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Long range Continued from page 1 of state-maintained streets on which the city places revenue-pro- ducing parking meters. The city also receives $70,408 per year in state street aid for maintenance. They said the average daily summer traffic volume on Route One as it passes by the city is 36,465, while the winter average is 19,605. Traffic flowing into Rehoboth on an average summer day is 16,472 and 8,850 in the winter. If you include traffic com- ing into the city from State Road, the summer daily total is 17,932 and 9,641 in the winter. This data was compiled three or four years ago, they noted. Pusey went on to report that the city has eight water wells, servic- ing areas as far north as Breeze- wood, where pumps are located. They are pumping 4,175 gallons per minute at capacity, which could mean the need to limit building and development. Wells four and five are not in use due to poor water quality. Sewer capacity is 3.4 million gallons a day, while the plant is now processing 3 million gallons at peak times, which is near the limit. The city receives $427,000 from Sussex County for the Dewey sewer district, and ' :" $781,000 from others who are hooked in outside the city. The negative cash flow on con- vention hall rentals is to be expected, as it increases business in the city, but issues such as lim- ited parking need to be addressed. Also on the subject of parking, they noted that there are presently 1,935 metered spaces and another 2,000 unmetered street spaces, with today's winter parking count the same as the peak of the sum- mer of 1965. "That shows people are here," Derrickson said. Community Design Bill Moore and Alan Garey gave their presentation, with Moore noting, "Our purpose is to establish if we need community design and preservation and hope- fully there will be as far as archi- tecture is concerned. They have been examining functional meth- ods of living together with aes- thetic sense, with Moore explain- ing "beauty is in the eye of the beholder--there's a wide range of opinion," as to what is attractive architecturally and what is not. He noted that it's a popular sen- timent to feel that a property own- er can do whatever he or she pleases in the realm of looks, so they decided to take photographs of various buildings in the city in an effort.to reach consensus. They will be asking the question "Do you feel architectural design is worth preserving and should we enact laws or standards." Garey said they are asking the question of setting standards as an entire community or trying to divide the town into increments, since they are faced with a city which encompasses "everything from million dollar beach houses to tiny canal front trailers." Moore added that while it is dif- ficult to establish a core design, "we can see what's good and what's bad and maybe come up with some standards." Annexation Barbara Jerrell began by stating that annexation may be a "more emotional issue" since West Rehoboth is being eyed as a possi- ble area or annexation. She went on to show on a map the city's present boundaries, which are a bit hazy in a few areas, noting that the city annexed a strip of land on the west side of the Lewes- Rehoboth Canal, as well as an area out into the ocean over a decade ago. Getting into the legalities involved, Jerrell. explained that residents (only in Rehoboth, where residents have the vote) and property owners in both the city and the land considered for annex- ation must vote in the majority for the proposal. Calling the issue of annexation "potentially volatile" in some cas- es, he went on to say that having talked with a number of West Rehoboth residents, he has found "not a consensus, but a sense that they would like annexation some- Open 5 p.m. Early Bird - Yes 2Ba00 227-4747 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994.9 where down the road." Moore said there's a movement afoot to establish more property ownership among West Rehoboth residents and thinks those who "are headed in that direction wish to see annexation. However, it's an uncomfortable issue for people on the east side of the canal for many reasons," he said, adding, "but in the long term view of over- all community some real hard thought is needed." Jerrell told those gathered her committee plans to give more information at future meetings, "but we have to deal with a lot of logistics problems as well as core values." Residential Co-chair Sturgis Dodge pre- sented an inventory of residential uses, with the aid of five maps, showing lots housing year round residents, summer residents and those who have rental licenses. The 1990 census and a University of Delaware survey were used to compile the information. -Statistics show that of the 1,234 full time residents, 874 are 60 years of age or older, followed by 362 who are 30-59, 164 who are 19-29 and 106 who are 18 and under. The median female age is 62.4, while the median male age is 50.7. Caucasians are 1,158 strong in number, with 38 Asians and 17 Hispanics listed in the 1990 cen- sus. No numbers for African Americans were given. The medi- an house value is $205,400, with total housing at 3,117 units, of which 2,006 are seasonal. Despite the number of seasonal units, only 1,146 rental licenses were issued that year. Commercial Mabel Granke, co-chair, gave a report on the diversity in this are- na, noting that 22,000 square feet in the ocean block alone are devoted to emporiums selling T- shirts. She also brought to their attention the fact that Bay Mart Shopping Center is primarily vacant, except for the bank, Laun- dromat and package store. The Carlton Hotel in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue is also vacant, except for the ground floor. As her committee proceeds, they will be looking at square footage and Main Street preserva- tion and discussing desirability of usage. Granke gave a slide show of various commercial areas as part of her presentation. In closing, Galloway said "I got a list of what is strong and positive and what is weak, as well as opportunities for the future and a few threats," which he Would like them to think about next. You have to begin to focus on prob- lems and opportunities and what you can do about them and narrow down what you believe can be accomplished in both the short and long range." Commissioner Jan Konesey, who has spearheaded the planning effort, said the presentations made her aware of the possibility of dividing the city into natural areas, with different standards in different areas. "We need to take the city apart and put it back together," she added. She praised the committees for their "excellent inventory of the community and asked for volun- teers t6 help with the open space and environmental committee, which was not on hand. The next meeting of committee chairpersons will be held in early March, with an exact date to be announced. They will discuss the strengths and weaknesses at that time. 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