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C.pe Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, MAY 30- MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2008 lS Dewey discusses committee requirements By Georgia Leonhart georgia@capegazette.com On the heels of the appoint- ment May 9 of a new member of the Dewey Beach Planning & Zoning Commission, town Com- missioner Claire Walsh wants to discuss establishing require- ments that town council mem- bers be provided with informa- tion regarding proposed com- mittee and commission mem- bers well in advance of their nominations. "We are placing the future of Dewey Beach in the hands of the people who serve on its commit- tees. The council must be pro- vided with information regard- ing nominees before they have to make a decision," Walsh said. It was nearly four hours into the May 9 council meeting when Mayor Dell Tush nominated Gary Mauler of ]essup, Md., to f'fll the planning commission seat being vacated by Carolann Dry- er, whose term was to end May 15. Dryer said she would comply with whatever the mayor decid- ed regarding whether she should retain or vacate her seat. Walsh said she had not been informed before the meeting that a new member was going to be nominated and asked Tush how Mauler became aware of the opening on the commission. Walsh expressed incredulity when the mayor said it was her understanding he learned the seat was open by seeing the town council meeting agenda on the internet. No one said they knew the nominee, except Tush, who pre- sented an email from him that she had received the night be- fore. Lifelong Dewey resident George Metz had requested reappointment to the board, but at the Feb. 9 meeting, Tush in- stead nominated Chuck McKin- ney, a Salisbury resident whose family has owned the Pier Point Marina for decades. McKinney's appointment was confirmed after town commis- sioners agreed to consider adding two seats to the planning Gary Mauler appoin00ea to Dewey Beach P&Z By Georgia Leonhart georgia@capegazette.com Gary Mauler is the newest member of the Dewey Beach Planning & Zoning Commission. His three-year term will expire May 15, 2011. Mauler volunteered to serve on planning and zoning in an email sent to Mayor Dell Tush May 8, the day before she pre- sented him to the town council as her nominee for the seat held by Carolann Dryer. Her term ex- pired May 15. '1 AM BLOWN AWAY WE JUST VOTED SOMEONE ON P&Z NOBODY KNOWS, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT EMAIL CAME OUT OF NOWHERE BECAUSE OFAN AGENDA ANNOUNCE- MENT ON THE INTERNET.' -DEWEY COMMISSIONER CLAIRE WALSH Mauler said he decided to vol- unteer for the job after discover- hag on the web that a new mem- ber would be appointed. "It got to a point where there was so much going on I realized they needed a lot of help," he said. "I have been visiting Dewey Beach since I was born in 1950," Mauler wrote in his email to the mayor. "Dewey Beach holds a lot of good memories for me and has been a very important part of my life." Among his quilifica- tions Mauler listed being a civic leader in his hometown of Jes- sup, Md., for 25 years. In Anne Arundel County, Md., he served as president of a group of civic associations, fotmded a coalition of civic associations, and served on two land-use plan- ning committees, all of which ad- dressed development issues. A fellow engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Mueller said he has dealt with major traf- fic issues and believes he can as- sist Dewey in dealing with its. During a May 13 interview, Mauler discussed his active in- volvement in opposing develop- ment of a mall near the Balti- more-Washington International Airport and a $100 million auto speedway in western Anne Arundel County. Mauler said his family owns three houses on Dickinson Street and that he usually visits Dewey two or three weekends a month during the spring and fall. He said he attended one public hear- ing during fall 2007 and has at- tended no other planning and zoning or town council meet- ings. "I've tried to stay out of the political arena," Mauler said. "It appears to be hostile down there." Mauler said he intends to think outside the box and that he hopes to bring some new ideas to the planning and zoning com- mission."The big issue from what we're reading on the web has been about Ruddertowne," Mauler said, noting he has no re- al concern regarding the pro- posed Ruddertowne redevelop- ment project. He also said he does not have a vested interest in anything. "We're not business property owners and we're not lobbying to make a buck. So we have no interest other than to make it a vibrant town," Mauler said. 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's the commission continues to face the difficult task of creat- ing a comprehensive zoning code, I thought the town would want members to be people who actually live and work in Dewey," Metz said. "As far as I know Mauler does neither." But Tush said she was very im- pressed with Mauler's qualifica- tions. "It often helps to bring in Continued on page 16 WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS Saturday June 14th 8-11 am or 12-3 pm (choose your time) Holiday Inn Express, Ist Floor Meeting Room Route 13 Seaford, DE Learn how to use your computer for email, photos, organizing, internet and more! Bring your own laptop with Windows Vista. Handicapped Accessible Adults: Senior Citizensl Retirees encouraged to attend. Beginners, you won't want to miss this! AN N IVE RSARY LE Free , Free Free Standard Delivery. Spa Steps. (heroical Package. (over Uft& Orientation on all Vitu spas (over $600 value) 1-86fi-505-AQUA Offer exp4ree 6-5-08. Accessory Kit Upgrade with any pool table 1-8fi6-5OS-AQUA VVlth th ooupcm. 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