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Briefly Lewes gains from extra meters and months Lewes added two months to its parking meter season in 1998: May and September. After all costs and revenues were figured, the extratime netted the city an additional $2,100 for general op- erations. According to City Manager Elaine Bisbee, the costs figured in those two extra months included $8,495 for the new metering sys- tem for the 1812 Memorial Park lot. If everything else remains the same for 1999, the extra months of parking meter operations will net the city more than $10,000, since the cost of the 'new meters will no longer be a factor. Bisbee also told residents and business people gathered for a parking workshop Monda37, Nov. 2, that total meter revenues for 1998, in downtown Lewes, amounted to $46,614 compared to $24,024 in 1997. Bisbee was quick to point out, however, that the 1998 figures not only include two extra months of operations but also additional me- ters in the 1812 lot and along Third Street. There was a general consensus among those at the meeting that the 1812 meters should be continued for the 1999 season but that the Third Street meters deserve a closer look. Bis- bee said the fate of the Third Street meters may be an agenda item for the Monday, Dec. 14 meeting of mayor and council members. It was also suggested that Lewes look into purchasing the commercial property for sale on Chestnut Street. and convert it to parking. Others in the audience suggested that businesses should contact the Masonic Lodge or Wilmington Trust about making arrangements for limited employ- ee parking in lots owned by those two organizations. Downtown businessman Gavin Braithwaite suggested that businesses look for "minisolutions. If we get enough of those we will start to create a larger solution to our problems. Working out a space here and there can really start to chip away at the problem. "The post office having moved much of its operation to Lewes Beach has eased the situation a lot. But there are still 78 business- es in the downtown area. If each of those has two cars associated with it you're talking 150 cars. That's a big part of the problem right there." Lewes council mem- bers said they would continue to review the parking situation and make decisions about changes, if Clarifications We inadvertently listed the wrong political party for D. Ray Ellerman in the Friday, Oct. 30 is- sue. Ellerman, who was re-elected as Sussex County Clerk of the Peace, is a Republican. any, for the 1999 season in the next few months: Lewes Mayor and Council to meet Monday, Nov. 9 The mayor and city council of Lewes have an uncharacteristical- ly short agenda for their Monday, Nov. 9 meeting. Items to be discussed include minutes, financial statements, general manager's report from the Board of Public Works and a po- lice activity report from Chief Ronald "Beau" Gooch. Other items are presentation and consideration toward execution of the development agreement be- tween the city and the city on be- half of the Board of Public Works and Gilman Development Compa- ny/Gracious Living Inc. and Oscar and Thelma Warrington regarding property located between Savan- : nah Road and Kings Highway consisting of approximately 16.45 acres; consideration of Comcast Cablevision of Delmarva Inc. rate increase for limited basic service; presentation of certification by the city assessor that all property owners of property placed on the Third Supplemental Assessment listing have been notified; setting a time and date for hearing ap- peals on the Third Supplemental Assessment listing; request on be- half of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce for the closing of Sec- ond Street on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. for the annual Christmas Parade; presentation and consider- ation toward adoption of a resolu- tion for establishment Of a pedes- trian safety review committee; ap- pointment of two members to the board of ethics for three year terms each to fill the expired terms of Marsha Davis and John Baker; and scheduling a special meeting to further discuss the proposed zoning ordinance. Guatemalan group sets Nov. 7 cleanup Following the group clean up effort, food will be shared at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Georgetown. For more informa- tion, contact O.G.A.M., 888-390- 8329. An organization of Guatemalans living in the George- town area has called for a commu- nity cleanup effort on Saturday, Nov. 7. Organizacion Guatemalte- ca de Apoyo Mutuo (OGAM), the Guatemalan Organization of Mu- tual Support, formed earlier this year. The nonprofit group works to consolidate all Hispanics in the area, and to provide support and resources. The Saturday cleanup is planned in cooperation with the Town of Georgetown; all volun- teers from all cultural communi-" ties are encouraged to participate. Those volunteering are to meet on The Circle in "Georgetown at 10 a.m. Sewer construction in area developments Installation of sewer lines con- tinues in the Red Mill Farms de- velopment and in Mill Pond Acres on Pembroke Road and Point Cir- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 6 - November 12, 1998 - 3 cle; work also continues on Sus- sex 265. Limited closings are scheduled on 265 until January 1999. The 233-pump station is due to be set on Sussex 265 by the railroad crossing. Installation of sewer main continues along Route 1 and has begun on Route 9. Resi- dents of Mill Pond acres are asked to place green stakes to mark their sewer lateral locations. For infor- mation on work sites and sched- ules, call 644-4370. For construction-related infor- mation, call Bill Siegmund at the county engineering field office, 644-4370. For sewer rate informa- " tion, call 855-7719. Michael Short photo Devil accosts three League of Local Governments honors Sussex The Delaware League of Local Governments presented a at knife-point Oct. 31 certificate of appreciation to Sussex County Council, Tues- A male wearing a red devil day, Oct. 27. Shown are (l-r) Sussex County Council President mask with horns robbed three Dale Dukes, Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels and Pennsylvania visitors at 8:35 p.m., League of Local Governments Vice President Peg Baunchalk, Halloween night, in Lewes. Ac- who also serves as Fenwick Island mayor. cording to Lewes Police Depart- not believe Edmonds suffered, sprayed on the car. Police ment Patrolman Pedro Consuegra, and he may have had a some kind charged the two teens with harass- the suspect displayed a small of medical attack or have fallen ment and conspiracy. Both were pocket knife to force a 53-year-old asleep shortly before the crash, placed in their parents' custody woman to relinquish her purse to Her laboratory tests are not corn- pending appearances in Family him. The purse contained an plete. Court. Undisclosed amount of cash and Police are asking anyone who personal items. The woman suf- may have witnessed the accident Apparent suicide cause fered light head trauma, to call the FAIR team at 645- After he stole the purse, the sus- 8221. of SCI inmate's death pect fled from the scene at the cor- Glenn R. Davis, 36, of Mills- ner of Mulberry Street and West boro, apparently committed sui- Third Street, toward Second Street. Trac stop leads to cide Thursday, Oct. 29, at Sussex The victims reported the suspect drug arrest ill Lewes Correctional Institution (SCI). was wearing a khaki-colored jack- Delaware State Police arrested Davis was awaiting trial for et, blue jeans and dark shoes. Po- two men at 10:20 p.m., Friday, charges of possession of a firearm lice are asking anyone who may Oct. 30, on Kings Highway, when during the commission of a have information about the crime making aroutine traffic stop that felony, attempted felony, theft un- to contact police at 645-6264. led to discovering drugs in the ve- der $1,000, offensive touching and driving under the influence. hicle. According to Cpl. Walter Lewes man dies in Newton, state police spokesman, He was committed to SCI "As the trooper was obtaining dri- Wednesday, Oct. 28, in default of inlet bridge crash vet's information from the opera- $62,000 secure.d bond, following Kenneth Edmonds, 75, Lewes, tor, both occupants of the [1987 his arraignment. died Monday, Nov. 2, as the result Dodge Aries] appeared to be very A correctional officer found Davis in his cell at 7:10 a.m.; Sus- of an automobile accident that oc- nervous." curred at approximately 8:20 a.m., They agreed to a search of the sex Paramedics responded and a in thesouthbound lane of Route 1, vehicle, at which point the trooper paramedic reported him dead at 1 1/2 miles south of the Indian found a small amount ofmarijua- the scene. Delaware State Police River Bridge. na and a firearm under the arm are investigating the death; foul "For an unknown reason, he rest between the front seats, play is not suspected. Davis' drifted off the west side of the The trooper cited Lamond T. body was sent to the medical ex- road into the marsh," said Cpl. AI, Harmon, 20, of Millsboro, and aminer's office to determine cause ice Bailey, Delaware State Police Dashawanta E. Tingle, 18, of Lin- of death. spokeswoman. The front end of coin, with the following crimes: his 1992 Oldsmobile 88 collided carrying a concealed deadly Motor Vehicles sets with a utility pole; he was de- weapon, possession of a deadly clared dead at the scene by Sussex weapon during the commission of holiday schedule Paramedics emergency personnel a felony, maintaining a vehicle for The Delaware Division of Mo- at 8:40 a.m. Bailey said he was the transportation of drugs, pos- tor Vehicles will be closed on the wearing a seat belt and his air bag session of marijuana and c0nspir- following days: Nov. 15, Veterans deployed. Preliminary results acy. Both were remanded to Sus- Day; Nov. 26 and 27, Thanksgiv- from the Fatal Accident Investiga- sex Correctional Institution in de- ing and the day following; Dec. tion and Reconstruction (FAIR) fault of $8,000 bond. 25, Christmas Day; and Jan. 1, team indicate alcohol was not a New Year's Day. factor. There were no other pas- Lewes boys charged The Division of Motor Vehicles sengers in the car. will be open from 8 to 4:30 p.m., The FAIR team is seeking infor- for hate crime Wednesday, Nov. 25. marion from witnesses and others Delaware State Police troopers who stopped to assist the victim arrested a 13-year-old boy and a Rehoboth Board of before rescue workers or the po- 14-year-old boy, both Lewes resi- lice arrived. Police know there dents, on the morning of Saturday, Adjustment hearings set were at least two good Samari- Oct. 31, after investigating a hate The Rehoboth Beach Board of tans. "They were at the scene and crime that occurred in Sea Spray Adjustment will hold two public 'helped until paramedics arrived," Village Friday night. According hearings on Friday, Nov. 20, in said Bailey. "We just want to talk to Cpl. Walter Newton, state po- the commissioners room. to them to see if any of the obser- lice spokesman, at approximately The first hearing will concern a vations would help determine the 9 p.m. Friday, a 35-year-old request by the Atlantic Sands Ho- cause of the crash." woman who lives in Sea Spray tel to appeal the decision of Build- Dr. Judith Tobin of the Village reported that her 1985 ing Inspector Susan Frederick Delaware State Medical Examin- Cadillac Seville was defaced with concerning the interpretation of er's Office said injuries were the shaving cream. Symbols associat- lot coverage and parking require- cause of death. She said she did ed with racial hate groups were Continued on page 4