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Continued from page 2 Street said that he has not yet determined whether he will run for the seat he now holds, vacated last July when William Wallace resigned. "i'm seriously consider- ing it," he said. Baker said he has not yet decided whether he will run. Hopkins was not available to comment on his intentions. Rehoboth board to hold special meeting Feb. 3 The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3 prior to the scheduled workshop session. The agenda includes a request for a certificate of compliance from Arena's Dell, a restaurant serving liquor located in Village By the Sea in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue. The owner Jeff Hammer, seeks to expand the restaurant into the adjoining shop space. The board will also consid- er accepting the gift of a 3.45 acre parcel of land adjacent to the city's sewage treatment plant owned by the Vessels Company which would create a buffer be- tween the plant and residential ar- eas. Representatives from the Re- hoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce will ap- pear before the board with re- quests concerning use of city fa- cilities for its Flower Show, to be held April 22-23. The board will also re-address a possible resolu- tion to an encroachment on city property owned by the Roberts family at 20 Lake Avenue behind Convention Hall. A small section of the house angles out 3.6 feet in- to city property near the bend in the road leading behind the hall. While Mayor Sam Cooper ad- vised at last month's meeting that a licensing agreement would be in keeping with past solutions, the people to whom the Roberts wish to convey the property may decide to tear down the encroaching area and build a second story, thus avoiding the need for an agree- ment. The agenda for the work- shop to follow includes the usual committee reports and any such old or new business which may come before the board. Rehoboth VFW seeks road name change Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7447 are circu- lating a petition in an effort to have the name of State Road, on which the Post Home sits in Re- hoboth Beach, changed to Veter- ans Road. The reason for seeking the renaming is to honor those who fought for freedom, many of whom lost their lives in the effort, according to Post Commander Butch Imperial. So far the VFW has garnered 18 signatures from lot owners on State Road, which has 35 to 40 lots, in favor of the change.,, , :.:: .,,:- While the road is within the city limits of Rehoboth Beach, the VFW must seek approval from the Delaware Department of Transportation, as it is a state- maintained road. They must also prove that the change to Veterans Road is supported by a majority of the property owners on the street before going before the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners for final approval. Milton to discuss crime bill at next meeting Milton Town Council member Charlie Fleetwood will share new grant options for which the Town of Milton may apply during the next Milton Town Council meet- ing. Last month the council ap- proved the town's application for a grant that provides funding for additional police officers, but Fleetwood said he has since re- ceived information that additional grant monies are available for oth- er programs. The council's tenta- tive agenda also includes discus- sions of the Governor's Walk, in- cluding erecting a bicycle rack for the walk; the resort transit system and what options might be avail- able to Milton; and automating the Milton Town Library. Two have filed for Milton Town Council seats Leah Betts and Jeffrey Stepbens, 25, have filed to run for the two seats up in this year's Mil- ton Town Council election. Betts will be running for her third term of office. The seats up for election this year are Betts' and June Mill- man's. Millman, who has been on the council for seven years, said she has not yet decided whether she will run this term. Filing dead- line is Friday, Feb. 10. The elec- tion will be held March 4. State Housing Authority to hold public hearing The Delaware State Housing Authority will hold a Sussex County public hearing to discuss housing and community develop- ment needs at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Sussex County Cour- thouse Council Chambers, Georgetown. The public is en- couraged to participate in this meeting and offer input to the au- thority as it prepares its housing and community development strategy for Sussex County for the upcoming fiscal year. Issues ad- dressed will include housing and community development needs. For more information call Julia Loescher, 302-739--4263. Lewes Parks and Recreation group to meet There will be a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Lewes at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers. Street Abandonment Committee to meet There will be ameeting of,,, the CckPlg GAZETTE, Friday, February 3 -February 9,1995 - 3 Chuck Snyder photo Early morning blaze engulfs Dewey house The Ogden residence, a summer home at the corner of Jersey and King Charles in Dewey Beach, sent black smoke billowing into the sky Wednesday morning, Feb. I and was a rearing ball of flames when Rehoboth Beach volunteer firemen first arrived on the scene of the 7:30 a.m. alarm. "The only thing you can do in a case like this one is pour on as much water as pos- sible and try to save the neighboring buildings," said Behoboth Chief Chuck Snyder. The home was totally destroyed by the blaze. No origin has been established for the blaze and no one was in the building at the time. Former Dewey Commissioner Jim Robertson, who Hves nearby, said the building went quickly. "I looked out the window at one moment and saw nothing and then looked out a couple minutes later and saw dense, black smoke. It went quickly." In addition to Rehoboth Beach, volunteers from Lewes and Bethany Beach were al. so called out to assist. Street Abandonment Committee for the City of Lewes on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1995 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within Council Chambers of City Hall, E. Third Street, Lewes. The Street Abandonment Committee is comprised of Lewes Council members Jim Ford, Howard Park- er and Tony Pratt. The committee is looking into the feasibility of selling off, as a revenue producing measure, side portions of street ends that terminate at the dunes on Lewes Beach. Mayor George Smith suggested the idea with the thought that selling off a portion of the street right-of-ways to adja- cent property owners could gener- ate revenues for Lewes while maintaining plenty of width for public access to Lewes Beach. The committee is looking into the proposal before a decision is made on whether it has enough merit to take to the public for its input. Lewes opts against hearing finance advisor Members of Lewes Council vot- ed unanimously at a special meet- ing Monday, Jan. 30 to search out a financial advisor who will not have an interest in the eventual decision of how the city should go about investing its reserve rev- enues. Thomas Metz, a registered financial advisor, had been invited to the meeting to discuss ways he felt the city could earn more on its investments. However Council- man Tony Pratt said he felt it was inappropriate to hear advice from someone who might eventually land the job unless others were al- so given the chance to advise. Pratt made a motion to seek out someone, perhaps from the state's financial agencies, to discuss in- vestments wi Lewd, !'s mo- tion was seconded by Howard Parker, who along with Mayor George Smith had invited Metz to the meeting. Council members voted unanimously to follow Pratt's motion. The City of Lewes has more than $2 million in in- vested revenues that it wants to in- vest most effectively to optimize interest return. Councilwoman Elinor Sheehan said she would work with Pratt to search out an advisor. has decidedly reached the point of either needing complete refurbish- ment oi  being demolished and re- built. Projected costs to recon- strnct the existing structure nearly equal projected costs for the new structure, so the vote was made to continue the working plans. Pre- liminary design work for the en- tirely new facility was submitted at the meeting and Henlopen Acres residents can view the plans until Jan. 20. Rehoboth continues budget fine tuning The City of Rehoboth Beach is moving ahead with refining its budget for 1995-96 at its Saturday morning budget sessions. This past Saturday, Jan. 28, they added $2,500 to the contingency fund, bringing it up to $52,500 and upped capital improvements for street paving from $4,200 to $50,0002 Anticipated revenues, not including any funds derived from the 3 percent gross receipts tax on rentals, are $5,880,883, with expenditures expected to be $5,872,583, which includes a cap- ital improvement program in the amount of $622,675. Interest on deposits has been increased from $22,000 to $32,000 since the first budget draft, based on monies in the savings account averaging $650,000 at 5 percent interest. Henlopen Acres votes on new town hall The Town of Henlopen Acres Board of Commissioners voted to erect a new town hall and mainte- nance facility at the Jan. 6 first quarter meeting of 1995. The current structure houses the Henlopen Acres town hall as well the maintenance facilities and Portraits of governors headed back to Dover Portraits of past Delaware gov- ernors which once adorned the walls in the Sussex County Court- house since 1976 have been trans- ferred back to the Division of His- torical and Cultural Affairs in Dover. The portraits of Governors William Thorp, Joshua H. Marvil, Charles Polk, William T. Watson, David Hazzard, Charles C. Stock- ley, John G. Townsend and Ebe W. Tunnell can now be seen in the recently renovated addition at Legislative Hall in Dover. The Di- vision of Historical and Cultural Affairs had requested the return of the paintings because of security and vandalism concerns at the Courthouse. County approves towing service near Rehoboth Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Jan. 10 approved zoning applications for an automotive re- pair and towing service west of Rehoboth Beach. Charles P. Moore applied for a change of zoning from general residential (GR) to agricultural residential (AR-1) for 2.65 acres located on the south side of Sussex 283, southeast of Sussex 283A.,