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Rehoboth Continued from page 1 has to be designated by the city arborist. We don't have one." The city does have an interested in-house candidate in Walter Onuzuk of the building and licensing department. But Paterson said it will take some time before he gets all the certifi- cations spelled out in the tree ordinance. Commissioner Dennis Barbour, who authored the tree ordinance, said he was amenable to revising the definition of city arborist to eliminate required ISA member- ship. The title should not be scrapped altogether, he said. "This ordinance is one of the most progressive in the country and it is actually looked at by other cities as a model now. So-I consider it a significant asset of the city and we need to make whatever adjustments are neces- sary to make sure it succeeds," he said. Park and shade proposals Barbour also wanted to update the role of the city's Parks and shade tree commission, which hears appeals of tree removal per- mits and assigns mitigation when necessary. Barbour said he was seeking to set guideiines for the commission to follow when it hears appeals, as well as docu- mentation on why it makes a deci- sion. The city has recently had two denials of tree removal permits overturned by the commission, the most recent having been at 120 Rodney St. "We've had two situations where the tree ordinance was interpreted in a way that some people would take issue with because we didn't provide guid- ance," Barbour said. "I just think there need to be some standards." Barbour's proposal would also remove the members of the com- mission, since, in effect, it would be starting over with new stan- dards. However, he said he didn't have a problem with appointing the same members. City Solicitor Glenn Mandalas recommended the standards for the commission should be like those of the Board of Adjustment, since they act in a similar capaci- ty. Commissioner Stan Mills said the city needs an arborist, or at least a consultant to review tree applications. Mills said he wanted a comprehensive review of the ordinance by an arborist, the city solicitor, and the building and licensing department to help clear up ambiguities. Barbour pointed out the ordi- nance was written over a number of months and was reviewed by attorneys and volunteers. "It is complex, because trees are complex. They are growing things. They are not static. And yes, there's ambiguity because trees are ambiguous; they don't_ grow in the same direction all the time," Barbour said. The tree code was a fabulous thing for the city, Mills said, but it should be reviewed. Mayor Sam Cooper suggested the commissioners revisit reform to the parks and shade commis- sion at a later date. Barbour also proposed legisla- tion regarding conflict of interest guidelines for service on city commissions and committees by spouses or close relatives of city commissioners. The proposal accounts only for people serving on non-advisory bodies, such as the planning commission, parks and shade tree commission, board of assessment and the board of adjustment. Close.relatives or CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, April 15 - Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 11 spouses of commissioners serving on advisory-only bodies, commis- sions or committees whose actions cannot be appealed to the city commissioners, can serve but with disclosure, Barbour said. The proposal excludes domes- tic partnerships and civil unions, which are not recognized by Delaware. Commissioner Paul Kuhns said he disagreed with the proposal because it singles out town resi- dents who may want to serve on volunteer boards. "We've got a very small com- munity and I think it's important to have as many members of the community involved as possible," he said. "I think this is very, very restrictive." Cooper said close relatives or spouses should not be hired as paid consultants but if a spouse or relative is already working for the city, it should not stop someone from running for office. Paterson said individuals should take responsibility for eliminating conflicts of interest. "I don't like having it put on paper; I want the people to make up their own minds and take the consequences, take the questions, take whatever might come out of their conduct," he said. "I feel what Dennis is saying is, to a large extent, correct. But to put it down on paper and force it to happen, I think is wrong." Contact Ryan Mavity at ryanm @ capegazette.com. James D. Foraker, auto repair owner James "Jim" D. Foraker, 88, of Lewes, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Lewes, surrounded by his family. Mr. Foraker retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of staff sergeant and continued working in civil service, first at Fort Miles in Lewes and later at the Dover Air Force Base, where he was a foreman in the heavy maintenance motor pool. He also owned and" operated Foraker's Auto Repair in Lewes for many years. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Lewes Senior Center and American Legion Post 17, Lewes, for 59 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, 862nd Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company. He is sur- vived by his wife of 66 years, Grace Hills Foraker; two daugh- ters, Ruth Ann Hearn and Virginia "Ginny" May Mitchell and her husband Donald, all of LeweS; four grandchildren, Joanna Headley and husband Mark, Robert Hearn Jr. and wife Mary Ellen, Cindie Owen, and John Ribinsky Jr. and wife Dianna; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Myrtle Voshell of Dover. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Parsell Funeral Homes, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call beginning at 1 p.m. Pastor Fred Duncan will be offici- ating. Interment will be at Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. LIGHTNING STRIKES TO GAS PIPES CAN SPARK DANGEROUS FIRES CALL ME to open a State Farm IRA BEFORE APRIL 15. A State Farm" IRA is.a great way to invest in your future and it could save you money at tax time. Contact me today to learn about an IRA and the many funding options available Jeanine O'Donnell, Agent New& Nassau Rd, Lewes BUS: 302-644-FARM MON-FRI: 8:30 - 6:00 SAT: 9:00 - 12:00 LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR'  STATE FARM IS THERE Consult your tax and legal advisor for specific advice iiii ii iiiii i iiiiiii iiiiii i i ii ii i i iii i i iiiii i iii i