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Rehoboth sets special meeting on hall bids The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30 prior tothe regularly scheduled workshop to award bids for the convention center addition. The first consideration is the low bid from John L. Briggs for building the new conference suite shell, which came in at $159,000 ($25,000 higher than estimated.) The second is the bid for the heat- ing, ventilation and air condition- ing, which came in at the estimat- ed figure. It's now up to the board to de- cide whether to approve an addi- tional outlay of funds for the pro- ject, which has changed in scope since it was first unveiled. The room is now larger (it fits 150 people) and the exterior is more attractive, according to Mayor Sam Cooper. Senior center addition Rehoboth agenda Following a special meeting to open bids for the convention cen- ter addition, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold its regularly scheduled workshop session. The first item of business is a request from the Cape Henlopen Senior Center to lease additional land in order to expand the build- ing located on Christian Street. According to Mayor Sam Cooper, continued membership growth has reulted in the need tO add a 40- foot by 80-foot addition on the west side of the building on Mar- tin's Lawn. The land on which the senior center sits is leased from the city at a nominal fee Cooper said their plans are very preliminary and senior center offi- cials need to get a feel for the city's willingness to lease before proceeding further. Also on the agenda are items the Rehoboth Planning Commission wishes to propose as the city be- gins implementation of the newly adopted Long Range Plan. They include proposed ordinance revi- sions governing commercial de- liveries, trash clean up, snow re- moved and storefront appearance, as well as home occupation. Oth- ers would enhance emergency preparedness, ascertaining city boundaries and addressing traffic and transportation problems. The latter fits hand in glove Clarifications In last week's article on the Townsend and Miller murder sen- tencing, Thomas Townsend's first name was omitted. The Anna Hazzard Museum in Rehoboth Beach is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Wednesdays and Sat- urdays through October, not on Sundays as has been reported last week. with the third agenda item, when Donald Derrickson of the Parking Advisory Committee gives his re- port on the 1996 residential park- ing permit/parking meter season. (See related story in this edition.) The evening's activities get un- derway at 6:30 p.m., with a listen- ing post session designed to pro- vide for public input on a variety of subjects. PFIAG of Sussex to meet Oct. 5 Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Sussex County will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Metropolitan Community Church, County Road 271 (The Glade Road), Rehoboth Beach. The goal of PFLAG is to pro- mote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans- gendered family and friends through support, education and advocacy. They also provide sup- port for families, spouses and gen- eral relations of these persons in coping with the effects of adverse social reaction. A representative from the Sus- sex County AIDS Committee will be the featured speaker and light refreshments will be served. Any- one interested in more informa- tion should call 856-3389. Dewey Civic League makes donations The Dewey Beach Civic League has decided to make several chari- table donations. The Civic League met on Sept. 21 and decided to contribute $300 to the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company, $100 to the Rehoboth Beach Library, $300 to the town beautification efforts such as plantings around the life- saving stations and Route 1 is- lands and $100 to the Center for the Inland Bays. Members of the Civic League praised the beautification efforts Spearheaded by Pat Freedman Wright and said all the programs contribute a great deal to the safe- ty and beauty of town. Beach replenishment economic study ongoing Tony Pratt, a program manager with Delaware's shoreline and waterway management branch, said Delaware continues to work on an economic study of beach re- plenishment. The study is designed to ulti- mately help the state decide the fairest way to pay the cost of beach replenishment programs. Currently both the local area such as Dewey Beach or Rehoboth Beach which is reimbursed and the state pay for the cost of such programs. But the local area is " then gradually reimbursed by the state, meaning the state of Delaware ultimately pays the full cost. An economic study was a rec- ommendation of a task force which studied the whole issue of beach preservation. Such a study was considered a key factor in the future of beach replenishment. It CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, September 27 - October 3, 1996- 3 is designed to decide who benefits most from efforts to boost Delaware's beaches, whether it be the homeowners, local towns, the state or other beneficiaries. "We do not want to ignore the benefi- ciaries of the beaches," Pratt said. A draft report has been submit- ted by Jack Faucett Associates of Maryland, according to Pratt. It is still quite early and Pratt said it is too soon to discuss what a final re- port may ultimately suggest. He said Delaware hopes to make comments on the draft and receive comments from the consultants in the next two to four weeks. Early steps in the process in- clude reviewing existing literature and then seeing what existing lit- erature or studies can be applied to Delaware. A decision must then be made on what if any original research or study must be done to meet the needs of Delaware. Dewey to consider town hall expansion Dewey Beach's Commissioners are expected to begin discussing possible plans for the expansion of the existing town hall and po- lice station when the town com- missioners meet Saturday, Oct. 12. Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Fred- erick said the fundraising efforts for the expansion have been very successful. Coupled with state funding, Frederick said the town is now able to begin discussion plans for the building expansion. The present building is very crowded. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Lifesaving Station. The public is welcome to attend the meeting. Dewey to hold reorganization Oct. 12 The Dewey Beach Commis- sioners will hold their annual reor- ganization as part of the regular Oct. 12 meeting at the Lifesaving Station at 9 a.m. A reorganization meeting is normally held after each election. Dewey did not have a contested election this year because only Mayor Bob Frederick and Faith Duncan filed for additional terms. Dewey voters select commission- ers, but the commissioners actual- ly vote to decide who the town mayor will be. Frederick is cur- rently the mayor and is expected to retain his job when the town commissioners vote on the annual reorganization on Oct. 12. "I've asked that if there is a coup, that it be a bloodless one," joked Frederick at a meeting of the Dewey Beach Civic League Sept. 21. Transportation hearing set Oct. 9 The Delaware Department of Transportation is announcing the release of the draft statewide long range transportation plan. A public workshop has been set in Sussex County for Delaware Technical and Community Col- lege on Oct. 9. The workshop ses- sion will be held 4 to 7 p.m. with Angle Moon photo Bank participates in Coastal Cleanup Adrianne Moore Oeft), branch manager at Delaware Nation- al Bank's Rehoboth Beach branch, and Lisa Ward of Mills. bore, a former bank employee, volunteer their services dur. ing the Delmarva Coastal Cleanup held Sept. 21. Almost 2,900 volunteers participated in the cooperative ef- fort sponsored by Delmarva Power, removing trash from 193 miles of beaches and rivers in Delaware, Maryland and Vir- ginia. The types and quantities of trash collected were item. ized, with the data sent to the Center for Marine Conserva- tion in Washington, D.C., which compiles information for all of the coastal cleanups around the world. The data helps pin- point the source of the debris, as well as target ways to re- duce or eliminate waste. an auditorium session starting at 7 p.m. Similar sessions will be held in each county to get additional public input on the proposed plan. The plan establishes transporta- tion goals for the next 25 years, as well as major strategies and prior- ity actions to achieve them. Writ- ten comments on the draft plan, including the corridor preserva- tion proposal, will be accepted through Oct. 25 and may be sub- mitted, along with questions or other written material, by mail to Ms. Christine Gillan, Manager, Office of External Affairs, De- partment of Transportation, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE. 19903 or by telephone at 1 (800) 652-5600. Beginning Sept. 24, the plan will be available in libraries and municipal offices. For a list of lo- cations, please contact Joseph Cantalupo at (302) 739-2558. Sept. 29 meeting of Citizens Coalition set The Citizens Coalition will have a full agenda when it meets at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Hen- lopen Grange. The meeting is public and is expected to last until approximately 9 p.m. and the ten- tative agenda includes a report on the county's proposed land use plan, including a Sept. 19 recent Planning and Zoning hearing, the Citizens Coalition position on a new possible Lowe's near Five Points, an update on Rout. 1 bicy- cle use, diamond lanes and bus use, a Cape Henlopen State Park bicycle route update and possible legal action which may be taken against the Seabright Village and Mears rezoning. Mike Tyler, president of the Coalition, said the organization is supporting the potential legal ac- tion, although it is expected to stop short of actually getting in- volved in any such actions. "We have been very supportive," Tyler said. He said that one key item will be the comprehensive land use plan and whether it will have the force of law as has been said by county officials. Previous plans have been considered guides and Tyler said the group may try to find support for its argument that the plan should have the force of law. Such an effort is considered ba- sically a way of insuring that a plan does have teeth and will be enforced. But Tyler also said the group is expected to support a proposal to delay implementation. The plan is due to be completed by the end of the year, but county officials may ask the state for a temporary extension. Some have argued that the county and the general public are not being given enough time to consider the plan. "At this point, why rush it?" Tyler asked. The Coalition will also consider a meet the candidates night and other business. The Henlopen Continued on page 4