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-d- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6, Dec. 12,: 2002,17 Lewes BPW denies request for water service outside city By Dennis Forney and Andrew Keegan Lewes Board of Public Works board members unanimously agreed to tell Meridian Consulting Engineers, LLC, that BPW would prefer that it go through an annex- ation process as a means of get- ting water and sewer service. Meridian had submitted a written request for water service from the city operated utility. "We would always much prefer that property owners who want utility service from the Board of Public Works go seek annexation from the town first," said BPW President Jim Roberts, at a Nov. 21 meeting. "The city is looking at a number of annexation possi- bilities right now so this makes sense." Roberts said Lewes at the mo- ment does "not have a lot of ex- cess water and sewer capacity. We did agree to provide water for the Wolfe Runne and Wolfe Point developments," said Roberts, "but Boca East Continued from page 10 32 statewide and Sussex organiza- tions signed on as supporting the Boca East purchase. Sharp and other supporters have said they want a 100 percent purchase, not a partial purchase. Sharp is a retired worker with the United Auto Workers (UAW) and has served 30 years as a vol- unteer on the organization's con- servation committee. That com- mittee, he said, played a central role in creation of the White Clay Creek State Park and the Miller Run Natural Area in New Castle County. "For the Miller Run Nat- ural area, we worked on acquiring 1,000 acres, piece by piece. We know how important this Boca East land is to the inland bays sys- tem. That's why we're working so hard for it." Sharp owns land in the Angola Neck area as well as in New Cas- tle County. LocolNet's Unlimited Intemet access For One Full Year! (]Jot Ends 12/31/02 makes connecting fost & eosy FIVE email boxes, Webmail, Instant Messaging and more! Immediote Access - Sign Up.Online 1 m am we got an extra production well site on the Townsend land next to Morton's small motor business on Kings Highway. Otherwise, we have spread ourselves as thin as we want for the time being." Roberts said that some residents of Wolfe Runne and Wolfe Point have ques- tioned whether they should get a vote in BPW matters since they are BPW customers. ROBERTS "They might start considering annexation," said Roberts. "That would give them a vote and they would enjoy lower water rates because of having an intown status." Meridian's letter of request to the BPW questioned whether the Board had availability and capaci- ty for providing water to a parcel of land fronting on Gills Neck Road and behind the Bay Breeze development. The tract is owned by the J.G. Townsend Corporation. The letter from Meridian Vice President Roger Gross noted that the land is out of the franchise water area controlled by Tidewater Utilities. A Delaware corporation, Tide- water is a wholly owned sub- sidiary of Middlesex Water Com- pany. However, during a Nov. 27 conversation, Gross indicated Meridian was instructed by Tide- water to request service from Lewes BPW as "a courtesy." According to Gross, Meridian is not without options but declined to elaborate. A Tidewater representative con- firmed the area in question, al- though currently not being serv- iced by the company, could be made accessible following the ac- quisition of a franchise permit from the Public Service Commis- sion. Peter Bohn, a resident of Bay Breeze who retired after a long ca- reer involving water utilities, said the tract is being eyed for Cad- bury's Continuing Care Retire- ment Community. The 22-year old firm based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, established an office in Lewes two years ago and has eyed a number of sites around Lewes. Victor D. Amey, president of the non-profit Quaker affiliated corporation, said nearly a hun- dred local people had expressed interest in future residential place- ment. Amey would not confn'm or deny the group's interest in the parcel behind Bay Breeze. How- ever, he did indicate an announce- ment may be on the horizon. "I hope to have some definitive news in a few weeks but at this time it would be premature," said Amey. Previous plans for the retirement community call for a campus for- mat. Cottages and apartments, be- ginning at $150,000, will be nes- tled among walking trails and gar- dens. Monthly fees are estimated at SL000. Additional amenities include a clubhouse for dining and recre- ation, along with health and well- ness facilities. 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