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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 9 - October 15, 1998 - 17 Sussex council muffs multifamily and outlet parking changes Cole pushes for more parking By Michael Short Sussex County Council is con- sidering changes to require more parking for shopping malls and for multifamily residences. Both ideas are being supported by Sussex County Councilman George Cole. Both were considered on Oct. 6, but no decision has yet been made by county council. Firefighters Continued from page i ambulance call frequency and re- lated problems." . Wastler added "as you are prob- ably aware, the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company has been a proponent of some type of im- pact fee to help local fire compa- nies deal with the accelerated growth situation for more than 20 years." The change'will increase the cost of building permits a mini- mum of .25 percent, which is based upon the construction cost. That is expected to add approxi- mately $282.87 to the cost of a $113,149 house. The .25 percent increase is ex- pected to generat e approximately Currently, two parking spaces are required for multifamily hous- ing, such as townhouses and con- dominiums. The county will consider in- creasing the minimum to three spaces per unit or requiring two exterior spaces. Cole argued that too many peo- ple do not use garages for parking and that the county should require exterior parking for multifamily units. Garages are now considered to meet the county parking re- quirements. "Cars are [parked] helter-skelter," Cole. complained. $35,780 for each fire department. The increase is for a minimum of .25 percent and a' maximum of .5 percent. Ray Stevens, the first vice pres- ident of the Sussex County Vol- unteer Fireman's Association, said that "fire companies, like churches, are mainstays of the lo- cal community...But donations are not sufficient to meet the needs." Stevens, citing huge equipment costs, said that Selbyville's new fire truck cost $417,000. A new rescue truck for the Dagsboro Fire Company will cost $420,000. Not only are equipment costs up, but the number of both fire calls and emergency medical sys- tem or EMS calls is increasing at a staggering pace. Many vehicles are already over County Administrator Bob Stickels worried that increasing the parking would require more pavement and reduce green space. But Cole said the problem needs to be addressed. The county is also discussing a possible increase in the parking requirements for shopping cen- ters. Cole has supported an in- crease from the current five spaces per 1,000 square feet of leasable area. The 20 percent increase which is being discussed would raise the number of required spaces to six 20 years old, according to Stevens. While the cost may seem high, Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels said the cost would be far higher if the county did not have volunteer fire companies. Stickels said that the absence of volunteer ambulance and fire ser- vices in Delaware would require a property tax increase of $5.87 per $1,000 of assessed value. Stickels estimated that if Sussex County homeowners had to pay for fire service based on the $5.87 estimate, then "the average single family homeowner would pay an additional $107.71 annually. This compares to $81.65 that they cur- rently are paying for all county services." per 1,000 square feet of leasable area. Sussex County Planning and Zoning Assistant Director Shane Abbott was asked if the 20 percent increase would provide enough parking for Cape region outlet malls. "On a rainy day, it probably won't," he said. YOUR GM STORE AT THE SHORE Offering our traditional quality pans and service and factory trained technicians Comlmlitive Up-Front Pricing Courtesy Transportation d A Lifetime Guarantee on Parts and Labor See u r limited lifelime guarantee details. $21.95 LUBE. OIL & FILTER CHANGE Plus Free 25 point inspection. 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I want to suggest that it is certainly con- stitutionally permissible to con- sider a middle ground as a resolu- tion of this matter." Asked this week whether he be- lieves the Senate will ultimately vote to impeach President Clin- ton, Biden responded, "Right now, there is not a two-thirds ma- jority vote to impeach in the Sen- ate. But, for the first time in my three decades as a senator, I can say I have no idea how this issue will play out." Biden noted that his oath of of- rice "precludes me from prejudg- ing, as I ma, be required to serve as judge and juror in the trial of the century." Take a look at what our Nationwide Fund shareholder's money has been averaging over the years.* Call our Agency today. You'H also receive a free prospeclus containing complete nformation, including charges, fees and expenses. 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