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I I Delaware's Cape Reglon Friday, December 6 - Thursday, December 12, 2002 www.capegazette.com Volume I0 No. 29 "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE" Milton imposes six-month moratorium Town to reassess its growth, zoning issues By Rosanne Pack Agreeing the town needs to catch its breath and take more control of its direc- tion and development, Milton Town Coun- cil members suddenly voted to impose a six-month moratorium on all annexation and in-town rezoning applications. The surprise motion for a moratorium came in the closing minutes of the Dec. 2 council meeting. Leading up to the dra- matic finale, council members had faced a full agenda, starting with a 6:45 p.m. open- floor session and continuing through two public hearings and a regular monthly meeting. After all that, it was the unscheduled motion made by Jerry Hudson that provid- ed the drama for the evening, a motion that could change the way the town grows. During the moratorium, Milton will work to update and modernize zoning laws and the new comprehensive plan will be completed. The comprehensive plan is expected to take at least five more months; technically, new annexation is not permit- ted until the plan is completed. An Advisory Zoning Ordinance Committee was just named this fall. The committee will work with the existing Planning and Zoning Commission in rewriting zoning Continued on page 15 .i  Six private wells in Tru.Vale Acres fouled by MTBE Carbon filters installed to remove gasoline additive By Amy Reardon A gasoline additive has seeped into six private wells in Tru-Vale Acres, a develop- ment behind the Webster Furniture Outlet. Contractors have installed carbon filters in water lines to address the problem, and the tank managment branch of the Delaware Department of. Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is searching for the source of the pollution. Distributors began adding methyl terti- ary-butyl ether (MTBE) to gasoline in the 1970s to improve combustion and reduce carbon monoxide emissions. Since then, the chemical has been finding its way into the nation's groundwater. DNREC tested 15 wells, Nov. 20, after a Tru-Vale resident reported that a private laboratory found MTBE in hi ell. "Tru-Vale is a seasonal community, and we are still trying to contact five home- owners through the mail," said Kathy Stiller Banning, program director the DNREC Tank Management Division. Continued on page 14 Dan Cook photo Old Man Winter pays an early visit to the Cape Region While the winter Season doesn't officially start until lowed the snow and melted most of it away by late after. Dec. 22, Old Man Winter decided to pay an early visit to noon. Above, Tony Demeno of Lewes clears the snow the Cape Region, Dec. 5, by dropping in with 3 to 5 inch- from his car on Second Street Thursday morning. Areas es of wet and heavy snow. It didn't last long. Rain fol- north of the Cape Region got much more snow. Rehoboth slates rezoning hearing for Jan. 18 Columbia Avenue parcels may change from C-3 to R-2 By Trish Vernon If the Dec. 2 special meeting of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners is any indication, it will be wise to hold the upcoming public heating on the proposed rezoning of a number of Columbia Avenue parcels in Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. A crowd of people, many with out-of- state license plates, poured into the corn- missioners room for the brief board meet- ing that afternoon. Attorneys rubbed elbows with Realtors, interested residents and out-of-state property owners, anxious to hear the board's decision. With commissioners Kathy McGuiness and Betty Ann Kane absent, the other five board members voted unanimously to set the public heating for 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18. The parcel to be considered for rezoning from C-3 to R-2 includes tots 1 and 2 Grove Street between Columbia and Continued on page 16 I I Delaware's Cape Reglon Friday, December 6 - Thursday, December 12, 2002 www.capegazette.com Volume I0 No. 29 "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE" Milton imposes six-month moratorium Town to reassess its growth, zoning issues By Rosanne Pack Agreeing the town needs to catch its breath and take more control of its direc- tion and development, Milton Town Coun- cil members suddenly voted to impose a six-month moratorium on all annexation and in-town rezoning applications. The surprise motion for a moratorium came in the closing minutes of the Dec. 2 council meeting. Leading up to the dra- matic finale, council members had faced a full agenda, starting with a 6:45 p.m. open- floor session and continuing through two public hearings and a regular monthly meeting. After all that, it was the unscheduled motion made by Jerry Hudson that provid- ed the drama for the evening, a motion that could change the way the town grows. During the moratorium, Milton will work to update and modernize zoning laws and the new comprehensive plan will be completed. The comprehensive plan is expected to take at least five more months; technically, new annexation is not permit- ted until the plan is completed. An Advisory Zoning Ordinance Committee was just named this fall. The committee will work with the existing Planning and Zoning Commission in rewriting zoning Continued on page 15 .i  Six private wells in Tru.Vale Acres fouled by MTBE Carbon filters installed to remove gasoline additive By Amy Reardon A gasoline additive has seeped into six private wells in Tru-Vale Acres, a develop- ment behind the Webster Furniture Outlet. Contractors have installed carbon filters in water lines to address the problem, and the tank managment branch of the Delaware Department of. Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is searching for the source of the pollution. Distributors began adding methyl terti- ary-butyl ether (MTBE) to gasoline in the 1970s to improve combustion and reduce carbon monoxide emissions. Since then, the chemical has been finding its way into the nation's groundwater. DNREC tested 15 wells, Nov. 20, after a Tru-Vale resident reported that a private laboratory found MTBE in hi ell. "Tru-Vale is a seasonal community, and we are still trying to contact five home- owners through the mail," said Kathy Stiller Banning, program director the DNREC Tank Management Division. Continued on page 14 Dan Cook photo Old Man Winter pays an early visit to the Cape Region While the winter Season doesn't officially start until lowed the snow and melted most of it away by late after. Dec. 22, Old Man Winter decided to pay an early visit to noon. Above, Tony Demeno of Lewes clears the snow the Cape Region, Dec. 5, by dropping in with 3 to 5 inch- from his car on Second Street Thursday morning. Areas es of wet and heavy snow. It didn't last long. Rain fol- north of the Cape Region got much more snow. Rehoboth slates rezoning hearing for Jan. 18 Columbia Avenue parcels may change from C-3 to R-2 By Trish Vernon If the Dec. 2 special meeting of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners is any indication, it will be wise to hold the upcoming public heating on the proposed rezoning of a number of Columbia Avenue parcels in Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. A crowd of people, many with out-of- state license plates, poured into the corn- missioners room for the brief board meet- ing that afternoon. Attorneys rubbed elbows with Realtors, interested residents and out-of-state property owners, anxious to hear the board's decision. With commissioners Kathy McGuiness and Betty Ann Kane absent, the other five board members voted unanimously to set the public heating for 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18. The parcel to be considered for rezoning from C-3 to R-2 includes tots 1 and 2 Grove Street between Columbia and Continued on page 16