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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 14 - April 20, 1995 - 11 Lewes solicitor Steen to review contract of Public Safety Director By Dennis Forney At the insistence of Lewes Councilwoman Elinor Sheehan, Lewes Solicitor Tempe B. Steen will review the contract of Public Safety Director Jack Warrington. Sheehan brought up the issue of the public safety director position at the end of the April lO meeting of Lewes Mayor and Council. "A number of years ago con- tracts were given to the city man- ager and to the director of public safety," said Sheehan. "I've always questioned those contracts. The director of public safety serves at the pleasure of the council. When Wilmington does away with its director of public safety and no other towns in Delaware have one, it's time to take the whole job out of our char- ter. Right now we're spending $101,OOO for three men [director of public safety, chief of police, and police lieutenant]. This has nothing to do with the man [Jack Warrington]," said Sheehan, "on- ly the position. We need to start saving money. "I brought it up to other mem- bers of council a number of months ago and they didn't con- sider it for the blink of an eye," said Sheehan. Mayor George Smith took ex- ception to Sheehan's assertion. "We certainly did consider it," said Smith, "but as we've said many times, there's a contract and whether or not we have the posi- tion, we still have to pay accord- ing to the terms of the contract. That's what contracts are for." 'Tm not so sure about that con- tract," said Sheehan. "I'd like to have it reviewed by our lawyer." Mayor Smith said he didn't have any problem with the con- tract being reviewed and there were no objections raised by other members of the council. Lewes sets hearings on buildings, flood plain Lewes Council members, at their Monday, April 10 meeting, scheduled two public hearings for Thursday, May 11, 1995 starting at 7:30 p.m. The first hearing that evening will involve proposed changes to the city charter in ref- erence to permitted sizes of acces- sory buildings. The intent of the changes is to keep accessory buildings to a scale and size com- patible with existing neighbor- hoods. The proposed changes would limit accessory buildings to 900 square feet for the first floor, 24 feet in total height, and no more than one and a half stories with the first floor ceiling height not to exceed eleven feet. The second hearing that evening con- cerns the adoption of revised flood insurance rate maps in ac- cordance with Federal Emergency Management Administration (FE- MA) regulations. Call city hall at 645-7777 for further information about the revised flood insurance rate maps. Sheehan was pleased at the prospect of the contract review and threw a kiss toward Tempe Steen who was seated to her right, beyond Police Chief Richard Stone. "I did that because I want the contract investigated and am pleased it will be," said Sheehan. "Now they're putting the Director of Public Safety in charge of the lifeguards. We already have a lifeguard captain. We don't need another person in charge of them." Warrington has supervised the lifeguards for a number of years. He received a five year contract for his director of public safety position in 1991 for which he re- ceives a salary of $33,537. Dur- ing the election campaigns of 1994, Lewes Council members Jim Ford and Tony Pratt said they felt the director of public safety position should be eliminated when Warrington's contract ends in July of 1996. Warrington has said repeatedly that he plans to work through the end of his contract and then vacate the post. Shortly before new Lewes Police Chief Richard Stone came on board, Warrington said he planned to stay clear of law en- forcement issues and focus in- stead on safety issues in Lewes. chiefs of police. Warrington was hired by former Mayor Alfred Stango when problems developed in the Lewes Police Department related to former Chief Hal Bar- ber. Barber later left Lewes Po- lice Department rather than accept a demotion from the chief's posi- tion. No time frame was discussed at Historically, Lewes has brought the April 10 meeting regarding in directors of public safety when Steen's review of the Warrington it was having problems with contract. 'EARBY AND NEXT TO PERFECTION -- THE PLANTATIONS IS RESORT LIVING IN A SECLUDED SETTING OF OVER 160 ACRES ENJOY WITH LAKES AND OPEN GREEN OR AREAS. ESTABLISHED IN MANY WITH LAKEFRONT OR 1985, THIS AWARD-WINNING WATERVIEW LOCATIONS. A GUARD AND GATEHOUSE [ COMMUNITY IS PLANNED FOR YOUR PLEASURE. 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