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4 TUESDAY, APRIL 16 - THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette By Nick Roth ': New Mayor Marion Jones has tapped longtime Milton resident Stell Parker Selby to serve the final year of Jones' term on town council.: Jones won the mayoral election, but her former council seat will be up for re-election next March. Jones said she believes Parker Selby will bring a missing compo- nent to the council table. "She is very familiar with the community; she's been a long- time resident," ]ones said. "I believe she stands as a go-to kind of person, as a connector to those people who have been longtime M Iton il Milton residents." Parker Selby is a better understanding of Parker "I thought it would be a great no stranger to the political scene. Selby's ideas and concerns. After experience to give back to my She served on the Cape Henlopen defeating former Mayor Cliff town in that capacity," she said, School District Board of Educa- Newlands for the mayor's seat, noting her concerns are safety tion from 2005 to 2010. In 2006, Jones reached out to Parker Selby and the town's water issues. "I she challenged then-state Trea- to fill her seat on council, haven't really talked to a lot of surer Jack Markell and in 2002 "[]ones] seems to be into what's people in town. Now that I'm took on Sen. Thurman Adams for going on in Milton, and being going on a regular basis, I'll hear the 19th Senate District seat. from Milton area, growing up what people's concerns are in "I have this philosophy that in the area, I think that means a their neighborhoods." She said I can do whatever anyone else lot as well," Parker Selby said. "I Jones' workshop sessions and can do," Parker Selby said. ' nd I too grew up here, and I have a planned May town hall meeting looked at the state level; I thought connection as far as the love of are great ideas to learn more I had to go be involved with some the little town, Small Town USA. about the citizens' issues and things there because I had con- I'm also very much involved in goals in order to help direct coun- cerns there." When she heard females making things better in cil. "I'm one for transparency, Jones was running for mayor, politics or towns, both local and fairness, equality and to make Parker Selby said, she called national. I think that's very im- sure I'm accessible to the people," ]ones to find out more about portant." she said. "I want them to know her. The conversation went very She said she is looking forward they can talk to me, and I'll take it well, and Jones came away with to her time on council, back to town council." Parker Selby is retired after working for 34 years in education. She started as a playground aide in Rehoboth Beach and worked her way up supervisor, of student services and mentoring in the Cape Henlopen School District. During her tenure, she worked as principal at Rehoboth Elementary and assistant principal at Cape Henlopen High School. She was also one of the original teachers at Cape High. She was the first African-Amer- ican woman to chair the YMCA board as well as the Rehoboth Art League Cottage Tour. She said she's always been an active person and is still involved in nu- merous clubs and organizations. "I feel really good about my ac- complishments as a teacher," she said. "That's better than money; helping people do things and get on their feet. That's my life." Referendum after a contaminant was found in "This is certalnly not the end of Booros said by August, officials the revelation that the town could town water. Town council briefly the work Milton will do on their should have enough time to learn not account for 11 million gallons reconsidered moving forward water system improvements," how effective the town's efforts of water each quarter. Continued from page 1 with the referendum, but ulti- she said. have been to improve the system. The town responded to the mately voted 5-1 April 10 to hold The town w'fll continue to work "Now that we've replaced the failed vote by testing the town's row up to $1.725 million to drill the referendum as planned, on upgrades and review a map- well heads, replaced the pumps, pipes for leaks, replacing old a new well, lay a new main and Booros said he had to speak up ping project previously suggested replaced the meters and all that meters that may have been out perform other upgrades to the about the principal forgiveness, by consulting engineers to iden- other stuff, let's see what we're of sync and adding meters to town's aging system, which was never guaranteed by tify weaknesses in the present really missing," he said.buildings that are not charged for Just weeks before the vote, the state, because he felt it was system, she said. In the meantime, he agreed water use. It was also discovered Vice Mayor John Booros brought an important factor for voters to "Capacity has been an impor- with Jones that the town should that some water that was pumped to light the fact that the state consider. The town may reapply tant issue in this referendum, and consider implementing water was falling backinto the wells, re- wouldnot offer principal forgive- for a loan in August. State officials Milton is still facing the problem conservation measures, sulting in it being counted twice. hess to the town this year, which have indicated they expect to of- coming, into our peak water-use In March 2012, residents voted New valves were installed to pre- could have amounted to about fer about 30 percent forgiveness season, Jones said. "This is a good 260-124 in opposition of borrow- vent that from occurring. $500,000. The state's Office of next fiscal year. time to consider water conserva- ing $3.45 million to build a new The full impact of the town's Drinking Water distributed all Newly elected Mayor Marion tion measures and concentrate water tower and complete other efforts is not yet available, but of the money it had available for Jones took the defeat of the refer- on where and how to dig another necessary work to the water sys should be evident after further principal forgiveness to Selbyville endum in stride, well with our own water funds." tem. A big factor in that vote was monitoring. Information Security \ If you enjoy computers and would like a rewarding, new career, consider becoming an information security technician Employment needs in the network security field are growing fast. Start by earning your associate degree in information security at Delaware Tech in Georgetown. Let's get started! Registration begins April 22 in person or online. DELAWARE TECHNICAL O:" COMMUNITY COLLEGE