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14 FRIDAY, JANUARY 18- MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette tion will be put out for bid. The Garden of the Navigators was approved Dec. 21 by a 4-3 vote, with Cooper casting the tie- . breaking vote. The garden was aPrpsed as a way to reciprocateRehoboth_themed garden con- )'; .... T Memo of understanding up for vote Jan. 18 structed and unveiled in Greve in '" ,J0i "" " April. Thenavigator theme ........ C ....... By Ryan MaviS/ dividuals. I'm not confident comes from Giovanni da Verraz- that's going to come in. Ifweare zano, a Greve native who "-7 going to let it proceed and the mapped the Delaware coast in The Garden of the Navigators budget is $40,000, they should 1524 and was honored by Re- in Rehoboth Beach has one more have $40,000 in the bank," he hoboth with a statue at the THE eEHOBOTH BEACH comm,ssioners are expected to vote on a memoran- dum of understanding for the proposed Garden of the Navigators. The city ap- proved the garden Dec. 21. hurdle to clear before construc- said. lion can begin. Commissioner Mark Hunker The city commissioners aredisagreed, saying the project expected to vote Friday, ]an. 18, needs to be started soon so it can on a memorandum of under- be built when representatives standing between the city and from sister city Greve in Chianti, Rehoboth Beach Sister Cities As- Italy come in June. sociation, which is paying for the Mayor Sam Cooper said there garden and donating it as a gift. at least needs to be a reasonable The city will retain ownership of expectation that the project will the garden and will maintain the be funded and completed. garden off Lake Gerar at Olive Coluzzi said she was confident Avenue. the money will be there, adding However, an issue still at hand that Sister Cities is awaiting a is the financing, and how much $21,000 grant from the Delaware of it Sister Cities needs to have in Commission on Italian Heritage, place before starting, which the commission will vote The Sister Cities Association is on later this month. Coluzzi said paying for the garden, designed she believes Sister Cities will by Ray Zebrowski of RPZ De- have all money needed to start signs, who will act as the project by the second week in February. manager. The site plan, design, "I would not want construc- budget and construction sched- tion to begin until it is very clear tries of the garden must be mutu- that the funding is there," Sat- ally agreed upon by Sister Cities gent said. and Rehoboth. Hunker said it was impossible In Commissioner Patrick Gos- to base the construction start on sett's original draft of the memo- having 100 percent of the money randum, unveiled at the Jan. 7 captured, but he agreed the or- commissioners' workshop, con- ganization should at least have struction of the garden could not the money committed or se- begin until the project is fully cured before starting. funded. The official cost is not " City Manager Greg Ferrese yet known, but rough estimates said he and Cooper will be in- have put the cost around volved with the project, and that $40,000. the city will not begin construc- Commissioner Bill Sargent tion with no money. Ferrese said supported the notion at first be- he was also contacting Bryan cause he wanted the city to be Hall of Office of State Planning protected from any financial lia- Coordination about possibly get- bility. Commissioner Pat Coluzzi, ting a grant for the trees. Hall the city's liaison to Sister Cities, worked with the city on last has said the money will come year's citywide tree-planting ef- from grants and private fundrais- forts. Ferrese said he wanted to ing. have one contractor, preferably a "Forty thousand bucks is a lot Delaware-based fn'm; do the en- of bucks that are coming from in- tire project, meaning construc- Boardwalk and Olive Avenue in 2008. an enclave of 9 grand coastal homes in a professionally maintained setting ON YOUR LOT OR OUI~, THE FINEST HOMES IN THE BEST NEIGHBORHOODS: REHOBOTH BEACH BETHANY BEACH OCEAN CITY OCEAN CIIY reen HOMES .1-855" 54- BEAC H