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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28 - Aug. 3, 2000 Briefly Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 year for the company to fix its faulty system. A PSC hearing ex- aminer will consider the staff tes- timony, along with that submitted by Conectiv, during a public hear- ing at its offices in Dover, Aug. 21-23. The heating examiner will then make a final recommenda- tion to the five-member Public Service Commission, and a ruling by the commission could come this fail. Ag nutrient regulations go on line Delaware's new draft nutrient management regulations for certi- fication and complaint enforce- ment standards are now on line. These drafts were adopted earli- er this month, well ahead of the 2003 deadline imFosed by the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, and will affect: all persons who operate an animal feeding operation in excess of eight animals; and all persons who control or manage property in excess of 10 acres where nutri- ents are applied. Stakeholders include farmers, golf course owners/managers, and lawn care companies. A public workshop schedule beginning Ju- ly 31 and ending August 21 will enable stakeholders to understand the new regulations and to give their input to nutrient commis- sioners. The workshop schedule and regulations can be accessed on line at http//www.state.de.us/dep- tagri/drftregs.htm. Comments are welcomed and may be sent to Bill Rohrer, Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 South DuPont Highway, Dover, 19901 or by e- mail at nm@dda.state.de.us. Driving l'ntlcr the Influence Rc )orl Dewey league hosts candidate forum The Dewey Beach Civic League will host its annual Can[li- date's Forum at 10:30 a.m., Satur- day, Aug. 5, at the Rusty Rudder. The forum will be held to give the community a chance to hear the views of each candidate run- ning for the office of town com- missioner. The forum will also provide members of the audience the opportunity to submit ques- tions on topics of concern. Voters are encouraged to attend. Candidates must have filed for office before Aug. 5 to be eligible for participation in the forum and thus to have his/her position stat- ed in the Civic League's newslet- ter. Candidates can obtain neces- sary information about their par- ticipation by contacting Bob Dun- can at 227-0887. Surfriders host 'Save Our Bay' rally The Delaware Chapter of Surfrider Foundation has an- nounced a "Save Our Bay" rally at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 29, on the Rehoboth Bay at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach. All concerned citizens are urged to Participate in what is being billed as a water quality aware- ness rally to discuss the condition of the inland bays. -Hosted by the Surfrider Foun- dation and Coconuts/Waterfront restaurant, the rally will focus on the problems in the inland bays water and watershed that may have caused the deaths of nearly 2 million menhaden this month. Discussion will also center on some unique and interesting solu- tions to the problems. For more information, call Nick Carter, chairman of the Delaware Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, at 644-4838 or 228-6425. DNREC cleaning canal fuel oil spill Members of the environmental response branch of the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) have been working to contain and clean up a fuel oil leak along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal at Hen- lopen Acres. John Mohrman, program man- ager of the environmental re- sponse branch, said" the oil came from a 275-gallon residential heating fuel tank at an unoccupied Henlopen Acres residence adja- cent the canal. The vent cap of the tank had been left open, Mohrman said, and recent heavy rains en- tered the tank, forcing the oil out. The tank had been in a confined crawl space under the home, and the spilled oil saturated the ground and then entered the canal. A report of the spill was discov- ered and called into DNREC by members of the U.S. Coast Guard at Roosevelt Inlet, Mohrman said. "We're using booms to contain the sheen of oil on the water," Mohrman said. "We're using pads to clean up the oil on the ground." Jamie Bethard, environmental response branch staffer who is su- pervising the cleanup, said Thurs- day, July 27: "Rains are hampering our ef- forts to clean things up, but we ex- pect to have the water cleaned soon and then we'll have to exca- vate a 30- by 20-foot area to clean the land." Long Neck intersection improvements favored Delaware Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT) plans for the Long Neck area were greeted warmly during an informational workshop on Wednesday, July 26. DelDOT hopes to be able to im- prove the intersection of Route 5 and Route 24 by adding additional lanes to that intersection. This is not planned as a widen- ing of Route 24. Instead, the ap- proximately $1.5 million project would make sure there is a through traffic lane and turn lanes for both directions on each ap- proach to the traffic signal. The project may start in 2002 and is not expected to take a long time to complete. The workshop was lightly at- tended and most people favored the improvements. There was some concern from surrounding property owners, but DelDOT pledged to work with them to reach a decision that all parties can live with. During a three year period from January, 1996 to December 1999, there were 56 accidents in that area, 37 of which were related to the intersection, according to Del DOT figures. "So far, this has been well re- ceived," said DelDOT Road Engi- neer Michael Simmons, who not- ed that $1.5 million is considered a very small figure by road im- provement cost standards. Two Milford men sentenced in crab case Two Milford men were sen- tenced recently to 18 months pro- bation for illegally selling horse- shoe crabs. Larry Bass and Jay Donovan were sentenced July 19 for violating their horseshoe ct'ab collection permits. They had been convicted in April of misdemeanor counts of violating the Lacey Act which regulates fish or wildlife trans- portation across state boundaries and of conspiracy. They were sen- tenced by Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge in U.S. District Court. Sussex County Council briefed on abortion bill Sussex County Council was briefed on July 18 by one of the supporters of a council resolution urging the Delaware legislature to review regulations concerning abortion in Delaware. The county council passed that resolution several months ago de- spite the fact that Sussex County does not have any abortion clin- ics. One of those who urged the council to take the action, which is not binding, gave the council an update on July 18. Delaware House Resolution 93, which passed by voice vote, re- quested the Secretary of the De- partment of Health and Social Services to review and summarize state regulatory provisions and public safety relating to surgical procedures performed in an out- patient setting, said Henry Meier. Meier told the council that re- port is due by December 1. Preston Schell application withdrawn The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission did not hear a request from Preston Schell at its July 20 meeting because Schell had temporarily removed the item from consideration. Such action is often done and the item then is considered at a fu- ture time by the county's planners. Schell was requesting that seven acres of land on Best Lane imme- diately to the north of Red Mill Pond be rezoned from agricultural residential to general residential. FOR WEEK OF JULY 17 - JULY 23, 2000 DATE LOCATION 07/17/00 Rt. 1 and Sussex 88, east of Milton. 07/17/00 Rt. 1 and Route IA, north of Rehoboth 07117/00 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268B, north Of Lewes 07/17/00 07/18/00 07/19700 07/19/00 07/19/00 07/19/00 07/20/00 07/20/00 07/20/00 07/20/00 07/21/00 07/21/00 07/2 !/00 07/22/00 07/22/00 07/22/00 07/23/00 07/23/00 TYPE #2 #2 #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 88, east of Milton. #4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 5, north of Milton *#5' Rt. i and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #5 Rt. I and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #4 Rt. I and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. I and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. I and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #2 Rt. I and Route I A, Super Soda parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Applebee's parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Ann Ave., north of Dewey #4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex i 2, west of Lewes #4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #6 Rt. i and Route ! A, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. ! and SuperFresh parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Route I A, north Of Rehoboth #4 KEY: #!. Private property damage over $ L4OO #5  injury;, #SA. pedestrian injury #2. Property damage over $1,400 #6. lttt and nm under $1,o #3. te 9mgerty damt mtder$ t,400 #7. hind #4 - PmperWdama under $12400 #8 - Hit and run * Caused by DU1 i Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware Stat e Police Troop 7 Numbers: first, total arrests: ,second, total involved in crashes * Troop 7 Sussex County gent County New Castle County 14, 4 32, 6 6, I 31, 5 Of the 69 people arrested for DUI, 12 were involved in accidents. * Troop 7 statistics included in Sussex County figures. Marina open house planned for Aug. 4 The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation is hosting an open house on Friday, Aug. 4 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Indian River Marina in Delaware Seashore State Park on the north side of the inlet. The purpose of the open house is to provide to the public an opportu- nity to review and comment on the redevelopment planned for the Indian River Marina. Planned re- development includes replace- ment of the bulkhead, floating docks and boat launch ramp, and landside redevelopment including upgraded utilities, amenities and support facilities. Wolak rejects plea; Walls heads to court Vinnie Vickers, counsel for Steven Wolak, 46, of Lewes, re- jected a plea offer July 20, that would have reduced the charges against Wolak from five counts to two counts of fourth-degree rape. Wolak is accused of sexual mis- conduct with a 17-year-old female student while he was a special ed- ucation teacher and golf coach at Cape Henlopen High School. Wolak pleaded not guilty of the charges June 20. Wolak is now scheduled for a final case review Sept. 18. If a plea agreement is not reached, the case will go to a jury trial Sept. 25. Michael E. Walls, 51, of Lewes, Will appear in court Friday, July 28, for arraignment. Walls, a re- tired Rehoboth Beach police offi- cer who worked at Cape High as a hall monitor, is also facing charges of sexual misconduct with a Cape High female student. Walls is facing two counts of fourth-degree rape. He is sched- uled for case review Aug. 22. Both cases are among the first in the Cape Region to fall under a relatively new law that now makes it a crime for someone in a position of trust or authority to have sexual intercourse with a mi- nor. Prior to the law's change, be- cause both Cape High students were 17 at the time of the alleged incidents, they were old enough for legal consent. EPA to give Delaware OK to regulate waste The U.S. Environmental Pro- tection Agency plans to authorize the state of Delaware to enfoice its own hazardous waste regula- tions. The public has three more weeks to review the agency's plan. EPA grants states primary re- sponsibility for regulating their own hazardous waste because states are in a better position to re- spond to local needs. By authoriz- ing Delaware's program, duplica- tion of effort between the state and the EPA will be reduced. Before EPA's approval, the pub- lic has 30 days to review and com- ment on the state's application and EPA's decision. The comment period ends Aug. 11. Anyone in- terested in viewing the Delaware authorization application may call the EPA regional library at 215- 814-5254 or DNREC at 302-739- 3689.