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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 23 - February 29, 1996 Two vie for mayor, six for two council seats in Milton elections The Town of Milton will hold municipal. elections on Saturday, March 2 at me town office, 101 Federal Street, from 10 a.m. un- til 6 p.m. Jack Bushey is challenging G. Ruth Batten, incumbent, in the mayoral election. Four are challenging incumbents Morris Watson and Charlie Fleetwood for two G. Ruth Batten G. Ruth Batten, 52, pastor of Mt. Zion Holy Church, is a graduate of William C. Jason High School, Delaware Technical & Community College, Burke Bible Col- lege, Wilmington College, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Otay Masa College. She holds associate degrees in applied science and human services. One of her two bachelor's degrees is in theolo- gy, she holds a masters degree in theolog- ical study, and she has a doctorate of di- vinity. Her son and daughter-in-law have four children. "I have leadership experience. Prior to my being elected to the Town Council, I served on the Board of Directors of the Milton Chamber of Commerce. I also served on the planning committee that put. together the comprehensive plan for Mil- ton. Under Mayor John Starr, I and sever- al others were sent to Delaware Technical Norene Broadhurst Norene Broadurst, 38, is the community education educator and training center manager for the American Heart Associa- tion at Beebe Medical Center. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing and is cur, rently pursuing her masters degree in hu- man resource management. She and her husband, Randy Dick, have a son, , Christopher. The family has spent several years renovating their more than 100 year-old home. "As we move toward the next millenni- urn, we must be ready to adapt and meet the needs of our thriving community. The challenge, however, is that we must strive to maintain the quiet charm that is the very heart of Milton, while developing a strong financial base to support our com- munity needs. One of the greatest needs for the town is to adopt a vision of where we want to be as a community and work to identify the I I William "W.C." Clark William "W.C." Clark, 30, is the assis- tant manager at the Harbor Cafe. He is a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School. He and his wife Anita have two children, Krystle and Tiffany. "I have lived in the Town of Milton for about 28 years. I work in the downtown area in my brother's business. It is an advantage to the community that I am in the heart of town and readily available to bear their concerns. My vision of Milton's future includes an upgraded water and sewer system in a town that is thriving economically. I want to work through the Milton Town Council to make the Town of Mil- ton a better place in the future. The three most important issues facing town council seats: Norene Broadhurst, Fe- licia Cannon, William "W.C." Clark, and Dale "Woody" Magee. Some issues facing the town include managing Milton's physical and economic growth, revitalizing the downtown area and providing input to the Library/Civic Center Committee, which is working with the I & Community Col lege to take a course in planning and zon- ing. I have served on the Milton Town Council for the last 13 years and eight months. I Chaired the parks and recre- ation committee BATTEN from 1983 to 1994. Under my chairpersonship, the town, along with the community, churches and organizations, developed a beautiful park. My vision for the future of Milton is Milton will be overflowing with newcom- ers. Milton is attractive in the sense that it is close to the beach and has a good tax rate. When property is being developed within the town limits, we have to consid- er the services that must be given, as well as making sure that the property is being Continued on page 8 I objectives that will take us there. All de- velopment within town limits, all new business growth and all planned commu- nity improvements should be in harmony with the vision. I am running for Milton Town Coun- BROADHIJIlST oil because I believe in being active in my community. I have the opportunity now to commit the neces- sary time toward this goal. I would like to actively work to enhance the wholesome family-centered atmosphere as well as as- sist in developing a strong financial base for our community. I see the role of the town council as a leadership body, a re- source and the workhorse of the commu- nity, Council should encourage active participation of the local businesses and residents to assure that the decisions made , Continued on pap 8 the town now are the water and sewer de- ficiencies, annexa- tion possibilities, and encouraging busi- nesses to open in the downtown area. It is also important that the town council work closely with the Milton Main CLARK Street Committee to revitalize the down- town area. The council should be examining op- tions for building a new civic center The town needs a facility where it can hold meetings and civic events. A civic center could also be used to boost the town's economic condition by hosting special events that would draw visitors to the community. county to develop a long-range plan. Economic development is also of primary concern to many community members. Members of civic and business organiza- tions have worked closely with Milton Town Council members to develop strate- gies for promoting new businesses in town. Each candidate submitted answers to a Jack Bushey Jack Bushey, 49, a police officer in the ehoboth Beach Police Department, has an associate degree from Delaware Tech- nical & Community College. He and his wife of 21 years, Constance, have three children: Andrea, Joshua and John. Bushey is a lifetime Milton resident and member of the Milton Volunteer Fire De- mrement. "I have 18 years of prior service with he Milton Town Council. I believe that the Milton Town Council needs to set a direction it wants to take the town in and establish goals to accomplish the mission, When property within the town limits is being developed, the total impact that will be placed on the town's resources (water, sewer, trash pick-up, or police) should be considered, so that it does not place a fi- nancial burden on the town. I believe that the three important issues Cannon "Felicia Cannon, 28, is a homemaker and freelance artist. She has a bachelor's. degree in landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University. She and her husband Kelly have two children, Ryan and KeUen. "My degree in landscape architecture with a minor in fine arts taught me skills in engineering, design, surveying, town and !and planning - all of which can bene- fit Milton. In addition, seven years of ex- perience in all aspects of landscape de- sign, while working for several local firms, gave me practical experience and thorough familiarization with southern Delaware. Prior to my six years as a resident of Sussex County, I worked for the City of Philadelphia in planning and zoning. This experience gave me valuable skills in' mu- nicipal decision making processes, plan- ning, bidding and overseeing the imple- I I Charlie Fleetwood Charlie Fleetwood, 48, is a salesman at Masten Home Centers. He is a graduate of Wilmington High School and has taken some college classes. He and his wife Barbara have been active in Milton town and civic activities for many years. "I have served on council for eight rears. Currently I am chairman of the parks and recreation committee and the Civic Center/Library Committee. I am the Water Commissioner, council liaison with the Milton Main Street Committee and project ,coordinator for Governor's Walk. I have been the Chamber of Com- merce president for the past 10 years and president of Friends of the Milton Public Library for eight years. I am past chair- man of the planning committee and coun- cil liaison for the zoning committee that wrote the present zoning regulations. questionnaire provided by the "Cape Gazette", which in addition to showing their views about some of the issues with which Milton is currently involved, also re- flects how the candidates have prioritized the issues facing Milton. The following reflect their responses: facing Milton are generating additional funds to accomplish the goals and objec- tives of the town council; zoning and density (quality land use);" and business development. The Milton Town Council's role in BUSHEY working to revitalize the downtown area should be supportive of the Milton Main Street Committee. The Milton Public Library is owned and operated by the Sussex County govern- ment. The Milton Town Council can only request or suggest, not demand. (Yes, we pay taxes to support the library.) The Li- brary/Civic Center committee has four suggestions which have not been present- ed to the town or the county. However, one of those suggestions could put the Continued on page 8 mentation of designs. I would like to em-_ phasize the quaint at- mosphere of the past and integrate it with the vitality of a thriv- ing business commu, nity. I would like to highlight Milton's ex- isting and future shops by creating CANNON pedestrian spaces ad- jacent tO many of these buildings that will be safe and more comfortable. It is im- portant to value and support the existing yearly festivals that Milton celebrates, which include the Hot Air Balloon Festi- val and Bargains on the Broadkill. These and new festivals would promote outside exposure, and eventually these events could be town-wide celebrations. When developing new properties and renovating old buildings within Milton's Continued on page 8 I Milton's natural resources play a large part of my vision of Milton's future. The Broadkill River and Wagamon's Pond will continue to add enjoyment to the community These factors, as well as the limitation of the b'I,EETWOOD town's infrastructure, must be considered as property is devel- oped. Planned, orderly growth is neces- sary, but we must keep the quality of life in Milton. The three most important issues facing Milton are future growth, preservation of the historic district and street mainte- nance. The town has excellent ordinances in effect regarding new subdivisions. It is a comprehensive development plan and Continued on page 8 |ll[]'TI  ]'! IlJ malll]llr rl I ulannmnlrnmrl n...m.. .......................... it-* ....... , ..- *