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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 3 Briefly )) Milton councihneets Sept. 9 Milton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m Monday, Sept. 9, at the Milton Public Library. Among the items to be discussed are the fiscal year 2014 budget, an update to the fee schedule, ap- propriation of funds for Cannery Village signs, an update regard- ing water meter upgrades and the consideration of a request for final subdivision approval for Phase 4 of Heritage Creek. To view the full agenda, go to For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110. Henlopen Acres to swear in commissioners The Henlopen Acres commis- sioners will hold their annual organizational meeting, 10 a.m Monday, Sept. 9, at Town Hall to swear in commissioners David Lyons and Frank Jamison for new, three-year terms. Lyons and ]amison ran unop- posed this year. This will be Lyons' third term and Jamison's second. The commissioners will also nominate and select a mayor for the next year, and also appoint the president protem, treasurer and secretary. Lewes to form Point Farm annexation panel Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet at 7 p.m Monday, Sept. 9, in City Hall. Items on the agen- da include appointing a Point Farm annexation panel, and pre- sentations of a traffic study of West Fourth Street intersections, and a speed-zone study on cor- ridors between Savannah Road and Kings Highway. Mayor and council will consid- er a Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission recommendation to approve draft park regulations. For a complete agenda visit City Hall, the Lewes Public Library, or go to Lewes hearing to discuss ordinances A public hearing on adopting a comprehensive update of Lewes' subdivision and land develop- ment ordinance will be held at 7 p.m Thursday, Sept. 12, at City Hall. Mayor and City Council are considering the amendments that are aimed at improving, adding, deleting or correcting portions of the ordinance that changed following the city's approval of a comprehensive zoning code rewrite. For ad- ditional information about the amendments, visit City Hall, Lewes Public Library, or go to, and click on agendas and minutes. Flags, banners on Sussex council agenda Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the county administra- tion building on The Circle in Georgetown. Inclfided on the agenda are a discussion about sign regulations regarding flags and banners and a report from County Administrator Todd Lawson on the state's 2014-19 capital transportation program. Sussex planners have full agenda Sept. 12 Sussex County Planning and Z ning Commission will meet at 6 p.m Thursday, Sept. 12, in the county administration building on The Circle in Georgetown. In- cluded on the agenda are possible votes on a pair of conditional-use applications involving potential projects in the Cape Region. Being considered are Southern Delaware Botanic Gardens Inc. for gardens, visitor center, con- servatory, amphitheater, nature center and parking on 37 acres along Piney Neck Road near Dagsboro and Tidewater En- vironmental Services Inc. for a wastewater treatment plant on 10 acres near the intersection of Cedar Grove and Robinson- ville roads near Lewes. Also, the commission will conduct public hearings on several applications including a change-of-zone re- Police & Fire )) Assault charge dismissed against Bethany officer A Bethany Beach police of- ricer was acquitted of a criminal charge involving the assauk of a suspect in custody. Sussex County Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley released Bethany Beach Police Lt. Richard Haden from one count of third- degree assault Aug. 28. A Sussex County grand jury had indicted Haden for the al- leged assault of a suspect on March 3 while the suspect was in custody at police head- quarters, said Jason Miller, spokesman for the Attorney Richard Haden General's Of- fice. Haden turned himself in to Capital Police April 22. Miller said during an Aug. 28 trial in Sussex County Superior Court, Haden's attorneys moved for iudgment of acquittal; at- torneys for the state argued the burden of proof had been met for third-degree assault. The state argued if the court found it had not met the burden of proof, then the charge against Haden should be amended to the lesser included offense of often- sive touching and proceed to the jury on that charge, Miller said. "The court dismissed the case and would not allow the state to proceed on the lesser charge," he said. Four injured in head- on accident near Georgetown Delaware State Police are in- vestigating a head-on crash west of Georgetown that sent four people to the hospital. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m Sept. 4, as Timothy E. Daniels was operating a 1999 Mercury Mystique eastbound on Seashore Highway in the area of Vaughn Road. For unknown reasons, the Mercury crossed the center line and went into the westbound lanes, where it collided head-on with a 2006 Pontiac G6 oper- ated by Elidio Munoz Cruz. The impact of the collision sent the G6 backwards and into the path of'a 2009 GMC pickup truck driven by Jerry W. White, who had pulled onto the westbound shoulder in order to attempt to avoid the crash. Daniels was transported to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, where he was treated and re- leased with non-life-threatening injuries. He was then transPorted back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was held pending crim- inal charges. Drugs may have been a contributing factor in this incident. Deanna M. Storms, who was a passenger in the Mercury, was airlifted to Christiana Medical Center with serious injuries. Munoz Cruz and his wife, Maria Sandoval-Gordillo, were transported to Beebe Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Jerry White was not iniured in the crash. Seashore Highway at Vanghn Road was closed for approxi- mately two hours as the crash was investigated and cleared. Habitat for Humanity burglarized Delaware State Police are in- vestigating a burglary at the Sussex County Habitat for Hu- manity in which almost $5,000 worth of tools was stolen. According to Habitat officials, the burglary before Labor Day weekend was the first in the organization's 22 years of opera- tion. Someone broke into a con- struction tool trailer and took miter saws, pneumatic nailers, a compressor, a table saw, a circular saw, scaffolding and a generator, officials said. Police had no further informa- tion on the burglary. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is asking for donations to help offset the cost of buying new tools. For more information, call 855-1153 or go to www.sussex- quest from general-residential of-zone request from AR-1, to B-1 neighborhood business agricultural-residential, to CR- district by Rehoboth Appraisal 1, commercial-residential, by Group for a quarter-acre parcel American Legion Post 28 near near the intersection of Hebron Oak Orchard for a 9-acre parcel Street and Burton Avenue in near the intersection of Route 24 Rehoboth Beach and a change- and Legion Road. NEW DESIGN PROPOSED FOR LEWES PUBLIC LIBRARY LEWES PUBLIC LIBRARY design committee members and others have good things to say about the most recent exterior design for the new li- bran/. Brad Hastings, an architect with Becker Morgan Group Architecture Engineering, said the design echoes architectural elements from Lewes' maritime roots. Hastings gave a presentalion to the library design pan- el Sept. 4. He said the building's board and batten siding, cupolas and gables re- flect lifesaving station designs found in Lewes and elsewhere along Del- aware's coast. The building design also incorporates clerestory windows along the ridge of its longest axis, reflecting other buildings in the Lewes area where clerestory windows were used. Popular in the late 19th and early 20tffcenturies, the clerestory design allowsnatural light and air to flow into buildings. The building's entire ex- terior design uses materials and architectural components to break up the mass of the 28,00- square,foot structure, lending it scale and a feel of smaller buildings and streetscapes that comprise the city's general ar- chitectural mix. Hastings showed slides of the historic Lewes Lifesaving Station and of an iconic, one-story train station- with hip roofs and wide overhang- ing eves - that, he said, also informed the proposed library's overall ar- chitecture. The structure's design has no back; rather, each side of the building connects with its park setting so it is attractive from any viewpoint. Ned Butera, design committee chairman and a Lewes Public Library board member, said Becker Morgan Group architects would continue tweaking the design over the next few weeks based on committee com- ments and suggestions from others. To see additional information about the Lewes Public Library and evo- lution of new building plans, go to www.lewespubliclibran/.org. Above, the architectural rendering shows the most recent design pro- posal for the new Lewes Public Library. The rendering below gives a close-up view of a recent proposed design for the new Lewes Public Library.