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Briefs Sussex Coun00 Council to meet 4 p.m. Sept. 21 Sussex County Council will not meet at its usual time on Sept. 21. Instead, county council will meet at 4 p.m. in the county administra- tive building to consider its regu- lar agenda. A public hearing will then be held in the evening on road naming in the hope that more citizens can attend the 6 p.m. hearing to make their wishes known. Coalition to meet on Oct. 17 in Lewes The Citizens Coalition, a watchdog group concerned with land use and quality of life issues, will meet on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Grange on Savannah Road near Five Points. The speak- er will be Gene Donaldson, Del- DOT's (Delaware Department of Transportation) intelligence trans- portation systems administrator. The topic for discussion will be the future of Route 1. The public is invited to attend the meeting. Dewey Beach Civic league to meet Sept. 18 The Dewey Beach Civic League will hold its annual mem- bers meeting at the Rusty Rudder Restaurant at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18. The guest speaker will be Dewey Beach Patrol captain "Fodd Fritchman. His topic.will be ocean rescue and beach manage- ment: an inside look. Board members Bob Campbell, Charlie Grieco and Bobbi Turk are up for re-election at the meet- ing. Members and prospective members are urged to attend. Project Impact meeting reset for Sept. 29 Hurricane Floyd caused the rescheduling of a community hur- ricane preparedness and storm damage review meeting in Mil- ford originally set for Thursday evening - the hour when Floyd was expected to bring its fury through Delaware. The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford's Project Impact community meeting will now be held in the Dentsply/Caulk ad- ministration building on the cor- ner of Lakeview and Clarke av- enues at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29. The 2-hour.meeting will include an update of the tips that Project Impact committees have prepared Clarifications A news telt announcing that Sunil Hpsmane  the stn of Dr. R.U. any't:Iosmane of Lewes, has gradff:fcdm the University of Pennsylvania, the fact that. he graduated magna cum laude was omitted. We apologize for the er- ror. over the past six months and how citizens and businesses can join in making Milford a disaster-resist- ant community. The resources and life lost due to natural disasters outweighs the costs of educating families, businesses and commu- nities on the role they can play be- fore, during and after an emer- gency event. Project Impact is a communityrwide initiative that succeeds when citizens, business- es and government work together to understand their vulnerabilities and discuss creative solutions. The Project Impact meeting is open to the ptiblic; those wishing to attend are asked to call the chamber office at 422-3344. Dewey approves bayside "Wall" amusement Town commissioners unani- mously approved a conditional use permit for Bay Sports owner Bruce Maloomian to continue us- ing the "Wall" attraction that has operated all summer on the bay at Van Dyke Street. Shortly after he premiered the newest addition to Bay Sports attractions, Maloomi- an was informed by town officials it was considered an amusement and required a conditional use permit. A public hearing was held during the monthly council meet- ing, Sept. 10. Commissioners heard testimony from the owner and members of the public that children obviously enjoyed climbing the fiberglass "wall" and were protected by a hydraulic auto-belaying system of ropes to prevent any falls. Some complaints were voiced regarding hours of operation and the volume of a horn that climbers sound when, and if, they reached the top of the 18-foot simulated rock wall obstacle. Responding to those concerns, commissioners set spe- cial conditions that the wall may only operate from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., that Maloomian should maintain proper and adequate in- surance for the attraction, should observe proper safety measures and have an attendant on duty at all times. Commissioners then agreed to approve the permit, with those stipulations. Maloomian said he expects to continue using the wall attraction during the summers ahead, and that he will do anything he can reasonably do to settle neighbors' concerns over it. Bay Sports also offers personal water craft rentals, pleboat rentals and big raft ris. aithe end of Van Dyke Street:on the bay, where he has operated for 15 years. Rehoboth approves police contract After two years of negotiations with representatives of Teamsters Union Local 326, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners formally approved a contract be- tween the city and the Rehoboth each Police Department on Fri- d, Sept. 10, Prior to the vote. Mayor Sam Cooper explained that the reason that the public has not been privy CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 17 - September 23, 1999 - 3 to the negotiations that have led up to approval of the 46-page doc- ument is because "we couldn't di- vulge our strategies," through the 20 to 30 meetings between the parties. The police department has had no salary increases since April, 1998, and it was announced that the officers have received a 3.5 percent salary increase retroactive to last April, the same as other city employees. Cooper went on to note "We think the salary schedule in the contract is a good enhancement to their current salary. There was a lot of turnover in the department, with young officers moving on for higher pay. Now the salaries are up to a point where we can retain them." Commissioner Jack Hyde, chairman of the personnel com- mittee, noted that in the near fu- ture, they will be looking-at the competitiveness of all pay scales within the city. Rehoboth water tower demolition set Oct. 4 Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese announced on Sept. 10 that the downtown elevated water storage tank will be demol- ished on Monday, Oct. 4. He as- sured that there will be no impact to the immediate area, as the con- tractor will cut the tank in pieces and remove them, with the build- ings on either side being shielded from any falling debris. The old tank will be replaced with a new, larger storage facility, While work continues on the second new tank being built near the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal and.wastewater treatment plant. Rehobotli Planeer appointee declines Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper appointed Steve Schetter, long-time resident and profession- al photographer with Atlantic Por- trait Studios, to serve on the Re- hoboth Beach Planning Commis- sion at the Sept. 10 board meeting. However, following the an- nouncement, Schelter reconsid- bell announced that she hopes to reschedule the meeting for some time next week. During a discussion at the Plan- ners' Sept. 13 meeting, Planner Mable Granke brought up a "glar- ing reason why we need coopera- tion" between the entities. She was referring to the 1,300-squ'are- foot retail complex which will be built adjacent to Heniopen Station on Rehoboth Avenue Extended. Instead of having a common en- trance with Henlopen Station, the plans call for this complex having its own entrance, which Granke said will only aggravate problems with left hand turns in that area. "In the name of public safety, we need to look at this," Granke said, noting that Sussex County Plan- ning and Zoning Commission has not approved the site plan as yet. "The cumulative impact of what's being done out there is a very real problem," Granke said, noting that there are 18 projects under- way between Nassau and Re- hobothBeach, including 2,000 residential units, 300,000 square feet of commercial space, and five motels. Rehoboth city auction to be held Sept. 25 The City of Rehoboth Beach will auction used city vehicles, bi- cycles and other miscellaneous items on Saturday, Sept. 25. Em- inert Auction will conduct the auction at ! 0 a.m. in the Rehoboth Convention Center parking lot, east side, behind the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company. Items tobe auctioned can be seen at that location two hours before the time of the auction. Statewide burning ban lifted The order prohibiting all out- door burning, issued by the State Fire Marshal's office, has been lifted effective Thursday, Sept. 9. State Fire Marshal Daniel R. Ki- Icy would like to take this oppor- tunity to thank all of the citizens foi- tlzir cooperation in comptyi ng with the burning ban. Kiley re- qsthat jn spite of recent rains, ered and informed the mayor that peopli, sould conduct outdoor he will be unable to'serve due to bu with extreme caution and business commitment,g:' Scheller a bng ban could be reinstated would have filled at left va- if weather and high winds re- cant when Bob Scvetaay: turfihe ban had been in effect from the area. T ii re; .:sinc, eug. 19. mains vacant. Ed'eiull0'and = Mable Granke were reappointed to three-year terms on the Plan- ning Commission that evening as .well, with Jean Booth reappointed to the Parks and Shade Trees Committee. There is still a vacan- cy on that committee as well. Intergovernmental meeting postponed The intergovernmentai coopera- tion meeting, slated for the evening of Sept. 16, between rep- resentatives from the City of Re- hoboth Beach and Sussex County was postponed due to Hurricane Floyd. Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission Chair Mary Camp- DAR to celebrate Constitution Week During Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, the Major Nathaniel Mitchell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) encourages everyone to read the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights and 27 Amend- ments in order to get a deeper ap- preciation for America and its his- tory. They also suggest people fly the American flag that week. They are also promoting Bells Across America, when churches, schools and city governments are encouraged to participate by ring- ing the sound of freedom at 4 Michael Short photo Oceanwatch on duty Members of Oceanwatch have been working at Cape Henlopen State Park to erect fencing to protect shorebird nesting areas. Here, volun- teer Tim Johnson works to replace fencing at the wa- ter's edge on Sept. 11. This is the fifth year Oceanwatch volunteers have participated in the Save Our Seabirds prbgram at the Cape. p.m., Friday, Sept. 17. DRBA police to undergo CALEA reassessment The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) has announced that a team of-assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Sept. 18 at the Delaware Memorial Bridge to examine all asp . of the DRBA police department's policy and procedures, management, opera- tions and suppott sexxices. The. DRBA policci:!tC-ee troops - one at the bridge Ctmp|ex and two at the Lewes Ferry Terminal com- plex. The assessors will review written material, interview indi- viduals/tndstt areas where com- plianeq..n be witnessed. The as- sessom ale from Ohio, New York and Br0h Umyersity. The police 'must comply ith 348 standards in .order  to become re-accredited, which,i:a Vo|untary process that carrie$theoreeognition of profes- sional xelleee 'in law enforce- ment. They will learn in Novem- ber if re-accredited status will be awarded. The public may call 302-571- 6461 between 1 and 4 p.m., Sept. 20-21, to speak to a member of the assessment team. Comments will be limited to 10 minutes per call. Those wishing to offer written comments about the DRBA police department's ability to meet the standards may write CALEA at 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Va. 22030-2201. For more information, call CALEA at 1-800-368-3757. 40th District Democrats to host hoedown Democrats of the 40th Repre- sentative District are sponsoring a Country Hoe Down from 12:30 to Continued on page 4