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Cape Gazette NI:WS FRIDAY. MARCH 2- MONDAY. MARCH 5. 2012 19 District 3 serves Milton, Lewes By Ron MacArthur she said. When first asked by lo- ca] Democrats to throw her hat in the ring, she said no. "But my Although she hasn't officially kids and husband said go for it, filed, Sussex County Council- so I did," she said. woman Joan Dearer, D-Re-She has worked as a lobbyist hoboth Beach, will run for a sec- and community activist before ond term in District 3. She plans running for office. to make a formal announcement Dearer said she has found her- sometime in June. self in a unique situation as the Dearer, who has embraced the first woman elected to Sussex electronic age to reach her con- County Council. "Doors are now stituents, used her Facebook opening for other women," she page to make the announcement, said. "I think I'm expected to Dearer was 2008 . champion the needs of other when she defeated Mark Baker women, minorities and the eld- of Milton to replace retiring erly.'. Lynn Rogers of Milton, who held As the lone woman and Demo- the seat for 12 years. She and two crat on the five-member council, other newcomers were sworn in- Deaver said she finds herself left to office in January 2009. out of the loop on many occa- "I've always been interested in sions. 'Tvebeen on my own government, but I never thought since the day I.walled in there, I would be running for office," but I can handle it," she said. Although she has lived in Sussex County full ....... time since 1995, she is still learning who the major players are. "I'm learning Joan Deaver all the time," she said. "I'm starting to learn who is who." The councilwoman said she is most proud of her constituent services. She holds regular meet- ings in her district and keeps constituents up to date with county happenings on her web- site and a Facebook page. She al- so sends out emails on a regular basis. "It's all aboutservme," "she said. Early on, she complained about the size and readability of public hearing notice signs post- ed on properties. Through her possible," she said. efforts, the signs have been en- One of the most frustrating is- larged and are easier to read. sues she has dealt with is the lack "But they still need to be bigger," of a land-use planner on staff. she said. "We've had three years with no She has pushed to get more in- planner; planning is driven by formation on the county's web- developers. It's like the tail wag- site, but s he said -even more ging the dog," she said. needs to be done. "We need "The attitude I get from the more information for the public. I'm for as much transparency as Continued on page 20 2 HEW BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES starting March 6 & 8, 6PM I .To be held atthe Pet Station @ 16298 Savannah Rd. I .Call K-IO Dog Training to reserve your seat: 302-236-2497 PRIVATE CLASSES AT YOUR CONVENIENCE ABC Certified Dog Trainer, ABC Mentor, CGC Evaluator GROOMING SERVICES: 302.858.2668 FREE Pick Up & Delivery ~'~" I [ info@ I Milto town. She vowed to be open with n her constituents, and she said she wouldn't work in secret. Continued from page 17 "I was really interested in at- more open. Booros said he was tending and getting functional frustrated with how information and learning more about what about funding issues for the was happening, and I found it to town's proposed water-system be very difficult," she said. "If upgrades was disseminated to you weren't already in the know, members of council. He was also it all appeared secretive. That's disappointed with the way resi- not my style." dents were treated during the Patterson defined transparen- budget process, cy as keeping residents in the "We just went through this loop through accessible informa- budget mess last fall, and all you tion on the town's website. had to do was stick a copy of it on While the town is in the process the back table and put it on the of revamping its website, she website where we could print said, it's been very difficult to our own 85 pages out and bring it find vital information on the in- with us, but we weren't afforded ternet the last'few years. that," he said. "We were always "Milton is facing tough issues behind the eight ball on that." and readily available information Council did provide copies of just doesn't seem to be @par- the budget to residents, but ent," she said. "It's your town. Booros said it was often an older This is your information. It draft, needs to be readily accessible on When Jones moved to Milton the intemet." in 2001, she said it was very diffi- Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 6 cult to find out any important in- p.m. Saturday, March 3, at town formation about the goings-on in hall, 115 Federal St. Results will be BUY AMERICAN Hoo@d on Plants Store and Garden Center !0.5 Selected Great Prices on Chemicals & Fertilizers Local Honey i Herbs Jellies, Jams Dark Premium Chocolates Gifts Ariston Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil Mulches and Soils are here! Spring Pansies arriving CALL NATURAL IT.A. FARMS TURKEYS I I Sausage, ground turkey, J -pieces, etc. j/ Call ahead to order Fresh Pies - 20 assorted pies )ot pie. announced shortly after polls close. A registered voter who is unable to come to the election polls on the day of the election must complete an affidavit prior to receiving an absentee ballot. The completed affidavit must be received in town hall by noon, Friday, March 2. 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