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8- CAiE GAZETTE, Friday, April 25-May 1, 1997 ZygmonsH addresses mayoral vote issue The following is a revised state. ment presented to the Lewes Per- sonnel Policy Review Committee on April 22 and submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. The mayor and council are cur- rently at an impasse over the ap- pointment and approval by coun- cil of a Chief of Ponce. I am not here to debate the merits of that is- sue as it stands, but rather the is- sue does bring to fight the reason for this committee and purpose of your meeting: and that is to see if the charter should be changed to reflect the mayor's right to vote on these important decisions. In section 4 of the charter under "Structure of Government," it specifically states that "City Council shall be composed of four members..." The charter further denotes that in approving an ap- pointment by the mayor, the "elected members of council" must approve the mayor's nomi- nee by a majority vote. The key phrase is "elected members of council" and since the mayor is not an elected member of council, he therefore cannot vote. I support the change brought to light by some members of this committee that the mayor should be a part of council. Already, in many sections of the charter the mayor is referred to as president of council. If he is president, why shouldn't he vote? Do we want a strong capable leader with a vi- sion for the future or a figurehead with no power? If this change is recommended by your committee and approved by council, then the mayor could vote in the case of a tie, and government for better or worse, could at least proceed and not be crippled in a stalemate. I'd like to take the issue one step further, however. Section 15 reads "the mayor of the City of Lewes shall he President of City Council and shall preside at all meetings thereof but shall vote only in case of a tie." I believe the wording of this section does not serve the voting electorate well. If the mayor is the highest elected official in the city, we should know how he or she stands on all issues and not only in matters of a tie vote. Have the mayor vote on every issue before council. That way, as citizens, we can grade his or her performance and we can choose to re-elect or not based on that performance. Keep in mind that what I am proposing is not just to resolve the current stale- mate. I believe it is a vision for the future. I would be in favor of changing Section 15 to conclude "...and shall preside at all meetings there- of and shall vote on all matters that are before the council." It's a simple one-line change but it gives the citizens the power of a see whether or not we want to put him back in the lineup. Ed Zygmonski Lewes Correct cable IV programming imbalance The following is a letter to Corn- cast Cablevision's Tom Worley, director of public affairs and gov- ernment relations, who is now ne- gotiating contracts with munici- palities in Sussex County. A copy of the letter was submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. Per our conversation, I have contacted NARFE, AARP, the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce, the Hotel Motel Asso- ciation, Rehoboth Beach Cable TV Committee, Lewes Cable Committee and the Dewey Beach town manager, asking their sup- port in getting the Washington, D.C. metro area Channel 4 NBC- WRC added to your basic level programming. A copyof this let- ter is being sent to all of the above. We are residents of the Re- hoboth Beach area and own a bed and breakfast in Dewey Beach in season. We have been Comcast Cable customers for many years and we have in general found your service to be satisfactory. We are, however, concerned about the current imbalance in your company's programming lineup. Specifically, as long-time residents (30 years) of the Wash- ington, D.C. metro area (northern Virginia), we were very surprised to find, upon moving to Delaware following our retirement from the U.S. government, that your com- pany carried only a single Wash- ington area channel (FOX, Chan- nel 5). We find this situation odd, given the large number of Wash- ington area visitors to the Re- hoboth Beach/Dewey Beach area every year and the growing retire- ment community made up of indi- viduals like ourselves with roots in metropolitan Washington. What is even stranger and beyond logic is the fact that your station lineup includes three Baltimore stations (all three major netwodcs) and three Philadelphia channels (NBC, FOX and an independent station). We strongly urge that you move this gross programming imbal- ance in the near future. The local residents and many Washington area visitors to the beach - Re- boboth is, after all, welt known as the "Nation's Summer Capital" - deserve to have at least one addi- tional metro Washington station as part of your programming line- up. While we do occasionally watch Channel 5 programs, and especially the Washington Red- skins football games, we are most interested in obtaining one of the Washington area network chan- nels. WRC/TV4 would he an ob- viously good choice given NBC's high ratings and WRC's excellent local and national news program- ruing coverage. We understood that your company carries scorecard, if you will. Then, at WRCJNBC in Salisbury, Md. and the end of the season, we can could easily include it in our area. check the mayor's scorecard and We look forward to a POSitive ......  ....... chang in y0r ng He : up along the above lines in the very near future. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to justify this action. Vivian and Bob Barry Rehoboth Beach Accept responsibility and participate One of the most controversial issues in Delaware is land use planning. The state has mandated that the counties develop land use plans, and state lawmakers have presented other legislative solu- tions. Now the state has convened a land use task force, and the re- suit will probably be that the state government will again pass land use laws. The striking thing about this ongoing debate has been the focus. Topics include highways, development, farmland and infra- structure, among others. There is tittle talk about people, and then mostly to discuss the many ways in which individual citizens will be forced to give up their rfghts for the good of the community. One term frequently discussed is "quality of life." Do you have a good quality of life? Whatever you think, don't bother telling the planners, because most of them feel that the quality of your life as an individual is unimportant. They're concerned with people as a group. For example, does your defini- tion of a good "quality of life" in- clude having a new home in the country? If you own farmland, would you like to be able to sell a plot to a relative or a friend? If some planners have their way, for- get those dreams. It conflicts with their version of "quality of life" for the group. What about the "crisis" we've heard about? Many are false is- sues that are used to frighten the public into demanding govern- ment solutions, even if rights have to be surrendered. The state has created much of the crisis atmos- phere by failing to design and 'build adequate highways. This has fueled demands by frustrated mo- torists for action at any cost. When making demands of gov- ernment, you may get more than you bargained for. The forces that have power in land use planning today are a few elected officials and government employees who are building political careers, en- vironmental extremists who be- lieve open space us far more im- portant than your freedom to live, drive, or shop where you want, and big developers who know that expensive government require- ments will drive their smaller competitors out of business. There is little concern for taxpaying citi- zens and the freedoms spelled out in the Constitution. When government takes legisla- tive action, there are four possible outcomes for your personal free- dom: you can lose a lot of free- dom; you can lose a little; there can be no change, or the govern- ment can choose to return some freedom to you. In modern, spe- cial-interest dominated govern- ment, the last two opons  ney, ereven considered.' "FypiCatly; Ln land use planning, Draconian measures are initially proposed. Later, the public is thankful when the inevitable compromises occur and only a little freedom is lost. The ultimate result of this proce- dure, repeated often enough, is the conditioning of citizens to accept the loss of most freedom. Today, many people feel their voice is so inconsequential in the scheme of big government that they don't even try to be heard. As a result, it's stunning to learn just how few people it takes to change the terms of a debate. The time has come to accept your responsibility to participate. Call your elected officials mid de- mand that they seek real solutions to genuine problems. Most impor- tantly, insist that individual rights and freedoms are protected. Rich Collins Lewes Thanks for help on Forgotten Mile The following letter was sent to Sen. George H. Bunting (D- Bethany Beach) with a copy sub- mitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. Our thanks again for your con- cern, input and action in regards to the safety issues along the "For- gotten Mile." It is gratifying to know that a group of caring and persevering citizens can he heard, that DelDOT is taking note and that the needed changes are in the pipeline. Knowing you are aware and in agreement with these needs, gives us added confidence that we are on "the right road." We know that the needed changes along the Forgotten Mile will go a long way in insuring the safety of our seasonal visitors and year- round visitors and year-round res- idents. One of the issues that has been brought to the surface when we started our quest is the lack of real laws on the books regarding pedestrian safety in our fair state. California, Connecticut and the District of Columbia - to mention a few of the states - have pedestri- an safety laws in their books with clout. The State of Delaware is lagging behind on this front. Could you and/or Rep. [John] Schreeder initiate a bill that would clearly outline and update pedes- trian safety rules and regulations. With new laws on the books, our local and state police will be able to enforce them with confidence. Our projected growth in both resi- dency, business and tourism de- mands an urgent and closer look at updating and upgrading pedestri- an safety laws. Robert Scala, who was in atten- dance at the April 8 DelDOT meeting at the County Bank Building, came up with a very logical solution to some of the problems. He suggested that "blocking in" an intersection, i.e., yellow painting in large blocks on the roads were where there are streets intersecting onto the high- way. This is already in place in some states, and works well. Any car that fails to stop at in front of s eted. This would allow pedestri- ans to cross when the traffic is stopped, and for side street vehi- cles to enter and/or cross the high- way. This would, of course, re- quire signage and enforcement. We feel that it has great merit, and is worth considering as a solution to many of the present problems. May we have your comments on this subject? Again, our thanks for your sincere concern not only for the Forgotten Mile issues, but for all the safety issues that plague Route 1 in Sussex County. Jeanne )eFiore Spokeerson The Forgotten Mile MS Society says thanks For the roughly one thousand clients with Multiple Sclerosis, I want to thank all the walkers, vol- unteers and sponsors who helped make the sixth annual MS Walk in Lewes a big success. Despite ear- ly raindrops, over 125 walkers raised over $12,500 in cash and pledges for services and research for patients with MS. This event could not happen without the ded- icated efforts of volunteers regis- tering walkers, manning rest stops, assisting with our refresh- ments and awards, and generally assisting participants. Thanks to all our sponsors who support our walk in various ways: Pot Nets, Delaware Coast Press, WGMD, Cape Gazette, Dunkin' Donuts, Kupchicks, Capriotti's, Beach Deli, Blue Moon, the City of Lewes and mayor George Smith, American Legion Post #28, and Seashore Medical. We wouldn't. he able to have a walk in Lewes without the efforts of all these folks. Special thanks to o loyal committee members, Betty Mann- Beebe and Nancy Kntz. We hope to see everyone back - and more - for the 1998 edition of the MS Walk. Jack Morris Chah'man MS Walk Committee Inn Tour a success On behalf of all the innkeepers of the Association of Delaware Shore Inns and Bed & Breakfasts, we would like to take the time to thank your newspaper staff for the fine job you did in helping to make our Fourth Annual Inn Tour held on Sunday, April 20 another successful one. Also a big thank you to the Re- hoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce for their continuing support and to Main Street for their effort in trying to combine the Garden & Flower Festival/Art in the Park/B&B Tour. It is very "innspiring" for us to begin a new season opening our doors to welcome visitors and lo- cals in the area to tour our homes and let them know we are here in Rehoboth and Dewey offering ac- commodations. Our intentions are to make the Inn Tour an annual event with hopes of it becoming bigger and better every year! A very warm thank you to all who participated on the tour! i ' Cindy and Kenny Vincent ,' ' ' RehobotbBeach