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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Letters Continued from page S have mine. Through example, my father has taught me how to be your own person, with honesty, caring, patience and fairness. I would have to say, and most would agree, that my dad, George Cleaver, is one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life. I know what a difference my father has made in my life and in the lives of those around him. My parents have always loved the town of Lewes. It is no surprise that my fa- ther would unselfishly involve himself to help improve the com- munity he cares so much about. While it is true that you can't choose your parents, you can choose your leaders. I hope the town of Lewes gives him the op- portunity to do so, as mayor. Amy Cleaver Facinoli Baltimore Bennett very capable As a Lewes citizen, I care about the future of our community. As a member of the Lewes Yacht Club, I have watched this establishment continuously improve under the leadership of Judson Bennett as its house chairman, director and now, vice commodore. There was a time when I considered withdraw- ing from this club because the restaurant and the overall opera- tion of the club were not what they should be. When Mr. Bennett, as a volunteer, took over the reins of this operation, the improvement was unbelievable. The commit- ment and follow-through that this man has exhibited are remarkable. If Judson Bennett is elected to the City Council, the citizens of Lewes will be lucky. Since he has significantly turned around an or- ganization such as the Lewes Yacht Club that provides services to over 1,000 people from 450 May 1 May 7, 1998 family memberships, there is no doubt that Judson Bennett will be an asset to the town of Lewes. His innovation and organizational skills are excellent. I highly en- dorse his candidacy for the Lewes Council and believe that he is the best man for the job. Robert F. Currin Lewes I agree with Tyler In her letter of April 24, Daria Horn pointed out what she consid- ered inconsistent statements made by Michael Tyler in his April 17 letter to this paper. However, I can find no inconsistencies. Mr. Tyler made three rather straightforward points. First, that there is broad agreement in the community that the DeBraak building should be demolished. Second, that many people in Lewes believe the only way to do away with the DeBraak is to sup: port the Dolphin Bay project. And third, that without the DeBraak is- sue, it is likely that those motivat- ed by personal gain - such as Ms. Horn of Kupchick's Restaurant - would continue to support the Dolphin Bay project i.e., that there is not broad community support for a motel on Lewes Beach. I agree with Mr. Tyler's obser- vations and also with his sugges- tion that the DeBraak building be condemned and demolished at the owner's expense. Perhaps the can- didates for City Council would like to address this idea. It could save the community the embar- rassment of a new monstrosity on the beach - one that would be larg- er than the DeBmak building and taller than the Ocean House. David L. Greer Lewes Views on West Rehoboth sewer Since I am no longer affiliated with Citizens for Affordable Sew- er (CAS) the views which will be expressed herein are entirely my own. I note that not too long ago, the state legislature refused Coun- ty Council's request to establish a new sewer district without first obtaining a referendum of ap- proval. Under Delaware law, a referen- dum is not required if a sewer pro- ject is an expansion of or contigu- ous with an existing sewer district. Since there is no connection be- tween the West Rehoboth Sani- /ary Sewer District and the current "expansion," and since they are not so close to each other as to be contiguous, it is obvious that the current expanded sewer system was brought about in violation of Delaware State lawI Apparently, the County Council agreed in the past as evidenced by two failed at- tempts a number of years ago to obtain approval by referendum. While it is too late to prevent the project from proceeding, at least the costs should be under careful consideration. It can be shown that the County Council spent more than $150,000, but ig- nored major cost-cutting proce- dures recommended by a very re- liable engineering firm. It has been the carefully considered opinion of CAS and others that the current project should have cost no more than $35 million. In- stead, the costs approach $75 mil- lion. As presently constituted, the expansion rates are so confiscato- ry that in many cases they exceed real estate taxes. Further, there is no relationship between the sewer charges and usage. Instead, there is a complicated system based on the length of sewer pipe along an owner's frontage or an ill-con- ceived arrangement when a cul- de-sac is involved. If the costs cannot be reduced, at least they should be made fair for every- body. As in many jurisdictions, sewer rates are based on water us- age. The rates should be the same for both private owners and busi- nesses. In our case, there could be a minimum monthly or quarterly charge based on water consumed as metered, for example, by Tide- water Utilities. In other words, water meter readings for each in- dividual homeowner would deter- mine the sewer use charge. As to those who have wells, they could be metered without any signifi- cant complications. One major benefit from relating water use to sewer charges would be to give incentives for those affected to conserve water. People would be motivated to repair leaky toilets and faucets, reduce the length of time for showering, shaving and tooth brushing, and to reduce lawn watering and washing cars to a necessary minimum. I have writ- ten about the fairness problem in the past, but the obvious solution has been ignored by County Council. George Cole, the only significant representative for the resort area, which includes many in the sewer expansion area, has not spoken up in this regard. In fact, his vote made the adoption of the current sewer rates unanimous by the Sussex County Council. Daniel J.B. Bierman Rehoboth Beach Bank-issued, FDIC-insured to $100,000 i' !i:!  ! 3-year 5.75 % APY* mama mm,uee *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) - Interest cannot remain on depoiL periodic payout of interest is required. Effective 4/29/98. Call or stop by today for more information. Anthony Egeln New Devon Inn f42 Second St., Lewes 645-7710 www.edwardjones.com Edward Jones Serving Individual iavea Since 87a