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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 19 Kristy Rogers takes o ro,es are and town council support Rogers n in her and confident in her abilities to lead. expanded role in Milton "She isgracious, competent, friendly and efficient, and con- veys a true sense of caring when II  from.Duck tO Corla, dealing with the public," ]ones ,- Oceanfront to Soundfront, Town clerk given personnel authority said. Seth Thompson, town attorney, 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 ]an. 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 Jones said Rogers understands the town's financials and said she 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 nickroth@capegazette.com Lewes Mayor and City Council are mulling the idea of charging nonprofit organizations that use city facilities. Deputy Mayor Ted Becker said the policy of waiving fees for nonprofits costs the city $5,000 to $7,000 annually. "We have an inordinate num- ber of requests for use of our facilities, whether it's the li- brary, the Net House or perhaps even races throughout the city throughout the year," he said. "We've long had a policy that is inconsistent with surrounding communities" The topic was discussed at sev- eral finance committee meetings before being brought to mayor and council in December and January. Under the current policy, those renting a room at the Lewes Pub- lic Library for up to four hours are charged a $35 nonrefundable fee that doubles to $70 for longer than four hours. If held outside the library's regular business hours, the person or organization is charged an additional $25. A $50 charge accompanies any use of the city's beach, parks and pavilions and for holding a race. The fee for bonfires on the beach is $25. Becker said it would behoove the city to begin charging for use of its facilities. One organization, he said, has requested to use the library no fewer than 30 times in one year. "I think there is some merit in considering this," he said. "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, ]an. 28, to discuss the issue. teagh. Private Pools, HotTubs, VACATIONS 771-[TS Pets and More... Book Online at www.brindleybeach.com 1-877-642-3224 "SERVICE FIRST... FUN ALWAYS!*" 14k Mens Onyx w/Diamond Ring 14k Garnet Ring 1 Ok Chocolate Diamond Pendant SA FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15 Take an additional 20% off L E all gemstones & diamonds. (not valid on previous purchases) FIF'rU 18578 Coastal Hwy., Unit 9 (Pelican Square Shopping Center) Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Phone: 302-645-0305 fifthavenuejewelers@verizon.net FILE PHOTO LEWES CITY COUNCIl. is considering revising a policy that would charge a fee to nonprofit organizations for use of city facilities, such as Canalfront Park. @ , laminate So when you're finished shoveling, stop in and letus help your family enjoy the comfort of carpet. -41- Style for Today ~ Quality for Tomorrow Sales - Service - Installation Carpet - Vinyl ~ Tile Laminates ~ Wood ~ Cork Wescoats Corner & Savannah Road www.fehrenbachs.com (Behind Walgreens) 302-644-8772