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....... . "LT , r" -- ................... 10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 Spengler announces candidacy for Dewey commissioner's seat By Jen EUingsworth Nearly five months before the Thursday, Aug. 20, filing dead- line, at least one candidate has an- nounced his intent to run for a Dewey Beach commissioner's seat. Bob Spengler, a resident of Dewey for nearly eight years, said he wanted to get involved and saw no reason to wait to throw his hat in the ring. In announcing his intent to seek candidacy, Spengler said he fully supports Dewey Beach's current administra- tion in "their efforts to make Dewey Beach a more family-ori- ented, more peaceful beach resort." Spengler said he feels SPENGLER his presence on the board will complement the existing leg- islature. "I firmly believe these efforts can continue to be successfully implemented; and, at the same time, protect the interests of our business community by enhancing their trade during the summer weeks and shoulder season with family members," he added. Two seats are up for election this September, including those of Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Freder- ick and incumbent commissioner Faith Duncan. While Frederick has announced his intent to seek re-election, in- cumbent commissioner Duncan has stated she will not be seeking another term. The annual town election is slated for Saturday, Sept. 19. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Penn- sylvania who holds a bachelor of science in economics, Spengler was employed by the DuPont Company for 32 years, during which time he held various man- agerial and executive positions mostly in finance, sales and mar- keting. Since retiring in 1987, Spengler has become active in several com- munity organizations. He has served on the board of directors of the Special Olympics and the board of directors of the Delaware Trust Fund (a state-sanctioned, nonprofit organization addressing the issue of child abuse). Currently, he serves as the chair of the Board of Adjustment for the Town of Dewey Beach and sits on the town's audit committee. Along with Frederick, Spengler co-chaired the fundraising efforts for the construction of a new Town Hall. He is a member of the Dewey Beach Lions Club and is vice president of the Dewey Beach Civic League. "I believe these experiences in town administration, coupled with my education, community and corporate experiences, uniquely qualify me to serve as town com- missioner," added Spengler, "and give me a well-grounded knowl- edge of how our town functions and a strong belief and under- standing of the broad potential of our beach community." Slot dollars Continued from page 1 "In recognition of last year's discussions and the reluctance of some (including me) to enter into formal revenue sharing arrange- ments, I made sure this bill includ- ed important stipulations. For ex- ample, it requires that funds be used for infrastructure, public safety, capital improvements and economic development," Petrilli wrote in a March 4 letter to Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach. The legislation was dis- cussed Tuesday by Sussex County Council and received a generally good reception (Bunting said he believes there is also strong sup- port in the legislature). Petrilli's March 4 letter to Bunting said that "essentially, the bill recognizes the financial un- certainty that impacts many local governments, their contributions to the financial well-being of the state and the state's interest in helping to maintain local govern- ments. If adopted, t'is legislation would provide counties and mu- nicipalities with an ongoing rev- enue stream." The legislation would only im- pact state lotteries and would have no impact on lotteries, bingo or other fundraising efforts by churches, fire companies or simi- lar private groups. The minimum amount to be received by any town would be $10,000 and the al- location would be based on popu- lation. County Administrator Bob Stickels said one potential use of the extra money would be to re- duce the cost of some Sussex County sewer districts. For exam- ple, a $50,000 contribution to the North Bethany District (one of the districts that was developed too late to receive any federal grant money) could cut bills to cus- tomers by about $100 each. "If we know we have perpetual funding, we could dedicate a por- tion to sewer districts which didn't get funded," according to Stickels. "It is a bill trying to es- tablish what the governor does not want, revenue sharing." Angie Moon photo Dewey officials move into new digs Dewey Beach officials and town employees are settling in at their new digs at 105 Rodney Ave. The brand-new Town Hall opened for business March 12. Shown standing outside the building are (l-r) Building Official Bill Miller, Officer Eric Campbell; Town Manager Bill Rutherford, Police Chief Ray Morrison, accounting clerk Linda McLane, administrative assis- tant Joyce Pool and Officer Gordon Elliott. Not shown in the photo is Zipper, the Town Hall cat, who is still adjusting to her new surroundings. The new structure replaces the older building, a beach cottage bought by the town in 1984, which was razed this past fall. 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