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 [.-,] |  ....................................... ................ -.- .............................................. .... ................. --} ..................... I I i D] Tax changes should and Cape property market, pg. 10 I Delaware's Cape Region Friday, August 29 - Thursday, September 4, 1997 Volume 5, No. 14 State eyes removal of sewer discharges from bays By Michael Short A Thursday meeting of the minds brought city, county and state officials together to find a way to eliminate point source discharges from the inland bays. Point source discharges include the Rehoboth Sewage Treatment Plant, the Lewes Sewage Treatment Plant, Vlasic Foods and a half dozen others. They run the Feds eye reversal of 1996 storm damage funding By Michael Short The ability of Delaware to collect more than $600,000 in beach replenishment fund- ing from the Federal Emergency Manage- ment Agency (FEMA) has been called into question. The funding was awarded last year after a snowstorm in January, 1996 caused beach erosion along Delaware's coastline. Delaware applied for assistance and FEMA authorized spending $887,000 to replace the eroded beaches (of that money, 75 per- cent would be paid by FEMA). But Bethany Beach resident Bill Winkler argued that Delaware didn't need the mon- ey because the beaches were rebuilding themselves naturally and the project is not necessary. Winkler's complaint prompted FEMA's Inspector General to review the award and a memo from the Inspector General says the funding may not be called for. That's disputed by Delaware officials who say the damage was very legitimate and significant. The money, although Continued on page 14 gamut from industrial plants to sewage treatment plants to Cooling water discharges used by power companies. The bottom line of Thursday's meeting is that Delaware will look into the feasiblity of eliminating three of those sources, the Millsboro Sewage Treatment Plant, the Delaware Seashore State Park Sewage Treatment Plant and the Rehoboth Beach Sewage Treatment Plant. "We are here to work to achieve cleaning of the inland bays," said Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes). Schroeder knows that point source pollu- tion is probably not the biggest problem facing the bays. But it is the most visible and it is far easier tO address than more widely scattered non-point pollution such as run-off from farm fields or lawns. Non- point source pollution is so-named because it does not come from a specific discharge like a sewer plant. Such a specific discharge is considered a point source. It's a matter of "controlling what you can control," according to Gerard Esposito, director of Delaware's Division of Water Continued on page 12 Angle Moon photo Labor Day weekend means goodbye to summer, hello to fall Emily Wheatley, daughter of Kay and Bob Wheatley, mer of 1996 in bidding a fond farewell to resort visitors. joined a number of Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach The group plans to repeat the effort on Monday, Sept. 1 Chamber of Commerce members at the end of the sum- from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m to again signal its appreciation. Every Lewes employee fired; credential changes cited By Kerry Kester Becoming more competitive in the early education/daycare market and posturing for more government funding appear to be the reasons most of the First State (ommunity Action Agency Head Start employees in five facilities lost their jobs or were demot- ed in recent weeks. In letters to Head Start employees from David Hill, executive director at First State Community Action Agency FSCAA), employees were notified that credential requirements had changed. Few employ- ees met the revised qualifications, so their employment was ter- minated. In the Lewes program, for example, every employee was fired. Hill's July 29, 1997 letters, however, HILL offered all employees the opportunity to apply for other positions for which they were qualified, providing tional training and coursework. The problem began, she said, in April, when Lynelle -Hyland, an FSCAA assistant child care director, met with the Lewes staff of five and told members they would be reas- signed. "They were telling us we're too ,, comfortable on the SMITH job," said Smith. "If you're not comfortable on the job, how are Continued on page 14 they applied for those jobs by Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. Those employees, said Hill, would have first consideration for the jobs before they were offered to outside applicants. Many employees are disgruntled and believe they were treated unfairly by the agency. "They terminated everybody - even the cook and the bus driver," said Lor- raine Smith, Head Start teacher in Lewes. "I don't know what the problem is. "I've worked here 27 years, and I'm not qualified anymore." Smith said that although she lacks either abachelor's or associate's degree, she does have a child development associate's degree plus addi- Several Sussex Head Start employees fired, demoted