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Collins Continued from page 11 dinances to require buffers around residential development so farm- ing and residential can coexist, supporting the purchase of the Delmarva Aircraft lease, begin- ning new sewer districts, increas- ing library funding, working to re- open Delaware State Police Troop 4 and support of an enhanced 91'1 system. "I am very proud and #eased with what we have done," Collins said. put me through this again," joked Council President Dale Dukes, "He has served seven years and served them well," Dukes said of his fellow Democrat. There are now four Democrats on county council, with George Cole being the only Republican. The seat held by Collins is up for election in 1998.Only Republican Willie Taylor has filed for Collins' seat as of Thursday after- noon, although Republican Vance Phillips has said he intends to seek the seat. CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, December 19. December 25, 1997 - 13 Ralph resigns Sussex P&Z post; Hastings successor By Michael Short Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commissioner Donald Ralph has resigned after serving on the Commission since July 1979. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, Sussex County Council appointed Laurel- area farmer John Hastings to fill the rest of his term. Ralph has been in ill health and has been unable to attend recent meetings. The Democ- rat has been Salisbury, al- though he is no longer in intensive care. "He has been a top-notch man in our RALPH are=/ and we are awful proud of him as a De- mocrat," said Dick Stone, the for- mer Sussex Democratic chairman. Ralph is known as a quiet man, but fellow-Commissioner Robert Wheatley said that made what Ralph did say all the more impor- tant. Wheatley described Ralph as a mentor, saying "He was always very helpful. He was. always will- ing to take extra time to help me understand what's going on. Sit- ting next to him on the dais was Continued on page 17 Collins has been in the midst of some of the most controversial is- sues faced by Sussex County Council. He introduced the recent proposed ordinance that would have created a housing code for owner-occupied housing. He in- troduced it at the request of a con- stitutent, although he eventually voted against the idea. That hous- ing code prompted massive oppo- sition from the public. Before that, Collins had intro- duced a development moratorium while the comprehensive land-use plan was considered. Collins said he was very concerned about the loss of farmland. But despite the tempests of the past two years, Collins said he made up his mind long ago not to seek another term. He said he told his wife, Marlene, that he would not seek a third term when he was elected to his second term in 1994. "She said-'George, you cannot YoU con count on us for imports. n.g. Burton MILFORD NEW IMPORT SHOWROOM Rt. ll3Milrd, DE 302-424-3042 1-800-876-3041 i "We were living happily in northern New Jersey," say Raul and Maria Asencio, "until we vis- ited our close friends who had moved to Lewes. They encouraged us to move here, too; even shopped around and found us a new home in Plantations. "At first, we didn't know where Lewes was, but when we came we thoroughly enjoyed visit- ing our friends and loved their new home. At Plantations, we toured the lakefront Courtyard unit our friends had chosen for us on January 1. We loved it so much, we had already moved into it by the first of May. "We worked closely with the architect at Country Life Homes to get our new dwelling ready. He recommended alternatives as we made a number of changes and labored diligently to accommodate us. "We think it's beautiful here, amazingly quiet and everyone is very friendly. You'll under- stand what we mean when you pay a visit to Plantations to see what they might have for you." I Prices start at $113,500. For information call 302.645.2727 or 800.777.1530. I I From Route One in Lewes, turn west at Midway Shopping Center traffic light, then right at 275. I