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]lllll[I lEIbnitz--'"'"'"'"--- 8 FRIDAY, MAY 13 - MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette Letters )) Continued from page 7 dertaken, and it must be done right. I believe that other options must be explored before any final decision is made on this project. I would dislike seeing the ambiance of the street lost. This year council had to in- crease our taxes. It is unfortunate, but council has to deal with un- funded mandates from the state, the declining value of the dollar, the increasing cost of goods and services, and the increasing cost of employee benefits. The fact is that the primary sources of rev- enue to operatethe city are taxes and fees, and these come out of our pockets. Council must contin- ue to question each and every ex- penditure and work to do more with less. It is not an easy task. With current economic con- straints, I would oppose any exo pansion of city government. council can always hire consult- ants for special tasks, and the Uni- versity of Delaware is a great source of talent for special studies. While I have not covered all of the current issues, I hope that I have been able to give the people of Lewes some insight into my thinking, and what I would take to Council if elected. It would be a pleasure to have the opportunity to work on your behalf as a mem- ber of the Lewes city Council Fred Beaufa t candidate for Lewes City Council Smith articulate, thongthful candidate I would encourage voters of Lewes to vote for Midge Smith for city council this Saturday. I have worked with Midge on the Lewes Board of Adjustment for the last few years. I know her to be thoughtful, articulate and she researches every issue facing us. She is not only thorough about the request we are hearing, but is fair and bases her decision on the law. When she disagrees with oth- er members, she will present to us why and how she is interpreting the law. She will ask questions of members and our attorney. She has no problem seeing the other side of an issue and will be sup- portive if convinced or, if not, will vote with the minority. As voters we have a duty to vote in our elections and I urge you to vote for Midge Smith for Lewes City Council this Saturday. Marsha L Davis mmber of the Lewes I ard of Mj.stme.t Vessella will bring experience to BPW On Saturday, May 14, the voters of Lewes will have the opportuni- ty to vote for Candace Vessella to become a member of the Lewes Board of Public Works. Candace is a long-term resident of our town and has been energet- icallyengaged as a volunteer for many years on important commu- nity projects. Candace had a long arid distin- guished career in the United States Navy Reserve where she rose to the rank of captain and al- so she worked in positions of great responsibility in one of America's most admired compa- nies. ~During those years in industry I often saw her strong and princi- pled leadership and management sldlls focused on solving big, tough problems. Candace understands how gov- ernment works best, and from her years in industry and in uniform, she understands the city's public works infrastructure that the board is charged with overseeing. Candace would bring all her en- ergy, enthusiasm and commitment to service to the board. I urge you to vote for Candace Vessella Sat- urday, May 14, at the Lewes Board of Public Works office, 107 Franklin Ace. Lewes property owners are disenfranchised Although I have not heard or read any candidate for city council articulate this deficiency in gover- nance, I hope that when the new council is sworn into office, that it takes prompt action to right a wrong. Stated succinctly, the wrong is taxation without representation. As practiced in Lewes, elections for mayor and council are civic exercises for residents only. Any property owner who is dolm'ciled elsewhere has no right to vote in municipal elections. These same disenfranchised property owners shoulder the full burden of meet- ing and fulfdling all tax burdens that are placed on them by actions taken by the mayor and council, yet they have no voice at the table where these decisions are made." Meanwhile, any resident who rents property has full voting rights and privileges. 'Interestingly, the disenfran- chised have full voting rights for Barefootin' Contimled from page 7 sioned another survey to study sound levels from theactual Lewes installation. That study confirmed projections from the fwst study. The December studies in- volved placement of listening devices in the yard of a resi- dence on Hoornkill Avenue, the closest residential neighborhood to the turbine. With the wind blowing briskly out of the north- west, and the turbine blades turning at maximum sound out- put levels, readings were taken during the afternoon and in the hour past midnight. A turbine operator actually turned the sys- tem on and off during the test periods so sounds could be recorded with the blades turning and with them stopped. The monitors picked up the increased sound of Lhe turbine. The report indicates the turbine sound increased the daytime ambient sound level by about 1.1 decibels and at night *he turbine increased the ambiem noise lev- el by about 2.9 decibels. Every 10 decibels is considered a dou- bling of the perceived loudness. The ambient sound level during the day, including the turbine sound, was measured at 43 to 51 decibels, and at night between 41 and 45 decibels. The report stat- ed that the turbine was inaudible during the daytime. 'At night," according to the report, "the swishing sound characteristic of a wind turbine was slightly audi- ble above background wind noise." Those decibel readings fall well within Delaware's noise standards, which place the ac- ceptable level for residential ar- eas at 65 decibels during the day and 55 at night. Sound studies show a rock and roll band at 30 feet distance produces decibel readings in the U0 range and a jet plane passing overhead at 300 meters produces 105 deci- bels of noise. A vacuum cleaner produces about 70 decibels of sound, a whisper 20, and a calm night out in the country about 25 decibels. I'm still intrigued by the noise I hear occasionally from the tur- bine, most recently while fishing last Sunday in Roosevelt Inlet and Broadkill River. Every time I've noticed the sound, I've been directly upwind from the tur- bine by at least a quarter to half a mile. That's counterintuitive to what I would expect and, ac- cording to the most recent re- port, also to what the monitor- hag scientists would expect. They noted that conditions were ideal for the Hoomkill survey since all the tests were taken in a downwind situation. So why the upwind anomaly I've experi- enced? Peter Guldberg, a sound spe- cialist who was involved with the studies, said temperature and wind speed can affect sound waves. "Sound waves from tur- bines propogate out in all direc- tions. They're usually louder downwind because in that direc- tion the waves tend to get bent downward, toward the ground and where people are." He said it would be more likely to hear the turbine's sound waves up- wind from it in light wind condi- tions, when the sound of the wind itself wouldn't be drown- ing out the noise of the turbine. It's all about measuring and then studying the results. All along, the university has said the turbine installation would serve the practical end of producing clean energy but would also serve as a research project for studying turbines. We're in the thick of that now. See the most recent sound ea,ot the Lewes Board of Public Works. Based on the evidence that servic- es are being provided in the name of the property owner to a Lewes address, the board amended its charter to enable nonresidents to vote in its elections. And then there is the beach town immediately to our souflx In Rehoboth, the fights and re@onsi- bilities of voting are extended to each and all property owners re- gardless of where the owner is domiciled. Surely Lewes' governing council can extend like privileges to all of its tax-paying property owners by amending its voting registration requirements. Tim Ritzmt Lewes Smith will lead Lewes on ' right course Midge Smith is the brightest, most prepared person to come forward for public service in Lewes in decades. Her abilities, and approach to Lewes issues, have been publicly tested by her years of leadership on the Lewes Board of Adjust- ment and a career as aPhD, tenured professor teaching man- agement and evaluation, and own- ing a consulting business that suc- cessfully did that with a world- wide clientele - she is a known en- tity. And what she is known for, as I and anyone who has observed her in action on the board can attest, is her ability to listen, actively and deeply, to all sides of an issue and then size up the issue, and speak by asking the salient question, that like a chess master, is several moves ahead of everyone else in the room. She is a masterful quick study who puts all sides at rest by letting them know their position has been heard, absorbed and consid- ered. She facilitates consensus- building. She is a good m.~ger. With Midge on the council, im- portant topics like the wind tur- bine and the $3.5 million Bay Av- enue work would ave a much better opportunity to be fully dis- cussed and vetted in public, and more of a community consensus achieved after all sides have had the opportunity to speak their peace. She professionally facili- tates the emergence of the over- riding, common interest. But not only does she bring people together, she offers real vi- sion and leadership of her own: she offers deeply considered sup- port to keep the Lewes Public Li- brary in Lewes, and.preferably right where it is, and for the city to hire a professional, certified plan- ner with coastal experience. After two years, except for lip service, the city council has not hired a planner. Midge Smith is the last, best hope for Lewes to get the kind of professional leadership to protect the interests of home- owners, the local business com- munity and the city's tax base against another Lingo-Townsend regional shopping center type of proposal that could destroy all that we value in Lewes. This whole community - in do- nating $35,000 for over 1,20.0 radio ads, newspaper ads, buying at $10 apiece some 600 yellow lawn signs saying"NO" and a petition signed by 2200 residents - has spoken on how they feel about that kind of proposal. Midge is the person who has taken it to heart. She is ready to act with big pic- ture, strategic vision, and that is none too soon: with the economy showing sings of revival so will developers' interest in the land surrounding Lewes. The Lewes community defeated the Lingo-Townsend mal-develop- ment twice: we had a near-death experience and dodged the bullet. But having played our cards we may not be successful a third time without the kind of proactive, pro- fessional leadership that Midge Smith promises to bring to gov- ernment. Victor Letonoffalso supports hiring a planner. By contract, Fred Beaufait has told the community at the home- owner association meeting at the library, and in a private meeting with me, that he "would not favor hiring a city planner" and that he favors the private enterprise sec- tor to bring jobs - exactly the line of the Lingo-Townsend develop- ers. All three candidates deserve deep thanks for putting them- selves forward to serve the com- murdty, and their positions offer the community a real choice. John Mateyko Lewes Smith has abundance of talent to share The issues currently being dis- cussed by the three candidates for two open seats on Lewes City Council are important. Of greater s' cance to me as a voter are the attributes the indi- vidual candidates would bring to city council As I have traveled with Midge Smith during what is now her five-week campaign for election to council, I have been consistent- ly impressed by her keen desire and ability to listen to the con- cerns of citizens, her clear ability to be a quick study and the dis- cerement she brings to the con- sideration of issues. Lewes is blessed with an abun- dance of talent, but I belj'eve we would be squandering a valuable asset if we did not send Midge Smith to city council. Carolyn Quinn Lewes Smith has great vision for Lewes Midge Smith, candidate for Lewes City Council, will be a proactive leader for our city. She has great vision regarding plan- ning for the future of Lewes. Midge realizes there is a finite amount of land left in the greater Lewes area and thoughtful deci- sions must be made regarding de- velopment. She believes a city planner is needed to work with the county and neighboring com- munities. She understands there needs to be a strong, respectful working relationship with Sussex Continued on page 10