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21.12/tPE GAZETTE, Fi-iday,'Aug'.-l ;'Aiig.'-14,-2063 Continued fa'om page 3 Public Works is seeking council approval to apply for a state re- volving fund to fund utility up- grades. A controversial amend- ment that seeks to clarify exten- sions or additions to nonconform- ing buildings is also on the agen- da. Property owners are divided on the issue of whether side set- backs should be enforced when building upwards. The city cur- rently allows such construction. CIB team meets Aug. 19 in Millsboro Town Hall The Center for Inland Bays Tributary Action Team will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Millsboro Town Hall. Electric committee wants concrete slabs reduced Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW) Electric Committee be- lieves it is best to reduce two con- crete slabs by two feet rather than disguising the structures. The two massive concrete slabs, composed of 60 yards of concrete, were con- structed in 2002 to hold" metal poles for the boards electrical up- grade. Residents derailed that project when it was discovered the metal poles would run the length of the city's historic dis- trict. The unused slabs, one at Burton Avenue and the other at Schley Avenue, cost BPW $107,000. The board contemplat- ed disguising the slabs with shrubbery in the event they will be needed for a future project. However, with the apparent de- raise of the Burton Avenue substa- tion, it is highly doubtful the con- crete bases will ever be used, ac- cording to BPW board member Jon Woodyard. The committee is determining the cost of removing two feet of the slabs, which will place them below eye level. BPW may still use controversial poles Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW) customers paid $188,798 for 18 metal poles as part of the boards planned electrical upgrade in 2002. The metal poles were to run through the city's historic dis- trict, which resulted in residents protesting the move. BPW even- tually abandoned the plan and the metal poles were stored. Three of the poles have been used and the board may utilize the remaining 15 along the railroad track, just outside city limits, to the Schley Avenue substation. "We will avoid all residential areas," said BPW board member Jon Wood- yard. LPD community meeting addresses parking Lewes police officers almost outnumbered residents by atwo- to-one ratio at a community polic- ing meeting, July 31, at Lewes Public Library. Seven officers were joined by four residents, in- eluding Councilman Jim Ford, at the community forum event. 'q'his is an opportunity for you, the citizens, to vent and let us know what area's we may need to improve on," said Det. John Miller. "It's easy to say the police aren't doing a good job. Well, this is your chance for input." Illegal parking generated the most discussion. "Please enforce parking in front of Lloyd's IGA," said Nina Cannata. "It's the same old thing citizens have been ask- ing for year after year." Cannata also suggested officers address church parking on Sundays around Mulberry and Park streets. Ford commended the police de- partment for its professionalism when responding to a shoplifting incident at Kid's Ketch, owned by Teresa Ford. "Keep in mind that foul weather days are prime can- didates for that type of activity to occur," said Ford, suggesting a visible presence can go far to de- tour illegal activity. Electric portion of BPW projects nears $9 million Lewes Board of Public Works Electric Committee has outlined its needs for a proposed bond bill. The electric utility needs approxi- mately $8.8 million for proposed capital projects to span the next five years. The largest single item cost, $1.2 million, is building a secondary transmission line. "We are too vulnerable having only one main transmission line run- ning into the city," said committee Chairman Jon Woodyard. Once a secondary line is constructed, BPW plans to upgrade its main transmission line. County council meets Aug. 12 Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the county administration building, Georgetown. Among the agenda items are an introduction of a proposed ordinance by Fi- nance Director David Baker to is- sue up to an additional $815,000 of general obligation bonds of Sussex County for constructing and equipping the Ellendale Sani- tary Sewer District, a bid award for county EMS Station 104 and a utility construction agreement for Sussex West Mobile Home Park, Phase II. Sussex council begins night meetings, Aug. 19 Sussex County Council will be- gin holding night meetings once a month for the remainder of the year. County Administrator Bob Stickels said the first night meet- ing will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the county administra- tion building, Georgetown. Night meetinigs will be held the third Tuesday of each month until the end of the year. The Sept. 16 meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., with public hearings for land-use applications to begin at 7:30 p.m. Sussex council OKs Villas at Heritage Sussex County Council gave unanimous approval, Aug. 5, for 147 dwelling units to be called the Villas at Heritage, a Don Derrick- son family project. The medium density residential planned community off Postal Lane and behind the Rehoboth Outlets on Route 1 will include 128 townhouseS, 18 duplexes and an existing apartment, as defined in a condition to approval. The 44.83 acres on which the commu- nity will be built is just south of Derrickson's Heritage Golf Course, which was used to calcu- late the density for the Villas proj- ect. The golf course, Derrickson explained, is considered open space for the community and will remain open space forever, anoth- er condition of approval with the added force of deed restriction language to that effect. The nine- hole golf course is also being con- sidered a separate condominium unit, which people may buy into for $500. Greens fees are $15. Sussex planners recommended approval of the project, July 31. For that story, see page 36. Capano files duplex plan for Sussex 274 Wilmington developer Louis Capano III has applied to the county for a 140-unit project on the west side of Old Landing Road at the Martins Road inter- section. Trading as Rehoboth Beach Associates LLC, Capano's as yet unnamed community calls for constructing 70 single-family duplex buildings grouped in threes on a trapezoidal shaped 23.52 acre parcel of agricultural- residential land. The site is bor- dered on the north by land owned by Beebe Medical Center, on the east by lands of J.G. Townsend Jr. & Co. Inc., on the south by Sea Chase and on the west by lands of Herola Co. Engineer Darin Lock- wood prepared the plan for Ca- pano. The only agency comment in the newly introduced project package is an April 22 Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) note that it is currently reviewing many recently received traffic studies for Old Landing Road and connecting roads. Del- DOT said the Capano plan may proceed through the county pipeline while it reviews those studies. County Zoning Director Lawrence Lank said that although the county met weekly from Janu- ary to April this year to relieve a backlog of land use applications from 2002, there is still a nine- month pipeline from when an ap- plic.ation is introduced to when it is approved. Ferry traffic down for past three years Delaware River and Bay Au- thority (DRBA) Cape May-Lewes Ferry Service has been losing traf- fic over the past three years, re- ports DRBA spokesman Jim Salmon. Figures for this year to date show vehicular traffic is down 10 percent - 21,000 vehicles fewer than at this time last year. July fig- ures were 4.5 percent down from last year, with 3,000 fewer vehi- cles using the ferries during the month than in July 2002. Passen- gers who ride the ferries dropped by 13,000 by the end of July, down 12 percent from the same period last year. "The trend has been going downward for the past three years," Salmon said, Aug. 6. "Weather and economy both play a significant role in those de- clines, as do improvements to highway travel with more use of Route 1. We're hoping to make up some of the drop in August and September, usually our big months." Salmon said the drop in ferry traffic began occurring after the ferry service raised its rates in 2001 to $25 per car and driver and $8 for each additional passenger, the first across-the-board rate hike since 1991. The ferry service has never made a profit and is subsi- dized by toll money from DRBA's Delaware Memorial Bridges, which have experienced marginal increases in traffic this year. "Obviously, when ferry rates go up, we'll lose some traffic," said Salmon, "but there are other fac- tors working here as well. Without the help we get from the bridge tolls, ferry rates would probably double. Our philosophy is that the ferry is a relaxing ride in a good environment. Some people prefer to travel by ferry; some like to drive the long way around." Most of the ferry service's traf- fic runs from Cape May to Lewes. Before Route 1 opened in the ear- ly 1990s, most ferry traffic went from Lewes to Cape May. Prime Hook NWR needs volunteers Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located off Route 16 near Broadkill Beach and part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is looking for volunteers. Anyone who is interested in conserving the nation's resources, learning about fish and wildlife resources and helping others can become a volunteer at the refuge. Outdoor recreation planner Bill Jones is currently seeking volunteers to staff the refuge's Visitor Center. Anyone interested may call Jones at 684-8419. Sussex planners to meet Thursday, Aug. 14 The next meeting of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will be at 7 p.m., Aug. 14, at the county building in Georgetown. Three subdivision applications come before the planners as old business. Subdi- vision 2003-10, Woodgate Enter- prises Inc., to consider the subdi- vision of land in an AR- 1 Agricul- tural Residential District in Indian River Hundred by dividing 50.99 acres into 30 lots and a variance from the maximum cul-de-sac length of 1,000 feet, located south of Sussex 280, 1,715 feet east of Road 290. Subdivision 2003-12, LT Asso- ciates, to consider subdividing land in an A_R-1 agricultural resi- dential district in Lewes and Re- hoboth Hundred by dividing 163.62 acres in 162 lots, located off of Sussex 267, Gill's Neck Road. Subdivision 2003-14, H.M. Properties, Route 23, LLC, to consider subdividing land in an AR-1 agricultural residential dis- trict in Indian River Hundred, by dividing 240.81 acres into 352 lots, located at the southwesterly corner of the intersection of Sus- sex 286 and Sussex 285. A public hearing for the appli- cation of Rehoboth Bay Conser- vancy LLC, conditional-use 1501, to consider the conditional use of land in an AR-1 agricultural resi- dential district for a community recreational center and parking to be located on a certain parcel of land lying and being in Indian River Hundred containing 10.66 acres, west of Sussex 279, Camp Arrowhead Road, 1.1 mile south of Sussex 277, Angola Road. A public hearing on an ordi- nance to amend Chapter 115 of the code of Sussex County, to add a new section creating an environ- mentally sensitive development district overlay zone. Rehoboth Animal Issues Committee meets The Rehoboth Animal Issues Committee met, July 28, and dis- - cussed dog recreation, the ducks at Holly Lake, a committee vacan- cy and code updates. The calendar dates dogs are cur- rently prohibited on the beach is April I to Oct. 31. The committee decided to pursue the option, pending Rehoboth commission- ers' approval, of allowing dogs on the beach and Boardwalk in April and October and prohibiting them May through September. The pri- mary reason cited was the lack of tourists in town. Committee member and Commissioner Mark Aguirre asked for this matter to be added to the September workshop agenda. The domesticated geese moved to Holly Lake have since moved to a new location. Aguirre said he had checked on their sta- res and found they moved to a bet- ter location, with fresher moving water. While a private residence separate from Holly Lake, no complaints or action had been tak- en by the property owner. Aguirre said all of the geese looked healthy and their number had not diminished. He also said he would contact the Holly Lake property owners to see if they breached their end of the arrange- ment to look after the geese. Committee members revised re- dundencies in the animal code. After receiving the "General Code Publisher Critique," the commit- tee took out code that state law al- ready covers. Aguirre told Rehoboth commi- sioners the committee would sub- mit the revised code near the end of the year.