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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Briefl,: Acres considers fence ordinance Commissioners for the Town of Henlopen Acres are considering amending the zoning ordinance pertaining to fences. Town Solic- itor Tempe Steen said it was dis- covered at a recent Board of Ad- justment meeting that the town's current fence ordinance is confus- ing; she recommends that the or- dinance be slightly revamped for clarity. She said the existing ordi- nance states that a fence between three- and five-feet tall is allowed within the town, but in another section reads that such a fence is not allowed unless it is a "special exception." "You need to decide exactly what that exception is, so that it reads the way that you intend," she said. "It's an easy fix, all you need to do is neaten it up so that there aren't any conflicts." Commissioners decided to table the issue, pending the drafting of a resolution. In another related issue, com- missioners discussed a zoning or- dinance dealing with siding used for homes within the town. May- or Thomas Lewis said the town has received several calls from residents who want to put alu- minum siding on their homes, but said that the town doesn't permit such building materials to be used. Commissioners agreed that some- thing needs to be put on the books to mandate what building materi- als are acceptable, but decided to table the issue until it appoints its architectural review committee at the Friday, Jan. 9, meeting. Delaare State Police 1)riin !ncler the Influence lie )ort Troo) 7"s Road Ti :) for the "Week: Dewey guard proposes rec program for youth Dewey Beach Lifeguard Cap- tain Todd Fritchman was on hand at the Saturday, Oct. 11, meeting of that town's commissioners, to present a proposal for a youth recreational program. Fritchman, an 18-year veteran of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol un- til joining the Dewey Beach Patrol this past yeaff, said the program's objective will be to provide evening recreational activities to benefit the town's residents. "If you walk the streets in Dewey Beach at night you see kids run everywhere," he said. "With the number of kids in town increasing, we want them to look to the youth program as some- thing to do." The program, which he said will require funding assistance of ap- proximately $1,500 to acquire recreational equipment, will in- clude T-ball, Whiffleball, a bean bag toss, a ring toss, paddle ball, youth lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, tether ball and basketball. The program would begin on Memori- al Day weekend and continue un- til the Labor Day weekend, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. nightly, and be staffed by four members of the Dewey Beach Patrol each evening. Fritchman said the pro- gram will be modeled after the Rehoboth Beach evening recre- ation program already in exis- tence. He said he is currently con- ducting research regarding state and federal grants to supplement the budgeting costs for such a pro- gram. Fritchman said the Re- hoboth Beach/Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce is assist- ing him in the endeavor. For more information about the proposed program, Fritchman can be con- tacted at.227-8822 or 227-6363. Cape board on hold with shower policy The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education, during its Thursday, Oct. 9, meeting at Milton Middle School, tentatively agreed to change board policy to make showers optional, in all schools, during physical educa- tion classes. "I think we should give children pride and respect and let them have an option," said Barry Porter, board vice president. The board discussed policy changes to be drafted and present- ed at the .Thursday, Oct. 16, meet- ing, where members would begin the policy change process with a first reading. The policy will be read again at the November meet- ing for board vote. Cape board increases substitute pay rates The Cape Heniopen School Dis- trict Board of Education voted during its Thursday, Oct. 9, meet- ing to raise the pay rates for sub- stitute support staff. "We find that we are not competitive with other districts' substitutes in these ar- eas," said Andy Brandenberger, director of business operations. Offering lower wages than nearby districts often results in difficulty finding substitutes, he said. Upgraded wages are as follows: paraprofessionals - $31/day to $33.79 (brings daily wage to min- imum wage); bus monitors - $5.65/hour to $6.16/hour; custodi- ans - $45/day to $49.05/day; bus drivers $7.48/hour to $8.15/hour; and cafeteria workers - $5.15/hour to $5.61/hour. Cape school board to meet Thursday, Oct. 23 The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education will dis- cuss, during its Thursday, Oct. 23, meeting, the issue of whether Cape Heniopen High School se- niors may leave campus at lunch. Other items on the agenda include special recognition for students and employees, budget activities, out-of-state travel, attendance de- viation and school-choice re- quests. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Milton Middle School. Clarifications Detectives arrest teen for robbery, mugging Delaware State Police detec- tives from Troop 4 arrested Steven Atwell, 18, of George- town, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, fol- lowing an investigation into a mugging that occurred last month. According tO Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, Atwell al- legedly grabbed a 41-year-old fe- male from behind, while she was in a parking lot at Nanticoke Crossing Shopping Center, Route 24, at approximately l 1 p.m. on Sept. 25. Atwell allegedly knocked the Pottstown, Pa., vic- tim to the ground and took the contents of her pocketbook. She sustained minor injuries. Police charged Atwell with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and criminal mischief. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $10,350 secured bond. Local cable consortium meeting with Comcast Bill Bahan of Rehoboth Beach said that a local consortium of municipalities seeking improved cable service, has only received one bid from a cable provider. The 16 towns have been seeking bids from cable companies in an effort to get the best price, fewest repeat channels, best service and best va- riety of cable offerings. Bahan said that the effort doesn't mean towns are dissatis- fied with their cable companies. "What we are really looking for is competition," he said. He ex- plained that the Sussex County towns simply want to find the best possible cable deal for customers. The solitary bid means that an agreement will be reached with Comcast. But Bahan, who said the group was meeting with Comcast on Thursday, Oct. 16, said the group is still pursuing other poten- tial cable providers. Bahan said there could be changes in the ser- vice agreement with Comcast and that potential changes could come out of the meeting on Thursday. He said the two-month long talks with Comcast have been produc- tive in some areas. Shark, crab limits considered in hearings The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.will hold public hearings later this month on pro- posals that would implement reg- ulations on sharks and blue crabs and also make it unlawful to har- vest shellfish from growing areas that are prohibited or when the ar- eas are seasonally closed. Under proposed regulations on sharks, it will be illegal to possess basking, white, sand tiger, whale and big- eye sand tigers. The regulation. will also establish a recreational creel limit on certain sharks of two per boat. The regulations are designed to reduce fishing pres- sure on sharks whose populations are in serious decline. The public hearing on these regulations will be held Monday, Oct. 27, begin- ning at 7:30 p.m. in the. auditori- um of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), 89 Kings Highway, Dover. Individuals may present their opinions and/or re- quest additional information by FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 6 TO OCTOBER 12, 1997 DATE LOCATION TYPE 10/06197 Rt. I and Route 9, west of Lewes #4 10/06/97 Rt. 1 and Route 5, east of Milton #5 10/07/97 Rt. 1 at Camelot Dr., north of Rehoboth #2 10/07/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270B, north of Rehoboth #5 10/07/97 Rt. 1 at Midway Shopping Center parking lot #3 10/08/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 206, south of Milford #2 10/08/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 10110197 Rt. 1 and Sussex 206, south of Milford #5 10/10/97. Rt. 1 and 275A, north of Rehoboth #2 10/11/97 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Mall parking lot #3 10/11/97 Rt. 1 at Bay Rd., south of Rehoboth #2 10/12/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 i i  i :m  ::i, I Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 6 TO OCTOBER 12. 1997 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 33 10 33 Of the 76 people arrested for DUI, 20 were involv in accidents. Tailgating causes significant numbers of rear-end collisions. writing or visiting the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Sec- tion, 89 Kings Highway, Dover until the close of business on OCt. 31. Under proposed regulations on blue crabs, limits will be estab- lished for the use of trotlines and crab traps, not to be confused with crab pots. The regulation will lim- it the number and length of trot- lines to one per person no more than 300 feet in length, and limit the number of crab traps to no more than 12 per person. In addi- tion, each crab trotline and crab trap will be required to have at- tached a white buoy with the own- ers' name and address legible on the buoy. There are currently no limits on either trotlines or traps for recreational crabbers. These regulations are designed to de- crease the potential of a recre- ational crabber harvesting more than one bushel per day. The public hearing on these reg- ulations and the shellfish growing area regulation will be held Thurs- day, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control, 89 Kings High- way, Dover. Comments on these proposed regulations may be sub- mitted to the fisheries section until Oct. 31. Rehoboth Bay expansion on agenda Oct. 23 A conditional-use request for a 39-1ot expansion for Rehoboth Bay Manufactured Home Park will be considered by the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission. The proposed ex- pansion for 39 lots has generated little, if any, opposition. The new home sites would be located on an open area adjacent to the existing park, which is located at the end of Old Landing Road. The Plan- ning and Zoning Commission must approve the site plan for the project. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, in the County Administrative Building. The agenda also in- cludes a water storage facility ex- pansion request by Broadkill Beach Water Co. That request is for a conditional use of land in a neighborhood business district and medium-density residential district in Broadkill Hundred for expansion to an existing potable water storage facility on the southeast corner of Bay Shore Drive and Maryland Avenue at Broadkili Beach, located on 39,700 square feet. Rehoboth Chamber seeks information on lease Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol Everhart has written to the Rehob0th Board of Commission- ers requesting feedback from the city on the chamber's lease of the railroad station it uses as its office near the entrance to the city. The original lease was for five years with four five-year options. I/a the spring of 1998, five years and one five-year option will be up and, while in the process of budgeting for the future, the chamber would like to know what lies in store for next spring when it is renegotiated. Commissioner Don Derrickson was asked to dis- cuss the matter with chamber offi- cials and report back to the board. In a photo caption in the Oct. 10 edition of the Cape Gazette, it was not made clear that Seymour Fishbein researched and compiled the information found on the seagull poster which has been put on display at the Boardwalk and Brooklyn Avenue near Star of the Sea condominium.