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!11|111111| Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, MAY 13 - MONDAY, MAY 16 2011 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 not just the ones DMHOA selects! Also, DMHOA recently sent a notice about by-laws changes: In this information it is asking for all contact info on HOA members and resident information. Do not give DMHOA this information. DMHOA has no committees and the board refuses to take votes on issues. When asked in recorded meetings direct questions con- cerning bills or the recent activity, Ed Speraw always states it's pri- vate. I think DMHOA will misuse this information requested and state it represents the names of the resident you provide to them. There are no voting records, but DMHOA board members go to Legislative Hall stating they repre- sent thousands in manufactured housing when they have less than 280 members. They will just flash the names without allowing the individuals to vote. Don't supply DMHOA with anything, even your personal lease information. I would not trust the same board that refuses to open its books and records with this important info. DMHOA also wants to confirm the HOAs are paying for the cor- rect numbers of members. HOA~ pay $3 per member. Some parks pay thousands of dollars a year. What do we get in return? Think about it. There are no commit- tees, no open communication, no voting records, no original newsletter, no meeting notes, and no financial info provided to members. It's time to replace the current board members. We need people we can trust! Pat Weyl Millsboro Remember to register in Rehoboth elections I want to remind all your read- ers that the deadline for register- ing to vote in Rehoboth Beach's mayoral election is June 11. Please, all potential voters, take a moment and make sure you are properly registered to vote. Last Saturday there was a short-term communication problem between the police department and city hall regarding the logistics of vot- er registration. This resulted in a few individuals being turned away when they attempted to register to vote. Subsequently, the problem and confusion have been fixed. It is my goal to make this process easier and friendlier. To this end, know that voter registra- tion in Rehoboth Beach takes place in City Hall and not at the police department. You may go to City Hall to register Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from now until June 11: or on Saturday, June 4, from 8"30 a.m. to noon, or over Memorial Day weekend May 28-30 from 8"30 h.m. to noon. Also, please know that I am there to help you make sense of the process. If you have any ques- tions or concerns regarding the rules and regulations on register- ing to vote or to determine if you are indeed registered to vote, please contact me. It's important. My email address is mcgione4rb- or you may call me at 302-381-8583. Thanks for taking the time to register. It gives us an a voice. Tom McGIone, candidate for mayor Rehoboth Beach Beaufait explains his platform to voters Participating in this campaign for a seat on theLewes City Coun- cil, I have had the opporttmity to meet many in our community and to learn much about our city. Since moving to Lewes in 2004, my wife and I have found Lewes to be a friendly, vibrant, welcom- ing city and we could not have chosen a better place to call home. I am sure the first question one might ask is: "What would Fred Beaufalt bring to.the city council?" or once in my life I am lost for words, and if you knew me that is a rare occa- sion, but I will struggle on. I live in An- gola by the Bay, which is located offAn gola Road. We are part of the Angola Neck Sewer District which is now under construe- tion. My property is next to an open lot, or as we call it, a common area that was chosen by the powers that be to have a sewer sub pump sta- tion erected on it, or I should say, in it. When I went on a vacation in September of last year they were to start work on the site, which they did, first by driving pilings and chopping off my line running to my septic- drain field. Then several weeks later more pilings were vibrated into the ground. This was followed by drilling into the earth to install pipes to pump out water for which they hooked up deisel pumps - first in front and then to the rear of my property. Well, here we are in May 2011, still pumping still digging, still noisy, and I believe I am start- ing to lose it. The pump runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The men who are working on this are hard- working, friendly and accommodating to the best of their ability. They must have pumped out a million gallons of water over the last nine months. I am not a contractor, but I sure know some- thing is wrong with this picture. Maybe I will be getting some answers as to why this site was chosen and why it is taking so long. I may be lucky my home has not sunk into the ground - yet. My neighbors ask "Bob, how do you stand it?" I really have no answer. Please someone- help me outI Robert J. Cahill Angola by the Bay Having earned degrees in civil and structural engineering with a doctorate from Virginia Tech, held a professional engineering license in several states, and enjoyed a 46- year career in higher education holding positions from professor t6 college president, I have had a wealth of experience in managing and working with people, and been responsible for sizeable mul- ti-million-dollar budgets. I am a problem-solver and have no hesi- tation in making the tough deci- sions. "I have no personal agenda to take with me to the city council, but would go with the promise to listen to the people, learn of your concerns, gather your ideas, ob- tain and study the facts, and make decisions believed to be in the long-term, best interest of Lewes. While I do not yet have enough facts to offer solutions, I would like to take this opportunity to comment on a few of the impor- tant issues of concern to our city:. I believe it is important that we protect and enhance the core val- ues of our city. We certainly want to preserve the historic treasures of Lewes. While doing that, we must ensure Lewes' future as a unique, inviting community. Lewes is a most attractive place for seniors and a great place for families to vacation. The challenge is to enhance the diversity of our community by at- tracting young families to our city. This bringsup the issues of af- fordable housing and the lack of diversity of job opportunities in our area. Today, undeveloped land within the bounds of Lewes is limited and this is a concern as we look toward the future. At this point, any future growth will be outside the city and we will have little say in how that de- velops. As we are aware, develop- ment within the area surrounding Lewes does impact our city and our quality of life. Since we can- not ignore this, I believe that an- nexation must be on the table for discussion. Alternatively, we must find a way to develop a partner- ship with the county. The library is in the process of planning for future needs and possible expan- sion. I prefer to have the library remain where it is and would work to keep it in our city. How- ever, there are many questions that have to be addressed before any decision can be made: Is the current building being utilized ef- ficiently and effectively? What are the projected needs for the future library? Can the expansion be ac- commodated in the present loca- tion? What is the impact of con- straints that come with state fund- ing? How will technology be uti- lized? These are just a few of the questions that need to be an- swered. The council is ctlrrently in the planning stage for the reconstruc- tion of Bay Avenue. After hearing a recent presentation by the engi- neering firm that is developing the plans, I came away with a host of questions and concerns. This is going to be one of the most expen- sive street projects Lewes has un- Continued on page 8 to sue OE ow upset or con- cemed is the small coalition of Lewes residents that has tak-i en exception to the University of Delaware's wind turbine? Led by spokesman ferry Lechliter, who lives near the turbine, the coali- tion has determined it needs to raise at least $150,000 to hire an attorney to take its concerns to court. Lechliter, who has been beating the drums against the university and the turbine for several months, reiterated his concerns in a Cape.Gazette arti- cle published May 10. Are the problems the group sees with the turbine great enough to dip into their pockets to do battle with the windmill? According to the report, no lawyer has yet been hired, so the answer, at least for now, is no. Lechliter and his coalition of residents who live near the tur- bine contend that the turbine creates noise levels that disturb sleep, and negatively affect qual-, ity of life and property values. The group also contends there were irregularities involved in the permitting and other processes that led to erection of the turbine. Lewes and University of Delaware officials, conversely, say the process was notorious and transparent with plenty of scientific studies in advance to ensure that construction and op- eration of the turbine wouldn't cause problems for the commu- nity. Turbine champion Dr. Nancy Targett, in a recent letter to the editor, noted that in its first year of operation the turbine pro- duced more than enough elec- tricity to power the entire Col- lege of Earth, Ocean and Envi- ronment campus in Lewes. She also noted the university will soon announce a June meeting to provide a summary of the da- ta gathered from the turbine op- eration and an overview of on- going research. A 2009 sound study commis- sioned by turbine manufacturer Gamesa, in advance of consixuc- tion, determined that projected noise from the 144-foot whirling blades would fall well within Delaware noise limitations for residential areas. To create a comparison, ambient day and night sound levels were tested at four different residential loca- tions around the planned tur- bine location including neigh- borhoods along Pilottown Road UNIVERSITY OF DErAWARE has installed Iottown Road, near the edge of the Great wind turbine. and on Lewes Beach. Typical noises in those areas included wind, cars, human voices, birds singing and machinery operat- ing. In December of 2010 re- DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO an informative graphics panel on Pi- Marsh, explaining the workings of the sponding to concerns expressed by nearby residents about noise from the turbine after it started operating Gamesa commis: Continued on page 8