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December 11, 1998

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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, December 11 - Thursday, December 17, 1998 Volume 6, Nol 29 West Rehoboth residents want another entrance DelDOT says it's willing to work with the community By Michael Short Residents of West Rehoboth have signed a petition asking for access to a potential new road to be built behind the community. Development of the new road, which is only proposed, is closely associated with the development of a 195-uni[ Lingo pro- ject at the north end of Church Street. The Lingo project was set to come before Sussex County Planning and Zoning Com- mission, Thursday, Dec. 10. Residents of West Rehoboth argue that they would like to have access to a potential new road if it is built behind West Rehoboth, long a concern of many residents because Hebron Road is the only access to the community. The concerns of the resi- dents appear to have been met in a Dec. 9 letter from the Department of Transporta- tion (DelDOT). The letter from DelDOT's Project Devel- opment County Coordinator, William Brockenbrough Jr., addresses DellSOT's consideration of a possible new road between Church Street and Sussex 271. The Canal Corkran (Lingo) project will donate an 80-foot easement for such a potential roadway, but Bill and Bryce Lin- go have nothing to do with development of any roadway. Minnie Smith, president of Westside New Beginnings, said granting residents a second access to the community could potentially reduce problems with drug traf- ficking by making the community less iso- lated. Smith also said that a second access to West Rehoboth would make it safer in case of a fire or other problem that forced resi- dents out of the area. The Dec. 9 letter appears to leave any decision of whether to connect to a poten- tial road up to the community. "We are Continued on page 10 Cape district building plans gain more endorsement Bob Bowden photo Keeping the true meaning of Christmas alive in Cape Region Midway Assembly of God members always participate streets of Lewes, Saturday night, Dec. 5, and are expected in Cape Region Christmas parades and this year are stag- to appear in the Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas ing a live nativity scene. Above, they roll through the Parade Saturday, Dec. 12, which steps off at 6 p.m. By Jim Cresson Cape Henlopen School District's long- range building plans were reviewed again, Thursday, Dec. 3, during a public hearing at Rehoboth Elementary School, and again there was an overall endorsement of the rec- ommendations made by the Facilities Task Force. Only a handful of citizens turned out to hear specifics of the first phase of plans that call for construction of two new middle schools, using the aging Lewes school for elementary and consortium students and the old Milton school as an alternative educa- tion facility, moving sixth-grade classes from the over-burdened Rehoboth Elemen- tary School to the new middle school, and adding a new wing to H.O. Brittingham Ele- mentary School in Milton. District Director of Business Operations Andy Brandenberger delivered the report and fielded questions from the nine taxpay- ers who attended the hearing. There was no significant individual opposition to the task force recommendations, and no organized Continued on page 15 Report blames agriculture for much of inland bays' woes Governor's committee to make recommendations in one week By Michael Short Another report has aimed the finger of blame for much of the inland bays' prob- lems at agriculture. The controversial report on the amount of nutrients that crops can use, indicated that most nitrogen and phosphorous, particular- ly in Indian River and Little Assawoman Bays, stays in the soil where it can poten- tially pollute waterways. The report by the University of Delaware was submitted Friday, Dec. 4. While it doesn't blame all or even most of the bay's problems on agriculture, it indicates that agriculture may play a significant role. The reaction was swift and expected. In what is becoming a supercharged atmos- phere ripe with finger pointing, farmers were quick to take exception to some of the findings. The findings were released at the Dec. 4 board meeting of the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB). In related news, the Delaware Agricultur- al Industry Advisory Committee on Nutri- ent Management is on the verge of report- ing its recommendations on ways to keep agriculture, especially the poultry industry, viable while controlling potential pollution. The committee will make its recommen- dations to Gov. Tom Carper after meeting again Wednesday, .Dec. 16. The governor has charged the committee with making its report quickly, saying the findings are cru- cial and that they will be included in his State of the State address to the legislature in January. Such issues have taken on national prominence in the last few months, and farmers have been rocked by concerns that they may play a greater role in the problem than originally thought. The conclusion of the University of Delaware report said that "nitrogen and phosphorus from broiler manure and com- mercial fertilizers recovered annually in harvested field crops in the Little Assawoman Bay watershed averages only Continued on page 14- INDEX