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i4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 3 - December 9, 1999 Army Corps easements casting shadows in Lewes ties. Attorneys and title insurance representatives eventually worked out an arrangement to allow the settlements to continue, but the shadows haven't dissipated. Dave Toomey is state manager for First American Title Insurance Company which writes about 50 percent of the policies for proper- ties in Sussex County. He said this week that his company is writing policies for improved properties in Pilottown Village and Pilottown Park. "We're ac- cepting the risk on properties that are improved and on which there was previously insurance. But we're not writing policies now for unimproved lands where the Corps says it has easements. We By Dennis Forney Shortly after the Army Corps of Engineers announced boundaries for its easements in Lewes in No- vember, two real estate settle- ments were canceled. The easements, including much of the land where Pilottown Vil- lage and Pilottown Park are locat- ed, cast a shadow over the proper- Kerry Kester photo Bob Wotring, 53, of Lewes, sustained a fractured pelvis and fractured lumbar from a vehicle crash with a state patrol car Wednesday, Dec. 1. Trooper Teryl Carlisle, 28, sustained minor injuries. Both men were wearing seat belts. The air bags on the patrol ear deployed. Wotring was admitted to Boebe Medical Center;, Carlisle was treated and released. Accident the trooper entered the intersec- tion; the patrol car struck the dri- ver's side of Wotring's 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck. "It ap- pears it's our trooper's fault," said Yeomans. Yeomans explained that stan- dard operating procedure for troopers approaching intersec- tions at high rates of speed while emergency equipment is activated is to slow or stop, regardless of the complaint to which the trooper is responding. State law requires motorists to pull to a road shoul- der or yield to vehicles with emer- gency equipment activated. Yeomans said Carlisle was at- tempting to use safe procedures. Witnesses reported Carlisle slowed and maneuvered the car to attempt avoiding the collision. The FAIR team is investigating the crash. Following the FAIR team's in- vestigation, a report will be sent to headquarters, said Yeomans. An accident review panel will exam- ine the data before determining whether the trooper will be disci- plined. Carlisle, a graduate of the state police academy, has been as- signed to Troop 7 for nearly a year. Prior to working there, he served at the New Castle County Police Department. Continued from page 1 ceived someone was in danger," said Yeomans. The trooper's 1995 Crown Vic- toria was traveling southbound on Route 1 with lights and siren acti- vated; he slowed at the red light to allow another vehicle to pass through the intersection, but he did not come to a complete stop, said Yeomans. He said Carlisle did not see Wotring's vehicle be- hind the other car. Wotring entered the intersection from eastbound Sussex 270A as Compare " Our CD Rates We're not only bur n_00n_g the.midnight oil, We're chan ig[00q it: We're changing oil and extending our hours to serve you better. We now have convenient Thursday evenina_ hours until 8 R.m. ,and, we have the best prices around. For a change, oil* or otherwise, come to CP Diver, your GM store at the shore. will write them, but only with an exception or a release from liabil- ity if an easement issue arises. The banks don't like that. Who would? They don't want that re- sponsibility and neither do we. We're trying to work around it. Unfortunately the Corps has the upper hand." Toomey said he is encouraging people to apply pressure on the Corps to release some of its ease- ments such as those where there has been significant development like in Pilottown Village and Pi- lottown Park. "If pressure is ap- plied, maybe they will expedite the process. "As long as the Corps holds easements - at least on the west side of the canal - there will be a lot of fear about what the Corps will do on vacant or improved land. Of course it's less likely FIND US they will do anything such as spread spoils or run pipes on im- proved properties. But there is a fairly substantial risk right at the moment. Not that the Corps will dump spoils on cars or houses. But if you just bought a vacant lot, they may want to use part of your property to go across or dump spoils on from dredging in the canal. And it's not definite about where they're going to release easements," said Toomey. The easements held by the Corps date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. They were origi- nally procured by the Corps for placement of dredge spoils taken from the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal during maintenance operations. Original maps for the easements were hard to interpret, Corps rep- resentatives told those attending a Continued on page 15 POK6MON - BEANIE BABIES BOYD'S BEARS BUFFETT STUFF BIRKENSTOCKS CHRISTMAS CARDS OPEN 10-6 UNTIL CHRISTMAS VILLAGE BY THE SEA 149 REHOBOTH AVENUE DOWNTOWN REHOBOTH BEACH Bank-issued, lDIC-insured to $100,000 3-year 6.50% APY* Minimum deposit $5,000 Annual Percentage YMd (APY) - Interest cannot remain on deposit; periodic payout of interest is required. Effective 11/30/99. Call or stop by today. Warren C. Hardy Anthony Egeln #7 Lighthouse Plaza, Rt. I New Devon Inn Rehoboth Beach 142 Second St., Lewes 227-2771 645-7710 Member SIPC Edward Jones Serving Individual Investors Since z8 7]