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16 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, August 27 - September 2, 1999 Relaob(,th sewer plant, incident a costly mistake . By Kerry Kester The City of Rehoboth Beach budget will take only a minimal hit for the cost of cleaning up the sewer plant that was damaged Aug. 11 in a chemical mishap. "We&apos;re estimating the cost will be $30,000 to. $40,000" said City Manager Greg Ferrese, "but we do have insurance on it. We don't know the deductible yet, but it won't be much" Ferrese said the city has en-- gaged its solicitor, Walt Speak- man, to conduct an investigation into the circumstances that led a trucker delivering chloride chemi: cals to hook a hose to the wrong valve, causing ferric chloride and sodium hypochlorite to mix. The chemical mixture caused hazardous gases that forced a plant evacuation and a response from the Sussex County Haz- ardous Materials team. According to Bob Stenger, plant manager, ventilating and washing down the building involved in the incident took only two days; em- ployees then resumed working in the facility. However, hypochlo- rite - household bleach - corroded the electronic equipment, which must now be replaced. Stenger said he anticipates it will take sev- eral more weeks before the new Georgetown detective arrests Lewes man Det. Daniel Davis of Georgetown Police Department arrested George L. Hamilton, 3 l, of Red Mill Farms, Aug. 25, on armed robbery-related charges. Davis, assisted by Delaware State Police, attempted to appre- hend Hamilton at his home, but police didn't find him there. Further in- vestigation led them to Super Giant, where Hamilton worked, and at about 3 p.m., they were able to apprehend him without incident. Davis said Hamilton is accused of robbing the owners of North Bedford Liquors in Georgetown June 13. He and an accomplice, Barry Bowden, 27, of Lewes, allegedly displayed handguns and demanded cash. The owners, who were preparing to close the store at the time of the inci- dent, handed over an undisclosed amount of money. Neither were in- jured. Police charged Hamilton with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree reckless endangering, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and first-degree conspiracy. He was remanded to Sussex Cor- rectional Institution in default of $28,000 secured bond, pending his ap- pearance at the Court of Common Pleas Sept. 2. Bowden, who is fac- ing the same charges, is already in custody on other charges. equipment will arrive and be in- stalled. The plant was able to use portable chlorination and dechlo- rination pumps during the clean- up process, said Stenger. "We ba- sically bypassed that building," he said. "Now we're using it partial- ly?, Some of the processes that were automatic in that facility are now done manually, he explained. Since using manual operations is a fairly common practice at the plant anyway, he said, it has not been a problem or particularly in- convenient. Jim Reardon, general manager of Manley-Regan Chem- icals, which manufactures the chemical, said his company sub- contracted the chemical delivery to Quality Carriers, a trucking company specializing in trans- porting chemicals. According to the incident report, he said, all of the paperwork was in order for the Rehoboth delivery. "We even have in there the driv- er is to 'verify unloading it into the correct line and the correct tank,' " he said. Verification oc- curs at the site of delivery, he said. Reardon said trucks generally carry 4,800 gallons of chemicals. In the Rehoboth incident, the truck driver was responsible for averting a more serious situation when he stopped pumping after only 224 gallons were dispensed. 'Their driver handled it correct- ly," said Reardon. "He noticed something wasn't right and shut down?' The driver then urged the few employees in the area to leave, and he called 911. Quality Carriers was unavailable for com- ment at press time. The gases re- leased posed no serious threat to people or the environment, report- ed Chuck Snyder, president of Re- hoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Employees Continued from page 15 return to college until the end of September. But even that tradi- tionally beneficial resource has been affected by the labor short- age and the volume of work this season. As noted by Elaine Brick, an Irish student who has held two jobs - one during the day and one at night - in Dewey Beach this season, "Many of us are tired from all the work and long hours, and we're leaving Sept. lO to go traveling a little before returning home?' As the chamber of commerce's Everhart said this week, "We real- ly have to be creative in finding more employees next year. On the one hand, it's great that all this problem arises from our populari- ty as a resort destination. But on Company. "There was a good breeze then" he said, "and that re- ally helped. The fumes dissipat- ed; they weren't harmful?' One employee, who was in the build- ing when the incident occurred, was treated for abdominal dis- comfort and respiratory difficulty; he was released from Beebe Med- ical Center shortly afterward. The trucker did not require treatment. the other hand, this is a problem that must be solved. We will look at new ways to identify our job needs earlier next year and get them on the internet at our web- site <> be- fore spring. And we will certainly explore more foreign recruitment in the British Isles next year as well." Although there is no overall figure for the number of jobs available in the Cape Region dur- ing summer, a 1998 Sussex Coun- ty Economic Development Office release showed a 63-percent growth of jobs from 1982 to 1997. Of those new jobs, 89 per- cent were created by construction, trade and services industries, big employers in this growing resort region. Over the same period, wages increased by 175 percent, from total wages of $446 million in 1982 to total wages of $1.22 billion in 1997. Edward Jones invites you to a live broadcast in its series, Winning Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs Millennium Management Practical Advice to Grow Your Business Learn: How to hire the right employees How to build a company culture that fosters loyalty How to manage for growth and expand for the fight price Date: August 30, 1999 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: New Devon Inn, 142 2nd Street, Lewes Spemered by: ABWA ( Edward Jones (www.edwardjoaes.cem) IBM (www.ibra.cem) SBA ( SBDC ( SCORE (wwworerg) US. CHAMBER (www.uschamber, org) The conference is free, but seating is limited. For reservations, contact: Anthony Egeln New Devon Inn 142 Second St., Lewes 645-7710 kllmlw SIF FAwaJones Servi i lmmm, 7t [ i I III I In July, 1987, my son, John Schmierer, Jr., was brutally murdered by two individuals_ One, named Anthony V. Tilson, has requested a hearing on September 14, 1999, before the Board of Parole. PLEASE tIEI.P ME KEEP HIM BEllINI) BNI$ Please write to: Board of Parole First Federal Plaza Suite 301 704 King Street Wilmington, DE 19801 ATTN: Marlene Lichtenstadter PLEASE MAIL BY SEPT. 8TH. THANK YOU. ELLEN MAST - JOHN'S MOTHER I II I I I IlJl I ;" II I I ] : I [\>