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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 19 Rehoboth cited for treatment plant Manager says facility is complying By Ryan Mavity ryanm@capegazette.com After being cited by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for violations related to its trash operations, Rehoboth Beach has again been cited by the department, this time for violations related to the wastewater treatment plant. DNREC program manager Bryan Ashby said the Rehoboth plant missed several tests over a six-month period, mostly for dissolved oxygen levels. The plant also missed tests for pH, enterococcus or bacteria, flow, total suspended solids and residual chlorine, Ashby said. Bob Stenger, manager of the plant, said the plant was cited Aug. 23 for record-keeping issues, not for any water-quality problems. The plant is given a list of parameters by DNREC as to when to take samples to make sure the plant is running smoothly. Stenger said sometimes samples must be taken three times a week, other times once a day. In this case, the plant was required to test once per week for dissolved oxygen, which is measured to see how much of it is in the treated wastewater, Stenger said. Ashby said the plant missed dissolved oxygen tests at least once a month. While Ashby said the tests were overlooked at the facility, Stenger said equipment used to measure dissolved oxygen levels had malfunctioned on several occasions and the results were not documented, as the plant Dan to join Hanson, Legates on Dewey council Board of Elections accepts all three candidates By Kara Nuzback knuzback@capegazette.com Three candidates have officially been elected to serve on Devey Beach Town Council. The town's municipal election was cancelled Aug. 22, when only three candidates - Mayor Diane Hanson, Commissioner Anna Legates and property owner Ellen Danaher - filed to run for the three available seats on council. According to Delaware Code, when the number of candidates is equal to the number of seats up for election, the board of elections shall declare the candidates elected. Former Commissioner Faith Duncan said the election was cancelled twice in the 1990s when she and former Mayor Bob Frederick ran for re-election. She said the election might have been cancelled at least one other time since the town incorporated in 1981. "We've all been trying to reme/nber," Duncan said. Beverly Corelle and Gloria Rogers met at town hall Aug. 30, where they were sworn in to serve on the Board of Elections. KARA NUZBACK PHOTO BEVERLY CORELLE, left, signs the paperwork declaring three Dewey Beach candidates are officially elected to serve on town council. Election board member Gloria Rogers looks on. The third board member, Helene Bruhl, would be sworn in within the week, Corelle said. Corelle and Rogers took about 10 minutes to review paperwork and ensure Hanson, Legates and Danaher were qualified candidates before they declared the three women elected to a two- year term. "It seems everything's in order," Rogers said. Corelle and Rogers also serve on the Dewey Beach Election Committee. When asked what Continued on page 21 ACH MARINE 16727 Coastal Hwy. 1, Lewes, DE Located behind The Surfing Crab 1/2 mile north of Nassau Bridge Bottom Painting Spring Tune-ups Trailer Repairs Full Service Facility Lighted & Secure Storage Full Service Storage Parts & Accessories Phone: 302-645-7066 is required to do. He said the plant's dissolved oxygen levels are typically above DNREC's minimum standards. By law, the plant is required to show compliance within 30 days from Aug. 23. Ashby said DNREC would be watching the Rehoboth plant more closely. Stenger said he has already begun compliance by purchasing a second meter to read dissolved oxygen levels in case of equipment malfunction. Rehoboth was cited by DNREC Aug. 28 for dumping residential and commercial trash in with beach and Boardwalk trash a violation of an agreement between the city and DNREC. Meanwhile, the city is still awaiting a decision from DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara on Rehoboth's $25 million ocean outfall project. According to a status report by the Water Infrastructure Advisory Council, a decision is expected to come sometime this month. A separate project is $10 million in upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. The city has already received approval for the project from the council, but Rehoboth must pass a referendum for permission to borrow the money. * Donald J. Foraker, Jr., CPA * Certified Public Accountant and Business Advisor Our bookkeeping standards go beyond entering checks into software... Call us today for details! 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