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CAPEGAZETTE, Friday, August 15 - August 21, 1997. 19 Sussex debates large lots in conservation areas By Michael Short some waterways, like the inland Collins called for hard scientific estate. "There is evidence that overde- Sussex County is continuing to debate a measure that would re- quire increased lot sizes in conser- vation zones around waterways. The measure, which pitted envi- ronmentalists against property rights advocates during the Tues- day, Aug. 12 county council meet- ing, would require two acre lot sizes for properties bordering Shirley Deen Smith, artist, homemaker Shirley Deen Smith, age 61, of Millsboro, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at home of lymphoma. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and actively involved in the Pos- sum Point Players of Georgetown, designing sets for both children and adult productions. She is survived by her husband, H. Broughton Smith Jr.; two daughters, Beth Davidson of Win- field, I1. and Leslie Deen Gregory of Wheeling, II.; a son, B. Scott Smith of Duncan, Ok.; two sisters, Sheria Carter of Houston, Tx. and Sheila Woods of Huntsville, Tx.; and two brothers, Gene Hamilton and Rex Williams, both of Hous- ton. Services and burial were pri- vate. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice Southern Divi- sion, N. DuPont Hwy., George- town DE 19947. Henry Lee Brisco Sr., Stockley employee Henry Lee Brisco Sr., age 42, of Cool Spring, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, at home. Mr. Brisco was a Cape Hen- lopen High School and University of Delaware graduate who was employed by the state of Delaware at Stockley Center in Georgetown. He was a member of St. Peter's Friends Church, Cool Spring, where he worked in the trustee de- partment, and where his mother served as pastor. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Manchester Brisco Sr. of Milton; his wife, Juanita Willis Brisco; a daughter, Tielene Aikens of Milton; four sons, Hen- ry Jr., Antonio, Isaiah and Do- minique, all of Cool Spring; a brother, Manchester Jr. of Ellen- dale; three sisters, Debbie of East- ville, Va., Alveria of Ellendale and Rita of Milton; his paternal granamother, Irene of Eastville; two grandsons; his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Hygate Willis of Lewes; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at Friendship Baptist Church, Lewes, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., the evening of Friday, Aug. 15. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery. bays. The measure would only affect new lots which do not have cen- tral sewer and the idea is that by reducing-sewer density, runoff and pollution of waterways like the inland bays or other important waterways could be reduced. The idea drew both heavy sup- port and potent opposition and county council decided to table the issue and leave the public hearing open. In the meantime, the council will research the actu- al impact the ordinance will have if it is approved. Sussex County Planning and Zoning had previously recom- mended denial of the idea, saying the increased lot size was not needed. Both Vance Phillips and Rich Collins said there was a consensus in the development of a Sussex County land use plan that lot sizes of one acre were sufficient. facts that larger lots would pre- serve the waterways and worried that this would amount to a taking of property rights and property value. "The point is that just because you live on the water does not mean you have any impact on it," he said. "I do not think that people in this 1,000 foot zone should be treated differently to their detri- ment," said Marty Ross. Ross said the ordinance sends the wrong message to people and said that it means a few people have to suffer and sacrifice for the greater "pub- lic good." He called that unfair and an in- fringement on the rights of those property owners. Phillips and Collins agreed and Collins at one point compared the loss of half your property value by requiring a doubling of minimal lot size to a 50 percent tax on real But Til Purnell and Mike Tyler both spoke in favor of the mea- sure. Tyler said nitrate levels in local waterways exceed those in Chesapeake and Tokyo Bays and said "this is not a takings issue." velopment around the bays have damaged them," said Pumell, a lo- cal environmentalist. "It's just very critical and im- portant and it is for the greater public good," said Tyler. -PRIMES0000. By COMCAST $100 OFF Pricel*Regular $95* The Mini-Dish you don't Standard Installation have to buy.., starting at Special about a dollar a day! 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