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December 11, 1998

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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998- 19 Milton Council exploring loitering, Coops cleanup By Rosanne Pack Just as one problem is about to be cleared up in Milton, the saga of the "Coops" at 116 Collins Ave:, another surfaced at the Dec. 7 town council meeting: The per- ceived problem of youths who are loitering and vandalizing in the downtown area was broached by elected officials. According to several residents and business owners, a small group of young people continually loiters in the vicinity of Bodie&apos;s Dairy Market and the library, breaking glass, littering and using profane language. Those who spoke at the council meeting said that the group is made up of the same eight to 10 young men. The issue came up after town council members voted to raise the age for an 1 1 p.m. curfew from 17- to 18-years-of-age. Ac- cording to Milton law, no one un- der 18 is allowed on the streets af- ter 11 p.m. without being accom- panied by a parent. During the public comment ses- sion of the council meeting, Don Post addressed the subjects of the curfew and loitering. Several oth- ers echoed his statements regard- ing loitering, saying that the same boys repeatedly hang out down- town, and they have been seen breaking boules and throwing oth- er trash in the area of the Gover- t%- r & MICHAEL REAL IS HERE TO TURN YOUR LISTINGS INTO SOLD! MICHAEL REAL nors Walk. Skip Birnham, owner of Milton Sausage and Scrapple which is lo- cated downtown, said he had ob- served a young man urinating on the Lions Club town clock in broad daylight on a recent after- noon. Post owns a downtown business and his family lives a few blocks from the center of town. He ex- pressed concerns that Milton does not have an effective law that pro- hibits' loitering and that Milton po- lice are not visible enough to dis- courage the youths from loitering and engaging in vandalism, "I'd say, lower the curfew to 8 p.m. Bottles are being smashed, kids are hanging out at the clock, at Bodie's," he said. 'Tve talked to [Milton police officer] John Miller and he said there are no loi- tering laws on the books. All he can do is tell them to move on." Leah Betts, a member of town council and a resident of down- town Milton, agreed with Post. "It's terrible; there will be a crowd at Bodie's or at the clock; they break bottles and leave trash," she said. "It's usually the same ones." Ed Harris lives a short distance from downtown and he reported that the boys who hang out in the center of town frequently come through his neighborhood, meet- ing behind the town water tower and walking up and down the resi- dential street. "It's the same kids all of the time; you know who they are. What can be done?" he asked. "And they are defiant. If you say anything to them, they talk .right back to you. I'm not afraid of them, but there are women who live alone and elderly people in the area." During the discussion, Mayor Jack Bushey said that he would discuss the possibility of more community policing type of cov- erage with officers patrolling the area on foot. Contacted after the meeting, Of- ricer Miller said that there might, indeed, be loitering and vandalism problems downtown. He said, however, that there is little that police can do unless they witness a crime or have a witness who is willing to swear out a warrant. "In the last few weeks, I have had only one person say some- thing to me about loitering down- town," Miller said. "If you can voice your opinion in council, you can voice it to the police. People have not been doing that. "And if a police officer does not see the crime committed, he can- not make an arrest without a sworn warrant." The officer said the police de- Rosanne Pack photo Sussex County Council recently voted to contribute $500 to the Town of Milton's tourism committee. Lynn Rogers, coun- ty council member, presents the check to Barbara Brewer, Milton Town Council member and co-chair of the town's tourism committee. The committee's first major event, the Milton Christmas House Tour, is set Dec. 12. Tickets can be purchased at Town Hall, the Milton chamber office and area businesses. -cou he iabefr rm 1 harassment if people are accused or questioned without the officer personally witnessing an action or having the sworn testimony of a witness. "I can understand some people being hesitant to come forward because they are afraid that some- thing might come back on them," Miller said. "But, I assure you, if they signed a warrant for someone that they saw commit a crime and then something happened at their property, you know who we would go after first. "Don't sit there and take in all Continued on page 20 oyge0000y Plo.,. GIF00 C..oo00.met good ,IE.,.uit E00a,ket, HohJ,.y kY/',.o,.d,, Pl,..t, Cu'l:om D-,ien-J ,1210,.,1 A-,..,,aneement, HohJ,.00 Pi.... HoliJa00 S;Ik F...-. A.00..<,n0oment. Memol, ial Piece 1-877-SEA-REAL DO IT ALL/ 01ae0000 Bruce Uliss and Steve Malcom DON'T OVER IMPROVE YOUR HOME You have received some extra money! You want to remodel! If you are planning a major renovation, take a few sensible precautions before having plans drawn up and signing on the con- tractor's dotted line. Anytime you do any sig- nificant remodeling, you run the risk of over-improv- ing your home. We will be glad to provide you with a l market analysis of what your home is worth. 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