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2 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August Brief Lewes recommends subdivision to Board of Adjustment Lewes Council voted 3-0 with one abstention Monday, Aug. 16 to deny a sub- division request for a property owned by Judy West at 119 East Third St. The meet- ing was a special meeting to consider whether the Council had any options that could be pursued for approving the unop- posed subdivision that would have resulted in a small zig-zag in an otherwise straight property line. (Lewes approved an ordi- nance amendment last year which outlaws subdivisions of property creating zig-zag lines.) Lewes Councilman Jim Ford said he had spoken with other Council members during the past week and had come up with no options other than turning down the sub- division and sending it to the city's Board of Adjustment for a variance from the zon- ing provision. Councilwoman Elinore Sheehan read from Lewes's charter a section apparently providing Council with the power to approve variances from subdivision law under certain circumstances. Solicitor Jack Messick said he didn't feel the provision applied to the 119 East Third St. situation. "I think to pass this now would show selec- tive judgement," said Councilman Ford. Councilman George H.P. Smith said he felt the subdivision needed to go to the Board of Adjustment. Smith, Ford, and Councilman Tony Pratt voted to deny the subdivision. Sheehan abstained saying she felt other approaches should be pursued. Following the denial vote, Council members then vot- ed unanimously to recommend that the sub- division request be forwarded to the Board of Adjustment for consideration. Sewer bids below engineers' estimates, again Bids for the installation of sewer lines on both sides of Del. 1 from Del. 24 to the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal, are lower than estimates by county engineers. The appar- ent low bidder, Teal Construction, of Dover, bid to do the work for just over $3 million. County engineers estimated that it would cost $3.5 million to complete the project. Sussex County Engineer Robert W. Wood is expected to make a recommenda- tion to County Council on the contracts within the next month. On Tuesday, Aug. 17, County Council awarded a $686,000 contract to Teal Con- struction, which was also the low bidder for a contract to install wastewater collection lines along Del. 1 from Del. 24 to Five Points. Teal Construction bid roughly 30 percent lower than the engineers' estimate, which was for nearly $1 million. County Council awards home inspection contract Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 17 voted to award a contract to First State Inspection Service to perform inspections of single- and multi-family homes. First State, of Georgetown, will receive 70 per- cent of the inspection fees the county col- lects. Under the contract agreement, First State would pay a $40 penalty fee for each day it is late performing inspections. Beginning on Sept. 1, all new additions, single-family and multi-family homes in the unincorporated areas of the county will have to be inspected., . ,,., 20 - August 26, 1993 Rehoboth Beach to hold sewer meeting Aug. 20 A meeting has been scheduled with Stearns and Wheler and VPI to discuss and review a draft report on the nitrogen reduc- tion and disinfection at the City of Rehoboth Beach wastewater treatment plant. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20 in the commissioners room, 229 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. Allen Family Food hearing set for Aug. 30 The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Monday, Aug. 30 on an application submitted by Allen Family Foods, Inc. Allen Family Foods has requested a special use exception for a potentially hazardous use. The poultry firm plans to construct a protein recycling facili- ty near the intersection of Del. 5 and U.S. 9 in Harbeson. Sussex P&Z approves 36, town homes near Inlet The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission has approved as a concept 36 multi-family homes, which South Shore Marina plans to develop at the Indian River Inlet Campground along Del. 1. The plan must still be approved by County Planning Director Lawrence B. Lank. The commission also voted to recom- mend approval of the following applica- tions: John J. Marsh's conditional use applica- tion for boat sales and related part sales. The application is for an expansion of a conditional use request for a boat repair and storage business, which is located along Sussex 289 near Del. 24 in the Angola area. John W. Lank's conditional use applica- tion for a small engine repair shop, which would be located on the south side of U.S. 9, just east of Del. 5. Maplewood Industries, Inc.'s request for a change of zoning from medium densi- ty residential to general commercial for a 5- acre parcel located on the northwest side of Del. 24, just southwest of Del. 1. Dewey Beach police still seek whereabouts of missing woman The Dewey Beach Police Department continues to search for a 53-year-old woman who was reported missing on July 13. Earlier this month, tenants at a residence at 112 Cullen Street in Dewey Beach dis- covered personal property belonging to a former tenant, Katie Faye Sinclair. "She left all her personal belongings behind," Dewey Beach Police Chief Ray- mond Morrison said. Morrison said that no foul play was sus- pected. Police speculate that the woman has been admitted to a hospital under a false nalile. According to family members, Sinclair has a history of depression, attempted sui- cide, and alcohol abuse. She is described as white female, 5'8" tall, weighing 130 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin. She has used the name Faye Sin- clair in the past. Anyone with information about Sinclair is asked to call the Dewey Beach Police Department at 227-1110. Environmental appeals board meets August 24 Delaware's Environmental Appeals Board will meet Tuesday, August 24, in Dover to determine the future of two piers and a boat ramp on Old Mill Creek north of I Dennis Fornoy photo Hghtning strike causes fire at Winswept Stables Lightaing strueJk at Dawn and Jay Beaeh's Winswept Stables on ELL 275 near Sandy Brae during the severe tlmderstorms Tuemlay afternoon, Aug. 17 and started a fire in the center of the roof. According to Lewes Volunteer Fire Chief Lou Riekards, approximately 50 firefighters from Lewes and Rehoboth Beach volunteer companies responded at 3"2 p.m. with 12 pieces of equip- meat. Assisted by heavy rain, flbey were able to confine the fire to one section of the Imilding. "Fore" people aml five horses were in the barn when the light- ning struelk," said Riekards.  inside were able to get the horses out and a Httl__e more than an hour lata" they were able to get them baek inside." Riekards added that Lewes Veihmteers answered 36 fire alarms in July and 160 ,,mhnlnnee calls. aat's an all-time record for ambulance calls in any one month," he said. I f Lewes. Last March, a public hearing was held on a request by the Great Marsh Sportsman Club to build two piers and boat ramp on land owned by Robert Larsen of Lewes. The club, which uses the land for hmRing, leases the 130-acre tract from Larsen. DNRF. _ later approved the permit request. The Willow Creek Homeowners Associ, ation, which owns the road leading to Larsen's land, then filed an appeal to have the decision reversed. The Association, consisting of 26 proper- ty owners, fears future development of the land. "The purpose of the Environmental Appeals Board is to determine if the [DNREC] Secretary acted properly [in granting the permit]," said Mike Mahaffie, a DNREC spokesman. The hearing will begin at 8:30 am. in the auditorium of the Richardson and Rebbins Building in Dover. DAST announces new cash fare system The Delaware Administration for Spe- cialized Transportation (DAST) has announced a new cash fare system, effec- tive August 1, which will allow DAST cus- tomers to use cash instead of tickets to pay for their transportation services. DAST will continue to accept tickets that have been sold to customers until they are no longer in circulation, and also will con- tinue to sell tickets to agencies for distribu- tion to their clients. Exact change will he required for cash purchases, since drivers will not be able to make change for cus- tomers. For more information, call DAST offices at 739-3278 in Dover. Citizens in Action meets Sunday, August 22 The Lewes watchdog group Citizens in Action (CIA) will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, August 22, beginning at 1 p.m. in the lower level conference room at the New Devon Inn. The meeting is open to all members and prospective members. Rehoboth Chamber against beach fees The Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Com- merce has issued a position against imple- mentation of beach fees, an option being discussed as a method to raise revenues for the resort. The position reads: "During the past weeks, as the City of Reboboth Beach has grappled with ways to raise revenues, the idea of a proposed beach fee has been bandied around while no specifi c plan has been brought forth. We, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce oppose the concept of any beach fee." The announcement goes on to state 'Whe beach front along our boardwalk is a public beach for the use of ALL people. The con- cept of a beach fee places a penalty on this Use." If the Board of Commissioners chooses to go forward with this controversial rev- enue mechanism, the Chamber has request- ed that the matter be put to binding referen- dum. However, according to the city's charter referendums can not be forced on measures that are related to the budget, meant to gen- erate revenue or the levy of taxes. "The charter appears to preclude referendum in this case," said Walter Speakrnan, solicitor for the city. Bitsy Cochran, president of the chamber, urged that the board take the measure to public referendum even if they are not forced by a petition to do so. "It only behooves the commissioners to listen to what people want. It may be to their advan- tage to let the people decide. After all, the commissioners are here to represent us." Rehoboth acts on various measures While the adoption of a revised noise ordinance was the main event at the Rehoboth Beach Commissioners meeting held Friday, August 13, there were many other items on the agenda as well. 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