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12 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 9 - October 15, 1998 Milton f'mally on route to solving truck traffic issue By Rosanne Pack Although the issue has been stuck in traffic for years, the prob- lem of heavy commercial trucks using the main streets of Milton may be rolling to the finish line. At the Oct. 5 Milton Town Coun- cil meeting, it was announced that negotiations with area truckers and the Delaware Motor Transit Association (DMTA) have result- ed in a significant decrease in large trucks on Union and Federal streets. Jeff Hitchens, Milton Truck Traffic Committee member, re- ported that the DMTA officials have been cooperative in working with the committee and they have encouraged some of their mem- bers to work with Milton in allevi- ating the problems of heavy trucks through the center of town. "Allen's has agreed to use the bypass," Hitchens said. "We've seen one truck in the last four to five days, and that's down from more than four to five in a day. "They are staying out and using the voluntary alternate route. We have been told by DeiDOT [the Delaware Department of Trans- portation] that the markers and striping of the alternate route will be done by the end of November, within the painting season. "We have won round one. Now, we want to work on plans to have Route 319 redone, from the ground up." Voluntary route The voluntary alternate route around downtown Milton takes traffic on Sussex 30 and 319 be- tween Sussex 16 and Route 5. Another factor in the overall downtown traffic picture, pedes- trian safety, has also been ad- dressed as Milton and DelDOT officials have prepared a plan for marked "Yield to Pedestrian" crosswalks. Truck committee members and town officials have identified more than 15 crossings that will be marked with striping and signs. Sen. Thurman Adams, D- iridgeville, earmarked funds for "''th lht and signs from his 1998- 99 suburban street fund money. "We are just waiting for specifi- cations for the crosswalks from DelDOT," Hitchens said. "I un- derstand that we can put them in Senatorial Continued from page 10 number of bills introduced and the length of the General Assembly session need to be looked at with a critical eye. ''Too often, legislators are look- ing at polls and not considering what is right," he said. "For exam- ple, with-a lot of minor legislation to deal .with, most major money bills are saved until the last day or two. Spending that much money in that amount of time is ridicu- lous." as soon as we get the specs." Some of the locations to be marked include the library, Town Hall, Milton Middle and H.O. Brittingham Elementary schools, several churches and the down- town businesssection. Council-members also heard re- ports from recently established committees for tourism and down- town revitalization. Development corp. forms The economic revitalization committee is in the process of in- corporating and will be known as the Milton Development Corpora- tion. Committee member Holly Smith said the group is incorpo- rating rather than remaining as a town committee because a private, nonprofit organization has a better chance at being approved for state funding and private grants for pro- jects and operating expenses. "We are looking at procuring property; we are going to be ap- plying for state and federal funds," said Smith. "We expect' to host a major fundraiser within the next two months. Exciting things are going to happen." The tourism committee will be sponsoring a holiday house tour on Saturday, Dec. 12, the same day as the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Holly Festival Barbara Brewer, member of town council and the tourism committee, said five to six houses are already identified as tour hosts and the committee plans to ggt four to five more. "We are looking at having the tour during the afternoon of the Holly Festi/al, in conjunction with the festival, rather than mak- ing it an evening event. That way, people can shop at the festival and go through houses off and on as they spend the afternoon here;" Brewer said. "We will be schedul- ing events such as this throughout the year and our plan is to be self- sustaining." In other Milton business, Ken Whitman, building code enforce- ment officer, said that he had been attempting to contact a representa- tive regarding the derelict rental property at 116 Collins St. The 16 apartments, known as The' Coops, have been empty and closed up since spring after an inspection showed that they did not meet building code regulations, but no decision has been made about the future use of the property. Whitman said Bernice Edwards, deputy director at First State Com- munity Action, did contact him shortly before the council meet- ing. 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