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10 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 1995 Continued from page 8 It makes it hard for all the chil- dren to find eggs. This made me wonder why Lewes doesn't have an Easter egg hunt. I live in this town and I know that there are parents who would want one and would be willing to volunteer. Maybe we could have one the same day as the Rehoboth egg hunt. That way, it would take some of the load off of them. So, come on Lewes, let's get in the Easter spirit! Kathleen Walsh Lewes +Many thanks The Rehobpth Beach,Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following businesses for donating trophies to the 43rd Annual Easter Prome- nade: Atlantic Cellular, Atlantic Lithe Printers, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Baltimore Trust, Beauty and the Beach, Best Western/Gold Leaf Motel, Board- walk Plaza Hotel, Boston's of Re- hoboth, Brighton Suites, Cape Gazette, Carlton's Apparel, Colonel Mustard's Last Stand, Delaware Coast Press, Dinner Bell Inn, Dream Cafe, Funland, Grand Rental Station, Heaven in a Handbasket, Ibach's Candies 'by the Sea, Jolly Trolley of Re- hoboth, The Mizzen Mast, Mc- Donald's of Rehoboth, Mono- grams Unlimited, Nicola Pizza, O'Conor, Piper and Flynn Real- tors, Ocean Outlets, Rehoboth Pharmacy, Rusty Rudder Restau- rant, Scalawag's Restaurant, Star- board Restaurant, Summe.r House Restaurant, Sussex County Busi- ness Review, The Village Toy Store, Webster's Furniture, Williams Insurance Agency and Wilmington TruSt. Carol Everhart Executive Director Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Thanks for support The Rehoboth Beach Lioness Club would like to take this op- portunity to thank those of you who attended its recent spring card party. You made the event a big sue- tess. Thanks also to Midway Bowl, Road House Steakjoint, The Lamp Post, Nicola Pizza, The Touch of Beauty Salon, and our club members for the gifts they donated for door prizes. Your participation was most helpful. Our appreciation goes to the Cape Gazette and WGMD and KIX radio stations for publicizing our event. Guyla Brinckmeyer President Rchoboth Beach Lioness Club Library saysthanks Mobile home tenants to committee: The Friends of the Millsboro Li- brary wish to thank everyone for contributing their time, auction items and funding to the Mills- bore Library Gala and Auction on Feb. 25. Over 100 people and businesses contributed auction items and ex- tra funding. One-hundred-fifty people attended the festivities and supported the Friends Group by bidding on everything from an- tique quilts and glass to bird feed- ers and bookends. We raised $7,200 form this successful event and hope everyone enjoyed it. It was wonderful to see the community support for the Friends Group and library project. We thank everyone for their help and may hold another gala and auction in the future. Susan Keefe, Pubficity Friends of the Millsboro Library Benson is a great PTA president I would like to offer my person- al thanks and support to Kathy Benson, president of Shields PTA. This year she has proven to be both very active and effective. Kathy has managed to raise money to have ceiling fans in- stalled in the upstairs classrooms because room temperatures were intolerable due to the poor design and the "who cares?" attitude of the board of education. This prob- lem existed for many years and has caused enormous discomfort and even illness in many kids and teachers. Under Kathy's leadership, the PTA had a very successful book fair which provided many good books for the teachers and proved to be another good fundraiser. She pressed for a cleaner school and got custodians to realize that we need soap in our school bath- rooms, and she's been very active in the fundraising campaign for a much-needed playground at Shields. There are just a few of her well-directed efforts. Kathy takes her responsibilities seriously, giving many hours of her time. She makes things happen. She has an open attitude about letting all sides express their views pub- licly - perhaps that's threatening to those who feel they should have all of the power. She is genuinely concerned with the direction education is beaded in and she believes we have the responsibility to influ- ence that direction. She allows parents to learn about and ques- tion the plans being made by our local school board and our state administrators. I'd like the state PTA to know that we support Kathy in question- ing things and airing all views. Isn't that, after all, our responsi- bility on a higher level? Ultimate- ly our goal is to have the best for our kids! Paulise Bell Lewes put a halt to any legislative action By Steve Hoenignmnn There were applause and boos aplenty as more than 400 oppo- nents and proponents of proposed changes to Delaware's Mobile Homes Lots and Leases Act gath- ered in Rehoboth Beach Conven- tion Hall on Tuesday night, April 17, for the third public hearing on the issue. The scheduled two-hour hear- ing lasted less than an hour and a half, much to the chagrin of Dick Hannam, president of the Delaware Mobile Home Tenants Association, who sparred with park owner Rob Tunnell over who would get the chance to speak last at the public hearing. "They took a third of the time away," said Hannam, who added that it was indicative of just how sincere they [committee mere- hers] are when it comes to listen- ing to the tenants' points of view. "We were pleased that the is- sues got out to the people who at- tended, but our frustrations remain high with the committee itself," he added. The committee Hannam refers to is the Mobile Home Study Committee, appointed by the Delaware General Assembly in early 1994, which has spent the last 18 months reviewing and re- vising the state's Mobile Home Lots and Leases Act - the laws that govern the relationship be- tween tenants and landlords in mobile home parks. The committee's recommenda- tions, completed just two months ago, have drawn fire from the Delaware Mobile Home Housing Coalition, which is comprised of the Delaware Manufactured Bunting Continued from page 1 the coalition and just plain mobile home residents - including one park owner, Craig Hudson, called for the Study Committee to put a halt to its work so they can ad- dress the tenants' concerns. "I don't like the word halt," said Bunting, who added that he was impressed with the professional manner in which people testified. 'Td said I'd like to see the process slowed down. I'm hoping we can get both sides together to reach some sort of compromise." Bunting said that two represen- tatives who sit on the House Housing and Urban Affairs Com- mittee, representatives Donna Stone, who chaired the public hearing, and Arthur Scott, assured him that they want to have serious discussions with him in the near future. "Donna said she wants to have a long talk with me once we go back in session [next week]," said Bunting. "And Arthur said after the meeting 'I'm not going to do anything until I talk to you." Housing Association (DMHA) and both Delaware and Sussex County mobile home tenants asso- ciations. 'Tm not going to get into the inequities of the process," said DMHA presi- dent John / Hensley, re- ferring to the tenants' rep- resentatives on the corn, mittee who resigned in protest late last year. HENSLEY "The product, however, is another matter. I thought the pri- mary intent was to provide a law that was user-friendly. This is just the opposite." Hensley said the Coalition has submitted 22 pages of questions to the committee - questions which have yet to be answered. "The Coalition and DMHA, respective- ly, request that any further action on this proposal be placed on hold until January 1996," he said. Hensley's request for delay was echoed by a number of the 18 speakers who addressed the com- mittee, which conspicuously lacked its hearing chairman. (State Rep. Joseph DiPinto, chair of the House Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, did not attend the hearing due to illness - committee member Rep. Donna Stone chaired instead.) Dennis Norwood, president of the Sussex County Mobile Home Tenants Association, drew a hearty round of applause as he said: "We elected you public offi- cials to make the law. We don't want you leaving us to clean up the mess. We want to see action on our comments." Most of the comments at the hearing addressed specific sec- tions of the current law. Specifi-. cally, opposition was expressed over provisions that allow the park owner to set resale standards, which would limit the ability of a mobile home owner to sell his or her home; a provision that allows the park owner to set rules and regulations every 65 days; a pro- vision that allows the park owner to re-write a tenant's lease every year, virtually eliminating the se- curity Of a long-term lease; and a provision easing the rules under which a park owner can evict a tenant (example: a crime commit- ted in Delaware or elsewhere could be grounds for eviction). Mention of the last provision prompted Rob Tunnell, who along with his family operates several mobile home parks in Long Neck, to take the mike to address both the standards and eviction issues. He was greeted with boos and cat- calls from the audience. 'The number one reason we have standards is to protect resi- dents in each community, to pro- tect the value of their homes," said Tunnell. "A dilapidated trailer will affect fine value to their homes. It's for the protection of the residents and the standards cannot he applied until sale of the home." On the proposed eviction process, Tun- nell said the only way a park owner can terminate a lease under the current "law is for nonpayment of rent. He related a story about how he TUNNELL caught one park resident who had stolen community property who he wanted to have evicted from the community. "We went to court and did not prevail because we did not give 10 days notice to correct the situa- tion," he said. He related another story where several teenagers who live in one of his communities were caught breaking into 62 homes in the community. "Legally, we had no right to terminate their leases." His remarks drew some sympa- thy from the crowd of more than 400, who applauded warmly after his presentation. Another park owner, Craig Hudson, whose family owns An- gola Beach, Angola Estates and Rehoboth Bay Community, urged the committee to put any legisla- tion on hold. 'if'here are good parts, like the [non-binding] arbitration and be- ing able to amend the rules, but I think there are a lot of things that still need work," he said. One resident, Nancy Stewart, who lives in Lynn Lee Park in Ocean View, questioned the arbi- tration section, asking committee members what the section pro- vides for the tenants if the park owners to not have to abide by the arbitration agreement. Arthur Shapiro, a retired attor- ney who lives in Angola Estates, had prepared an exhaustive re- view of several parts of the com- mittee's report, and that has been forwarded to the Mobile Home Study Committee and all Sussex legislators. "The individuals on this com- mittee who drafted this should be ashamed of themselves," he said to a loud round of applause. At the end of the hearing, chair- man Donna Stone told the audi- ence that "possibly a fourth public hearing will be held in the Georgetown area." In the mean- tithe, she said, the public record will remain open. Mobile home tenants who need more information about proposed changes to the law should contact the Mobile Home Coalition head- quarters by calling 226-1240.