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10 * EGAZETT,FrldayJuno 9 -15 I5 Kane is fifth candidate to file for Rehoboth Beach seat By Trish Vernon A field of five candidates will vie for two seats on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners on Aug. 12, as Betty Ann Kane, 53, filed her petition only hours before the noon Saturday, June 3 deadline. She joins Patty Derrick, Richard Sargent, Kenny Vincent and Jim Burdette in the race to garner enough votes to take over the posts held by Dick Darley and Warren MacDonald, who both de- clined to seek re-election. "A lot of people have urged me to run because they know of my experience and perspective as an elected official serving on the council in Washington, D.C. and the way I have dealt with issues," said Kane, who owns a govern- ment and community relations company, Betty Ann Kane and Company in Washington, D.C. Although a non-resident, she spends a good portion of her weekends, year round, at her 56 Maryland Avenue house, which she does not rent out. "I've been coming to my Rehoboth Beach home since 1988, which I've owned with my mother since 1988, and hope to retire there," Kane said. Kane's company works with cities and counties, "keeping local governments on track concerning such aspects as the legislation that affects them, sources of funding, grant applications and programs and projects in which they can participate," she explained. BETTY ANN KANE "I was urged to run last year as well, but didn't. This year, I re- considered because I really be- lieve we need to strike a balance between the commercial and resi- dential communities - and deal with controversies," said Kane, who is president of the Maryland Olive Neighborhood Association (MONA). MONA is the group involved in the controversy over placing park- ing meters along the second blocks of both Olive and Mary- land avenues, which led to the city instituting a permit system instead for those two blocks. The matter ended up in the hands of the court, when opponents of the plan peti- tioned to do away with the permit system. MONA sued tile city, cit- ing a number of reasons why the petition process was not properly carried out. The matter remains in the courts and the two blocks have neither permits nor meters at this time. "While the litigation is still pending, we have offered to work with the city on alternatives. We were delighted with the permit plan and the lawsuit is not so much against the city, which lis- tened to us, as against those who wanted to overturn what the city did. In a way, I think we're actu- ally defending the city's right to make its decision based on what our neighborhood wants," Kane explained. She went on to note she is inter- ested in a lot of other issues in Re- hoboth Beach. "While I don't agree with everything in the pro- posed Long Range Plan, I believe the city needs such a plan. It's an important guide and the culmina- tion of a lot of hard work and community involvement. It will give stability and a framework for future decisions." Citing Main Street and the pro- posed Historic Preservation Ordi- nance, Kane added that there is a need to "preserve the character of Rehoboth, while recognizing what makes it attractive - there's room for a variety of people who come here for a variety of reasons." If elected, Kane, who served on the D.C. council's finance and revenue committee, would also like to play a role in city finances. "I have a reputation for asking sharp questions on budgets - spending, taxation and borrowing. One thing I've noticed while studying the Long Range Plan is that Rehoboth is overly dependent on parking meters for its revenues and I believe the resort needs to diversify, because it's very un- sound to be dependent on one source. "We need to think ahead and capture revenue from day trippers and other visitors - looking at the whole picture in an effort to re- main stable and affirmative," Kane added. A native of New Jersey, Kane has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 28 years. With an under- graduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, she received a master's degree in English from Yale University and taught Eng- lish at Catholic University before heading up public programs for the Folger Shakespeare Library and taking on the post of develop- ment officer at the Museum of African Art. Kane served four years on the District of Columbia Board of Ed- ucation and was elected three times to the District's city council, serving 12 years in all. There she represented the coun- cil on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities and was vice president of the National Association of Regional Councils, a voluntary association of local governments. She was president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and cur- rently serves as vice president of the Washington Historical Soci- ety. "I have a very real interest in historical aspects of Rehoboth. In fact, during Rehoboth's centenni- al ceremony, I was asked to pre- sent a resolution recognizing the resort centennial from the District of Columbia city council - from the Nation's Capital to the Na- tion's Summer Capital," Kane noted. "While campaigning in Re- hoboth, I plan to reach out to as many groups and individuals as I can and will go house to house to meet as many people as possible," she added. The deadline for voter registra- tion in Rehoboth Beach is at 4:30 p.m., today, Friday, June 9. All those eligible to register must he at least 18 years of age, a full-time resident, property owner or leasebolder of record, and if a resident non-property owner, hav- ing lived in the city for six months. Absentee ballots may he picked up in person at City Hall any time after June 29 and no later than noon the day before the elections. The Rehoboth Beach Home- owners Association will hold a candidates forum at its general membership meeting 8 p.m., Sat- urday, June 17 at All Saints Parish Hall. In Rehoboth, Lake Drive residents seek measures to improve safety By Trish Vernon Citing three "serious" accidents in the vicinity over the past 30 days, Rehoboth Beach's Lake Drive property owners Francis Fabrizio and Joel Farr are upset. In the first incident late last month, a vehicle hit the light stan- dard at the corner of King Charles Avenue and Silver Lake Drive, while a second accident occurred at Lake Drive and Silver Lake Bridge last week. The final straw came Monday, June 5, when a dri- ver plowed into their yards, up- rooting one of Fabrizio's trees and tearing up Fart's boxwoods. But these are just the latest ex- amples of the dangers they per- ceive on lake Drive. "Last sum- mer, my children were selling lemonade in our yard when a truck went up on the sidewalk. If the passenger hadn't tugged at the steeE:- wheel, the kids would he dead/,,d Farr. "Statistically, it's an accident :.,aiting to happen." Farr's concerns are so serious that he has put his house, which sits on the corner of Lake Drive and King Charles, on the market, as he feels his complaints are falling on deaf city ears. He first went to the city's Street and Light Committee last year, asking that the street be closed off to through traffic. Farr cited the fact that the winding Lake Drive is a mecca for sightseers. "People stop in their cars to look at the par- rots and geese, mothers wheel ba- by carriages around the lake and rollerbladers are always going back and forth," he said. The Street and Light Committee would not recommend the closing of the public street to the Board of Commissioners, although Farr said everyone on Lake was recep- tive to limiting access way. "If people knew they couldn't go all the way to Silver Lake, they would filter down the other streets, spilling out from a number of points rather than all coming out at Lake," Farr explained. Presently Lake Drive is a one way street from King Charles to Bayard Avenue, with parking al- lowed only on the north side of the street. On the south side, which borders the lake itself, parking is not allowed and the city has put up a number of signs warning of the curves. More recently Fan" and Fabrizio requested that parking be banned on the north side of Lake Drive, which the Street and Light Com- mittee also tabled. ''he commit- tee looked at the request, but Dr. [Robert] Kiingel who lives along there didn't want parking banned and there were residents on St. Lawrence Street who felt it would fill up their street with parkers faster, so they decided to recom- mend the city not ban parking," City Manager Greg Ferrese ex- plained. "You can argue that parked cars can be a barrier for cars out of control, but that doesn't start to solve the problem," Farr said. "The left turn at the bridge is a re- al problem, as often you can't see the tops of smaller cars heading into Rehoboth over the bridge. People pull out into oncoming traffic and get slammed and others turn the wrong way onto Lake from the bridge and Bayard." Last month, Lake Drive was the  focus of a heated discussion Over the Jolly Trolley's request to in- corporate the road into its narrated tour route as it meanders from Re- hoboth to Dewey and back. The Fares wexe there to protest and the Trlsh Vernon photo Lake Drive property owners Joel Fan" and Francis Fabrizio are very concerned about the rash of accidents near their homes, one which occurred June 5 and tore down a tree in front of the Fabriz/o home and shrubbery in front of Fan's. commissioners decided to allow the Trolley to use St. Lawrence in- stead. "At that time the commis- sioners agreed that the street was too dangerous for that trolley route, while the Street and Light Commission has maintained that it isn't," Farr said. Farr Continued that for years the city has "promised to redo the streets - but they won't spend the money for real streets with curbs. It's fine if they don't want to spend the money - make it a limit- ed access area for pedestrians and we'll take care of the area in front of our homes." Ferrese countered that it is the property owner's responsibility to maintain the curbing in front of their homes and businesses, and that the city just paved Lake Drive last fall. "We took off the black- top because of the big crown in the street and blacktopped it again. If they want a higher curb, the city will do the work and bill the property owners," he said, not- ing that curbs should be six inches high, but on Lake, the curbing sometimes meets the blacktop. Nevertheless, Farr said he in- tends to meet with Fabrizio this weekend and "decide what to do next. It's not a case of wanting privacy. If they won't close it, the city needs to spend money to make it safe."