Route 16 intersection. According to Lt. Rick Chamberlin, state police spokesman, Lana King, 16, of Mil- ford, was driving a 1979 Oldsmo- bile Cutlass in the left, southbound lane of Route 1, with Douglas Hudson, 36, of Seaford, operating a 1989 Freightliner dump truck be- hind her in the same lane. Chamberlin said a third vehicle - a white delivery van - moved from the right lane to the left lane, into the path of both other vehi- cles. King applied the brakes and was struck by the Freightliner, which pushed her vehicle about 250 feet onto the median south of Route 1. The delivery vehicle continued south, fleeing the scene of the accident. King was treated at Bayhealth Medical Center-Mil- ford Memorial Hospital for lacer- ations and contusions to her right side; she was released after Seat- ment. Hudson was not injured. Police are requesting anyone who may have information about the accident to call Troop 7 at 644-5020. Delaware prisoners transferred to V'n-ginia Delaware Department of Cor- rection transferred 150 inmates from overcrowded state prisons to the Greensville Correctional Cen- ter in Jarratt, Va., Saturday, June 13. The move completed part of Delaware's short-term solution for reducing the prison popula- tion. Delaware's prisons system, designed to incarcerate 3,431 in- mates, has nearly 5,800 prisoners in its facilities. Although the prison system is in the midst of the largest expansion in the history of the state, most of the additional 1,500 beds will not be ready for use until 2000; the prison popula- tion is steadily increasing. "Completing the transfer of 300 inmates, coupled with the opening of a 272-bed facility at Sussex Correctional Institution next month, will immediately alleviate some of the current pressures until additional beds come on line," said Delaware Department of Correc- tion Commissioner Stanley W. Taylor Jr. "The growing number of inmates, which far exceeds our capacity, jeopardizes the security in our prisons and risks public safety," he said. "The inmate pop- ulation entering our correctional facilities continues to rise at un- precedented levels, worsening crowded conditions. The transfer is in the best interest of public safety." The Virginia facility was selected because inmates there are not in overcrowded conditions, in- mates will have access to pro- grams and services, and the prison is close to Delaware so families may visit. FOR WEEK OF JUNE 8 TO JUNE 14, 1998 DATE LOCATION 06/08/98 Fit. 1 and Sussex 270B, north of Fiehoboth 06/08/98 Fit. 1 and Fit. 9, west of Lewes 06/09/98 Fit. 1 and Sussex 265, north of Lewes 06/09/98 06/10/98 06/11/98 06/11/98 06/11/98 06111/98 06/11/98 06/12/98 06/12/98 06/12/98 06/13/98 06/13/98 06/14/98 06/14/98 TYPE #4 #4 #4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 266B, west of Nassau #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 16, east of Milton #5 Rt. 1 and Exxon parking lot, north of Rehoboth #3 RI'. 1 and Sussex 215, north of Milton #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 224, north of Milton #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, north of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Mall parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Midway parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 14, north of Lewes #2 I :< :: | | Troop 7 $utex / Kent Camnty New Caldle amnty I 17 38 _ 15_ ..... 30 - Of the 83 people airssted tor DUI, 20 were involved in accidents. Driver hits pole on Route 1 Delaware State Police arrested Robert Barnes, 27, of Re- hoboth Beach, for driving under the influence, after he drove a 1993 Pontiac Grand Am head-on into a steel utility pole Wednesday, June 17. According to police, at approximately 8 p.m., Barnes was traveling in the northbound lane on Route 1, across from the Company Store, when he attempted to turn left on Martin Lane, the road between Big Fish Grill and Gar- den Gourmet. He apparently failed to stop at the sign, crossed Route 1 and struck the pole. The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company assisted police and paramedics; Barnes was transported to Beebe Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Bernise J. Smith, retired toolmaker Bernise J. Smith, 84, of Milton, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Harrison House in Georgetown. Mr. Smith, formerly from Bing- hamton, N.Y., had lived in the Cape Region for six years. He was a toolmaker for IBM Company in Endicott, N.Y., retiring in 1972 af- ter 29 years. He was a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church, Lewes. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marian J. Smith; four daughters, Mary Ames of Con- cord, N.C., Susan Perry of Palmyra, Va., Carol Smith of Re- hoboth Beach and Teresa Smith of Ellicott City, Md.; two sons, Bernard Smith of Mt. Airy, Md., and Stephen Smith of Wbeaton, Md.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said at 1 p.m., Friday, June 19, at St. Jude's Catholic Church, Route 1, north of Lewes, with the Rev. Philip Sheekey officiating. Burial will be private. :Contributions are suggested to Casa San Francisco Center, PO Box 38, Milton, DE 19968. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.