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Briefly Lewes utility board to meet July 17 The Lewes Board of Public Works "will hold its monthly meet- ing on Thursday, July 17 begin- ning at 8 p.m. Items on the agen- da include consideration of new telephones, for city hail to coincide with the Mayor and City Coun- cil's new system; request for addi- tional funds for DEMEC (whole- sale electric purchasers  consor- tium) due to legal and consulting services overrun of current bud- get; consideration of property " owners installing simplex grinder pumps on their properties for pumplng sewage to the BPW's gravity manhole just north of Le- Breton's subdivisio0 on New Road. The public is welcome to attend the meeting which will be held in council chambers of city hall located on East Third Street. Lewes zoning drafting committee meet July 15 There will be a meeting of the City of Lewes Zoning Ad-Hoc Drafting Committee on Tuesday, July 15 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within council chambers of city hall on East Third Street and the public is welcome to attend. Police chief, Beebe land deal on Lewes agenda The appointment of a chief of police and consideratioh of final approval for a subdivision which would provide Beebe Medical Center with 75 acres of land for future expansion are among the agenda items for the Monday, July 14 meeting of the Lewes Mayor an.d City Council. The meeting will be held in city hall on East Third Street beginning at 8 p.m. Mayor George H.P. Smith said re- cently that his mind hasn't changed on who he believes should be chief of police - Lt. Ronald "Beau" Gooch - and that he will make a recommendation at the July 14 meeting. Other mem- bers of cotmcil have indicated they believe the matter will be re- solved at that time. In addition to the police chief appointme.nt, the agenda also includes appointment of a Chief of Police Evaluation Committee and "appointment of police officer(s)" for the city. There is currently one opening for a patrolman and if Gooch is ap- pointed chief, council members could decide to fill another posi- tion as well. The agenda also in- cludes the proposed subdivision of University of Delaware lands along New Road so.that a 75-acre parcel can be conveyed to Beebe Medical Center. Beebe Medical Center President Jeff Fried said recently that Beebe made an offer on the property because the cur- rent complex in Lewes has no space to grow and the board of di- rectors wants to keep options open for the future. Fried said Beebe has no immediate plans. Lewes Planning Commission .recently gave its approval to the proposal. The land is part of the University's marine research park which has a main entrance off New Road. The land runs between that entrance and Canary Creek to the west. Al- so on the agenda are presentation of engineering for Phase IX Street Improvements consisting 9f Clay- ton, Lewes, Newport, Newark and Rhode Island Avenues; request on behalf of Frank Carter to exercise the option on his Existing lease for property located within Block AA, Lot No. 3, 1510 Bay Avenue, for an additional 99 year period begin- ning Oct. 23, 2032; request On be- half of Sussex Life Care Inc. for a conditional use for the placement of a mobile sales/information cen- ter to be located on Lot No. 81 within the Pi!ottown Village Phase II development; presentation of a resolUtion setting a public hearing on proposed changes to sign regu- lations; presentation on behalf of Councilman Jim Ippolito address- ing pedestrian crossings; and ap- pointment of a member to the Lewes Planning Commission to fill the vacancy left by Councilper- son Ippolito, who now serves that body as an ex officio member; and a closed session to discuss poten- tial litigation. The public is wel- come to attend. Lewes Chamber seeks 1812 parking lot meters Lewes Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of its Historic Lewes Busi- ness Committee, wr6te recently to the Mayor and City Council with three requests. They will be con- sidered at the Monday, June 14 meeting of the Mayor .and Coun- cil. The requests include installa- tion of parking meters within the 1812 parking lot; reconsideration of the timing of the paving of Market Street from Second Street to the canal; and permission for placement of a bench in the area of the bus stop at the comer of Second Street and Market. "The 1812 parking lot is situated at one of the most beautiful spots in town," said Gavin Braithwaite, . chairman of the Historic Lewes Business Committee. "Right now it is full by 8 a.m. each morning and stays frill all day long with the same cars. If it were metered, it would be more avail- able i'or locals and visitors who want to come and go. We're talk- ing about approximately 80 days, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, like the rest of the metered areas of town. I think for the long-term economic health of the community that lot should be available for short-term use." Braith'waite not- ed that the Lewes Presbyterian Church allows use of its lot at no charge for daily parking. "There are 72 spaces there and it's a light- ed lot about a block and a half from downtown," said Braith- waite. He said the group has also asked that the town consider accel- erating the schedule for repaving of Market Street between Second Street and the canal. "That's a heavily used area for pedestrians CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Jul3; 4 - July 10, 1997 - 3 Jen Ellingsworth photo Rehoboth Delaware Avenue Comfort Station dedicated The City of Rehoboth Beach held the dedication of the new Delaware Avenue Comfort Sta- tion and Informa.tion Center on Thursday, July 3. Among those gathered for the ribbon cutting are (l-r) Rehoboth Beach commissioners Bitsy Cochran and Kenny Vincent; mechanical engineer Hugh Mahaffie, Rep. John Schroeder (D- Lewes); Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, Terry Gorlich from the state budget office; Bruce Ven- ables, V.P., contractor with W.B. Venables & Sons; Mike Wigley and Mike Wheedleton, archi- tects with Davis, Bowen & Friedel; and Rehoboth City Manager Greg Ferrese. Also recognized during the ceremony were the rest of the Rehoboth Bimch commissioners, along with building supervisor Chuck Snyder, project manager Tony Lecates and job super. intendent Brooks Snyder. The state came through with $101,000 of the $360,000 project cost. The remainder ,was paid out of city coffers. The new facility sports 14 women's stalls in two different areas, so one can be cleaned while the other's in use. The men's area offers four uri- nals and four stalls and both have diaper changing tables and are handicap accessible. The information kiosk is being manned by Re hoboth Main Street. and it presents a poor image in its current condition, all shingly, loose and potholey. Also at the canal end, the surface is so deteri- orated that it won't hold the yel- low paint indicating where cars can and can't park so people are confused and ticketed as a result of their confusion." The committee also wants per- mission for a "tasteful wooden bench" - for safety and comfort reasons - to be placed near the bus stop at the comer of Market and Second Streets. "Many people wait there for buses at the end of their visit to downtown Lewes and it wou.ld be nice for them to have a safer and more comfortable place than on the curb with their legs dangerously in the street or sitting on the St. Peters wall. It would be a further encouragement for people to use the public trans- portation and would leave them with a nice impression of Lewes." Acres will meet July 11 The Town of Henlopen Acres will hold its regular fourth quarter meeting of commissioners at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters. New business will include the discussion and approval of the 1997-1998 budget figures and set- ting the tax and water rates. Commissioners will also dis- cuss fixing the entrance slate area, an issue which was brought up at the Friday, July 27 meeting. Four fde for Acres seats As of Thursday, July I0, four candidates had filed for seats on the Henlopen Acres Board of Commissioners. I Incumbents Richard Barros and Mayor Thomas Lewis both filed last week. Since then, Acres resi- dents Gary Richman and Lynda Riffe have also filed. Anyone interested in running for the Henlopen Acres Board of Commissioners must file a letter of intent by5 p.m., Friday, July 11, at Town Hall. Three seats, those of Lewis, Barros and com- missioner James Maloney, are up for election Saturday, Aug. 30. Poles will be open from 9 a.m. until noon. Dewey town meets tonight The monthly meeting for the Town of Dewey Beach will be held tonight, Friday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Lifesaving Sta- tion Museum on Dagsworthy Av- enue. Commissioners will review and vote on an ordinance to amend the Dewey Beach Municipal Code as it relates to real estate signs and they will review and vote on an ordinance concerning the licens- ing or permitting of dogs in Dewey Beach. Lewes lawyer allowed to resume practice The Delaware Supreme Court lifted an order July 3 that had tem- porarily prohibited Dennis A. Reardon, esq., a Lewes lawyer, from taking on new clients. The court removed the prohibi- tion after Reardon brought him- sel'f into compliance with the terms 9f an earlier order by filing all delinquent tax returns and by submitting to the taxing authori- ties offers of compromise on cer- tain tax obligations. The court's order did not limit Reardon's ability to continue to represent current clients in ongo- ing matters. Rezoning'tops Rehoboth agenda The rezoning request for 158 Columbia Avenue (lots 86, 88) is expected to come to a vote at the Friday, July 11 Rehoboth Beach Board of Comnlissioners meeting. The request has come from Bruce Allan Garey, who wishes to move his hair and art studio to the prop-" erty, which has been in his family since the1950s. A public hearing was held on the matter at the June board meeting: Also on the agenda is a report from City Solicitor Walt Speak- man on changes to the sign ordi- nance as proposed by the Plan- ning Commission and the status of the charter change on the way in which the city may dispose of its property. Under new business, the Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association is expected to come before the board and request the use of Grove Park during its annu- al conference parade, set for Sat- urday, Sept. 27, and a report on' the meeting with Bell Atlantic held June  concerning the loca- tion of interconnect boxes. The board is also expected to approve the hiring of David Williams as chief negotiator for the city con- cerning the contract with the re- cently organized police union. Since there was no workshop held prior to this meeting, a listen- ing post session will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m., for input from citi- zens. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners Room. Continued on page 4