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il Briefl00 Cape district seeks bids for elementary schools additions The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education approved construction drawings for additions to the elementary schools Aug. 24, and the bidding process is now under way. EDiS Co., the firm hired to oversee construction, divided the four proj- ects into two packages: bid pack A covers H.O. Brittingham and Milton elementary schools; bid pack B covers Richard A. Shields and Rehoboth elementary schools. EDiS will be holding prebid meetings with potential bidders for both bid packs Wednesday, Sept. 13. The prebid meeting for bid pack A will be at 9 a.m., at Milton Elementary School. The prebid meeting for bid pack B will be at 2 p.m. at Rehoboth Elementary School. Each bid pack is divided into three con- tracts: carpentry and general contracting; mechanical and plumbing and electrical. There are a total of six contracts. The timeline presented by EDiS antici- pates that the school board will be asked to approve final construction drawings for the additions on Thursday, Sept. 14. It also plans to submit the six contracts to the board for approval Thursday, Oct. 12. DelDOT seeks input to create funding plan Delware Department of Transporation (DelDOT) officials want public input to develop a funding plan for the department over the next six years. A Capital Transportation Program (CTP) ::public hearing will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus in Georgetown. I n the last year, DelDOT offi- cials have worked with state legislators, planning organizations and others to define the issues impacting the funding needs of the department over the next six years, said Darrel Cole, director of public relations. CTP hearings will give the public an opportunity to review and comment on the list of projects and issues that have been identified to solve the various transporta- tion problems facing DeIDOT, Cole said. "With public input, we can then create a six-year capital program for fiscal years 2008 to 2013 that represents the priorities of our elected officials, local planning organizations, civic leaders and our cus- tomers," Cole said. "Ultimately, these pri- orities will determine the extent of the transportation funding shortfall and the amount of new revenues needed to deliver a transportation program." The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m., with an informal workshop including dis- play boards illustrating the proposed DelDOT projects for Sussex County. DelDOT Secretary Carolann Wicks and a member of the Council on Transportation will make presentations. The public partic- ipation session will begin at approximately 7 p.m. The Council on Transportation is com- posed of citizen representatives from each county. Comments can be made in writing and orally at the workshop or sent to the follow- ing address: DelDOT Public Relations, PO Box 778, Dover, DE 19903. County passes new commercial district regulations The Sussex County Council passed an ordinance allowing for higher density mixed uses around existing town centers. The ordinance closes the commercial dis- trict and replaces it with a CR-1, or com- mercial-residential district. This new dis- trict has been talked about at the county level for more than a year, but officials just got many of the details hammered out dur- ing the Aug. 22 meeting in Georgetown. County officials hope the new ordinance will help concentrate growth around town centers, allowing commercial uses and res- idential uses to exist on the same parcel of land. For a copy of the ordinance, visit Dredging project to move forward in spite of court case The state plans to begin work in prepara- tion of a dredging project in the 4-mile stretch of Little Assawoman Canal in Bethany Beach. The canal connects the Indian River Bay to the Little Assawoman Bay and has been used primarily as a way for boaters to go between Delaware and Maryland waters. In recent years, the canal has collected sediment and consistently become shallower, halting much of the boat traffic that used to use the thoroughfare. When the General Assembly passed its capital budget last year, it included wording giving the state permission to dredge the channel, but environmentalists balked at the idea, maintaining that the state was try- ing to sneak the project through without a proper cost-benefit analysis. The Sierra Club took the state to court over the matter and after losing on appeal still plans to pursue the case. The Delaware CAPE GAZETYE - Friday, September 1 -Monday, September 4, 2006 - 3 mmn vorn pto State clears undergrowth from Wagamon's Pond Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife brought one of its new aquatic veg- etation cutters to Wagamon's Pond in Milton last week and carried out sever- al wagonloads of summer growth. According to Ashlee Stewart, who manages the program, the purpose of the program is to clear Delaware's freshwater ponds of algae and other growth that clogs the ponds and takes its toll on oxy- gen resources and impedes navigation. Brandon Gallo operates the cutter, which gets into tight places as nimbly as the handle-steered grass cutting machines used by landscaping companies. Department Of Natural Resources and Environmental Control plans to start clear- ing brush and debris from the shores of the canal this week in preparation for the dredging project, which would start in September and could last for about three years. The controversy has been going on for more than a decade between boaters, the state and environmentalist groups. The environmentalists say that dredging the canal would ruin the ecosystem in the canal, but state officials say the dredging is needed and wanted by many residents. The Sierra Club has until Tuesday, Sept. 5, to file preliminary briefings in court in order to try and stop the project. Lewes architectural panel to hear mosaic request The Lewes Commercial Architectural Review Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in City Hall. Agenda items include a presentation by Emedio DiGiacomo on behalf of Bayview Condominiums on Georgia Avenue for the replacement of roof shingles siding and trim. The commission will also hear a request by Shauna Thompson on behalf of Island Farm Inc., owners of property at 101 Second St., to paint a mosaic mural on two sides of'the building facing Savannah Road next to the Graves Uniforms store. Lewes sets back-to-back Sept. 14 public hearings Lewes Mayor and Council will hold three public hearings beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in City Hall. The first hearing is to consider a resolution to amend the city's zoning code related to flood plain district regulations. The following heating is on a resolution to amend the zoning code regarding time to make it consistent with subdivision regulations. The final heating is on a resolution to amend sections of the zoning code related to off-street parking along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and the open-space district. Lewes Parks panel to elect new chairman The Lewes Parks & Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.ifi., Monday Sept. 18, in City Hall. The panel will elect a new chairman and review expenditure and commitment, Lewes in Bloom and the chairman's reports. The panel will also review the status of the Zwaanendale, 1812, Mary Vessels, Stango and George H.P. Smith parks. Continued on page 4 Police to step up patrols for DUI enforcement "' - l-aai:e- fise  be--siep: ........... t)uiiig--the'-5-La i5/- hig Ovei ifie- Lfiiii't.-'-U-n-i :- ""for hififi6ri -6i. ..................... 6fietiia[ "wsfi-g-  iit-bit ping up patrols for traffic-law enforcement during the Labor Day weekend holiday. In con- junction with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS), offi- cers will target aggressive drivers, those who are not properly buck- led up and those who drive while impaired. "We have lost 101 people in our state due to traffic crashes already this year," said Andrea Summers, OHS community relations officer. "It is simply unacceptable. We're losing too many people due to completely ,preventable factors. We hope that an increased law enforcement presence this week- end will make a difference." weekend, five people were killed in Delaware in motor vehicle crashes. Three of the deaths were alcohol related. That weekend five sobriety checkpoints were conducted resulting in 27 DUI arrests. This year, five sobriety check- points are again scheduled for the holiday weekend as part of Delaware's ongoing Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. Volunteers from MADD Delaware will pro- vide assistance to officers at the checkpoints by counting vehicles and distributing information. Dozens of DUI patrols are also scheduled in conjunction with the national DUI initiative, Drunk Arrest. A total of 28 police agen- cies from Delaware were provided with funding to conduct the DUI patrols over the last three weeks. Last Labor Day weekend, speed was listed as a factor in four of the state's five fatal crashes. That's why state, county and municipal police agencies will also be look- ing for aggressive drivers this hol- iday weekend. Aggressive drivers are those who speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic and cut others off, and run red lights and stop signs. Anyone charged with aggressive driving will face fines of $100 to $300 for the first offense and mandatory attendance in a behav- While officers will be primadly, increases your chance of surviv- focused on impaired and aggres- sive drivers, they'll still be on the lookout for unbelted drivers and passengers as well. Seat belt use is mandatory in Delaware for all occupants of the vehicle. Failure by anyone to buckle up will result in a $25 fine plus court costs to the driver. Last week in Delaware, three serious crashes occurred. One individual who was wearing a seat belt walked away with minor scratches and bruises, but of two others who were not belted, one died in the crash and the other was seriously injured. The Office of Highway Safety reminds every- ing a crash by nearly 50 percent. In addition to participating in the Office of Highway Safety ini- tiatives, the Delaware State Police will be joining state police agen- cies nationwide to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) a coordinated crackdown on traffic offenders. Nationally and in Delaware, traffic crashes kill and injure more people than do violent crimes such as homicides and assaults. For more information on Delaware's traffic safety cam- paigns, visit the OHS website at