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l - CAPEGAZETI, F/-ida:y, Deceztbe"3- I)a'be J, 199 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 over every five years. DelDOT annually inspects and maintains the ferry. In addition to its five-year in- spection, the ferry will also under- go an overhaul and a new paint job. The 38-year-old ferry is more than 64-feet long and can trans- port two to three vehicles across the Nanticoke from Seaford to Laurel. On a typical summer day, the ferry makes 125 trips. The Woodland Ferry will be back in operation in February. Delaware parents still not buckling up kids The preliminary results from last week's Operation ABC Mobi- lization show that many Delaware parents are endangering the lives of their children by not making sure they are properly buckled up. Of the 20 state and local law en- forcement agencies that partici- pated in the national campaign to increase child restraint use, more than half have submitted their re- suits. During more than a dozen child restraint checkpoints, officers is- sued 109 child restraint tickets to parents who did not have their children buckled in a child safety seat or seatbelt. Additionally, seatbelt assess- ments were issued to 41 of those parents who were not wearing seatbelts themselves. Studies show that the best way to get chil- dren buckled up is to make sure their parents are using seatbelts as well. - For more information about Op- eration ABC Mobilization, call the Office of Highway Safety, 302-739-4282. Driving i'ntlcr the Influence Re tort Planning group presents Carper with award Delaware Gov. Tom Carper was presented the American Planning Association (APA) Distinguished Leadership Award for an Elected Official Monday, Nov. 8, at the annual meeting of the APA Delaware Chapter. Presenting the award to the gov- ernor during an evening ceremony at the Dover Sheraton was Antho- ny J. DePrima, AICP, president of the state APA chapter, and Peter Hawley, APA's outreach coordina- tor from Washington, D.C. Carper is being presented the special award for his vision and recognition of the critical role planning has in formulating effec- tive public policy. The governor created a cabinet committee on state planning is- sues that has become the engine behind a plan to accommodate the state's growth while improving the quality of life for all Delaware residents. The cabinet committee, created in 1994, is responsible for land- use concerns. In the past, land-use planning decisions were made at the agency level, and at times, such decisions conflicted with the goals of sister agencies. In 1995, the committee adopted 10 Shaping Delaware's Future goals that emphasized smart development. The governor also signed seven planning laws and a revised Qual- ity of Life Act that requires devel- opment of comprehensive plans in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. With the support of the general assembly, Carper also established the 21st Century Fund from a $220 million settlement with the State of New York involving an abandoned parcel of corporate land. Sussex County doses offices for King luncheon Sussex County offices will be closed between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, to al- low employees to attend the annu- al Mildred King Memorial Christ- mas luncheon. Milton library holiday hours The Milton library staff is an- nouncing special holiday hours. The library will remain open until 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11 in con- junction with the Holly Festival and House Tour. Friends of the Milton Library are hosting an art show at the library featuring the work of Dorothy Hurd, Milton li- brary assistant, and her husband, Claude. The public is encouraged to vis- it the Milton Library for this ex- hibit. House Resolution 32 group to meet Dec. 10 The working committee estab- lished under House Resolution 32 will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 10, in the Sussex Conservation District office in Georgetown. The committee is considering land use recommendations to help achieve reductions of nitrogen and phos- phorus in the inland bays water- shed. The Sussex Conservation Dis- trict building is located on Shortly road, west of Route 113 in Georgetown, past the State Police Troop. These meetings are open to the public. Sussex approves extra grant money Sussex County Council ap- proved an extra $2,000 in human service grants, despite enacting a recent cap on the grants. The additional money was awarded because the two appli- cants had applied before the dead- line, but the applications had been misplaced or misfiled, meaning they could not have been consid- ered when the council approved the cap. Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips unsuccessfully ar- gued in favor of using another funding source for the extra re- quests, such as county council- manic funding. The additional funding was for $1,000 for E1 Centro Cultural Inc. and $1,000 for the Dagsboro Church of God. El Centro works with the Hispanic community. After this, the human service grants will be capped at $112,650. Seniors who want tax cuts need proof of age The Sussex County Tax Divi- sion is receiving senior citizen school property tax credit applica- tions without verification of age. Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels said that in addition to completing the application form and signing it at the bottom, a copy of a driver's license, birth certificate or other proof of age is needed. Anyone who has already re- turned an application without proof of age does not have to complete another application. They should forward a copy of proof of age to the County Tax Di- vision at P. O. Box 429, George- town, DE. 19947. Sussex Council to mull Bay Crossing Dec. 7 Sussex County Council will consider the 274-unit Bay Cross- ing project when it meets again at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the Sussex County Administration Building. Bay Crossing was recommend- ed for denial by the Sussex Coun- ty Planning and Zoning Commis- sion Thursday, Nov. 18. The proj- ect received approval more than a decade ago. Then known as Carpenter's Crossing, the plans have been re- vamped and call for the size to be more than doubled. It was the new plans that the planning and zoning commission recommended denial of on Nov. 18. The project would be located behind the Jiffy Lube, just north of the Midway Shopping Center. Residents of adjacent develop- ment Midway Park have objected to the project because of the ex- pected increase in traffic on roads in their subdivision. Planners mull Savannah East, Wolfe Point Dec. 9 The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will con- sider several local developments when it meets Thursday, Dec. 9. Apple Electric has applied for a conditional use application for its Route 24 site. That site is located some 150 feet west of Bryan Dri- ve. They are requesting a condi- tional use for an electrical con- tractors office. Also on the agenda is a request for final subdivision approval for Wolfe Point L.L.C. to subdivide 172 acres of land, located outside Lewes between the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal and the Wolfe Runne subdivision. The proposed developed would be 188 single family home lots. FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22 - NOVEMBER 28. 1999 DATE LOCATION TYPE 11122/99 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #2 11/22/99 Rt. 1 and Sussex 14B, west of Lewes #5 11/23/99 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #4 11/24/99 Rt. 1 and Capitol Cleaners parking lot #3 11/24/99 Rt. l, south of Dewey Beach #2 11/25/99 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 11/25/99 Rt. 1 and Sussex 88, north of Lewes #2 11/25/99 Rt. 1 and Sussex 14, west of Lewes #5* 11126/99 Rt. 1 and Savages Ditch Rd., south of Dewey #2 11/26/99 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #2 11/27/99 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #5 11/28/99 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Outlets 2 parking lot #3 11/28/99 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth #4 11/28/99 Rt. 1 and Sussex 27013, north of Rehoboth #2 Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 FOR WFEK OF NOVEMBER 22 - NOVEMBER 28. 1999 listed first by number of arrests, second by number involved in crashes * Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 7, 3 27, 3 17, 2 35, 12 Of the people arrested for DUI, were involved in accidents. * Troop 7 statistics included in Sussex County figures. Also on the agenda is a request to subdivide land near Kings Highway and Route 1. That 19- acre parcel would be divided to create three projects, including senior housing, the Savannah East Apartment Complex, and a site for the New Covenant Presbyter- ian Church. The Savannah East project has generated some criticism from nearby residents worded about its impact on their neighborhood. The public meeting will be held in the new Sussex County Admin- istration office building. Sussex to receive $1 million in block grants The Delaware State Housing Authority has said that Sussex County will receive $1,026,300 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies. The grants are usually used to improve homes in need of rehabilitation. Some of the areas to be funded are: Georgetown - $18,000 Milford - $30,000 West Rehoboth - $43,0000 Millsboro - $44,000 Rural sites at various locations - $225,000 Milton - $42,000 According to state mandate, by the fall of 2000, all wastewater treated with chlorine must have all traces of chlorine removed before releasing. After researching op- tions, Milton has chosen to change to a wastewater disinfect- ing process that does not require the use of chemicals. Council members are scheduled to vote to authorize Cabe engi- neering firm to proceed with the necessary changes. Milton's treat- ed wastewater is released into the Broadkill River. Mayor Jack Bushey said coun- cil will also discuss the possibility of increasing some fees that the town charges for services on pri- vate property, such as cutting high grass or performing other services to bring a property into compli- ance with town ordinances. The current fee is $50 an hour. Milton Chamber of Commerce President Holly Smith will make a presentation on current and planned activities of the organiza- tion. Smith said she will bring council members up to date on chamber business that includes additional community events scheduled for 2000. Milton Town Council meetings are open to the public. Clarifications Milton council dicusses wastewater, fees, Dec. 6 The agenda for the December monthly meeting of Milton Town Council includes review of neces- sary utility work and a proposal to increase some town fees. Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, in the library, council members and residents will hear a review of changes in the manner of process- ing wastewater at the sewer plant. A story about the Concerts at the Beach on page 86 of the Nov. 26 issue of the Cape Gazette in- correctly noted the time and loca- tion of The Sunrise Quartet con- cert and reception. The event is at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, and Lewes Presbyterian Church, 133 Kings Highway, Lewes. Tickets are $17. For details call 645-1539.