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Police Continued from page 8 rank of chief being represented in one bargaining unit. Presenting the opposing side Billy Mendenall, a representative of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters countered the argu- ments of the city, asserting that sergeants do not have independent authority to discipline, hire or fire or change department rules or pol- icy. The point was also made that education and experience require- ments for sergeants is identical with that of corporals and patrol- men, and they share work duties. In issuing her ruling, Murray- Sheppard found that there is no compelling reason to conclude that sergeants and officers of less- er rank do not share a community of interest. She cited similarities of duties, skills and working con- ditions, and specified that the sergeant job descriptions differ only in that it includes the ability to instruct or train other officers and police personnel and the abili- ty to plan and supervise the work of subordinates. Appeal must show error Charles Long, executive direc- tor of the PERB said that an ap- peal must state a specific reason that the appealing party feels that the decision is in error. "I don't know the situation yet," Long said, "But, the board will only address information intended to show an error. The appeal is not to review the entire case and deci- sion." Long said an appeal can consist of one sentence stating what the perceived error is in the ruling. If the appealing party wants to sup- port their opinion, they may re- quest to submit additional written or oral argument. If that request is honored, the board must also noti- fy the other party of the nature of Sussex mulls moratorium extension By Michael Short Call it a baptism by fire for Fin- ley Jones and Lynn Rogers. On their first day at County Council, the council took on an agenda filled with controvey, in- eluding a development moratori- um, the size of lots for mobile homes and strip development. The tWO new members mostly sat and watched on their first day as the council introduced three or- dinances, all of which deal with the county land use plan and the development moratorium which was put in place until the land use plan can be finalized. All three or- dinances were introduced, but will not be voted on until after hear- ings are held. The most controver- sial of the ordinances calls for ex- tending the temporary moratori- um. A Jan. 28 public hearing has been set for County Council to consider the extension. But there is a major difference in this ex- pansion. The expansion would on: ly impact subdivisions. The mora- torium is now also on rezonings and conditional uses, but the moratorium on those two items will end on Jan. 31. The county council does not vote on subdivi- sions, hence the decision to only include it in a possible extension. If approved, the extension will continue to Feb. 18. One other or- dinance would allow manufac- tured or mobile homes to be locat- ed on one acre of land instead of the current five acres of land in AR agricultural residential zones. But the homes must be at least 20 feet wide and must meet other re- quirements such as having a cer- tain roof pitch (not a flat roof) and a solid or pier foundation system. The move met with approval from mobile home representatives. Phyllis McKinley, executive di- rector of the First State Manufac- tured Housing Institute said these are "very p(;sitive" steps. The oth- er ordinance would limit strip de- velopment along roadways to four lots per landowner. Those could be approved with no public hear- ing, but more than four lots would require landowners to apply for a subdivision, which requires a pub- lic hearing. The strip development and manufactured housing ordi- nances will be considered by the Sussex Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 13. Council will consider both on Feb. 18. Land use plan Continued from page U mary concern is that the proposed development districts along the Inland Bays and in Western Sus- sex are much too large relative to the expected population growth during the planning period...Such large areas encourage very low density and widely dispersed de- velopment which can not easily be sorviced with utilities or trans- portation systems, reduce the con- tinued viability of agriculture and weaken the potential for achieving the very notable objectives of the Town Center and Rural Commu- nities initiatives." The county, at least in the inland bays area, des- ignated much of the land as a de- velopment zone because of the presence of central sewer. County consultant Tom Shafer also said last year that that distinction doesn't mean the county wants more people there, but just recog- nizes that the inland bays is where people are settling, with or with- out the land use plan. Still another potential issue is the idea that the county take a more active role in parks and recreation. A county parks and recreation agency is not called for in the nine page letter, but the letter does say that "provi- sions must be made for open space, walking and biking trails and playgrounds near where peo- ple live. This need can not be a re- sponsibility of the state alone." But Bullock also dished out some praise. "In Summary, the Cabinet Committee recognize the exten- sive and thorough work that went into the Draft Comprehensive Plan, as revised. the argument. "If there is no request for writ- ten or oral argument, the board may review the appeal as early as Jan. 23, and they would most like- ly make a decision that day," Long said. "This is not an oppor- tunity to present new evidence on behalf of their argument. And, if there is a request to present addi- tional argument to elaborate a point, the board can say that there is no further information needed, and refuse the request." The PERB consists of three ap- pointed members. Long and Mur- ray-Sheppard are employees. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January,, 10 - January 16, 1997- 13 Acting as spokesperson for the All negative comments made Rehoboth Police Department, Sgt. Michael Corbin said department members are very happy with the PERB decision, and he hopes they can proceed to a union election soon. "Of course, we would like to do it as soon as possible," he said. "There is no doubt what we will do. Of the 17 officers on the force, 16 have agreed that they want to go with the Teamsters. Little has changed from before the hearing; we are very excited and have be- gun work on a draft for a new con- tract. / [regarding affiliation with the Teamsters] are without founda- tion. We have no intent to-do any- thing drastic in the city when we are represented by the Teamsters." Mendenall said he has confi- dence that the PERB ruling will stand and Rehoboth officers will soon have the opportunity to elect the union as their bargaining rep- resentative. He said he can think of no supportive information that the city can provide that could al- ter the opinion to allow sergeants to be included with all other offi- cers in a single bargaining unit. NEW 4 WHEEL DRIVE PICKUPS Extended cabs and reg cabs now in stock or on the way NEW JIIVlMYS & BLAZERS 4X4'S now in stock or on the way NEW SUBURBAHS TAHOES YUKONS now in stock or on the way only 00j1409:. 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