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, Frederick face off at chamber meeting' pg.. 10 1 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, October 9 - Thursday, October 15 1998 Volume 6, N0:20 ,! Cape bike path spins to forefront; meeting Oct. 13 By Michael Short Batten down the hatches. . On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Cape Henlopen State Park Steering Conimittee will meet to discuss a proposed bicycle path either through the state park or in the land sur- munding the state park. The possible bike and multiuse path has bedeviled the process of developing a mas- ter plan for the state park. That's the main Sussex says yes to new plan for firefighter funding By Michael Short Sussex County firefighters now have they wanted inost - a reliable source of funding to deal with mounting costs and skyrocket- ing emergency responses. Sussex County Council voted to increase the cost of building permits by a minimum of 0.25 percent in order to provide a steady source of funds for volunteer firefighters. The vote was never really in doubt, but dozens of volunteer firefighters packed the council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 6. Milton Fire Department President Jack Hudson wrote "because of the increased demands on the volunteers for fire and rescue training, amount of alarms, ambulance calls, and no time left for fundraisers, the personnel has been stretched to the limit." Among the other supporters of the increase was the Sussex County Association of Coastal Towns (ACT). Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Compa- ny secretary Joseph Wastler wrote that "the proposed distribution structure for all 21 Sussex County fire companies will give a needed annual shot in the arm to the many areas that are experiencing explosive growth and to those companies that must deal with the increased populatiom fire and Continued on page 17 charge of the steering committee. But the path has tended to take center stage and has threatened to waylay the mas- ter planning process. The master plan is designed to plan the future of the popular park, and it is designed to be a comprehen- sive look at every facet of Cape Henlopen, including roads, infrastructure, parking, protecting rare species and any possible bike paths. Tuesday's meeting is devoted entirely to the issue of the pathway and it is open to the public. The meeting will be held at 6" p.m.the Officer's Club in the park. A draft master plan is expected to be in place by the end of the year. But the path remains the most contentious issue being considered by the committee. Gov. Thomas Carper has developed a let- ter, which his office is now sending in response to a number of letters the state has received on the bike path issue That letter takes a middle ground, sup- porting the master plan and saying that any path decision should be an "informed deci- sion." The letter says "on the issue of the bike path, I think it is vital that this propos- al not diminish attention to, or hamper pro- posals to address, important problems and Continued on page 15 Angle Moon photo Lewes-Rehoboth Canal glows softly on a still autumn evening The Boast the Coast and Coast Day events brought large numbers of people into Lewes on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4. Delaware's tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, once again created a dramatic scene in downtown Lewes with its 105-foot masts reaching toward the sky. The lighted boat parade Saturday evening drew only four entries but they were appreciated by a spirited crowd enjoying the balmy breezes of an early October evening. Judges for the parade, reviewing entries from the poop deck of the Kalmar Nyckel, awarded the first prize of $500 to Capt. Bob Willey's J.B.'s Dream and the second prize of $300 to the intricately lighted launch vessel of the Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware. See page 82 for more pictures and information. By Jim Cresson As the House moves forward with its impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton, Sen. Joe Biden is studying consti- tutional history and pondering the process that the Senate should follow if, or when the House sends the matter forward for an impeachment trial in the Senate. Biden, who held the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee until last year when he switched the position for a co- chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Rela- tions Committee, continues to hold his judi- ciary seat and remains that committee's ranking Democrat. His influence on how the process should move through the Senate will be considerable. He is also one of the handful of current senators who were part of impeachment procedings against former President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. That process was different, Biden told his col- lea ;ues in a speech from the Senate floor, Oct. 2. "[That] impeachment question was not as politically charged as it is today. The need for restraint is even greater today than it was in 1974." Saying at the outset of his speech that "What President Clinton did was reprehen- sible, a horrible lack of judgement [that] has brought shame to him personally and to the office of the president," B'iden explained his position that after studying debates on the mpeachment issue at tb, e Constitutional Convention of 1787, "I have not come to any conclusion as to what con- sequences the president should face for his shameful behavior." Biden said he has drawn three lessons from the constitutional histo(y of the impeachment process "First, the founders included impeachment powers in the Con- stitution, yet were concerned by the poten- tial partisan abuse! We should be no less Biden takes a constitutional look at the impeachment process