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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 VI[,WPOINTS Editorial Rehoboth's water plan vital to future In Rehoboth Beach, as in the other communities of Delaware's Cape Region, strong flows of clear, good water flow from our spigots and showers when we open the valves. When the water bill comes, the cost is almost negligible. Most of the time we take this kind of service for granted. Well-operated and well-managed systems dis- play that quality. We hardly give them another thought. But these systems require maintenance and consideration to keep them operating well and meeting the needs of a growing community. On Saturday, Dec. 5, Rehoboth Beach officials will open the polls at convention hall seeking the voters' approval to borrow $3.5 million to finance 'onstruction of two new water storage tanks. The money will be used to replace the two water storage tanks behind Rehoboth fire hall with a single, larger tank and construction of another storage tank at the city's former waste-water plant site near the Route 1 canal bridge. Water bills are expected to rise by 10 percent to finance the debt. Even with the increase, the fresh water supply remains a great bargain. The new tanks will erase a 1.2 million gallon storage shortage identified by engineers. The new tanks will also address a serious corrosion problem thought to be beyond cost-effective rehabilitation. In addition to ensuring that the ample supply of good water enjoyed by residents of Rehoboth Beach and the surrounding area will continue, the "new tanks will help maintain favorable fire insur- ance rates resulting from a ready supply of water driven by strong pressure. The Dec. 5 referendum question deserves strong support from Rehoboth Beach voters. The polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be a good opportunity to show those involved with the system that we understand the importance of the vital supply of good water and appreciate efforts being taken to ensure its future. Public education state's top concern Letters Delaware's Public Policy Institute, a think tank driven by former Delaware Gov. Pete duPont, polled 350 residents from each of the state's counties - a total of more than 1,100 - during October. The poll showed the top-three concerns for Delawareans .are public edu- cation, developing and keeping jobs, and the environment. The study states: "More than 45 percent of those re:poading thought that public schools were worse today than five years ago." Gov. Tom Carper, discussing the results, said that raising studeut achievement is his top priority. "Better education will reduce other problems. There are too many students graduating from high school who need remedial training when they get to college or on dae job. We need to teach students to read, write, think, do some math and how to use computers. If they don't show those abilities by their senJo: year they'll get no diploma - only a certificate that shows they atte,ded school. Some say this is tough. I say it's long overdue." We agree. The Weather Picture Rosanne Peck photo Holding their blooms through the first frosts, winter pansies plus pumpkins tell a seasonal story that makes cats contem- plate moving inside for the winter on Delmarva. &PIP:TIgER, A CAfSkR RO00NliV Solution within grasp on Rehoboth subdivision I'm writing to express my concerns about the highway access problems with the 190-unit subdivision proposed for the Lingo property north of Rehoboth Avenue Extended. I want to state emphatically that I'm not opposed to a subdivision in that area as long as a workable solution can be found to the potential traffic problems. The Lingo family has made many con- tributions to the community over many years and I know them to be responsible people with a genuine concern for what's best for Rehoboth. So this expression of concern is by no means a personal thing. I've opposed many close friends and family members on projects that I felt would cause traffic problems. I also want to commend Bill and Bryce Lingo for their generous offer to give an 80- foot easement for a proposed "multi- modal link" between Lewes and Rehoboth. However, my problem with the pro- posed Lingo development centers around the fact that it would, under current plans, enter Rehoboth Avenue Extended at the Church Street intersection. Any- one who has tried to enter Rehoboth Avenue, turning left toward the bridge, from Church Street even on a fall or win- ter weekend, let alone in the summer- time, knows how hard it can be to accomplish that today. If you add all the vehicular traffic from a 190-unit subdivi- sion to the existing traffic load in that area the situation will become complete- ly unworkable. Another concern to me is that for years the citizens of West Rehoboth have tried to get another vjay into and out of their community besides the present access via Hebron Road. Now a new, proposed subdivision gets DelDOT approval for egress onto Church Street. Since the pro- posed subdivision would be a gated com- munity and would not under present plans have any access to Hebron Road, this would seem to preclude any hopes of using Church Street for an additional access route in and out of West Rehoboth. If a suitable traffic device can be put in place and done so without taxpayers hav- ing to foot the bill, to solve the problems in a manner that is safe and doesn't cause greater traffic problems for the city and Route 1, I would support it. One possi- bility might'be a traffic signal at the Rehoboth Avenue-Church Street inter- section coordinated with the traffic light on Route 1 so that it wouldn't increase the bottleneck in that location. I believe that with a little more effort it will be possible to find a solution that works for everyone involved. Sen. George H. Bunting Jr. 20th District Another opinion on Lingo subdivision plan You can see the "fine" work of poten- tially bad politics in reading the Nov. 20 edition of the Cape Gazette and the Nov. 18 "Coast Press" in regards to the Lingo development plan near West Rehoboth and its associated idea of adding another access road to and from Rehoboth in conjunction with DelDOT's access plan. I should note that the previous week's Cape Gazette had a small article describ- ing both plans being put forth. It is inter- esting to hear the deep concern expressed bythe politicians in the "Coast Press," such as the following: Sen. George Bunting saying the state planning office should review the plan because of constituents expressed con- cerns; State Planning Coordinator Dave Hugg's concern for rare species habitat being disturbe.d; Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission saying little concern has come from the community. When you read the Cape Gazette you Continued on page 7 Letters should be signed -and include a telephone number for veri- fication. Ple keep letters to 750 words :or less. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box =-213,- Lewes, Delaware 19958 or faxto 645-1664. Volume 6 No. 27 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon newsroom @ Associate Editor Kerry Kester kester @ capegazetts.corn News Editor Michael Short mshort@ News Jim Cresson Rosanne Pack rpack@capegazette.corn Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angie Moon amoon @ capegazette.corn Proofreader Bill Rable Sports Editor Dave FreUerick fredman @drnv, com Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach carolf @ Advertising Cindy Forestied cindyf @ Sharon Hudson Nancy Stenger Joseph n joseph @capegazette.corn Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon E-mail for news, letters: newsroorn @capegazette.corn E-mail for advertising: production@capegszette.corn E-mail to subscribe: kernery @capegazette.corn The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Midway Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. 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