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L 1 I- $ E 3 L x 3 R S i- f U Compost available in Rehoboth Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese has announced that free compost is available to the public every Wednesday morning from 7i 15 to l0 a.m. The city will load dump trucks if requested in advance. For more information contact Pare Beckman in the city manager's office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Fri- day, at 227-464 I. Rehoboth revises sign ordinance The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners revised the city's sign ordinance following a public hearing Oct. 10, at which no one from the public came forward to comment. The revision is primarily meant to allow for more effective en- forcement of the present code, with the building inspector autho- rized to revoke any sign permit is- sued upon failure to comply with any provisions. If someone re- ceives notice from the building in- spector that a sign is in violation, that sign must be removed or "brought into compliance within 72 hours from the notice or the building inspector has the power to remove the sign. No further notice is necessary should the same or substantially similar sign be erected on the same property within 60 days of the original no- flee. The board did decide, however, to delete one new section of the proposed revisions before adop- tion. That provision would have required that no sign could be placed into a public way such as a road, street, sidewalk, beach and boardwalk. This item was strick- en because it was unclear as to whether it would also prohibit awftings and overhead signs, that may stick out into the public right-of-way, but do not impede traffic. The provision was designed to stop the proliferation of advertis- ing on beach umbrellas, etc., as well as "sandwich boards" along sidewalks and the boardwalk. As the sign ordinance already has a section prohibiting signs on pub-. lic property, the item was strick- en. But Commissioner Kenny Vincent said he would like to come up with some provision over the winter that would tighten up control over the beach and Boardwalk. Commissioner Jack Hyde concurred, noting, "there's a lot happening on the beach that's not right and we should do au utmost to govern it." All Saints' requests ban on competing shows Irene Simpler has written a let- ter to Rehoboth Beach officials on behalf of All Saints' Episcopal Church asking that the city not al- low other antiques shows to be held in the Convention Center within one month of their show, which has been held the first week of August for the past 25 years. In 1996 a commercial venture began homing a three-day antique show in the center titled, "The Re- hoboth Antiques Show," the weekend prior to the All Saints' Antiques Show. This, Simpler wrote, has caused confusion on the part of the public, with people all too often believing that the Re- hoboth show is theirs. With all of the advertising and publicity All Saints' provides, the competing show benefits, she continued, not- ing that this is the church's one big fundraiser of the year. (The Christmas Shop proceeds benefit local charities, not the church.) "There are a lot of ramifications to this," said Mayor Sam Cooper, referring the matter to the Con- vention Hall and Bandstand Com- mittee. Lewes sets hearing, extends moratorium The public will have its chance to comment on a revised set of open space ordinances at a public hearing scheduled for Monday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The revised ordinances incorpo- rate changes suggested at a public hearing on a previous set that was held on Monday, Sept. 29. The ordinances, designed to maintain a sense of openness in land zoned open space - particularly along Pi- lottown Road and Gills Neck be- tween the roadway and the canal - deal with permitted parking areas, size of gazebos and dockhouses, and number of permitted boat slips. The revised ordinances in- crease the permitted gazebo and dockhouse size from 100 to 200 square feet and increase the mini- mum permitted number of boat slips per lot from one to four. The ordinance changes were proposed by the Lewes Ad-Hoc Zoning Drafting Committee two months back in an attempt to address con- cerns that recent construction in Open Space areas was beginning to block views that the Lewes Long Range Comprehensive Plan set out to preserve. Lewes council members passed an Open Space construction moratorium on June 9, 1997, to allow time for law changes. At the Monday, Oct. 13, meeting, Lewes Council members voted to extend the moratorium until Dec. 9, 1997, by which time members feel they will have passed revisions that will address original concerns. Lewes Police Department announces promotions Lewes Police Chief Ronald "Beau" Gooch announced a num- ber of promotions during the. Monday, Oct, 13, meeting of Lewes Mayor and Council Gooch announced that Fred Slater, a 13-year veteran of the force, has been promoted from sergeant to lieutenant, the number two position on the force Bruce Ritter, a six-year veteran, has been promoted from patrolman first class to corporal, and Mike Costello has been promoted from patrolman to patrolman first class. Lt. Slater handles administrative and enforcement duties; Cpl, Rit- ter also serves as Police Athletic League (PAL)coordinator; and PFC Costello serves as chairman of the community policing com- mittee, which meets monthly with interested Lewes citizens about policing activities. The next meeting of the Community Polic- ing Committee, which the public is urged to attend, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in city hall's council chambers at 7 p.m. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 17 - October 23, 1997 - 3 Police chief evaluation committee to meet There will" be a meeting of the Chief of Police Evaluation Com- mittee on Wednesday, Oct. 22, beginning at 2 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to finalize the :, "" '-i   photO Questions on RBYCC we!!answered  Filling wetlandsin Sussex Cot;was a commonplace oc- currence in Sussex County 25 years ago. Environmental awareness, however,has grown considerably since those Chief of Police Committee evalu- days and the'general population now appreciates the impor- ation charge and to discuss duty ,ant role wetlands play in our ecosystems. It's So surprise performance with Chief of Pol' ''tim` neighberhood folks in the Rehoboth Beach Country Club area expressed concern recently when Precision Marine Ronald "Beau" Gooch. The dis- C0mpany, W for Great fouth Beach Improvement Com- cussion part of the meeting, in- , ::i volving committee members a  Y' begaiitlltng an ared of wetlands along Bald Eagle k. PatCbell-te,Tpresident of Prudentid Joy-Gal- Chief Gooch, is a personnel ma(- lO:al EstatLhickdles !ot sales in the RBCC develop- ter and will be done in closed ses- , said th,s week thittialLthe work has been done in full sion. Other aspects of the meeting aee.lte :and feder environmental laws. Be- will be open to the public. The cafiilCa/d.the chho.rgline in that area, Chief of Police Evaluation Com- there'.atu only. seven l'ots in tlflf'a where work is mittee includes Bob Adams, Jim beingdonecomltared to the 18 20 that were originally plat- ted and appro," said Cll-White. "It's expected that Malloy and Richard Jundt. Mayor the remaininffwetlands tually be improved by this George Smith, who supervises the work, whieh involves nt of more wetlands as a Chief of Police position, also mitigation project." serves on the committee. Mayor Rob Whitford of Precision Marine noted that property own- Smith appointed the committee ers are pe. Ulone-tenth of m acre of wetlands this summer after his appointment under a ijet. "We've filled in about 26,100 of Goocb for the nnsitinn w an- square f" .rated and enhanced an area of wet- ....................... - lan--s t ............ " " . - - , -- -- d  that space, said Whitford, all with the proven ny counuaers, lne Arm "  " ' " " u se f "' '  "'' i " " y Corplm eif:ngmeers blessing. The rode of our work p  o me co.a s to s.et tr is th permits." Whitford said the area being pertormance stanaldf for the tes-dominated wetlands chief-of-police posiins"r'qartin a alterniflora with no sign evident, aWe used which he can be evalu , 'L y and eliminate the phragmites and then il ii :! the wetland area to 1.6 feet. That's a lev- ':::!/i S.!" :oI that will rt the spartina plants that are recognized as Lewes Planners %/! .... valuable for wetlands. We turned it into an inter-tidal area and feel it will serve to enhance the entire neighborhood. Oct. 22 meeting canceled The regular meeting of the Lewes Planning Commission scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22, has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items. Lewes zoning committee to meet Tuesday, Oct. 21 The Zoning Ad-Hoc Drafting Committee for the city of Lewes will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tues- day, Oct. 21. Purpose of the meeting is continued discussion of the draft zoning ordinance be- ing constructed to implement the work of the Long Range Compre- hensive Plan. Lewes parks commission to meet Monday, Oct. 20 The Lewes Parks and Recre- ation Commission will meet on Monday, Oct 20, beginning at 7:30 pm. One of the items to be discussed is status of the concept engineering plan for Second Street. The commission is contin- uing to consider ways to replace the Bradford pear trees on Second Street and to upgrade the total streetscape. Other items on the agenda include status of Zwaa- nendael Park, 1812 Park, Market Street Park, Stango Park, Block- house Pond Park and the commu- Great South Beach felt it made more sense to do one entire project, protected with a bulkhead, rather than allow six in- dividual pr owners tddo separate projects for each lot. Lots of CorI people and'state Environmental Protection Of- fic haven ed iand ey  say what we're doing is fine," said Witfor.,e a of eem is along East Side Drivewhere thtsis cifle struction underway. nlty playgrotlk ..The town tett," Steen said the town s bylaws and basketball c0ti/'ChVFsas call for an Environmental Ap- decorations, and-Hai.V'e; Spring, which is being rehabilitated on Pi- lottown Road, are also slated for discussion. Acres gives nod to architectural committee Henlopen Acres Town Solicitor Tempe Steen was directed to draft a resolution defining the duties of an architectural review committee for the town at its quarterly meet- ing on Friday, Oct. 10. Mayor Thomas Lewis said the committee will serve to review plans submitted by potential home builders to see if the proposals meet Henlopen Acres' standards. Board of Adjustment member Sprague Fisher was recommended to head the committee, which, Lewis said, will be composed of an individual on the Board of Ad- justment and two other members. He said residents can make nomi- nations between now and the next meeting. proval Committee"; therefore, the proposed name may have to be changed, but its purpose could re- main the same. The issue was tabled until the next meeting, Friday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. at the town hall on Tidewa- ters. Lewes approves two beach lease extensions Lewes Council members, at their Monday, Oct. 13, meeting, unanimously approved extension of lease options for two Lewes Beach properties. Mr. and Mrs. William Miller received approval for exercising the lease option on their 8 Illinois Avenue property for an additional 99 years, begin- ning March 1, 2040. Mr. and Mrs. C. Ronald Maroney received ap- proval for exercising the lease op- tion on their 1704 Bay Avenue property for an additional 99-year period, beginning Feb. 11, 2036.