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10 TUESDAY, JUNE 24- THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 NEWS cape Gazette  Rehoboth upholds tree removal permit Hickman Street owners can remove 12 trees on property By Ryan Mavity ryanm@capegazette.com The Rehoboth Beach commis- sioners upheld a decision by the city's Parks and Shade Tree Commission to allow a Hickman Street couple to cut down 12 trees. That decision came only after a debate over how the hearing was to be held. City solicitor Glenn Mandalas ruled the hear- ing should be heard as if the commissioners were the parks and shade tree commission and not based on the record of the previous hearing. Mandalas said hearing it this way would make it easier for Superior Court to make a ruling, should the case be heard there. Commissioner Dennis Bar- bour wanted to table the hearing altogether, saying the commis- sioners should clear.up whether tree-appeal cases should be heard de novo, as Mandalas sug- gested, or on the record of the previous hearing. The commis- sioners voted 5-1 to go forward with the hearing with Barbour the only no vote and Commis- sioner Stall Mills recusing him- self because his wife, Marcia Maldeis, is on the parks and shade tree commission. The tree ordinance does not say who can appeal a decision by the parks and shade tree com- mission, only that an appeal must be fried in writing within 30 days of the commission's deci- Open aH shows Monday thru Siatiday Maid of Honor (PG13) 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30 Nim's Island (PG) 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30 The Other Doleyn Girl (PG13) 1:00, 3:20, 7:00, 9:15 Forgetting Sara Marshall (R) 1:00, 3:20, 7:00, 9:15 Speed Racer (PG) 1:05, 3:35, 6:50, 9:20 Horton Hears A Who (G) 1:05, 5:15 Leatherheads (PG13) 3:00, 7:05, 9:20 RYAN MAVITY PHOTO , foreground, and wife Kathy, testify before the Rehoboth Beach commissioners during a public hearing over whether the Livermans should be able tocut down 12 trees on their Hickman Street property. The commissioners granted their request to cut down the trees by a 5-1-1 decision. sion. ]. Michael Craig, a Re- hoboth resident, fried the appeal via a letter to the commissioners. Craig was not present at the ap- peal hearing because, he said, he was out of town on business. In his letter, Craig said he was con- cerned because there was no ba- sis for the removal in the tree or- dinance and because minutes of the parks and shade tree com- mission's meeting were not avail- able to the public, which he said was suspicious. Property owners, Andy and Kathy Liverman of 120 Hickman St., said they were not asking to cut down the trees for the sake of cutting them down but were try- ing to improve their property. Andy Liverman said brush has been growing under the trees dating back 20 years and stand- ing water was attracting mosqui- toes. Liverman said they wanted to take some of the large trees down because they were pre- venting the family from opening their porch windows while other trees were diseased or dying. He said they had altered their plan to preserve more trees on the property, even though their ar- borist from Sussex Tree told them they would have to be tak- en down in a few years. Ritchie Thurmond, a certified arborist from Sussex Tree, said he had inspected the property and found that the trees the Liv- ermans wanted to cut down were causing a nuisance, imping- ing on the foundation of the house and the garage and ruining the aesthetics of the house. Thurmond said some of the oth- er trees were diseased and would likely be dead soon. He said after removing the requested trees, the property would still have 10 trees on it. Continued on page 13 =You are Beautiful !" he said, as his hands slid over my curved form and his fings somy foncaed the buddes on my Wap, When I proadsed COMFORT and he 'ILOVEYOU' J=,COMFORT,== 33'/ Ave ira6 Co=dJ a Tk Hurry Inl Upt Dom P,d Oeadt 3034131 Are, qood a.t" covLvL00c+ivL00 i.t-h cas.i-o00crs ? Then please attend the WSFS Customer Service Rep Recruiting Event, Wednesday, June 25, 4-6 p.m., Rehoboth banking office, 19335 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. WSFS was voted one of the best places to work in 2006 and 2007. Come learn why. We invite you to stop by and talk with one of our Associates or visit www.wsfsbank.com/careers. co+a00d For EOE MIFID/V " Service Madhu Assistant Manager office Rehoholh Mall, 4493 Hxxv. 1 302-644-{I140 Cinema entrance off Rt. 24 (Parking behind the Mall) - I