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J LtJDL|I|JH II !ll]i]lm..H LI JqlUllLtLUitnainmqlpumt leqaiWn J s.I -- ,R,,l ......... 10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 7 - June 13, 1996 Hyde, Kane board shoe-ins; Cooper to face Bahan in Rehoboth By Trish Vernon All attention will be focused on the may- oral race in Rehoboth Beach this summer, as only two candidates, incumbent Jack Hyde and Betty Ann Kane, filed petitions by the June 1 deadline for the two commis- sioners seats up for election Aug. 10. The only names that will be on the ballot now are those of incumbent Mayor Sam Cooper and his challenger, Bill Bahan. There was no election three years ago, when the candidacies of Cooper, Hyde and incumbent Commissioner Jack Salin went uncontested. However, there was general surprise expressed that Kane would take over the reins from Salin, who declined to seek re-election due to recent health prob- lems, without a fight. "I guess I laid the groundwork last year," said Kane earlier this week, of her unsuc- cessful campaign for a seat on the board in 1995. "I had all my T-shirts, posters and signs ready to go." In a hard-fought election last summer, Kane came in a healthy third in a field of five candidates for two open seats. Since then, she was appoint- ed to the Rehoboth Beach Planning Com- mission and was high- ly favored in many circles to win a seat this summer. This will be the In'st time in the city's history that HYDE three women will be serving on the seven-person board at one time, as Kane will join Jan Konesey and Bitsy Cochran. Kane is a resident of Washington, D.C., who heads up Betty Ann Kane and Compa- ny, specializing in government and commu- nity relations. She has owned a second home in Rehoboth Beach since 1988. Local barber Jim Burdette, who also ran unsuccessfully last year, picked up a peti- tion but never filed it. This is the second time in a row that Hyde has been maintained his seat without opposition and will be serving his fourth term of office. An at- torney with a private practice in the Re- hoboth Beach area, he has served as vice mayor for the past four years, chairing the Personnel Com- mittee and sitting on KANE the Street and Light Committee. "The voters must think we're doing a pretty good job," Hyde said of his lack of opposition. Cooper won't be afforded the same ease at retaining his seat. Bahan, a permanent resident of Rehoboth Beach since 1991, said when he filed May 1 that he has re- ceived a lot of encouragement from a num- ber of people who would like to see a change of command. Bahan, who is retired after 35 years of employment in the computer industry, be- lieves he can bring potent organizational skills and new leadership to the mayor's post. A member of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment and Cable Television Com- mittee, Bahan served on the Long Range Plan Committee and the group that fash- ioned the newly-implemented residential parking permit system. Cooper, who served eight years on the board before being elected mayor six years ago, is a Rehoboth Beach native with an en- gineering background who now operates family rental units and is a partner with his cousin in a Dewey Beach motel. Standing on his record, Cooper said it is his concern that city government remain above board and not be run from the back room that leads him to seek re-election. The deadline for voter registration is Fri- day, June 14. In order to be eligible, one must be a permanent resident of the city, a property owner or leaseholder of record and at least 18 years old. Absentee ballots will be available beginning Thursday, June 27. Rehoboth Main Street seeks ban on commercial "garage" doors Burnell hired as first program director By Trish Vernon The fledgling Rehoboth Main Street continued to make strides at its May 5 meeting, as it introduced its first program director, Ann Marie DelleDonne Burnell, and decided to back a concerted effort to ban the installation of any more roll up garage doors in all com- mercial areas except the Board- walk. Main Street President Kathy Kramedas came before the Re- hoboth Beach Board of Commis- sioners at the June 3 "listening post," requesting the city place a moratorium on replacing conven- tional storefronts with roll up doors. Noting that one T-shirt shop on Rehoboth Avenue has installed such doors and others may soon follow, Kramedas said, "I'm not sure they fit into the ambiance and charm of Rehoboth Beach." She told them that National Main Street is sending her guidelines for possible ordinances the city could enact prohibiting such doors, with Commissioner Bitsy Cochran calling the new trend in doorways "scary". At the June 5 Main Street meet- ing, the matter was broached again, with Kramedas noting that the city is hesitant in imposing Rehoboth Long Range Plan goes to public hearing June 24 By Trish Vernon The public will have a final chance to comment on the pro- posed Long Range Plan for Re- hoboth Beach during a public hearing set for 7 to 9 p.m., Mon- day, June 24. There's a distinct possibility that the plan will be adopted the same evening, al- though it may end up on the agen- da for the regular Friday, July 12 meeting instead. Despite the fact that the Re- hoboth Beach Planning Commis- sion held three public hearings on the plan, which has been in the works since 1993, it was decided at a May 3 meeting devoted to dis- cussion of the Long Range Plan that another hearing be held. Planning member Betty Ann Kane gave the board an overview on May 3 of the work the commis- sion has accomplished before for- warding the final draft to the board in November of last year. "The Planners believe that they have completed their task, which ends with the board adopting the plan that would serve to guide the city in a consistent and focused manner in the future," a charge approved by the board in Decem- ber of 1992. With the guidance of profes- sional planner Bruce Galloway, the study committee fashioned a plan which has been fine-tuned by the Planning Commission and considers short term, intermediate and long term goals in terms of the oceanfront, business district, resi- dential areas, outlying areas, etc. The final version features a va- riety of action plans under each targeted area's vision, which are proposals by the Planners on how the visions can be implemented. With the passage of the plan, it Continued on page II moratoriums except in the case of an emergency. But during the June 3 meeting, Commissioner Rich Sargent said that businesses could be put on notice that if they do impose an ordinance banning the doors, the city could forego the grandfather clause for doors already in place, which may dis- suade them from installing them before an ordinance can be enact- ed. Cochran has also suggested that merchants could be forced to re- move any such doors after five years. At the June 3 meeting, Commis- sioner Jack Hyde suggested that rather than enacting a ban of the doors due to aesthetic reasons, the board could cite concerns with the health, safety and welfare of the public, as it would be difficult for firefighters and police to see if there are problems within of there is a solid doorfront when the busi- ness is closed. During the Main Street meeting, Kramedas said that other mer- chants have voiced concern over these doors, and a committee was formed whose mission it is to en- sure the city adopts new guide- lines. This committee is headed by Frank Grossi, owner of Bayside Builders, who was appoint- ed that evening as the new chairman of the Design Committee, GROSSI replacing Wayne Sharp. He is being assist- ed by Cochran and former city commissioner Dick Darley, who was also appointed that evening to fill the position of the recently re- signed Irene Simpler as historian. The committee plans to urge Mayor Sam Cooper to request that City Solicitor Walk Speakman be given the National Main Street's guidelines for a proposed ordi- nance and perhaps fashion one for Rehoboth Beach Commissioners to consider at the regular monthly meeting on Friday, June 14. Contacted June 5, Building In- specter Susan Frederick said she is of the understanding that a par- ticular T-shirt store in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue is planning to follow the lead of a T- shirt store across the street which installed the roll up door. She has yet to receive a request for a per- mit to have the door installed and said she will consult with the mayor and Speakman before issu- ing the permit. "I own the building where Thrasber's is and I've told them I wouldn't raise their rent if they make sure their store doesn't look like it's closed in the off-season," advised Main Street member Jeff Zerby, of possible incentives to stave off the trend toward roll up doors. Burnell, who officially takes on the role of program di- rector on June 17, will be working out of the old Re- hoboth park- ing meter de- partment at city hall, which had BLL housed the now defunct Rehoboth Downtown Business Association. A Rehoboth Beach native, Bur- nell is a 1985 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School and a 1989 graduate of Marymount College in Arlington, Va., with a bachelor of science degree in interior de- sign and marketing. Until a year ago, she spent the past six years in Philadelphia working for a man- agement training and consulting firm, coordinating training pro- grams. "My husband and I decided to move to the Rehoboth area perma- nently a year ago," Burnell said, adding she has been employed most recently at Creative Con- cepts. "I'm very excited about taking on this Rehoboth Main Street position and I look forward to the challenges ahead," Burnell said. Expressing his embarrassment, Main Street secretary Martin Dus- biber apologized that evening for not sending the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce a response concerning the request to place an information kiosk near the Boardwalk on Re- hoboth Avenue. Chamber representatives had come before the board of commis- sioners this spring seeking ap- proval for the kiosk and were in- formed to go before Main Street for input before a decision would be make. While Main Street officials said they still had concerns and ques- tions upon presentation of the lat- est information the Chamber passed along, they admitted to dropping the ball in the correspon- dence over the matter. "I take the blame," Dusbiber said, explaining that Main Street members were asked for their in- put, which was faxed to him by Kramedas and Main Street mem- ber Bill Richardson. Dusbiber promptly filed the information, unaware it was his responsibility to relate it to the chamber. It was the latest chamber newsletter update on the kiosks that brought the gaff to their atten- tion, "and we can't sweep it under the rug," Dusbiber said. "We will send a letter with our remaining questions and concerns." However, both Cochran and Main Street member Dennis Diehl both believe it is basically a "dead issue" for the summer of 1996, due to time constraints. Continued on page 11