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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 - 15 Sussex planners give land-use plan a f'mal send-off By Michael Short Sussex County's Planning and Zoning Commission recommend- ed approval of the county's land- use plan on Thursday, Oct. 2. The commission heard a hand- ful of comments from a few die- hard speakers in a surprisingly short hearing. After less than an hour of discussion, the planners recommended approval. The planners did, however, rec- ommend that the Sussex County Council, which will consider the plan Oct. 21, consider a change in the zoning of the development district outside of Lewes to allow a public housing project. The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) asked that its property, which is located on the south side of Road 285, be placed within a development distriCt. The area was' once considered a devel- opment district, but the county downsized development-district size in the latest plan. "Long-term farming for the area is questionable," said DSHA Di- rector Susan Frank of the 20-acre site. Til Purneli and Mike D'Amico Nursing homes Continued from page 14 has concerns about making former employers responsible for docu- menting a worker's employment history. "We do need on-going re- view," he said. "But it is a matter of how can we find a way to screen unsatisfactory workers without putting the onus on the employer? How can you pose lia- bility onto a prior employer? "Everyone who has been in business knows that you have to be very careful about passing along information regarding a for- mer employee. Employers can get into legal trouble unless they are very careful about how things are stated." Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes) agrees with Bunting that a former employer has to exercise caution when recording the occupational history of an employee. He also pointed out that nursing-home care is much the same as any other service or commodity, cost is the determining factor. "The problem of guaranteeing quality care is what you can afford," he said. "We know what a lot of the prob- lems are in nursing-home care, let's find out what the solutions are. Do we have better staff-to-pa- tient ratio? Is it affordable? Do we require more sophisticated moni- toring devices? Can we afford them?" Schroeder said he fre- quently asked his constituents of the quality of nursing-home care that their family members receive. He said he has heard many stories, some negative, some positive, and he questions the need to publicly hear numerous accounts when many of them might be redundant. "We need to talk about solu- tions and not get too caught up in spoke on behalf of the land use plan while local resident Terry Bartley spoke against it. Don Roessler of the Citizens Coalition, a local group concerned with is- sues of quality of life, spoke against the DSHA parcel inclu- sion and its increase in density. Purnell said it's time that the county stopped careening from one decision to another and urged support of the plan. "I think we need this land-use plan and I urge you to adopt it," she said. Mike D'Amico of the Sierra Club also urged support of part of the plan. D'Amico spoke on be- half of a proposed conservation zone around waterways. The con- servation zone would increase minimum lot sizes around water- ways, in some cases to two acres, in an effort to protect waterways from pollution, particularly from septic systems. D'Amico said there is ample ev- idence that buffer zones like this help protect waters and he said that we need to do everything pos- sible to protect our water quality. "The algae blooms and pfiesteria are a warning," he said. "This repeating bad experiences," he said. "I think we do need to listen to the public, and also look to oth- er states to see what they do," Bunting said. "If we can whole- heartedly come up with something that can help, let's do it. 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Purnell said there was much she would strengthen about the plan, but called it an improvement and urged its adoption. Bartley presented a letter and offered numerous points in oppo- sition to the current plan. One point was his opposition to devel- opment zone areas around the in- land bays, an idea that has gener- ated criticism because of the bays' delicate ecology. After 42 Years In Business, The Time Has Come To Retire. In appreciation of all our Customers and Friends... from Lewes and everywhere!...we will hold a 25% DISCOUNT SALE starting Monday, Oct. 13th, 1997. 5% All Merchandise* (Including New Christmas Items/) *Excludes Candy  Keys Cash Only Left to right: Bob Miller, Gloria Miller, Bernie Bowden, Debbie Marsch, Larry Lucas. Thank-you for your friendship and dedication throughout the years/ A special thanks to all our loyal customers, especially: Bill Gary Mike -Ken ? ..... 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