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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 Continued from page 6 available from the federal govern- ment and the state, the people in West Rehoboth voted the sewer down, because a person with a 100-foot lot would pay over $800 per year...because the payments could not exceed 20 years, and again, they made the sewer area too large. A person with a 100- foot lot today will pay $743 a year, and the payments are for 40 years. Beginning with the year 2000, payments will increase by 3.5 percent a year. The cost of the sewer will be over $30,000 per property. Certain government officials deliberately circumvented the Mandatory Environmental Impact Study because EPA guidelines are as follows: Sewer cannot be built for growth. Payments for the sewer cannot exceed 20 years. The median income for the West Rehoboth Sewer District is $25,250. The EPA guidelines are 1 percent to 1.5 percent of $25,250, which cannot exceed $378 per year. Contrary to EPA guidelines, the annual cost of nearly $600 are in excess of the allowable percent- age of the median income. The an- nual costs were revised improper- ly to more than a 20-year payout, and improperly exclude connec- tion and capitalization fees. That the sewer project would have a substantial impact by caus- ing potentially $25 million water system improvements, and $50 million road improvements. Certain government officials deliberately circumvented the public's right to vote on the estab- lishment of the new sewer district. Mr. Cole voted for the sewer when he knew it was too costly, it would promote growth, over 40 percent of the people were on a fixed income and could not afford high sewer costs, and 85 percent of the people did not want the new sewer. He knew the Westo n report showed ways to cut the sewer cost by 50 percent, and he knew most Barefootin' Continued from page 7 amenities inside. Electronics and navigational equyipment were al- so removed. By the time DRBA employees finished their initial work, the vessel, built in 1985, was little more than a floating shell that had to be towed to Nor- folk by a tug. Increasing the number of pas- senger decks on the Cape May re- quired the addition of 200 tons of steel in Norfolk. The shipyard then installed new safety, naviga- tion and maneuvering equipment before sending the vessel home for the final outfitting at its home port. "Following the outstanding job our employees did on the MV Cape Henlopen this past winter, of the problems were caused by the farmers, overdevelopment, cutting down of trees and people using chemicals on their lawns. It seems Mr. Cole no longer repre- sents the people. I believe every property owner who is, or who will be, affected by the West Re- hoboth Sewer District should sup- port the class action lawsuit with a contribution, which can be made to attorneys Trzuskowski, Kipp, Keileher & Pearce, P.A., Sewer Class Action, Box 429, Wilming- ton, DE 19899. T. Giambrone Lewes Frustration over Sussex sewer costs This letter is to vent my frustra- tions regarding the problems in Sussex County. One of our councilmen is upset over the possibility that a trailer park may be built on farmland in his area. The council wasn't the least bit upset when they allowed so much farmland to be used for the overdevelopment of Route 1. Maybe they would like some of the traffic that we have here in the Rehoboth area to be sent their way. Or maybe they would like some of the malls in their back- yard. Or how about the low-in- come housing they are putting up here with no consideration for the people living in this area. We can also throw in for con- sideration the new motels and de- partment stores and restaurants that have sprung up here since the implementation of the sewer sys- tem, which we have been told was necessary because of the high ni- trate levels in the groundwater. As Gerard Esposito, of the De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said at a meeting in Rehoboth Beach one day, 85 percent of the prob- lem is caused by farmers putting nitrate in the ground. While I was talking to County Councilman George Cole one day in Georgetown, I asked him how can $134 each quarter be charged for a sewer on an empty lot. His answer was "Take us to court and sue us." This certainly is a poor answer from a man who is sup- they were the obvious choice to complete the finish work on the Jim Salmon and Brian McEwin discuss work being done in the MY Cape May. posed to represent us, and I know for a fact that when Charlotte County, Fla., tried to tax sewers on empty lots, the court found it illegal. What are Rep. Mike Cas- tle and Sens. Bill Roth and Joe Biden doing to help get us grants for the West Rehoboth Sewer sys- tem? If Ellendale is able to obtain a grant for their sewer @stem, shouldn't West Rehoboth do like- wise? I had a chance to speak with Gov. Tom Carper for a few min- utes in Rehoboth Beach and I asked him why the residents of the West Rehoboth Sewer District are being burdened with between a $70 million and $80 million sewer bill with aid from state, local or federal governments. He said he felt he was very gen- erous in giving us a 2 percent loan. I am sure that if our repre- sentatives wanted, some money could be found to help the people of the West Rehoboth Sewer Dis- trict either in the form of a grant or possibly money from the casinos. Our county representatives seem to be more interested in bike paths and a new state police bar- racks in Georgetown. If the state can afford $415,000 for a bike path, then certainly there must be money for our sewers. West Rehoboth is treated like a stepchild of Delaware. We are used as pawns to gain tax rev- enues from tourism and promote income for Realtors, developers and builders, while residents suf- fer. Every politician has taken an oath to help his or her con- stituents. They seem to have for- gotten this oath in regards to the West Rehoboth Sewer District. It seems like the politicians in office don't know the meaning of the word "oath." Isn't this a shame? Thomas W. Hamili Rehoboth Beach Disappointed with festival officials My family planned our trip from North Carolina to attend the Delmarva Chicken Festival in Millsboro, Delaware, for over a month. We could not wait to ar- rive - none of us had ever visited your state. Our stay was four days Cape May," said Mike Owens, di- rector of ferry operations for DR- BA. The result is a modern ferry with cruise ship-style amenities. Deck two, the first deck above the car deck, includes a self-serve food court, contemporary lounge, gift shop, game room for children and adults and televisions. Deck three is designed for the outdoor sailor with a snack bar, open-air seating and a full-service lido bar at the stern. The deck four restaurant at the bow will open in August with full table service and seating for 105, while the top deck is an open-air sun deck where passengers can enjoy the views of Delaware Bay. The refurbished MV Cape May also includes an advanced emer- gency safety system with a marine evacuation chute, new lifeboats and new liferafts. and three nights in Millsboro. All our meals were eaten in town; gas and gifts were also purchased. Imagine our dismay to be told at the information booth that no one knew about or where the Delmar- va Poultry Justice Alliance booths were located. The alliance had three booths: an information and health screening booth, a food booth and a face,painting and bal- loon booth. Being poultry grow- ers, we support the plant workers, farmers, religious leaders, envi- ronmentalists and union organiz- ers who are informing the public of the problems faced by workers in this industry. For too long, the "company line" has been touted. William Roenig with the National Broiler Council, in the April 13 issue of the "Farm Chronicle" and on Na- tional Public Radio, does not dis- pute industry figures that compa- nies are making profits of 20 per- cent to 30 percent, while only 1 percent to 3 percent is paid to growers. It's time for the small voices to be heard. Growers mort- gage their farms for half a million or more dollars to build four grow-out houses. Workers are in- jured on the job, fired or killed, all for minimum wages. An informed public can make choices. On Saturday night, a candlelight vigil and service was held at a Millsboro church. Upon arrival, we were told that the Millsboro, Delaware, Chamber of Commerce had called the national church leaders, stating that the vigil was in competition with the festival. This service was not in any way a competition; it was to honor, re- member and celebrate the persons who have been injured, maimed or killed in this industry, As the pro- gram was to begin, there was a terrible thunderstorm, which rained out the festival, but in God's House our service contin- ued. This is America; in case the chamber forgot, we have the free- dom to assemble. Our thanks go to all the alliance members who made our stay a joy. Thanks also for the kindness of the workers: if not for you, we would have no wish to return to Delaware. M. Evelyn O'Brien Sanford, N.C. Consortium says thanks We, the educational team at the Sussex Elementary Consortium, Harbor Healthcare Rehabilitation Center site, would like to take time to share with the community some of the positive experiences our students were able to en- counter this school year. People may not be aware that these stu- dents are pediatric residents at the facility and receive special educa- tion services through the Cape Henlopen School District. The programming is unique un- to itself. When it began six years ago, it was a pilot program to pro- vide educational services for these medically needy students who were unable to attend a regular school classroom. The program started out with five students, and has grown to as many as 16 stu- dents at one time. We would like to take time to give a special thanks to Kristen Mitchell, her first-grade class, their parents, and the entire Rehoboth Elementary School for their open willingness to accept one of our students on a regular basis. This one small step became a giant step for our pro- gram. We often take for granted life's everyday pleasures. Imagine the feeling of experiencing, for the first time, another child's laugh- ter, a story being read or even an- other person's gentle touch. All of these are experiences that cannot be measured in words but by the" smiles we see on our students' faces. We also want to express our gratitude to H.O. Brittingham Ele- mentary, Shields Elementary, and Cape Henlopen High School for participating in program sharing and relationship building. Not on- ly have they opened their doors to our students, but they have recip- rocated by bringing their students to us. This experience has not only been beneficial for our students but it has enriched the lives of everyone involved. We are slowly overcoming the barriers of diver- sity. This experience has mini- mized the physical differences and maximized the fact that all children are special. The Exceptional Staff Sussex Consortium Harbor Healthcare site Brian MeEwin inspects a computerized touch screen, locat- ed in the pilot house of the Cape May, that precisely controls vessel-wide broadcasts from two CD players and three VCRs. On weekends during the sum- Ferry fleet's five vessels have mer, the Cape May will depart been refurbished, except the New from Lewes at 8 a.m., 11:20 a.m., Jersey. She is scheduled for a 2:40 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. makeover starting in the fall of All of the Cape May-Lewes 1998.