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14 - CAPE GAZETTEfThursday, December 24 - 31998 Rehoboth, Georgetown appeal state':00 TMDL regulations By Michael Short Rehoboth Beach has officially appealed Delaware's Total Maxi- mum Daily Loading (TMDL) reg- ulations to the Delaware Environ- mental Appeals Board (EAB). The new regulations slap tough standards on pollution of Delaware's inland bays. But the city is finding that it had to stand in line to filethat appeal. Georgetown and Laurel have also appealed TMDL regulations and there could be more appeals com- ing. Laurel is appealing the TMDL for the Nanticoke River water- shed, the other TMDL which went into effect Dec. 10. Not only have three towns appealed, but a coali- tion of towns, farmers and busi- nesses in western Sussex County has formed to seek what it consid- ers a saner solution. Those regulations were forced on Delaware after the state was challenged and lost a federal law- suit claiming it did not meet feder- al clean water standards. That lawsuit mandated that Delaware and other states enact tough new legislation to limit wa- ter pollution. The inland bays TMDL requires the elimination of all point source discharges, in- eluding all sewage plant dis- charges. There are approximately ten discharges to be eliminated to the inland bays, including several discharges of treated sewage. No timetable is given. The Nanticoke River TMDL is less stringent, but still requires major cutbacks in pollution. Both Rehoboth Beach and Georgetown call the regulations "arbitrary and capricious" in their appeals. Bridgeville Town Com- missioner Jack Dalton said that the towns of Delmar, Laurel, Seaford, Greenwood, Bridgeville, local farmers, local businesses, in- .cluding DuPont, Curtis Burns Foods and Johnson Wax, have all joined forces to form the Sussex Waste Water Coalition. Dalton said the coalition iSot opposed to TMDL regulatins.-'r But he said the coalition wants state funding help and wants to find the best way to deal with en- vironmental problems. Dalton said that the TMDL is based on constantly shifting envi- ronmental standards, which means towns could initially com- ply and still face the potential of having to meet costly new stan- dards when regulations are updat- ed in a few years. "We have the opportunity to strive for environ- mental compliance or environ- mental excellence," according to Dalton. "That is why we have got- ten together and said we are not Cape school board approves budget; promotes administrators By Jim Cresson In a unanimous vote, Thursday, Dec. 7, the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education ac- cepted a proposed fiscal year 1999 budget that calls for creation of an assistant principal at H.O. Brit- tingham Elementary School, the promotions of two district adimin- istrators and a contingency fund of $200,000, earmarked toward new contracts for district profes- sionals. As explained by district super- intendent Dr. Suellen Skeen, the immediate creation of an assistant principal position at HOB would alleviate many administrative problems at the school and fulfill the district's desire to have an as- sistant principal in each school fa- cility. It was also announced that, be- cause of an increase in revenue, the school board has approved the promotion of Assistant Superin- tendent Andy Brandengerger, for- merly the director of business ser- vices for the district. George Schenck was also promoted to di- rector of personnel from his for- mer posinon as supervisor of per- sonnel. Both employees were Edward Jones invites you to attend a LIVE broadcast Late obituary Continued from page 12 Lavelle was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Moran Lavelle, in 1967. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Baeurle of Wilmington; two .: sons, James Lavelle of Dewey Beach and Edward Lavetle of. Coronadel Mar; 11 grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren; and: several nieces and nephews, Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday. Dec. 28, at Vanston Funeral Home, 142 South Main Street, Scranton, with a Mass at the Immaculate Conception Chapel and burial in Cathedral Cemetery. credited for serving the district over an extended period of time in capacities that warranted promo- tion. Board members questioned the size of a $200,477 contingency fund for FY99 and were informed by Brandenberger that: "Without bargaining in public, I can tell you the money is there because we ex- • pect to resolve the current contract negotiations." Asked again if the district expects to spend $200,477 on those contract agreements, the assistant superintendent replied: "Again, without.bargaining in public, that's why the money is there." There was no opposition to the proposed budget; it was approved by all six members. In other business, district cur- riculum director Dr. John Kreitzer used some easily understood graphs to illustrate just how well Cape students finished on the re- cently released state standard tests given to grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 last May. Compared with the national norms, Cape Henlopen did far bet- ter than the state, which was at or belowthe national average. Third grade students ranked first in the state in reading and third in the state in math. Fifth grade students ranked eighth in reading and fifth in math. Eighth grade students ranked first in the state in reading and second in math. And 10th grade students ranked first in the state in reading and third in math. Most impressive were the rank- ings of Cape students compared with other school districts in Delaware. In this comparison, Cape third graders ranked first in Continued on page 15 I:tL # -,i€"" ,ttlllmir =&" '"-"' "i  " POSTN/T 11 (POSTAL & BUSINESS SERVICES) Midway Shopping Center 4590 Highway One * Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Phone: (302) 644-9034 • Fax: (302) 644-9036 STOI HOURS:. MON - FlU: 9:15 am- 6..00 In * SAT: 10:00 am- tOO pat CAU. FOR SPBaAI. IitXIXO HOUIG ,, Authorized ShipO_,eJlter ° ill'J,'! ,,u,,,e ,, u,t t llml vatmm . - . • U.S. Postal Services -. Ovcrni3ht Air Express • Pr.ofessic%aJ_Packaging & Supplies ,, Prating Se_,ices (business cards, etc) • Private Mailboxes (personal/business) ?/yilDarel Fo.nyardir 3 & ReceMng • Custom Packaging • SpecialtyGift SendCeS • Fax Serdces * l_smirtir3 • Packing Boxes , • Notae/.Se,ices -- • Passport/IO Phot  :  Greeting Cards .v • High Qualib/.CoP[ms . 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