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CAPE GAZE. TTE, Friday, September 27. October 3, 1996- 13 West Rehoboth sewer sign ups faltering as deadline nears Sussex attempting to.boost flagging support from residents By Michael Short Sussex County is sending re- minders to residents of the West Rehoboth Sewer District that the clock is ticking. Thus far, 4,516 Equivalent Dwelling Units have signed up for sewer service. An Equivalent Dwelling Unit is the equivalent of one house (com- mercial businesses generally have more than one EDU because they use more water or have more bathroom facilities). What that means is that approx- imately 58 percent of the sewer hookups required in the West Re- hoboth District have been hooked up. But the clock is ticking because the county is requiring that hookups be completed by Dec. 31. That means there's only a few short months left and the holiday rush will mean more than just Christmas shopping this year. Acting County Engineer Mike Iz- Shooting ' Continued from page 12 es tall with short hair and a thin build, and a tall black male with short hair. Earlier in the year, on Jan. 15, James Boyer, 25, was shot when two intruders forced their way in- to his home at approximately 2:30 a.m. As with the others, the intruders were described as being two black males. The crime, however, was more confrontational and violent. At the time of the incident, Lewis said after the suspects en- tered the home, they forced Boyer to a rear bedroom, where one of the suspects allegedly shot him in the face, the fight side of the chest and the left hand. Shortly after the shooting, Boy- er's girlfriend returned home, and zo said it is human nature to wait until the last minute. But the county is sending out re- minders to people, just to remind them that time is running low. "We were concerned that things were perhaps lagging behind," Iz- zo said. Izzo said that some newsletters and groups have been urging resi- dents not to pay their sewer bills. A class action suit was filed earli- er this year which challenges the sewer district, but in the meantime residents are still expected to hook up and pay their sewer bills. Those who don't pay a one-time capitalization fee of $500 before the end of the year potentially face a much larger fee if they wait. Iz- zo said if they wait that fee could jump from $500 to a connection fee of $2,808. "Please be reminded that your improvement must be connected by Dec. 29, 1996. If a connection has not been the suspects forced her into the bedroom as well. Lewis said the suspects applied duct tape to the woman's eyes, and tied her hands together with a telephone cord before stealing cash and a piece of jewelry from her. After the assailants had left the home, she was able to free herself and call 911. Boyer was treated at Beebe Medical Center. None of the cases have been solved, although detectives are continuing their investigations. Lewis said he does not believe the three cases are related to each oth- er and police are not releasing whether there may be any other similarities in the cases. However, anyone with informa- tion on any of the three cases may call detectives at Troop 4 at 856- 5850, or Crimestoppers at 1 (800) TIP-3333. OPEN HOUSE 25 Fairway Ave. East Country Club Village, Georgetown, DE Saturday, Sept. 28 1-3 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 29 1-3 p.m. 3 BR, 2.5 BA Colonial NOW REDUCED $289,900!!! Priced below current appraisal (H143) Call Sharon Blastic, REALTOR@ O'CONOR, PIPER & FLYNN (302) 226-4153 (302) 227-6200 (800) 496-9269 made by that date, the county can apply Delaware State Law to compel use of the West Rehoboth System," according to the letter, which is dated Sept. 23. Izzo said he is satisfied with the number of people who are hook- ing up to the system and he said that the county timetable has not been dampened by heavy rains during last summer season. "At this point, we see no reason to have extensions," Izzo said. He said that people should make arrangements to hook up as soon as possible and said that if people are not connected to the system, but have made an effort and re- ceived a permit before the end of the year, the county expects to take no action against them. Expanded police station, street improvements on agenda for special meeting in Lewes Oct. 1 By Dennis Forney The agenda for a special meet- ing of Lewes Mayor and Council set for Tuesday, Oct. 1 includes review of bids and possible awarding of a contract for a num- ber of street improvements as well as more consideration on a pro- posal to expand City Hall to ac- commodate an enlarged police station. According to City Manager Elaine Bisbee, Michael Sing, ar- chitect, will attend the meeting to talk about how much architectural and engineering fees would cost to revise plans for City Hall ex- pansion to bring them closer to the approximately $500,000 available for construction. In the first bidding round on the current plans, contractors' propos- als came in approximately $250,000 higher than what had been estimated. In the wake of those high bids, town officials and residents met with Sing to discuss a number of alterations which could bring the costs down. At that meeting, Lewes resident Frank Buck also suggested that the town consider a modular building designed by Nanticoke Homes as a less expensive alter- native. Bisbee said Sing will also dis- cuss the modular option at the Oct. 1 meeting. As for street improvements, the mayor and council members will review bids that have come in for Phase VIII of the town's street plan. Included in that bid package are a stretch of Coleman Ave., Odessa Ave., several sections of DeVries Circle, Missouri, St. Paul, Hoornkill, Market Street on both sides of Kings Ice Cream, a section of Schley, Midland Ave. and a section of Market Street on Lewes Beach beginning at An- gler's Road. The engineering firm of George, Miles and Buhr of Salis- bury wrote the specifications for the work and estimated the cost of the 12,000 square feet of resurfac- ing to be in the range of $144,000. If there is an acceptable bid, the work is expected to be complete before freezing weather sets in. On the Lewes Police Chief front, Mayor George H.P. Smith said this week he feels that a char- ter change which would permit the mayor to vote in the case of ties when it comes to appointing key personnel such as police chief and city manager may come be- fore Lewes Council by way of the Personnel Policy Committee. "I think that committee has been looking at this problem and may bring it forward as part of its re- port when it gets its work done," said Smith. Lt. Ronald "Beau" Gooch, as Lewes Police Department's high- est ranking officer, continues to serve as officer-in-charge. "I would like to thank my fam- ily and friends, my fellow tribal members and business associates, and every sup- porter -- known and un- known --who endorsed my candidacy for senator of the 20th Senatorial District. Your help, advice, and all of your efforts are truly appreciated by me. "Even though we didn't make it past the September primary to push ahead for a victory in November, each of the concerns and issues that we raised" and discussed must still be addressed, during and after the general elections. Having spoken with many of you since Sept. 7, I know that you share this view, too, "Every experience in life is rewarding in some way, and this one hasn't been any different. I may not have won the Democratic Primary, but I have definitely won a lot of new friends." Chief Kenneth Clark Paid for by The Committee to Elect Clark for State Senate