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Y Briefly Rehoboth streetscape update given Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper presented an update on the Rehoboth Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project during the Nov. 4 monthly workshop. Barri- ers will remain on the south side of Second Street in the Martin's Lawn Alley location for three weeks to a month while Daisy Construction crews rebuild the manhole for the new utility lines. The crews are now grading the center lane area, with curbing of the medians and paving of the in- side lanes the next big project, Cooper reported. This is a critical stage, weatherwise, he noted, as rain could slow down the work. Utility line installation is ahead of schedule, he said, but there have been problems placing the sewer lines, as the laterals must be connected prior to taking out the old lines. Verizon has begun pulling out the cable, a task that is expected to be completed within a week. Cooper assured this phase of the project will not be proceed- ing any further east than 10 feet past the Second Street intersec- tion. He noted curbs and side- walks will be installed in all four comers of that intersection in this phase rather than in Phase HI. Cooper admitted there have been problems installing a hotline that will give complete up-to-date information on the status of the project, although key people have cell phone numbers so they can be reached immediately should someone call the city when prob- lems arise. The new phone line is expected to be operational by Nov. 8. Commissioner Mark Aguirre suggested all of the merchants on Rehoboth Avenue be given JMT's Wes Owens' cell phone number immediately. City Manager Greg Ferrese responded that Owens and the Daisy field office have es- tablished a great rapport with the merchants and are always willing to address their concerns. "They can contact me and I'll have Wes respond," he said. Or they can consider any other needs as they call the JMT field office at 227- arise. RBHS will be responsible 4673, "I feel comfortable with for liability insurance, while the that," said Commissioner Patti city will carry hazard insurance Shreeve. "If Wes is on the phone on the building but not the arti- all of the time, he can't do his facts it houses. Incoming RBHS work." Aguirre also suggested President Bill Bahan assured the they work on compiling an email board at the Nov. 4 workshop that list for these businesses so they if RBHS doesn't have the neces- can receive the latest information sary funding to begin the on line. Cooper replied that will $250,000 project by 2006, then it be addressed, will gladly cancel the lease. "We Cooper asked for input on the are very optimistic we can raise design of the new convention ten- the funds," Bahan said. ter sign in the median across from City Hall. He said there will be Rehoboth planners to limited room for the foundation for the sign due to all of the lines hear partitioning request that have been placed in the medi- The Rehoboth Beach Planning an. Commission will hear a partition- The engineers from JMT are ing request for lots 25, 26, 27 and now working on the fine details 28, block 37, commonly known as for Phase II of the project, from New Castle Street and Surf Av- Fifth Street to the canal, which is enue on the south end of the slated to begin next fall. Cooper Boardwalk, during the Monday, noted they are considering putting Nov. 11 meeting. This will be a the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse preliminary review of the plans to Replica in the center of the divide the lots and no action can planned roundabout in the Grove be taken until the December meet- Street intersection area, and mov- ing. ing the old railroad station hous- ing the chamber of commerce Lewes greenway$ back near The Grove park. committee meets Nov. 9 Lewes' Greenways and Trails Rehoboth poised to Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at City Hall, to sign Old Ice House lease discuss the Green Hill Light site The Rehoboth Beach Board of and the Greenways master plan. Commissioners is expected to sign a lease at the Nov. 18 regular I/2Wes planners meeting, giving the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society (RBHS) tO meet Nov. 12 the keys to the city-owned proper- Lewes' Planning Commission ty now housing Old Ice House will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. Liquors along the banks of the 12 , at the University of Delaware canal. The 50-year lease, at $I Cannon Lab, room 104, to review per year, commences April 1, preparations of upcoming work- 2003, after the liquor store va, shops regarding developing a cares the premises and moves to a comprehensive land-nse plan. new location on Rehoboth Avenue Extended. Mayor Sam Cooper Lewes personnel group explained they want to execute the lease now so RBHS can pro- meets Nov. 12 ceed to apply for grants and dona- Lewes' Personnel Policy Re- tions needed to transform the view Committee will meet at 7 building into the Rehoboth Beach p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at City Museum. If construction of the Hall. The agenda consists of re- museum hasn't commenced by viewing the city's police depart- April 2006, the building can re- ment's standard operating proce- vert back to the city. The city has dures - specifically disciplinary also agreed to repair the second- actions, grievance procedures, floor roof and replace a concrete promotions and performarice wall and access door, and it will evaluations. CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002.3 Kerry Kester photo No one seriously hurt in three-car crash Delaware State Police officers are investigating a three-ve. hicle crash that occurred Nov. 1, at the intersection of Route 9 and Sussex 28513. Brian EL Thomson, 26, of Lewes, was driv- ing a 2000 Ford pickup truck westbound on Route 9 at ap- proximately 8:50 am. Robert T. Cain II, 37, of Milford, was operating a 2002 Ford utility van eastbound on Route 9. Each man said he was driving through a yellow light: Thorn. son to turn onto Sussex 285B and Cain to continue through the intersection. When the two trucks collided, the front end of the van struck the left rear of a 2002 Ford station wagon stopped on Sussex 28513 in preparation for a right turn to eastbound Route 9. The station wagon was operated by Es- telle Butler, 59, of Milton. All occupants in all vehicles were wearing seat belts. Thomson was treated at Beebe Medical Center for contusions. No one else wag injured. The estimat- ed damage to the trucks is $4,000 each, and the estimated damage to the car is $500. Shown are troopers taking meas- urements at the crash site. The ease is still under investiga. tion; no charges have been filed. I II lewes mitigation team meets Nov. 12 Lewes' mitigation planning team will meet at 10 a.m., Tues- day, Nov. 12, at City Hall. The agenda includes updating repair of the berm at C.H. Mason Way, and discussing evacuation lroce" dures for Lewes Beach, citywide public alert and warning and evacuation procedures of health - care facilities. Milton to celebrate end of streetscape project A celebration for a completed streetscape project is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in Milton Town Hall. The project included installing brick sidewalks and plantings downtown. A retaining wail and brick walk were also in- stalled in Mill Alley. This project ties in with the Governors Walk along the Broadkill River. There will be refreshments served in I Town Hall and those attending are encouraged to join town officials in a walking tour of the project. Sussex planners meet Nov. 14 Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in council chambers of the county administratiofi building in Georgetown. Among other agenda items, commissioners will hold a public hearing on Donald Derrickson's request to rezone 44.83 acres of agricultural zoned land to medi- um density residential planned community. The site is located southeast of Postal Lane and 800 feet southwest of Route 1. Com- missioners will also consider vot- ing on a Bridle Ridge Properties' conditional-use request to allow 38 duplex homes in 19 structures on 11.96 acres at the northwest Continued on page 4 Police briefs Family concerned about missing woman Family members and state po- lice are seeking information that well help them find Jennifer A. Lynch, 30, of Milton. Lynch, who has a sub- stance-abuse problem, was last seen Aug. 6. Someone LYNCH dropped her off at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 1A, and although her family members are accustomed to her disappearing for short peri- ods of time, they said this length of time is uncharacteristic of her. Lynch is 5-feet-3-inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. Police are ask- ing anyone who may know of her whereabouts to call Delaware State Police Troop 4 at 856-5850, Ext. 0, or Crimestoppers at 800- TIP-3333. Dewey trespasser taken to court Dewey police arrested 19-year- old Gregory Catts, Oct. 30, after he allegedly broke into a Highway One residence and went to sleep on the couch. According to police reports, Catts allegedly gained entrance to the residence through a window. The resident found him sleeping on the couch and called for police assistance. A computer check on Catts revealed he was wanted for failing to appear in Court of Com- mon Pleas for an arraignment on prior charges of third-degree as- sault, underage consumption and disorderly conduct. Hewas charged by Dewey police .with trespassing, and was transported to Court of Common Pleas to face arraignment on the prior charges and failure to appear. Gun stolen in Pot-Nets burglary Police are investigating a bur- glary that occurred at a Pot-Nets Bayside residence Oct. 30. Some- one entered a residence through an unlocked door and stole a .380 pistol. State troopers are asking anyone with informatio about suspicious activity witnessed in the neighborhood that night to call 644-5020 or Crimestoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Sea Air, Sand Dune Angola Neck victimized Delaware State Police Troop 7 is investigating two local burgla- ries in which a toolbox with nu- merous tools was stolen from a Sea Air Mobile Home Park shed Nov. 1, and an attempted burglary at Sand Dune Village Nov. 2. Someone also entered an Angola Neck home, Nov. 2, through a rear window. The suspect stole an Alwa sound system with detach- able speakers and a Kenmore mi- crowave oven. Police are asking people to call 911 whenever they see suspicious activities in their communities and to call Troop 7 at 644-5020 if they have informa- tion about any of those cases. Two burglaries reported in Lewes State troopers are investigating two recent burglaries in Lewes. The first occurred Oct. 28, when someone stole construction equip- ment and supplies from an unse- cured project under construction on John J. Williams Highway. Two days later, someone entered Mickey's Magic Mirror on Kings Highway, through an unlocked rear door, and stole an undis- closed sum of cash. Police are asking anyone with information to call 644-5020 or Crimestoppers at 800-TIP-3333.