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Lewes variance board sets two hearings The Lewes Board of Adjust- ment has set two public hearings for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. One involves an applica- tion by Mr. and Mrs. Scott Mc- Donald Jr., who own property lo- cated at 137 Jefferson Ave. They want to extend the existing front porch of their dwelling. The re- quest violates Lewes zoning re- quirements which call for a mini- mum front yard setback of 25 feet, or the established building line, and the minimum side yard set- back of 8 feet within an R-2 Resi- dential District. Their proposal would leave a 7.4-foot side yard setback and a 1.34-foot front yard setback on the southern corner and a 1.52-foot frontyard setback on the westerly comer. The estab- lished building line of 1.34 feet does not exist within the block of JeffersOn Avenue. The other vari- ance request comes from Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ernakovich, who own Lot 54 on Paynter Avenue where they want to construct a single-family dwelling. The re- quest violates Lewes zoning re- quirements for a minimum front- yard setback of 25 feet, or the es- tablished building line, within an R-2 Residential District. This re- quest leaves a 12.52-foot front yard setback and there is no estab- lished building line on the block of Paynter Avenue in question. All those interested in either one of these requests are invited to at- tend the hearings where a determi- nation will be made. Return Day Committee gets Bird Dog, Love Seed The Sussex County Return Day Committee is pulling out all the stops to make the last celebration of the 20th century a humdinger. Sen. Bill Roth and former two- term Gov. Elbert N. Carvel have been selected as co-grand mar- shals for this year's parade. As is the custom, Return Day will be held the Thursday after Election Day, which this year will be Thursday, Nov. 5. The parade, al- ways Sussex County's largest, will step off promptly at I p.m. from Sussex Central High School and head east to The Circle. The Return Day Committee is current- ly encouraging people to enter floats to help make this the best Return Day ever. Committee members are also adding two bands to the street party the night before Return Day to keep the men company who roast the oxen Clarifications A photo caption in the Oct. 2 edition identifying the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at their installation din- ner omitted one director's name. That missing director was Lonnie Brown, who was out of town and unable to attend. for Return Day. Bird Dog and The Road Kings will be playing near The Circle as will Love Seed Mama Jump. The public is invit- ed to Come to Georgetown for both events of the election week celebration. For further infoma- tion about Return Day, contact the committee office at 855-0722. Charter change, liquor tax tops Dewey agenda Commissioner Bill Tansey is expected to give an update on leg- islation that would change the Dewey Beach charter to allow for a gross receipts tax on liquor-serv- ing establishments at the town meeting, 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy,Avenue. While the Dewey Beach charter currently states that no taxes can be placed on "real or personal property unless approved by a ref- erendum," town attorney Rob Witsil said at last month's meeting that Dewey Beach may not need a referendum if language were in- serted into an existing law to make way for collection of the tax. Changing the charter would re- quire support from the state legis- lature, he said. Mayor Bob Frederick is expect- ed to give a report on his progress in establishing a public relations committee, as well as a proposal to make improvements to the parking area on' Dagsworthy Av- enue at the U.S. Lifesaving Sta- tion. Commissioner Jim Lavelle said the board will also discuss the town's involvement in the legal representation of the upcoming court hearing in the Silver Lake public path issue. Lavelle said al- though it has not agreed on a mon- etary figure for legal representa- tion, Dewey Beach does want to remain a presence in the issue. "The main concern that I have is the town do what it can to keep the path open," he said. "We [com- missioner,s] have agreed that maybe we can come up with a fig- ure that we can decide upon. The town wants to continue to have a presence in this issue." Other business before the com- missioners includes continued dis- cussion of the placement of beach and bath towels on motel railings that face Route 1 and vote on an ordinance to regulate laser beams. Representatives from the Re- hoboth Beach Volunteer Fire De- partment will also be on hand to present an informative demonstra- tion program. Route 1 complete; sewer project continues Sanitary sewer construction along Route 1 in the Nassau area is complete but continues in the Red Mill area. Areas affected in- clude Coventry Drive, Red Mill Farms. In addition, construction continues at pump station Sites, in- cluding station 233 on Sussex 265 by the railroad crossing and on pump station 228 near the inter- section of Red Mill Drive and Pembrook Road in Mill Pond Acres. As the project continues, CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 9 the Sussex County Engineering Department, Utility Construction Division, advises the public that Teal Construction Co. will soon be starting work on Sussex 265, from the area of the railroad cross- ing toward Route 1. Included in the work is installation of sewer force main south of the railroad along Nassau bridge. For construction-related infor- mation, call Bill Siegmund at the county engineering field office, 644-4370. The construction trailer is located on Sussex 266B, Nassau Road, by the old Southern States store. For sewer rate information, call 855-7719. Construction brings dosing of Sussex 265 Sanitary sewer installation along Sussex 265 will cause limit- ed closings in areas of construc- tion beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, and continuing until January, 1999. Closing of Sussex 265 will be during working hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The limited closings will restrict access to either Route 1 or Route 9, depending on the loca- tion of construction. According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, detour signs will be installed and maintained at all times during the period of con- struction. Emergency vehicles, school buses and mail carriers will have unrestricted access. For construc- tion information, call 644-4370. Milton council holds special meeting Oct. 15 Milton Town Council has scheduled a special meeting at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in Town Hall, 101 Federal St. A pre- bid meeting was recently held for contractors interested in bidding on the installation of waterlines to be replaced along Broad Street, and the bids will be'reviewed and the contract awarded at the meet- ing. Robert Kerr, Cube Associates engineer who works for the city, said the plan is to award the bid in order for work to begin and be complete by the end of 1998. He said quick action on the project should ensure that it will be fin- ished while the weather allows digging and repaving of the street. During the special meeting, the costs and options regarding drink- ing water fluoridation will also be addressed. The cost estimates will include discussion of needed equipment. Additional items maybe added to tile special meeting agenda as council members determine nec- essary. The special meeting is open to the public. Sussex County offices closed on Oct. 12 Sussex County government of- rices will be closed Monday, Oct. 12, to allow employees to observe the Columbus Day holiday. Of- rices will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 13 and the Oct. 13, council meeting will be held at 10 a.m. - October 15, 198 - 3 Photo courtesy of Delaware State Police Two arrested on drug charges Two troopers made two separate drug arrests after each of them stopped vehicles for traffic violations. Joseph Mitchell, 22, of Sandy Nook Mobile Home Park in Lewes, and Carl Mon- roe, 40, of Bridgeville, were each arrested on drug-related charges. According to Cpl. Waiter Newton, Delaware State Po- lice spokesman, Cpl. Anthony Mendez of Troop 7 stopped a 1987 Volkswagen Jetta at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, on Route 1 near Rehoboth Outlets Center 3. Because his patrol car is equipped with one of the state police laptop computers, Mendez was able use a cellular data network to run a quick check on the Jetta's tags. When he learned that the tags were fictitious, he stopped the car, which was operated by Mitchell. During his search, Mendez found plastic bags under the dri. ver's seat. An analysis later determined the bags contained 4.45 grams of cocaine and 11.04 grams of marijuana. Mitchell was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for the distrib- ution of a controlled substance. He was arraigned in Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution for default of $12,800 secured bail. Newton said several hours later, TFC Michael Cailoway stopped a 1985 Honda Prelude, operated by Monroe, because it had no tail lights. When he approached the vehicle at 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, on Long Neck Road, he immediately noticed smoke exiting the vehicle and the odor of marijuana. "He handed me ajointwhen I walked up to the vehicle," said Calloway. A search of the vehicle revealed nine small bags and three hand-rolled cigarettes that were lat. er identified as bags of cocainandmarijuana cigarettes. Ad. ditionally, Cailoway found a knife with a 6-inch blade. Mon. roe was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a deadly weapon during the eommission of a felony, posses- sion with intent to deliver eecaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for the distribution of a controlled sub- stance. Monroe was processed at Court 3, where he was com- mitted to SCI in default of $18,300 secured bail. I Sussex sets block grant fund hearings Sussex County Council has an- nounced a number of local hear- ings on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The hearings are usually held in the various town halls, although no specific hearing locations were given by County Administrator Bob Stickels. CDBG funding has been used to renovate many homes in Sussex County and has also been used for infrastructure needs as well. Here is a list of local bearing dates and times: Georgetown - Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. County and state - Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. Milford - Monday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. West Rehoboth - Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. Milton - Monday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Nutrients Ag committee to meet Oct. 14 The Agricultural Industry Advi- sory Committee on Nutrient Man- agement will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Delaware Department of Agricul- ture Conference Center. The group plans to discuss pos- sible burning of poultry manure. The meeting is open to the public. Rehoboth police offer home security surveys It's the time of year when Re- hoboth Beach police begin to see residential properties, especially garage apartments, boarded up and closed until next spring. It's also when they see a number of burglaries, thefts and criminal mischiefs occur throughout the city. On some streets, there's of- ten no more than one resident re- siding on the entire block who can be an extra pair of eyes and ears and report suspicious persons to the police. Police have also noted that peo- ple winterize their homes, garages and sheds without giving much thought to how secure their prop- erty will be over the winter. Porch and yard furniture, outdoor grills, tools, lawn mowers and bikes are often left out in the open, which provides little challenge for a passing thief or burglar, who can easily steal them without anyone noticing for months. In an effort to make Rehoboth's residential properties more secure and burglar-proof, the Rehoboth police department is offering to Continued on page 4