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Group calls for sweeping changes in Sussex: reapportionment, at-large council members By Michael Short A group of local residents will meet this morning to ask for wholesale changes in the way Sussex County government is conducted. John Nevros, one of the mem- bers of the group, said that about 32 residents attended a meeting on March 20 in the Rolling Meadows Clubhouse behind Lowe's on Route 1 to discuss ethics, election policies and other government is- sues. The group, which does not yet have a name, is interested in sev- eral issues, many of which are fa- miliar topics which have been tossed about and debated for years. Specifically, the group would like to see the Sussex County Board of Adjustment eliminated, the election of planning and zon- ing commission members (they are now appointed), election of two at-large members of county council, reapportionment and con- sumer protection efforts. Nevros said the consumer pro- tection efforts would require that all sub-contractors be .bonded and insured. He said the recent controversy over County Councilmen Dale Dukes and Lynn Rogers doing business with the county ties in with another request, a prohibition on all Sussex County Council members doing business with Sussex County. Rogers and Dukes have said they do little county business and a state ethics commission has said there was nothing unethical in the county dealings. The meeting today, Friday, March 27, is at 10 a.m. and will also be held at the Rolling Mead- ows Clubhouse. Nevros said that the members of the planning and zoning commission are too often pro-development and he called the Board of Adjustment a rubber stamp. "The county council has been getting away with murder," Nevros said. The group hopes to . present a petition to county coun- cil listing its concerns. CAPE GAZE'rI, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 - 11 Lewes Continued from page 1 have to look at it all and come up with something that works. I'm al- so interested in following up with the police department and police matters. This town spent a lot of time without a police chief. Now it's time for the council to back up the department and support it as much as possible. Lewes has had its share of robberies lately. There was a doctor mugged just a block or two from my house. We need to work on community policing and back up the department any way we can." Tsantes said she would also keep her attention on committee work in Lewes. "Like the Board of Adjustment. City council needs to be mindful of not getting involved in legal battles. There's a house in Cape Shores just a few inches over the legal height limit and now the town's in court over that. We need to look at the im- pact of such decisions." Tsantes said she feels the town also needs to look at the Commercial Archi- tecture Review Commission (CARC) to make sure the com- mission keeps its decisions within its scope of responsibilities. "We need to be mindful of what limits a town can set on development." Tsantes is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College in Massachu- setts and Widener University School of Law. "I think it's im- portant to have young, educated people involved with city council and it would be nice to have a woman's viewpoint on council as well." Jim Bastian, 57, is chairman of the Lewes Planning Commission and has been involved with that body for 25 years. He lives on Lewes Beach'with his wife, Char- lotte. They operate a gift shop and manage a number of properties. Jim was owner and operator of Bastian's NAPA auto parts busi- ness on Route 1 fog 25 years be- fore selling the business a few years back. "I grew up in Dover and spent my summers on the beach in Lewes in the home we still live in. I was active duty in the Marines from 1962 to 1966 and was in the reserves through 1971. I have a Bachelor's Degree in economics from West Virginia Wesleyan. I love Lewes and don't see many problems at this point. I think things are going pretty well in Lewes and want to see that contin- ue." Bastian said he realizes that some residents want streets im- proved and other items attended to. "But those things have to be paid for too and I'm not sure peo- ple want their taxes raised. I think things are in balance now and I want to work to keep them that way. I wouldn't feel right if I didn't go for a seat on council at this time." Jim Ford, 45, said he decided this week to seek a fourth two year term as a member of Lewes Council. "I have the most experi- ence of any council person, feel I've proven some leadership abili- ty and have decided that if people want me to keep on doing what I've been doing I'm willing to serve another term." Ford said there are some town- related items he's been working on that he will bring forward in the next few weeks and that he'd like to see to completion. "During the last year there's been a good working relationship on the coun- cil and I'd like to continue with that if I could." Ford works as a building con- tractor under the name James L. Ford III- Custom Carpentry. "I'm plenty busy between my work, my wife's new store [Kids Ketch] and being involved with my children. We talked it over and I decided I could still make time for the town." A university of Delaware grad- uate with a degree in biology, Ford has lived in Lewes since 1976. He and his wife, Theresa, and their children live on Jefferson Street. ...a lot closer. At i.g. Burton Imports, you're never too far from the luxury you can afford. I H P 0 R T S 302-424-3042 From MD Toll Free 1-888-424-3042 Rt. 113 Milford, DE 19963 OpenDaily9to8. Saturday 9 to 5. 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