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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 Phase Three of West Rehoboth Sewer now on its way By Michael Short Sussex County Council has al- ways taken the tact that a man's home is his castle. But that could be changing with the introduction this week of an ordinance estab- lishing new housing standards for Sussex County. The ordinance, which is only proposed, would set standards for owner-occupied housing. That's different from anything the county has ever done, because the county has always taken a hands-off ap- proach to a person's home. But the county does regulate housing that is rented, meaning that there must be standards, such as re- quirements for hot water and min- imum space per resident, in rented housing. "It is, we feel, basic require- ments that are needed," according to County Administrator Bob Stickels. The proposed code is less strin- gent than the code for rented housing. A minimum space re- quirement per person, per bed- room was dropped. So was the requirement that hot water be heated to a specific de- gree. The new code simply re- quires hot water. This is meant to be a more gen- eral code and it comes in response to a complaint last year of a burned out home in Warwick Park, which the owner refused to rehabilitate. It's likely to spark debate when the issue comes up for a Oct. 28 public hearing in council cham- bers. "I have talked to a lot of peo- ple and I have not found one who felt it was a good idea," said County Council President Dale Dukes. The ordinance reads "this chap- ter is intended to protect the pub- lic safety, health and welfare in owner-occupied residential struc- tures and on owner occupied resi- dential premises...The provisions of this entire chapter shall be lib- erally interpreted so as to mini- mize displacement of persons whose dwelling units may deviate from this chapter's specifications but do not pose an imminent threat to the health, safety and general welfare of the occupants." Roof Continued from page 16 Bill Stevenson, who voted along with Adjustment Board Chairman Harvey Cupp and mem- ber Joe Stewart to deny the re- quested zoning variance, said his understanding is that Hellings won't be able to receive an occu- pancy certificate until he recon- structs the roof line to comply with the height limitation. "Mr. Hellings was the contrac- tor on the job and he explained that a mistake was made in calcu- lating the height of the structure," said Stevenson. The problem was discovered during the inspection process when final height was surveyed as part of the check off for the certifi- cate of occupancy. "The issue wasn't the amount of the distance over the allowable height," said Stevenson. "We didn't see any justification for al- lowing the height to remain." Stevenson said Hellings argued that correcting the violation would be a difficult and costly process, especially because it would mean opening up the roof in an area where harsh winds are could cause damage to the interior of the structure. Stevenson said the homeowners association of Cape Shores spoke against the requested variance. Milton Continued from page 17 north of Route 16, and work on the portion south of Route 16 is scheduled for spring of 1998. Davis said that the intersection with Route 9 is to be upgraded with widened shoulders and William Henry Bush, former mason William Henry Bush, 50, of Lewes, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, of heart failure at Milford Memorial Hospital. Mr. Bush was a mason before becoming disabled. He is predeceased by his moth- The roof on this Cape Shores house must be lowered by 4.8 inches as a result of a recent Lewes Board of Adjustment de- cision. He said no one other than the ap- plicant spoke in its favor. The decision followed a hearing held on Monday, Sept. 29. Tyler request granted Also at that hearing, the Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to grant Mike and Hope Tyler's request to be allowed to operate a third room in their Wild Swan Inn bed and breakfast. When the Tylers opened their facility a few years back, they were only granted permission for two rental rooms because they on- ly had enough offstreet parking for two vehicles in addition to their own two. Although bed and breakfast pro- visions in Lewes require that off- street parking be configured in such a way that vehicles have enough room to turn around with- out backing out into public thor- oughfares, the Tylers' driveway was too narrow to allow for that and they were granted an excep- tion during the original process. Since that time they reconstruct- ed a garage to allow for another parking space that gave them room enough for an additional parking space to serve a third room. Since the turnaround provision wasn't part of the original condi- tions, the Board of Adjustment granted the use of a third room be- cause of the additional available parking space, which complies with the original decision. paving overlay to make it more durable for heavy traffic. He said there is a bridge north of Route 16 that has a relatively low weight allowance and he is not sure if there are plans to rein- force it. "We can't say yet when Route 30 will be completely up to par re- garding truck traffic, but it is al- er, Etta Bush. He is survived by his father, Charles Henry Bush Jr., Lewes; daughter, Ann Michelle Poweil, Georgetown; brother, Charles Henry Bush III, Lewes; nephew, Melvin Lee Bush, Georgetown; and nieces, Ashley Amber Bush of Georgetown, Danielle Bush, Nicki Bush and Sherri Bush, all of Lewes. Ser- vices and burial is private. Funer- al arrangements were made by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crema- torium in Lewes. ready capable of carrying a signif- icant portion of truck traffic," Davis said. "It is designated as a truck route, but we don't know how many trucks now use it rather than going through Milton. "Even if we restricted truck traffic through Milton on Route 5, many trucks could still use the route because they would be eligi- ble for a local bill of lading with a destination in Milton." Many of the trucks that travel regularly through Milton are on their way to Draper-King Cole or Reed's Trucking in town, but many others have Allen's poultry plant in Harbeson as their destina- tion. A spokesperson for Allen's was unavailable for comment. Davis said, "We are doing things to improve the situation and we will continue to study it and work with Milton residents as best we can." Jen EIIIngsworth photo Dewey town employees at new site Employees of the Town of Dewey Beach are getting settled into their temporary site, the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Street. Shown (l-r) in their new digs are Linda McLane, accounting clerk; Joyce Pool, administrative assis- tant; Bill Miller, building official; and Bill Rutherford, town manager. Because of the interim location of the town hall of- rices, the monthly town meeting slated for Saturday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m., will be held within the Ruddertowne complex at Sunnyside Up. Topics for this month's agenda include the oath of office for the three incumbent commissioners, com- missioner organizational assignments and a review of the town hall status. Dewey Beach Lifeguard Captain Todd Frichtman will also be on hand to give a report of this past season, as well as a review of next year's goals for the squad. Oct. 10 Fri. Oct. II Sat Oct. 12 Sun. Oct. 13 Mon. Oct. 14 Tues. Oct_ 15 Wed. Oct. 16 Thin: Oct. 17 Fri. Oct 18Sat Oct. 19 Sun. Oct. 20 Mort Oct. 21 Tues. Oct_ 22 Wed. Legends Starlites Dave Schiff Tom Larsen Stan & Marie Tom Larsen Honeycombs Honeycombs Star Monday. Night Fooamn Hy-Tyde Sol Knopf "Don't  bout Me Baby" "He's A Heartache" 7:30 & 10phi Faxr-ed Granduxl 3rd Floor Reserved Seating Tl "&ets: $15 - S22.50 The Spinners "One Of a Kind  Affair)" "721Be Around" 7:30 & lOpm End "osed Granand 3rd Fkxr R,erved ,Seating T "tckets: $17,50 - $27.50 The IZflRers & The Platters DRIFI'I Under The " ms Magic Moment" "The Omt Peaender" "SmokeGetsin 7: & lOrm Gran6stand 3rd floor Reserved Seating TL'kets: $12.50 - $3Y