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Rehoboth passes referendum to build new water towers By Trish Vernon Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper said he's "tickled" with the overwhelming vote of confi- dence the city received in the Sat- urday, Dec. 5, public referendum on whether to expend funds to build two new elevated water storage tanks. Of the 818 votes cast in person or by proxy, 742 voted to fund the $3.6 million project, which entails building a 1 million gallon tank on the old waste water treatment plant site along the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal, and tearing down the present downtown tank and replacing it with a 500,000 gallon tank. "I think the vote shows we made our case for the need to pro, tect our infrastructure and that we're on the right path," Cooper said. "Just like putting a new roof or addition on your house, it will serve to protect and increase prop- erty values of homes and busi- nesses." With the board expected to offi- cially accept the results of the ref- erendum at the Friday, Dec. 11, board meeting and authorize so- licitation of bids and issuing up to $3.6 million in general obliga- tions to finance the project, Coop- er hopes to advertise for bids within the next 10 days. The city has tentatively set the bid opening date at Jan. 28, 1999, Continued on page 16 Paintings By Howard Schr0eder The family of Howard Schroeder will open his studio at 324 Pilottown Road in Lewes during the holiday season for the sale of original oil and watercolor paintings. The book, "SCHROF_dDER, A Man and His Art" will also be available along with Schroeder note cards. Rehoboth Continued from page 10 Stickels noted that similar con- ceres are taking place in other ar- eas and that there is a potential boom about to happen in the Route 54 area and the Route 26 area. "We have been trying to communicate...I think we are do- ing a better job than we did 10 years ago," Stickels said. Specifically, Cooper is con- cerned about the Lingo and Ca- pano projects, both of which are proposed for the Church Street area and both of which would uti- lize Rehoboth Avenue Extended. Stickels said that one other step is that Sussex County Planning Pollution Continued from page 1 17 percent and 12 percent respec- tively. In other words, 83 percent of the nitrogen and 88 percent of the phosphorus used for crop pro- duction in this watershed remains in the soil after harvest and proba- bly moves, at least partially, into adjacent surface or ground waters or both." The figures for Indian River'and Rehoboth Bay indicate more nu- trients are used by plants. In Indi- an River, the figures are 30 per- cent for nitrogen and 31 percent for phosphorus. In Reho'both Bay, the figures are 41 percent and 70 percent. Jack Martin, who presented the report, said that there is not enough poultry production in the watershed around Rehoboth Bay to cause a problem, but there is more poultry production in the other bays. "One thing it showed is it sure as heck isn't a problem in the Re- hoboth Bay watershed because there aren't enough chickens up there," he said. Martin stressed that farmers have tried to do a good job and that they have followed guide- lines. For example, until recently, farmers were told they did not need to worry about the loss of and Zoning Assistant Director Shane Abbott will now contact agencies and ask them to respond with comments on developments after 15 days. Abbott has also been assigned to deal with issues in the Rehoboth Beach area. There is currently a 20-day comment period on such develop- ment plans; during that period DelDOT, the fire marshal's office and a host of other agencies may comment on plans and make sug- gestions. The problem, Stickels said, is that the county often re- ceives few comments or objec- tions. "It can only be positive," Coop- er said after the meeting. "They seemed to be receptive to my ideas." The Studio Will Be Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. SCHROEDER STUDIO * 324 PILOTTOWN ROAD , LEWES or by appointment 645-0670 645-7431 * 645-2139 phosphorus because phosphorus Ik stuck to the soil and did not run off into waterways like the ird.and bays. Science now says that is incor- rect. "I think farmers have done what we told them to do and they have tried to be good," Martin said. But farmers in the audience said they are being singled out and that there is little recognition of years of efforts to control pollution, ef- forts like limiting application of manure and storing manure in sheds to prevent runoff to water bodies. "Farmers have been pointed to as the bastard stepchild at the fam- ily reunion...If we stopped grow- ing chickens today, we would still have problems in Indian River Bay," said farmer Jim Baxter. "Recommendations change and all of a sudden we are bandits," said Harold Johnson. "And that's not fair," Martin agreed. But others, including Charles App, a board member of the CIB representing the EPA, called for unity. App said, "There should be shared responsibility for solving these problems...If we are going to solve these problems, then we have to share responsibility and think together...Let's focus on solving some of the problems mid get off the finger pointing." MIDWAY Make holiday shopping easy! This year we've added even more gift items to our already famous selection. Candies * Candies SUPPLY Desks * Art Sets . endars- Cculators SMddem .sm Supplies .... ,, t r.,, Wd.m, 640062