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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 Feds recommend removal of potential ammo from Sussex beaches By Michael Short used to scan the be, ach to locate trying to be cautious in dealing ed from exposure to the salt water, Officials with the Department the metal. "'We don t have all the with a potential problem. Bob [bomb technicians] said the gun of Natural Resources and Envi- answers yet," he said. But he Henry of DNREC's Division of powder inside could be live when ronmental Control (DNREC) met stressed that the state is pursuing Soil and Water Conservation, said it dries out...The rounds could with officials of Bethany Beach, this and wants to have any poten- that he has received a response have been inadvertently detonated South Bethany and Sea Colony on tial problem removed before sum- from a Department of the Army if improperly handled." Thursday, Dec. 10 to discuss the mer arrives, office which deals with formerly Those rounds were destroyed. potential removal of ammunition Several pieces of old, deterio- used defense sites (FUDS). That The signs will also tell people accidentally pumped to the beach- es during last year's beach replen- ishment project. Following that meeting, DNREC has decided to place signs on those three beaches warn- ing people not to dig on the beach to uncover potential old ammuni- tion. DNREC Divi.on of Soil Conservation Director John Hughes said the beaches are not closed, but that people are warned not to dig in those areas. Hughes said that they also plan to remove any potential other ord- nance and that they will probably be done by the use of detectors Milton Continued from page 19 this stuff and not tell the police." Miller said the police do regu- larly tell crowds of young people to move on when they are seen congregating, but they do have a legal right to meet on the public streets. He added that a curfew is not necessarily going to help the problem of young people congre- gating since much of the loitering' and vandalism seems to occur during afternoon, daylight hours. He also agrees that foot patrolling can be effective, but he pointed out that there is a relatively small police force serving Milton. He said that often there is only one officer on duty and to tie him or her up for any amount of time with foot patrolling could be unre- alistic. "If people have seen a crime, they have to report it," he said. "If the young people are doing any- thing wrong, they should be locked upY - Problems fly the Coops problem may be with Miltbn for a II Poultry Continued from page 18 for new farm management prac- tices, word of the disease leaked out. It had struck a flock in Del- mar, said committee member Chip West, and the whole flock died. Farmers may not want to as- semble for fear of spreading the virus, speculated West, and that could be a big obstacle to the committeCs hope of disseminat- ing their message at the Farm Bu- reau meeting. Bill Satterfield, executive direc- tor of the Delmarva Poultry Indus- try (DPI), said this week that the respiratory disease had hit nine poultry flocks, out of the 2,600 flocks normally growing on the peninsula. But Satterfield said the rated ammunition have been found in the Bethany Beach area in recent weeks, prompting DNREC to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for help in de- ciding how to deal with the prob- lem. The ordnance is believed to date from a "south firing range" used by the military between 1950 and 1970. Essentially, those old shells, which are considered badly deteri- orated, were pumped on to the beach accidentally when sand was pumped from offshore to replen- ish the beaches. No one was hurt, but the state is time to come, the Coops will not; at least, not in the form that resi- dents have known for years. A portion of the derelict apart- ment complex will be demolished and removed by Jan. 30, 1999, and a new structure will take its place. The brick section along the back of the 116 Collins St. proper- ty will remain standing; however, it will be completely renovated and turned into three apartment units. With the new section to be built along Collins Street, a total of five units will stand where there were originally 16. Speaking on behalf of property owner, Inell Alexander, Ron Bossard of First State Community Action Agency said that a demoli- tion company and contractors have been contacted and work is to begin almost immediately. "We will oversee the construc- tion project," he said. "That in- cludes demolition and the new construction. The entire structure will be the same size as the exist- ing one." Ken Whitman, Milton building code enforcement officer, said that there with oning [rmits if the struc- tures stay within the same foot- prints as the old ones. disease should pose no problem to the Farm Bureau meeting plans. "Yes, it's a contagious disease, but it's not uncommon here," said Satterfield. "It cycles about every three years, and we simply advise poul- try farmers to use good common sense. If they do not wear their farming work clothes and boots out in public, and if they do not al- low other farmers into their poul- try houses, there is little chance of spreading the virus." Until the virus disappears again, it is doubtful that the farming community will conduct any pub- lic tours of their poultry houses, Satterfield said. But he added that farmers can feel comfortable about gathering in public, as long as they wear clean boots and clothes. office, in Huntsville, AL., recom- mended that "a removal project be initiated," according to Henry. Henry said the ordnance has on- ly been found in a relatively small area of Bethany Beach, although the other areas used the same off- shore area for beach replenish- ment last year. Two decaying, but live rounds, were found on Bethany Beach Nov. 9. A similar piece of ammu- nition was found in October. Delaware State Police Spokes- woman Cpl. Alice Bailey said of the Nov. findings that "although the primer in both rounds had rust- Bossard said that First State Community Action has no interest in owning or operating the proper- ty as rental units. He said their role is strictly to assist the owner and Oversee construction, assuring that all construction meets code regu- lations. He added that any ques- tions regarding the future of the properties can be addressed to him or Bernice Edwards at First State or to Alexander, the property own- er. what to do in case any additional ammunition is found. 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