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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dee. 12, 2002 Briefly Continued from page 3 council will appoint a replace- ment member for the Board of Adjustments; the position was created when Bill Zopler re- signed. Disclosure statements re- quired for candidates for town commissioner, Board of Adjust- ments and the Planning and Zon- ing Commission will also be dis- cussed. Town Manager Bill Rutherford will announce the awarded land- scaping contract for 2003, and Mayor Pat Wright will discuss winter construction hours. Com- missioner Ellie Mayhew will in- troduce an ordinance for the pre- vention of cruelty to animals. The commissioners have also invited Comcast Cable represen- tative Tom Worley to make a pres- entation to the town as it consid- ers committing to another lease with the TV cable company. Driving l'n(lcr lhc influence Rcl)ort Henau elected chair of Delaware's Green Party At its recent postelection meet- ing, Karen Lienau was selected by a unanimous vote as chairwoman of the Green Party of Delaware (GPDE) Coordinating Council. A 1998 graduate of North Car- olina Universi- ty with a bach- elor's degree in social work, Lienau is the director of Samaritan Outreach, the homeless out- reach center for the Min--. LIENAU istry of Caring in Wilmington. In February, she was appointed as GPDE's national representative to the Green Party of the United States and was Delaware's dele- gate to the national party's midterm convention in Philadel- phia this summer. She also held a central position in the Houghton campaign for attorney general. As chair of the GPDE Coordi- nating Council, she heads the leadership group that represents the party statewide. In the last two years, the Green Party has seen a 27 percent in- crease in registered voters. In the 2002 elections, members of the Green Party won 70 races, bring- ing to 171 the total elected posi- tions held by members of the Green Party. Insurance commissioner appoints deputy Insurance Commissioner Don- na Lee H. Williams appointed EL. Peter Stone as deputy insurance commissioner for the Delaware Department of Insurance. He as- sumed his position Nov. 1. "Mr. Stone has considerable legal ex- pertise in both the public and pri- vate sector," said Williams. "His expertise will help the department better serve the citizens of Delaware. Stone most recently served as special counsel to the Wilmington law firm Trzuskowski, Kipp & Kelleher. Prior to that, he served in Delaware governmental posi- tions as a U.S. attorney, legislative counsel to the governor and deputy attorney general, where he represented the Delaware Depart- ment of Insurance. Henlopen Acres meeting set Dec. 13 The Town of Henlopen Acres Mayor and Commissioners will meet at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at Town Hall, to discuss awarding a bid for Phase II of the storm drainage project. The lowest bid- der was Hopkins Construction, which came in with a $145,930 bid. Cape school board meets Dec. 12 The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education will discuss student discipline when it meets at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Rehoboth Elemen- taw School cafeteria. Other agenda items include the long-range facilities plan, theRe- hoboth Beach Comprehensive Development Plan and naming school facilities. The public is in- vited to attend the meeting. Lewes soldier in photo identified The Nov. 29 edition of the Cape Gazette had hardly hit the streets when calls started p0uring_in to identify the Lewes soldier shown on page"37. Jean O'Connell of Virginia dropped the photograph off at the office earlier in the week, noting he thought the man's name might be William Walsh. O'Connell was right on the mon- ey: the man in the photo is the late William Walsh of Lewes. Rehoboth planners to hear partitioning request The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 9, in the commissioners room. The evening begins with an executive session with City Solicitor Walt Speakman at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. meeting. Under old business, the plan- ners will hold a public hearing on the partitioning request for New Castle Street and South Board- walk, currently referred to as 601 South Boardwalk, from Sea Schell Limited Partnership. The planners will also discuss setting times for meetings to dis- cuss the public transcript from the two public hearings held on the draft Comprehensive Develop- ment Plan. Rehoboth streetscape meeting set Dec. 11 The Rehoboth Beach Streetscape Improvement Project Aesthetics Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, in City Hall. The agenda includes discussion on the convention cen- ter sign concepts, roadway geo- metrics for Phase II of the project, gateway landscape treatments and visitor's center landscape treat- ments. Rehoboth Board of Adjustment to meet The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, in the commissioners room at City Hall. The board will hear an appeal of a decision by the building and li- censing supervisor or a variance from the city code concerning the size of parking space, ingress and egress and maintenance; reduc- tion of parking facilities prohibit- ed; and maximum parking spaces required, exceptions with regard to construction of a landscape box that encroaches in the right of way owned by the city and which re- duces the number of parking spaces and requisite size of the parking space. The property in question is located at 12 Lake Ave. and owned by Brian and Joanie Grover. Mobile home park tenants take hope About 120 members of the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA) were heartened to hear a report from Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's le- gal counsel, Nov. 18, that the gov- ernor supported consumer protec- tion bill SB 194 that stalled, June 30, after winning a 21-0 vote in the Senate. Sen. George H. Bunting Jr., D-Bethany Beach, has vowed to rein- troduce the bill he spearhead- ed last session, when General Assembly be- BUNTING gins a new ses- sion in January. The legislation would protect tenants of manufactured home communities in Delaware, prima- rily by restricting park owners from suddenly evicting tenants and not paying fair market value for their homes if they cannot move them from the park. Matthew Denn, legal counsel for Minner, told manufactured home owners: "The governor said she would sign the Senate version of SB 194. You have a supportive governor when yo u do reintro- duce the bill." Derm also noted that there will be challenges yet to overcome. The former bill failed to go to dis- cussion and vote in the House, and he noted that the same chair- man will head the House commit- tee on housing next year. He also noted that some park owners are now expressing second thoughts about the legislation they had agreed to this year. "You did an excellent job this past election cycle by forcing can- didates to talk about the bill. DATE 11/25102 11/27/02 11127102 11/29/02 11/29102 11/29102 FOR WEEK OF NOV. 25 - DEC. 4. 2007 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Rt. 16, east of Milton 4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Outlets 1 parking lot 3 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273A, west of Rehoboth 4 4 2 4 11/30/02 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes 11/30/02 Rt. 1 near St. Jude's Church, west of Lewes 11131102 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 Nune first, total DUI arrests; second, total DUIs involved in crashes; third, minors arrested for DU! * Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 10, 3, 1 29, 8, 4 7, 2, I 33, 11, 4 Of the 65 people arrested for DUI, 28 were involved in crashes. and 4 were involved in underage consumption. Troop 7 has responded to 3,620 more complaints this year than during last year at this time; 25 of those were cases of dornest/c viotencel , I iBITil[I fill I IlklL111ll[l]llllIII tXKII] IK1111[il[Uli lilll i- You've taken a classic textbook approach to promoting the bill. Other groups could learn a lot from it," Denn said. He also told the group he be- lieves the bill is not a Constitu- tional taking of property, as some park owners have protested. By judicial precedent, he said, rent control is also not a taking of physical property, as park owners had once protested. Only time and judicial precedent will tell whether the former SB 194 - if it is passed this year- would be con- sidered a regulatory taking of property. Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association is the only statewide advocacy organization in Delaware dedicated to preserv- ing and strengthening the rights of people who live in manufactured home communities. It is also a member of the Manufactured Home Owners Association of America. For more, call 945- 2122. County ends hearing on new land.use plan Sussex County Council heard final public comment on its updat- ed comprehensive land-use plan, Dec. 3, and is set to adopt the plan Dec. 10. After an estimated 45 public workshops over the past year to hammer out the future direction of land use in Sussex County, the first draft of the state-mandated five year update to the 1997 com- prehensive plan was released in July. Following heavily attended hearings before the planning and zoning commission and county council, a revised draft including much of the public comment was sent to the State Office of Plan- ning Coordination for review. Three workshops were held in October to add state suggested re- visions, and the final plan was re- leased Oct. 29, with the blessing of the Livable Delaware Commit- tee. A short public hearing was held before planning and zoning com- missioners, Nov. 19, and the final council hearing attracted about a dozen citizens still wishing to voice comment. In the words of Association of Coastal Towns member Harry Haon, "Our ongoing problem is "that the two things people don't want are density and sprawl. Therein lies our dilemma. Density is not a four letter word; swawl is worse." Councilman George Cole re- sponded: "My problem is that we're getting sprawl everywhere and high density everywhere. We're getting one Levittown after another Levittown. We're not stopping anything." Citizens Coalition member Mable Granke asked the county to begin better monitoring of ground water and aquifer resources, espe- cially around large well heads. She argued that it is not prudent to wait for a state-mandated 2007 deadline before addressing water quality and availability. Attorney/developer Pret Dyer suggested increasing the densities in developing areas with infra- structure already in place in order to ease pressure on other areas, an idea council said it would consid- er. As County Administrator Bol) Stickels noted: "The teeth of the plan will be in its ordinances. That's the place for specific lan- guage. The plan is a general guideline, with general language." Council has 18 months after adopting the plan to finalize its implementation ordinances. IlIrTIVIB'E'Wr'T/IN'I]IIlIIIIII r' ..... r "T'rr'l rr,rr-m .......... __ 4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dee. 12, 2002 Briefly Continued from page 3 council will appoint a replace- ment member for the Board of Adjustments; the position was created when Bill Zopler re- signed. Disclosure statements re- quired for candidates for town commissioner, Board of Adjust- ments and the Planning and Zon- ing Commission will also be dis- cussed. Town Manager Bill Rutherford will announce the awarded land- scaping contract for 2003, and Mayor Pat Wright will discuss winter construction hours. Com- missioner Ellie Mayhew will in- troduce an ordinance for the pre- vention of cruelty to animals. The commissioners have also invited Comcast Cable represen- tative Tom Worley to make a pres- entation to the town as it consid- ers committing to another lease with the TV cable company. Driving l'n(lcr lhc influence Rcl)ort Henau elected chair of Delaware's Green Party At its recent postelection meet- ing, Karen Lienau was selected by a unanimous vote as chairwoman of the Green Party of Delaware (GPDE) Coordinating Council. A 1998 graduate of North Car- olina Universi- ty with a bach- elor's degree in social work, Lienau is the director of Samaritan Outreach, the homeless out- reach center for the Min--. LIENAU istry of Caring in Wilmington. In February, she was appointed as GPDE's national representative to the Green Party of the United States and was Delaware's dele- gate to the national party's midterm convention in Philadel- phia this summer. She also held a central position in the Houghton campaign for attorney general. As chair of the GPDE Coordi- nating Council, she heads the leadership group that represents the party statewide. In the last two years, the Green Party has seen a 27 percent in- crease in registered voters. In the 2002 elections, members of the Green Party won 70 races, bring- ing to 171 the total elected posi- tions held by members of the Green Party. Insurance commissioner appoints deputy Insurance Commissioner Don- na Lee H. Williams appointed EL. Peter Stone as deputy insurance commissioner for the Delaware Department of Insurance. He as- sumed his position Nov. 1. "Mr. Stone has considerable legal ex- pertise in both the public and pri- vate sector," said Williams. "His expertise will help the department better serve the citizens of Delaware. Stone most recently served as special counsel to the Wilmington law firm Trzuskowski, Kipp & Kelleher. Prior to that, he served in Delaware governmental posi- tions as a U.S. attorney, legislative counsel to the governor and deputy attorney general, where he represented the Delaware Depart- ment of Insurance. Henlopen Acres meeting set Dec. 13 The Town of Henlopen Acres Mayor and Commissioners will meet at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at Town Hall, to discuss awarding a bid for Phase II of the storm drainage project. The lowest bid- der was Hopkins Construction, which came in with a $145,930 bid. Cape school board meets Dec. 12 The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education will discuss student discipline when it meets at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Rehoboth Elemen- taw School cafeteria. Other agenda items include the long-range facilities plan, theRe- hoboth Beach Comprehensive Development Plan and naming school facilities. The public is in- vited to attend the meeting. Lewes soldier in photo identified The Nov. 29 edition of the Cape Gazette had hardly hit the streets when calls started p0uring_in to identify the Lewes soldier shown on page"37. Jean O'Connell of Virginia dropped the photograph off at the office earlier in the week, noting he thought the man's name might be William Walsh. O'Connell was right on the mon- ey: the man in the photo is the late William Walsh of Lewes. Rehoboth planners to hear partitioning request The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 9, in the commissioners room. The evening begins with an executive session with City Solicitor Walt Speakman at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. meeting. Under old business, the plan- ners will hold a public hearing on the partitioning request for New Castle Street and South Board- walk, currently referred to as 601 South Boardwalk, from Sea Schell Limited Partnership. The planners will also discuss setting times for meetings to dis- cuss the public transcript from the two public hearings held on the draft Comprehensive Develop- ment Plan. Rehoboth streetscape meeting set Dec. 11 The Rehoboth Beach Streetscape Improvement Project Aesthetics Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, in City Hall. The agenda includes discussion on the convention cen- ter sign concepts, roadway geo- metrics for Phase II of the project, gateway landscape treatments and visitor's center landscape treat- ments. Rehoboth Board of Adjustment to meet The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, in the commissioners room at City Hall. The board will hear an appeal of a decision by the building and li- censing supervisor or a variance from the city code concerning the size of parking space, ingress and egress and maintenance; reduc- tion of parking facilities prohibit- ed; and maximum parking spaces required, exceptions with regard to construction of a landscape box that encroaches in the right of way owned by the city and which re- duces the number of parking spaces and requisite size of the parking space. The property in question is located at 12 Lake Ave. and owned by Brian and Joanie Grover. Mobile home park tenants take hope About 120 members of the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA) were heartened to hear a report from Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's le- gal counsel, Nov. 18, that the gov- ernor supported consumer protec- tion bill SB 194 that stalled, June 30, after winning a 21-0 vote in the Senate. Sen. George H. Bunting Jr., D-Bethany Beach, has vowed to rein- troduce the bill he spearhead- ed last session, when General Assembly be- BUNTING gins a new ses- sion in January. The legislation would protect tenants of manufactured home communities in Delaware, prima- rily by restricting park owners from suddenly evicting tenants and not paying fair market value for their homes if they cannot move them from the park. Matthew Denn, legal counsel for Minner, told manufactured home owners: "The governor said she would sign the Senate version of SB 194. You have a supportive governor when yo u do reintro- duce the bill." Derm also noted that there will be challenges yet to overcome. The former bill failed to go to dis- cussion and vote in the House, and he noted that the same chair- man will head the House commit- tee on housing next year. He also noted that some park owners are now expressing second thoughts about the legislation they had agreed to this year. "You did an excellent job this past election cycle by forcing can- didates to talk about the bill. DATE 11/25102 11/27/02 11127102 11/29/02 11/29102 11/29102 FOR WEEK OF NOV. 25 - DEC. 4. 2007 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Rt. 16, east of Milton 4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Outlets 1 parking lot 3 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273A, west of Rehoboth 4 4 2 4 11/30/02 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes 11/30/02 Rt. 1 near St. Jude's Church, west of Lewes 11131102 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 Nune first, total DUI arrests; second, total DUIs involved in crashes; third, minors arrested for DU! * Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 10, 3, 1 29, 8, 4 7, 2, I 33, 11, 4 Of the 65 people arrested for DUI, 28 were involved in crashes. and 4 were involved in underage consumption. Troop 7 has responded to 3,620 more complaints this year than during last year at this time; 25 of those were cases of dornest/c viotencel , I iBITil[I fill I IlklL111ll[l]llllIII tXKII] IK1111[il[Uli lilll i- You've taken a classic textbook approach to promoting the bill. Other groups could learn a lot from it," Denn said. He also told the group he be- lieves the bill is not a Constitu- tional taking of property, as some park owners have protested. By judicial precedent, he said, rent control is also not a taking of physical property, as park owners had once protested. Only time and judicial precedent will tell whether the former SB 194 - if it is passed this year- would be con- sidered a regulatory taking of property. Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association is the only statewide advocacy organization in Delaware dedicated to preserv- ing and strengthening the rights of people who live in manufactured home communities. It is also a member of the Manufactured Home Owners Association of America. For more, call 945- 2122. County ends hearing on new land.use plan Sussex County Council heard final public comment on its updat- ed comprehensive land-use plan, Dec. 3, and is set to adopt the plan Dec. 10. After an estimated 45 public workshops over the past year to hammer out the future direction of land use in Sussex County, the first draft of the state-mandated five year update to the 1997 com- prehensive plan was released in July. Following heavily attended hearings before the planning and zoning commission and county council, a revised draft including much of the public comment was sent to the State Office of Plan- ning Coordination for review. Three workshops were held in October to add state suggested re- visions, and the final plan was re- leased Oct. 29, with the blessing of the Livable Delaware Commit- tee. A short public hearing was held before planning and zoning com- missioners, Nov. 19, and the final council hearing attracted about a dozen citizens still wishing to voice comment. In the words of Association of Coastal Towns member Harry Haon, "Our ongoing problem is "that the two things people don't want are density and sprawl. Therein lies our dilemma. Density is not a four letter word; swawl is worse." Councilman George Cole re- sponded: "My problem is that we're getting sprawl everywhere and high density everywhere. We're getting one Levittown after another Levittown. We're not stopping anything." Citizens Coalition member Mable Granke asked the county to begin better monitoring of ground water and aquifer resources, espe- cially around large well heads. She argued that it is not prudent to wait for a state-mandated 2007 deadline before addressing water quality and availability. Attorney/developer Pret Dyer suggested increasing the densities in developing areas with infra- structure already in place in order to ease pressure on other areas, an idea council said it would consid- er. As County Administrator Bol) Stickels noted: "The teeth of the plan will be in its ordinances. That's the place for specific lan- guage. The plan is a general guideline, with general language." Council has 18 months after adopting the plan to finalize its implementation ordinances. IlIrTIVIB'E'Wr'T/IN'I]IIlIIIIII r' ..... r "T'rr'l rr,rr-m .......... __