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iii!i CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 - 9 Candidates face public questions at Milton forum By Rosanne Pack Cape Gazette staff Plans to build a new sewer plant, derelict Cars and the need for youth programs in Milton were among the hot topics as two mayoral candidates and five of the six candidates for two council seats in Milton participated in a Milton Chamber of Commerce- sponsored public forum on Feb. 18. Seeking the position of mayor are Mary Hudson and Don Post. Council candidates in attendance were Alisha Broughton, John Collier, Ed Harris, Noble Prettyman and Emory West. Candidate Ronda Melson had a commitment before the date of the forum was announced and sent her apologies for not being able to attend. With ground rules explained by moderator Greg Brown, candi- dates were allowed equal time to introduce themselves and answer audience questions. Questions were directed to the mayoral can- didates or to all the candidates. Finding land and funds for a new sewer plant was an issue that was foremost with everyone. Hudson said Milton should stay open to the option of eventually going to deep well injection disposal of treated waste- water. She said HUDSON the town can monitor how the system works in Millsboro, where the process was recently implemented. Post said that temporary repairs must be made to the current plant so it can oper- ate efficiently until a new plant is on line. Collier said that Milton COLLIER must look at all available means of financing a new plant and not place all the expense on town taxpayers and utility cus= tomers. Harris also HARRIS recommends finding funding sources that bene- fit everyone, not just devel- opers. Broughton, Prettyman and West agreed that immediate action is need- ed. Broughton said looking at the situation in PRETTYMAN Millsboro is important as is sur- veying means of funding. Repair the divide Candidates were also asked how they would repair the "divide" now ;existing between council members. Post said he does not believe there is a divide, but it is important for mayor and council to put aside personal- ities and make decisions based on the best for all of Milton. He POST said the bottom line is that offi- cials must work together. West said it is imperative to keep open lines of communica- tion. Both Collier and Hudson said the council must follow Robert's Rules of Order in conducting meetings. Collier said council members must concentrate on finding a happy medium in some areas of dispute. Hudson said some recent meetings .were marked by considerable dis- sention, which was embarrassing to town residents. Broughton said council mem- bers must accept the past as the past and work toward the future. She said sometimes, the issue is not what is said, but how it is said. Harris agreed that the council must move on and not focus on past disagreements. A question put to the mayoral candidates asked if they would make changes to the planning and zoning commission and board of adjustment. Hudson said this is a concern of many people. She said the first thing to be considered is that those who have served and given gener- ously of their time provide an institute of knowledge. She said perhaps rotating the chairpersons should be considered. Post said the commission and the board are very important, and it is time to make sure that they are proactive and productive. He said you want the best people on, whether present members stay or there are changes. He pointed out that appointments to both groups must be approved by vote of council. Derefict vehicles A question regarding derelict vehicles and construction vehicles and equipmen t left on a single lot in town brought a variety of answers, but most candi- dates agreed that whatever laws and penalties are enforced must be applied equally across the board. Collier said the WEST police could not be burdened with that but there should be an alder- man system where notification could be made and fines imposed if action were not taken. West said unfortunately, one person's property is sometimes Continued on page 15 Come try out the AU Collection from American Leather and find out why at Abizak's, the answer is VE$1 Abizak's furnishings for the enlit,htened mind 4120 Highway One. Rehoboth Beach 227-1500 Toll free 1-888-850-9224. www.abizaks.com Mon-Fri 9 to 6, Sat 10 to 6 and Sun 11 to 5 Established 1977 25 BaitimoreAvenue Saturday Tastings Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971 302-227-8331 800-225-8331 www.woodenindianltacom February 25 th 1 to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10-5 Porch Picnic Sunday 11-5