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Letters We must stand tall against OTC As we approach the June 2 Sussex County meeting in Georgetown, we think that it is important for the community of Lewes, and surrounding commu- nities, to let their elected repre- sentatives know their thoughts on the Overbrook Town Center. This shopping area will destroy our quality of life here in this beautiful community. Weekends in summer are just an indication of what Route 1 will be like all year long. As if this is not bad enough, what will happen to our environment? With 90 acres of impervious surface, the wetlands have to be impacted; the wildlife disturbed and increasing pollu- tion from the cars and trucks. The water runoffwill go where? We understand that Milton does not have the infrastructure to handle all this polluted runoff. Our emer- gency response system will be overloaded and unable to reach their destination in a timely man- ner. With no taxes being collect- ed, who is going to pay for the in- creased costs to the community? Apparently the developers have only suggested covering a portion of the cost for the overpass at Cave Neck Road. This suggested overpass is also completely unac- ceptable, requiring traffic heading from Route 1 westward to Cave Neck Road, to enter the shopping development, through two traffic circles, before being able to head west. This is with an estimated 1300 vehicles an hour using this one entrance. Please, if you feel that this shopping center is the wrong development, call your local representative, and let him know how you feel. Mike and Trish Baines Milton Milton needs a strong town manager It is my understanding that the Milton Town Council has de- cided to devote at least a part of their meeting June 8 to a discus- sion about the positions of town manager and town clerk as they relate to proposed changes in the Milton Town Charter. During a recent public meeting I had the opportunity to share comments with the Town Council and interested parties in attendance regarding some of the proposed charter changes. I have reviewed the proposed changes to the Mil- ton Town Charter and strongly recommend that no changes to the title town manager be made and all references to this title throughout Section 18 and Ratio- nale: First, there is no justifiable need to make this change. This action appears to be an attempt to downgrade the role and respon- sibility of the position. The town rumor mill has indicated that one reason promoted by the town leadership is we do not need the position as it is currently defined. I would suggest the contrary is true. The management of a town is becoming more complex every day. If anything, there is a need to strengthen the role and responsibilities of the position to accommodate the increasing compleydty of federal, state, and county laws and regulations; to become more aware of external resources and support systems; to know how to leverage resources and know how to network with colleagues throughout the state. The rumor mill also suggests that there are no monies in the budget to fall the position. More than one member of the Town Council has indicated to me that this is not the case. More importantly, the Milton Town Charter is a long- range document that looks to promote the future health of the town. If it is true that the funds are not there now, that should not interfere with making a charter decision that would positively enhance the management of the town in the future. I would submit that a good town manager will save the taxpayers his/her salary over time. I would further suggest that paragraph (b) of Section 18 be amended to define minimal qualifications for the position in terms of educational background, experience, and leadership. While maintaining the title of town manager is impor- tant, it is even more important to Sl Photos Digital Camera CD or Floppy Image Library 19266 Coastal Highway. Rehoboth Beach Safeway Shopping Center next to TGI Friday's UPS FedEx USPS DHL upgrade the qualifications for the position. Again, the complexity of this position requires a strong the requirements of this position, background that enhances the but move on the advertising and ability to deal with these chal- hiring of a new town manager as lenges. I have had the opportu- the current charter requires. We nity to serve on various boards are well past the short-term time and also function as a senior frame defmed in the charter for administrative officer. As a senior an interim manager. administrative officer I gathered Primo V. Toccafondi information, made recommenda- Milton tions, and suggested pros and cons to proposed policy issues. Milton couple commends As a board member I was the beneficiary of the same services. Gazette reporter i believe the net result was policy During the past seven years decisions that were based on the that my wife and I have lived in best information available and in Milton we have been impressed a number of cases, significant sav- with the comprehensive cover- ings in resources - both in time age your reporters have given the and money. To put it bluntly, Town of Milton. Each reporter these services often kept policy has done a fine job. However, makers out of trouble. I believe Maddy Lauria deserves special it is time to not only strengthen praise and recognition for not just doing a "fine iob," but emerging as "outstanding reporter." She has earned a solid reputa; tion for carefully researching each piece that she writes; pre- senting fair and comprehensive coverage of issues; and, most importantly, establishing consid- erable credibility with the people of Milton. One current example is the piece she researched and wrote about Milton Town Charter pro- posed changes. Finally, we feel that Maddy is not only an excel- lent reporter, but well represents the integrity and importance of the Cape Gazette. Dr. Donald and Judy Shandler Milton TOPSOIL PEA GRAVEL MULCH DECORATIVE PAVERS FIRE PITS OUTDOOR KITCHENS 17630 Nassau Commons Blvd. 1/2 Mile West of Five Points, Rt. 9 302-644-7602 OPEN: Monday. Friday 7am. 5pm Saturday 8AM - 1PM Serving all makes and models. It's Hard To Stop A Tranee. Sussex County New Castle County (302) 834'0556