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December 11, 1998

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Lewes Greenways Committee meets Dec. 12 The Lewes Greenways Com- mittee will meet at 9 a.m., Satur- day, Dec. 12, in council chambers of City Hall on East Third Street. The public is welcome to attend. Liquor tax issue heads Dewey agenda Heading the list of issues before the Dewey Beach commissioners for the town's monthly meeting, 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, is the town' s consideration of a gross re- ceipts tax on Dewey's liquor-serv- ing establishments. Commissioner Bill Tansey, who heads a committee of business owners who have met several times to discuss the issue, is ex- pected to give a report on the sta- tus of the group and its findings. Commissioner Bob Spengler is also slated to give his report on a pedestrian safety committee. Dewey Beach Civic League President Bobbi Turk will also give a presentation on the results of that group's newsletter survey. In other business, commission- ers will review and adopt a 1999 agenda, fill a vacancy on the plan- ning and zoning commission and hear a presentation by lifeguard captain Todd Fritchman about next year's beach patrol. Town meetings are held at the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. Hearing set Dec. 15 for Dewey's Covehouse The Delaware Department of Public Safety's Division of Alco- holic Beverage Control Commis- sion (ABCC) has set a hearing for 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15 in Wilmington, to reconsider and re- vise the license status of Cov- ehouse Seafood Restaurant in Dewey Beach. Located in the Wilson Shopping Center on Route 1 at New Orleans Street, Covehouse was approved by town commissioners in March for a beer and wine license by both a conditional use hearing and a subsequent permit of compli- ance. Town officials later learned that the restaurant was operating with a full spirits license granted by,the ABCC. The town sent a letter to the owners of Covehouse, stating that the business was in violation of the town-issued, conditional use permit. The restaurant's attorney, Eric liquor from the shelves at the restaurant. Town manager Bill Rutherford said Dewey Beach town officials . are disturbed because they feel Covehouse misrepresented itself when applying for a liquor license with the town. The hearing date follows a re- quest from' Dewey town attorney Rob Witsil. The hearing will be held in the Carvel State Office Building at 820 French St. Lewes street committee to meet Tuesday, Dec. 13 The Lewes Street Improvement Ad Hoc Committee will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, in council chambers of City Hall on East Third Street. Agenda items include presenta- tion and consideration toward ap- proval of the independent project listing; presentation and consider- ation toward approval of revision to the three-year plan along with a budget recommendation; presen- tation of the construction and patching standards for streets; and consideration of street improve- ment ad hoc committee's future actions. The meeting is open to the public. Lewes Mayor and Council to meet Monday, Dec. 14 The Mayor and City Council will.hold their monthly meeting at 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. ! 4. In addi- tion to monthly financial reports, police activity reports and board of public works general manag- er's report, the meeting agenda in- cludes the following items: Presentation and consideration toward approval of Lewes Plan- ning Commission recommenda- tion No. 421, which recommends final approval of the re-subdivi- sion of 14 feet from lot No. 5 (214 Bay Ave.) to lot No. 6 (212 Bay Ave.) owned by Ronald Blair. , Presentation and consideration of Lewes Planning Commission recommendation No. 422, which recommends "the Planning Com- mission is not in favor of granting a waiver for the bypass lane re- quirement [for the proposed Pilot- house project] given the current information available without a meeting between a representative from Delaware's Department of Transportation (DeIDOT), Plan- ning Commission and the City of Lewes. Further, this waiver conflicts with the City's current Compre- hensive Pedestrian Plan and the Traffic Plan in progress." Request on behalf of Ronald Blair to exercise the 99-year op- tion on property located at 210 Bay Ave. Howard, said at that time that the Request on behalf of John and matter:w'"misunderstanding" Nancy Adams to exercise the 99- and that hiscliemS had removed ar o tion on larooertv located at ::. . .; _ ye p _ _ _ " . ':: m " 804 Bay Ave. 1  Appointment of a pedestrian   i fety review committee. / ,:I, IL Executive session regarding   ntial litigation.  ..... - .......   C- . .   he meetrng will be held m  , :-.YI'he" 3ouncfl chambers of Lewes CRy    We Hall on East Third Street. The apologize for the  ' " public is welcome to attend. CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 - 3 Lewes Project Impact steering group to meet The Lewes Project Impact Steering Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the upstairs meeting room of Lewes Fire Department. Agenda items include discus- sion of the draft memorandum agreement which will bring $500,000 to Lewes to make the city and surrounding area more storm-resistant and discussion of the signing ceremony when Fed- eral Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director James Lee Witt is expected in Lewes to promote Project Impact and offi- cially recognize Lewes as Delaware's first Project Impact community. In a nutshell, Project Impact is designed to reduce fed- eral spending responding to natur- al disasters by making communi- ties more resistant to damage by identifying potential hazards and taking steps to protect against them. The public is welcome to attend. Lewes committee to discuss charter changes The Lewes Personnel Policy Review Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, in council chambers of City Hall on East Third Street. Agenda items include presenta- tion and further discussion of draft charter changes and review and discussion of the personnel manu- al. Charter changes being dis- cussed include making the mayor an official member of city council and having him or her vote in all voting situations. Currently there is confusion over whether the mayor is actually a member of council, and the practice for the past quarter centu- ry has been for the mayor to vote only in the case of ties. There's one exception to that situation and it involves the hiring of key personnel such as police chief and city manager, in which case the mayor is not allowed to cast a vote. That allows for a tie vote situa- tion to exist which, the committee is trying to resolve. Another charter change being considered would require that the city treasurer be a member of city council which is not the present situation. Other personnel policy items will also be discussed. The meeting is open to the public. Lewes Board of Public Works to meet Dec. 17 The Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW), which governs the town's electric, water and sewer utilities, will hold its monthly meeting at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, in council chambers of C!ty Hall on East Third Street. Agenda items include the following: Consideration of a request from Claudio Smarelli for sewer service at his 27 Sussex Drive res- idence; Consideration of a proposal from Schlumberger for a handheid meter-reading system; Kerry Kester photo Midway accident results in minor injuries Delaware State Police reported that no serious injuries re- suited from a collision at 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Route 1 and Postal Lane intersection. According to the police report, Ron Crain, 51, Lewes, was operating a 1998 Buick Re- gal in the southbound lane of Route 1, while Ralph M. Penn, 21, Dover, was operating a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck in the center, northbound lane of Route 1. As the light turned green and Penn was proceeding through the intersection, Crain was attempting to turn left into the Midway Shopping Center. The front quarter of the passenger's side of Crain's car struck the pickup truck's driver's side. Crain, who sustained a con- tusion on his forehead and strain to his neck and lumbar re- gion, was treated and released at Beebe Medical Center. Penn was charged with no proof of insurance; charges are pending against Crain. Confirmation of acceptance for a proposal for engineering from George, Miles and Buhr re- garding development of a plan for removal of debris, per U.S. Envi- ronmental Protection Agency (EPA) request on the branch road off of American Legion Road. According to BPW General Manager Ruth Ann Ritter, the de- bris in question includes pieces of concrete and asphalt and pipe from streets around town where the BPW has had to dig to make sewer and water system repairs. "Someone reported us and we were told that while the area where the debris has been placed is considered destroyed wetlands by the state, that's not the case with the EPA. We've agreed to remove the materials and restore the area to the condition that exist- ed according to a 1989 aerial pho- tograph," said Ritter. "There's no fine involved; that would only happen if we didn't take action to clean up the area." Consideration of accepting the Blue Cross/Blue Shield proposed contract for employees' insurance coverage during the calendar 1999 year. The public is welcome to attend the meeting. Petroleum buildup cause of accident No one was seriously injured in an accident at 2:25 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, when two pickup trucks crashed at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 24, Nanticoke Crossing. According to Cpl. Alice Bailey, Delaware State Police spokes- woman, Carolyn Horseman, 28, of Rehoboth Shores in Millsboro, was operating a 1993 Ford F-150 pickup truck southbound on Route 5 as she approached the Route 24 traffic light. John W. Rischitelli, 46, of Lewes, was operating a Ford F- 350 pickup truck behind her and pulled to the shoulder of the road to turn right on Route 24. As Horseman applied the brakes, her truck apparently slid on the road, which was apparently slick from a petroleum buildup that occurred during normal use of the road in warmer weather. Horseman's truck fishtailed and collided with Rischitelli's truck. Bailey said that earlier in the day, the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company had attempted to wash the petroleum from the road- way but when the firefighters were unable to get it cleared, they coated the road with sand; rain ap- parently washed the sand away. Bailey said the Delaware Depart- ment of Transportation responded to the accident and had the road cleaned by about 4 p.m. No one was injured in the acci- dent, alcohol was not a factor, damages to the vehicles were mi- nor and police did not charge ei- ther driver. Food needed for local families A group of community mem- bers are seeking donations of food or money to purchase food to pro- vide to Cape Region families. To date, the group has collected more than $1,000, some of which will be used to sponsor a Christmas party for children involved in the Strong Communities Initiative. Anyone interested in contribut- ing may contact:Sandra C'assady at 645-5380 or drop donatj0ns off at the Cape Gazette:officebefore Thursday, Dec. 17. Police investigating Cape Region burglaries Delaware State Police detec- tives at Troop 4 are investigating a stringof burglaries that occurred in November at businesses along Continued on page 4