Sussex County Delaware
Fuller Drops Out
of Bethany Election
Sussex Beat, August 19, 2002

NOTE: Sussex Beat is a log of news briefs and commentary by Kerin Magill, editor of Sussex County Online, with contributions from Sussex County Online users.


Kerin Magill, Sussex County Online

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Bethany Beach Elections ...

Bethany Beach Town Council member Wayne Fuller has announced he won't seek re-election.

Fuller, who had filed as a candidate in the town's Sept. 14 election, said at the Friday, Aug. 16, 2002 town council meeting he is withdrawing his name from the ballot after serving on council for the past six years.

"I guess I got burned out a little bit," said Fuller, who spent five years on the town's planning commission before being elected to the council.

Fuller was chairman of the planning commission for two of those years and had been vice mayor for the past year.

"I decided it was time to take a little rest," from town politics, Fuller said. He added that he would still like to serve on town committees, but wants to leave the decision-making to someone else. "I'm not going to totally retire from life," he said.

Fuller served as chairman of Bethany Beach's charter and ordinance review committees and was the liaison between the council and the planning commission.

In addition to his work for the town, Fuller has been active in the Bethany Beach Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, where he serves as a fire policeman.

"I got myself too wound up in too many things, I'm afraid to say," Fuller said.

He said he is proudest of the fact that the town "has been fiscally conservative," and has not raised taxes in recent years.

He said he is also pleased the town has been able to complete several large projects, including the expansion of the lifeguard building and the completion of the new town hall, as well as road paving and drainage work.

Fuller said the fact that there is a full slate of candidates for town council made his decision easier. The remaining candidates are J. Robert Degen, Lois Lipsett, Joseph McHugh, Robert Parsons, Harold Steele and William White. They will compete for four openings on the council.

Fenwick Island Reorganization

Fenwick Island Mayor and Town Council President Peggy Baunchalk retains those posts following the council's reorganization on Friday, Aug. 16.

Baunchalk, however, is running for the District 5 seat on Sussex County Council and will step down if she is elected to the county post.

Council member Harry Haon was named vice mayor at the Aug. 16 meeting. Haon was also named public works and special projects commissioner and chairman of the charter and ordinance review committee.

Other assignments are as follows:

  • Richard Griffin: council treasurer, budget committee chairman, deputy commissioner of public works;

  • Theodore Brans: council secretary, beach commissioner;

  • Edward "Buzz" Henifin: public safety commissioner, chairman of the emergency management committee;

  • Vicki Carmean: environmental affairs commissioner.

The council also approved two adjustments to the budget it passed last month -- one involving retirement of a town employee and one adding $350 uniform cleaning allowances for each police officer.

Above-Ground Tank Workshop Aug. 29

A workshop to help owners of above-ground storage tanks comply with new state laws will be held in New Castle on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The recent passage of the Jeffrey Davis Above-Ground Storage Tank Act in Delaware requires that owners of most petroleum and hazardous substance tanks greater than 250 gallons register them with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Owners of some classes of tanks will also be required to pay an annual registration fee. There are some exceptions to the regulations, as well.

The workshop will be held in the DNREC office at 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle. Pre-registration is not required.

Alleged Burglars Nabbed

Delaware Seashore State Park rangers arrested four individuals they believe are responsible for a string of car break-ins at the Indian River Inlet and Fenwick Island state parks this summer.

The rangers said they arrested four indviduals -- two adult males and two minor females -- on Saturday, Aug. 17, in their investigation of the break-ins.

Wayne Kline, Delaware State Parks regional enforcement supervisor, said the rangers have been trying to catch the individuals responsible for the break-ins for weeks.

He said the four individuals were stopped by rangers when they were leaving the beach, and that a search of their vehicle turned up items reported stolen at the Delaware Seashore State Park on Thursday, Aug. 8. Cash, credit cards, electronic games and equipment and other items had been reported stolen on an average of once a week.

None of the four were carrying identification, the rangers said. They said one of the men identified himself as Angel Hernandez of Washington, D.C., while one of the girls was identified through the National Crime Information Center as a runaway from Washignton.

The two men have been charged with theft, receiving stolen goods, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of minors, and harboring a runaway. They are incarcerated at the Sussex County Correctional Institute, one on $19,000 cash bond and one on $17,000 cash bond.

The two girls, both 15, are being detained at the Stevenson House juvenile facility in Milford.

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