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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 19 Town clerk given personnel authority By Henry J. Evans Jr. hevans@capegazette.com Town clerk Kristy Rogers will also serve as Milton's personnel officer. Rogers has served as tempo- rary town clerk since October, when she picked up many town manager duties following the de- parture of former Town Manager Win Abbott. Milton Mayor and Town Council unanimously appointed Rogers to the personnel position effective immediately at its Jan. 5 meeting. The appointment is for six months and is pending approval by the town's Charter and Ordinance Review Com- mittee. Rogers, 30, holds a bach- elor's degree in accounting from Wilm- Kristy Rogers ington College, now Wilming- ton University. Before being hired by the Town of Milton, she worked three years for a private accounting firm. Milton Mayor Marion ]ones said Rogers understands the town's financials and said she and town council support Rogers in her roles, and are confident in her abilities to lead. "She is gracious, competent, friendly and efficient, and con- veys a true sense of caring when dealing with the public," Jones said. Seth Thompson, town attomey, said Milton's ordinance describ- ing job responsibilities for town manager and town clerk are ambiguous and overlapping. He recommends the town change its charter, because there is no reason to employ both a town manager and town clerk. Charter changes require ap- proval by the state Legislature, and Thompson recommended that the town begin preparing documents supporting its need for the charter change. He suggested the town se- lect a legislator to sponsor the proposed charter change for presentation during the current legislative session. Lewes council considers charge for nonprofits using city facilities Current policy inconsistent with neighbors, could produce up to $7,000 By Nick Roth January. nickroth@capegazette.comUnder the current policy, those renting a room at the Lewes Pub- Lewes Mayor and City Council lic Library for up to four hours are mulling the idea of charging are charged a $35 nonrefundable nonprofit organizations that use fee that doubles to $70 for longer city facilities, than four hours. If held outside Deputy Mayor Ted Becker said the library's regular business the policy of waiving fees for hours, the person or organization nonprofits costs the city $5,000 is charged an additional $25. to $7,000 annually. A $50 charge accompanies any "We have an inordinate num- use of the city's beach, parks and ber of requests for use of our pavilions and for holding a race. facilities, whether it's the li- The fee for bonfires on the beach brary, the Net House or perhaps is $25. even races throughout the city Becker said it would behoove throughout the year," he said. the city to begin charging for use "We've long had a policy that is of its facilities. One organization, inconsistent with surrounding he said, has requested to use the communities" library no fewer than 30 times in The topic was discussed at sev- one year. eral finance committee meetings "I think there is some merit before being brought to mayor in considering this," he said. and council in December and "However, we also want to be cognizant of the fact that there are many 501(c)3s that are small and have limited budgets. We do not want to disqualify them from perhaps being able to meet in our facilities." Mayor and city council voted to table the proposal for another month so the finance committee can take another look at potential changes to the policy. "I think there may be a need to tweak this a little bit further," Becker said. Becker, chairman of the fi- nance committee, would like his committee to consider alterna- tives, such as a threshold on the number of requests a nonprofit makes, to trigger the fees. The finance committee will meet at 2 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 28, to discuss the issue. VAC i Over 500Vacation Homes, ll.df ,11 from Duck to Corolla, Oceanfront to Soundfront, teag Private Pools, Hot Tubs, AT IO N S & L-Es Pets and More Book Online at www.brindleybeach.com 1-877-642-3224 "SERVICE FIRST FUN ALWAYS!" 14k Mens Onyx w/Diamond Ring 10k Chocolate Diamond Pendant 14k Garnet Ring A FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15 Take an additional 20% off all gemstones & diamonds. (not valid on previous purchases) 18578 Coastal Hwy Unit 9 (Pelican Square Shopping Center) Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Phone: 302-645-0305 fifthavenuejewelers@verizon.net FILE PHOTO I. W1:5 CITY COUNCIL is considering revising a policy that would charge a fee to nonprofit organizations for use of city facilities, such as Canalfront Park. @ Sales , laminate So when you're finished shoveling, stop in and let us help your family enjoy the comfort of carpet. -41- Style for Today ~ Quality for Tomorrow Service - Installation Carpet - Vinyl ~ Tile Laminates - Wood - Cork Wescoats Corner & Savannah Road www.fehrenbachs.com (Behind Walgreens) 302-644-8772