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er o le t. CAE GAZETrE, Friday, February 25 - March 2, 2000.19 Milton candidates discuss issues; town election March 4 Compiled by Rosanne Pack Milton town elections are Saturday, March 4. There are two candidates for the office of mayor, and four for the two Town Council seats that are open. Each candidate answered an identical questionnaire on is- sues and plans for the town. Candidates for mayor in Milton are the following: Mayor Jack Bushey John "Jack" Bushey, 53, is a police offi- cer with the Rehoboth Beach Police De- partment. He is a member of the Milton Fire Department, the American Legion Post 20, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Nation- al Academy 176 Ses- sion, Endeavor Lodge 17 A.F. & A.M. and Grace Church in Mil- ton. Bushey has held the office of Mayor of Milton for the past two BUSHEY two-year terms. He pre- viously served on Milton Town Council for six terms, 1973-1991. What do you identify as the three most important issues to address in Milton? 1. Continued revitalization of the down- town area. This is not only filling vacancies that exist in downtown buildings, but also attracting new commerce to town. 2. To strive to keep the crime rate low, to deter criminal behavior and illegal activity from occurring in the Town of Milton. To ensure that the Town of Milton remains a safe place to raise your family. 3. Overall growth, including attracting tourists whom may be visiting other local attractions, allowing town merchants to benefit. The population of Milton is trend- ing upward, and I would like to see that continue. Do you think that Milton is growing in a healthy manner? Yes, but as a community grows, it must he planned for appropriately and I would like to help ensure that Milton will continue to grow in a healthy manner that will bene- fit all residents. Should the town play a role in attract- ing new commerce to Milton? Yes, as an advocate of growth attracting new commerce is an essential part of the equation. With the town being an active participant in the process we can strive to attract those types of business that we feel will most benefit the largest portion of the population. During my tenure as mayor, the Economic Development Committee was reorganized and expanded to further the growth of Milton. How important is Milton's historic heritage to the town's progress? As we move forward, we must not forget from where we came. I feel that it is ex- tremely important that we remember our historic heritage. What are your goals if elected Mayor of Milton? To continue addressing the issues as identified as most important to Milton and to those residing in our community. Harry Hunsicker Harry "Chip" Hunsicker, 31, is the re- gional district manager of the Maryland Department of the Environment Eastern Shore. He is a member of the Delaware Council on Soil and Water Conservation. A member of Milton Town Council, Hunsick- er is completing his first year of his first term in office. He does not have to give up his seat to run for mayor. What do you identify as the three most important issues to address in Milton? 1. Voter registration.- All tax paying citi- zens of the Town of Milton should be af- forded the right to vote in town elections. 2. Proper budgeting - Prior to raising any taxes or rates, the Mayor and Council should ensure that a proper budget is for- mulated and implemented so as there is no waste of tax dollars. Technically, if it were not for several grants, the town would have been operating in the negative. I would en- sure that we do not work in the negative, and that any grants re- ceived would be consid- ered "extra" not to be used as part of balanc- ing the budget. 3. Community rela- tions - The Town Coun- cil, Planning and Zon- ing Committee, Cham- ItUNSICKER ber of Commerce, and all other organizations should work togeth- er to revitalize the Town of Milton. To often one of more groups are working against or without the help of others. This is a waste of valuable resources. Rather than just' fo- cusing on revitalizing the downtown area, which is necessary in itself, we need to fo- cus on revitalizing the community - people working together for a cause. 4. Youth activities - It is important that the town play a role in assuring that there are activities for the youth of the town. The town should support the local athletic or- ganizations far above what is-currently be- ing accomplished. After school/summer ac- tivities should be planned to provide the youth of the town with something to do oth- er than wandering the streets aimlessly. Do you think Milton is growing in a healthy manner? Milton is not exactly "growing" in an economical aspect. We need to continue re- cruiting businesses to the downtown area, while controlling urban sprawl. Milton is growing in a healthy manner with regards to the appearance of the town. Many prop- erty owners are investing in restoring homes and businesses in the town. In this manner, it makes the town that much more attractive to prospective home/business owners. Should the town play a role in attract- ing new commerce to Milton? Absolutely. As stated previously, the town should work with the chamber of commerce and any other organizations to attract new businesses. However, it is key that once the businesses are attracted, that the town and the chamber support these businesses to ensure that they stay for years to come. How important is Milton's historic heritage to the town's progress? It is extremely important to consider the historic heritage of the town when consid- ering any change. The town must ensure that any progress it makes does not sacri- fice the historic aspect of the town and its structures. The history of the town is the fundamental link that keeps all the pieces that form a community together in the town. We live in Milton because of its her- itage, why would we want it destroyed? What are your goals if elected as may- or of Milton? That the issues described in the previous questions are addressed. In addition: 1. All property owners who pay taxes have the right to vote. 2. That all avenues of the budgeting process are addressed prior to raising rates or taxes. 3. That all organizations work together rather than alone or against each other for the betterment of the town. 4. That the youth of the town be provided a avenue for after-school/summer activi- ties. 5. Re-write several sections of the "Char- ter," as they are very vague or inconsistent with other sections. 6. Set up a "purchase order" system with- in the town itself to curb overspending. 7. Look at having a "Town Manager" to have expanded responsibilities/duties. 8. Revamp the Personnel Policy and Pro- cedures to ensure only the highest quality of employee's work for the town. 9. Ensure that ADA (American Disability Act) laws are implemented in the town. 10. Incorporate "Internet on-line) servic- es in the town office for better communica- tion with other municipalities, Government agencies, contractors and other useful in- formation. Candidates for Town Council in Milton are the following: Stephanie Parker, 31, is an appeals refer- ee at the Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance. She is a member of the Milton Tourism Committee and has assisted in planning the committee-spon- sored Christmas House Tour and working on the Milton Web site. She is a member of the Wednesday Club for women interested in gardening and herbs. Parker has not sought public office in Milton before. What do you identify as the three most important issues to address in Milton? 1. Economic development - Developing the town's economy is important to keep the town alive. We need to assist in this de- velopment, but we also need to carefully watch how this development occurs so that the town will remain a place where we all love to live. 2. Community development - In the few years that I've lived in Milton, I've felt a real sense of community from the town and from the people. We should continue to work in ways that will keep this sense of community. 3. Town preservation - I've come to learn that one reason people love Milton is for the feel of the town. It's important that we keep that feeling as the town grows. Other areas of concern? Crime and safety are always a concern. Keeping the history of Milton alive. Tourism - which goes along with eco- nomic development. Do you think that Milton is growing in a healthy manner? Yes, I do. The improvements that I have seen in the two years that I have lived there have been impressive. It is obvious that the townspeople care about the town and al- ways want what is best for it. Should the town play a role in attract- ing new commerce to Milton? Yes. One role of town government is to assist in doing what is best for Milton. New commerce is important to Milton because it will bring more money into town. This money is good for the people and business- es that are currently in Milton. If town gov- ernment can work to improve Milton in any way, it should be done. How important is Milton's historic heritage to the town's progress? People are drawn to Milton by the beauti- ful architecture and the small town charm. The history of Milton is part of what has made it the town it is today. This should not be forgotten as the town grows. What are your goals if elected to Mil- ton Town Council? My goal is to listen to what the people of Milton want for the town, and do my best to help them achieve it. Robert Joseph Sehn, 41, is the owner of Lazy Dog's Workshop in Milton. Sehn is a member of the Mariner Museum in New- port News, Va.; he enjoys vacationing, camping, fishing and sports activities with his family. This is the first time he has run for public office in Milton. What do you identify as the three most important issues to address in Milton? 1. Jobs and economic development. 2. Keeping the small town a small town. 3. Support for the police force. Other areas of concern? Crime in Milton, support for senior citi- zens and youth, providing activities. Do you think that Milton is growing in a healthy manner? Yes, but it is in danger of becoming a tourist trap. Should the town play a role in attract- ing new commerce to Milton? Yes, we need jobs for the people who live here. Most residents, full-time, travel out- side to work. How important is Milton's historic heritage to the town's progress? Very, it is being lost for the sake of tourism and a quick buck. There are other ways of revenue. What are your goals if elected to Mil- ton Town Council? Strong support of the Milton Police Force and town maintenance department. Keep- ing a community pulling together, not apart. William "Bill" Wright St., 64, is is a re- tired lineman from the Delaware Electric Cooperative where he worked for 39 years. He is an assistant chief of the Milton Fire Department where he has been a member for 45 years. What do you identify as the three most important issues to address in Milton? 1. Growth within a manner that enhances what we value as a small community. 2. Middle income housing; we have to have a strong middle class to grow. 3. Drawing our community closer togeth- er by encouraging events that can be shared by all citizens. Do you think that Milton is growing in a healthy manner? Milton is growing in a healthy manner. Of course, there is always room for im- provement. Should the town play a role in attract- ing new commerce to Milton? Definitely, we need to attract new com- merce such as specialty shops and restau- rants to our town. How important is Milton's historic heritage to the town's progress? Our historical heritage is our town's proudest accomplishment. We need to use it as a foundation for our future endeavors. What are your goals if elected? To explore ways to achieve a realistic ap- proach to my previously outlined concerns. Candidate and one-term council member Robert Blayney is seeking re-election. He is on an extended business trip out of the country and was unavailable to complete a candidate's questionnaire. If he returns in time, his response will be included in the Friday, March 3 issue of the "Cape Gazette" before the March 4 elec- tion.