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14 - CAPE GAZE'IW, Friday, Briefly Lewes Continued from page 10 standards for members of Lewes Police Department. "I'm talking academically, to aid the future of Lewes Police Department. And our equipment needs to be up- graded as well. Right now our ra- dio system is outdated." Finally, Ippolito said he feels that "cooperative reforestation" is an important issue. "We should work to make Lewes a City Of Trees," he said. "We can get free trees from the state for Lewes. If each resident planted ten seedlings and two of them rived, we'd be on our way to getting back a nice set of trees. They would help clean pollution, cool the air, reduce noise - I'm seeing too many nice trees disappear." Ippolito said the most popular issues with the voters appear to be the chief of police and proposed charter change regarding the may- or's voting rights. "I think they should be dealt with as separate issues," said Ippolito. As far as resolving the chief im- passe, Ippolito said he would make the matter a priority. "I'm not privy to information discussed in executive sessions regarding this matter so I don't think it's proper for me to comment on what specific recommendation I'd make. But if elected, I would make myself privy to all the infor- mation and then decide on bow to go about making a choice." Why should residents vote for Ippolito? "I have a record of participation in the city, I'm in my third year of serving on the planning commis- sion. I'm a family man and I make my home here. And the city itself showed its confidence in me by appointing me to be its liaison for the master planning process at Cape Henlopen State Park. I'm willing to serve." ELINORE SHEEHAN Finishing her second two year term, Elinore Sbeehan is retired from the resort publishing busi- ness. She said she's very concerned about the police chief situation, the proposed charter change and the direction Lewes is headed. "They call Lewes a city but it's just a small town," said Sheehan. "I'm con- cerned about the direction Lewes is 8HEEHAN headed. The name of the game seems to be on- ly money. We already have too much traffic in the summer. What do' the tourists do for the average homeowner? When is enough enough? I think the town wants to build its tax base to collect more money and I don't think I agree with that. My whole history on my family's side is concerned May 2- May 8, 1997 with Lewes. The people can count on me to keep it the way they want it to be. And I think we need a finance committee. There are plenty of people with expertise in this town who could really help Lewes. But we also have to watch how many committees we get. Right now we have committees on top of committees and are they re- ally getting anything done?" Sheehan said the voters are very concerned about the police chief situation and the proposed charter change. "I'm against any charter change," said Sbeehan. "And I think the police department should run itself without our inter- ference." How would she resolve the cur- rent lack of a police chief?. "I would try to persuade the mayor to look at some of the other applicants and make a different appointment. I'm not comfortable with his appointment [Lt. Ronald "Beau" Gooch]." She said Lewes residents should vote for her "because I have Lewes at heart. I have a family history that goes back to the earli- est settlement of the town. I would never do anything to hurt Lewes. And I'm in there to look out for the benefit of the taxpay- ers." ED ZYGMONSKI Self-employed in the printing and graphics business, Zygmonski is seeking his first two year term. He said that growth and devel-. opment, fiscal management, an- nexation, zoning and the impact of visitors to the area are all impor- tant issues. "Our physical boundaries are such that we are bordered on three sides by bay, state park and wet- lands. Within these bound- aries there are lands that are zoned resi- dential and ZYGMONSKI commercial and of course by law we must open them to all development that complies with zoning and build- ing codes. However, you want things to grow in an orderly fash- ion and fit in with the historic as- pects of the community. I look forward to the zoning and sub-di- vision committee reports in this regard." Zygmonski said he's also con- cerned about the type of develop- ment that will eventually occur on the New Road, Freeman High- way, and Savannah Rd. corridors leading to Route 1. "It's a ques- tion of what kind, how and when? Currently we have no control over that became they are not within our boundaries. So we must ask ourselves and those who own the land 'what is your vision for the future of this property? What would you like to see 5, 10, 20 years from now? Can your vision and that of the city's coincide for a better place to work and playT' He said he feels the city's finan- cial condition - with $2.5 million in cash reserves - is strong. "We should try to keep up, as we did with the $333,000 in state money received for the police station, with state and federal grants to help our city. If elected I would take an active process in,pursuing grants to help the city. "It's also important to note what the city's role should be with the influx of traffic and visitors to our area. If a million visitors are com- ing to the state park, and many are also visiting Lewes, then what im- pact does that have on city ser- vices? For instance, if we see that we will need additional police in the summer, then we may have to hire temporary help as other resort towns do. If our sewer and water facilities will be put to the test, then we need to be prepared in ad- vance. We should work coopera- tively with the state park, with the Bay and River Authority and the Chamber of Commerce. "Most importantly, we should also be prepared in case of an emergency or natural disaster." What concerns the voters of Lewes? "What seems to be on their minds is that our city government has been crippled into inaction. They tell me the current stalemate in city hall has made Lewes a laughing stock in the eyes of the rest of the state. Voters are frus- trated by the inaction of council. They want to get past this [police chief] issue and move forward. They're also tired of the negative comments about .Lewes because they know Lewes is a wonderful place to live." Zygmonski said he feels the po- lice chief issue should be resolved quickly. "But this campaign should not be about LL Gooch. I know he has served Lewes for 16 years and twice as acting chief of police..&owever I am not privy to his personnel file or to the file of oers who applied for the job, so it would be unfair of me to judge. "This issue however has bronghtto light the inequities of the charter and I believe we need a revision of the charter to reflect that the mayor, as the highest elected official in our city, be a member of council and have the right to vote...on every issue be- fore council. That way we, as cit- izens, can grade him or her on that performance." Zygmonski said residents should vote for him because "I can be an intelligent voice on council that will listen to all sides of an issue and act according to the interests of a majority of the citizens in Lewes. I would like to see the work of the Zoning Ad- Hot: Drafting committee, the Sub- division Ordinance Review com- mittee and the Sign Ordinance committee come to closure." He also said he would like to see better communication between city hall and citizens. "To that end I would propose a newsletter to better informthe public on what's happening in city hall. It could be mailed to each household and with my background in print- ing and graphics I could very easi- ly undertake this task." Lowe's asks for continuance Lowe's has asked for a formal continuance from Sussex County Planning and Zoning.for its planned project at Five Points and Plantation Road. "As you are aware, we have experienced major delays in our traffic study process with the Delaware Department of Transportation [DelDOT]," ac- cording to a April 23 letter written to Sussex County Planning and Zoning Director Lawrence Lank. "In fact, we received our techni- cal comments from DelDOT on April 21, 1997. Given DelDOT's extraordinary delays in respond- ing to us we hereby formally re- quest a continuation of our appli- cation which was initiated and a public hearing held almost one year ago," according to the letter from Louis Young Jr. P.E., vice president, Columbia Engineering. Derrickson Motel wins approval A 96-unit motel planned for land at Postal Lane has been given preliminary approval by the Sus- sex County Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planners heard a report from DelDOT that said "additional traffic generated will have a minimal impact on season- al peak traffic on Route 1." Owner Donald Derrickson said that ac- cess to the motel will be from old Postal Lane and from the new aligned Postal Lane, but not from Route 1. There was no public op- position, although one speaker suggested that entrances be coor- dinated with any plans for Townsend Square, which is pro- posed for land immediately south of the land. 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