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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 22 - August 28, 1997 Volunteers sought for Sept. 20 Coastal Cleanup By Rosanne Pack In Delaware, it started l I years ago with free plastic trash bags, rubber gloves and T-shirts. The slogan, "Get the drift and bag it," encouraged thousands of area res- idents to hit the beaches at the end of the summer for the purpose of picking up litter and trash, whether it drifted ashore or was dropped behind by careless beach goers. As the idea swept up others who are environmentally aware, it led to states consolidating, as Delaware, Maryland and Virginia did three years ago, and now the Delmarva Coastal Cleanup is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, and the big day is Satur- day, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-I p.m. Again sponsored by Delmarva Power, the event is expected to at- tract approximately 3,000 in the tri-state area. Last year, 2,700 gathered more than 70,000 pounds of trash along 193 miles of shore- line. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control (DNREC) has long supported and cooperated in the event, and officials can look at the state beaches and feel that the push for awareness has made an impact. David Small, DNREC spokesman, said that the focus of the cleanup is expanding from Delaware beaches to include wildlife areas. He said, "Our re- sort beaches tend to be kept pretty clean, we will move into some wildlife areas such as Port Mahon. Some of these wildlife areas are remote and not widely used as re- sort beaches, so they attract illegal dumpers." The clean-up will also sink to new depths this year as the effort goes below the surface in some state ponds. The Delaware Under- water Swim Club is in the process of selecting areas for an underwa- ter site cleaning. Small said the group will probably choose a pond that is fairly clear, perhaps in western Sussex County. Traditionally, many young peo- ple take part in the beach cleanup. Small estimates that almost half of the "trash pickers" are children, either with their families or with scouts, 4-H groups or other orga- nizations. Some schools such as Benjamin Banneker Elementary in Milford use the beach cleanup as an annual field day and com- bine cleanup with an open air classroom experience. Introducing the 1997 Delmarva Coastal Cleanup, representatives of three state departments of nat- ural resources and conservation organizations reminded the public of the variety of debris that is dis- carded on beaches, in the water and in wildlife areas. An example of the what can be found and the damage that it can create was il- lustrated with the story of a young pygmy sperm whale that was treated by the marine animal res- cue program of the National Milton Council finishes budget work; two cent tax increase eyed By Rosanne Pack With time to spare, the Milton Town Council has fleshed out a 1997-98 budget that will be pre- sented for a vote at the monthly council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Council members met weekly for the last month to set the proposed budget of $905,000, and if approved, it will include a slight increase in property taxes. Council member Robert Blayney said the meetings with department heads and auditors helped everyone involved in the budget process get a better idea of establishing a balanced budget. He said the decision to recom- mend a two cent increase per $100 assessed value seems to be the most favorable for the town and for residents. If approved, the ad- ditional two cents will bring the total property tax to $.36 per $100 assessed value. Charles Fleetwood, council member, recommended the prop- erty tax increase over an increase in water, trash or sewer fees be- cause property owners can take the local taxes as a deduction from federal taxes. "Our estimated expenses for the year," said Blayney, "are approx- imately $900,000, and at the cur- rent rates of tax and for city ser- vices, Milton would have difficul- ty operating in the black. We had to increase somewhere. "And this is a very tight budget. We are not breaking the bank with expenditures; we are being very careful, but we have to balance the budget." Milton Mayor Jack Bushey said that the town will increase efforts to bring in grants and state or fed- eral funds, and he and council members are aware of needing town funds for matching situa- tions. "We do have one grant and a sale of property that pushed up our projected income, but we are also going to move on getting some necessary equipment while we have the opportunity," Bushey said. "We really need a new truck for the maintenance department and a new police car. These are Continued on page 21 Furntture Restorers, Inc. Finish Removal - Safely remove the existing finish using a modified hand-stripping method and prepare for stain application. Refinishing - Remove the existing finish, stain and adjust color, and apply a new finish to last for years. Restoring - Conserve an old and cherished piece. Repairs & Touch-Up - One year warranty on repairs. 110 New Road At the Lewes Ice Plant Lewes, Delaware 19958-9573 Kieth A. Miller & Lewis W. Miles, Proprietors 302/645-9097 Tu- Sat. 8:30 to 4:30- Closed Sun. and Men. A Call Ahead Will Help Us Serve You Better Member, Lewes Chanaber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau, Inc. Aquarium in Baltimore. The whale was operated on to remove balloons, trash bags, ciga- rette wrappers and plastic contain- ers from her stomach. She was fortunate enough to make a com- plete recovery and be released in- to the ocean. Nancy Holland of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said that the shocking thing about so much of the trash discarded on beaches or in the water is that is comes from the general public. "There is no industry to blame," Holland said. "There is no smoke stack or waste pipe to point at. People do this; and last year, peo- ple put 35 tons of debris on the beaches." Christophe Tulou, DNREC sec- retary, encouraged Deimarva vol- unteers to take advantage of the Coastal Cleanup for themselves, for generations to come and for the environment. "This is an opportunity to ap- preciate our water ways and beaches," he said, "while doing something for the environment." 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