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18 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, July 21 - Monday, July 24, 2006 Age: 39 Address: 92 Tidewaters, Heniopen Acres Born: Dover How long have you lived in the area? Henlopen Acres resident since 1971. Education: Rehoboth Elementary; Rehoboth Junior High School; Cape Henlopen High School, 1985; Florida Institute of Technology, bachelor of science in biology, 1990 with a specialty in DNA research; Northeastern University, bachelor of science in pharmacy, 1993. Occupation: Owner of The Bootlegger, Rehoboth Beach: mother of Baylan. 8, Stormy, 7. Saylar, 4: volunteer. Former owner of Rehoboth Pharmacy; part-time pharma- cist and part-time real estate agent. Civic experience: Founding president and currently treasurer of Rehoboth Beach Main Street; member, Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Village Improvement Association. As a city commis- sioner, member, Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Committee; Parks and Shade Tree Commission; and personnel commit- tee; spearheaded city website. Why are you running? "I believe I've been very effec- tive. I work well with my state and local politicians. I've contributed to exciting projects since their inception, including ocean outfall, the municipal complex and the Lake Gerar bridge. I think we've become very progressive and we're moving in a great direction." PAUL KUHNS Age: 51 Address: 125 Stockley St. Born: Evanston, Illinois How long have you lived in the area? Full-time Rehoboth Beach resident since April 2005; property owner since 1987. Education: Georgetown University, bachelor of science in business administration, 1976; Columbia University, master's degree in business administration. 1983. Occupation: Part owner of two Rehoboth Beach eateries, Arena's and Summer House. Professional experience: Managing director of municipal finance at Merrill Lynch in New York City for 23 years. Civic experience: member, Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Association; contribu- tor. Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. Why are you running? "I want to represent the citizens of Rehoboth in the decision-making process. I also want to help Rehoboth in its long-range financial plan. I want to give back to the community that's been such a major part of my life." PAT COLUZZI AGE: 50 Address: 41 Sussex St. Born: Washington, D.C. How long have you lived in the area: Full-time Rehoboth Beach resident since 2000; Rehoboth Beach property owner since_ 1994. Education: 1978 graduate of George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in biology and psy- chology. Occupation: Computer consultant, network installer, website designer, database programmer. Professional experience: Vice-president, CACI Inc., 1979-1989; Chartway, 1989 -1991; SRA. 1991-1993 - all high tech firms. Started a consulting company in 1993. Civic experience: Board member. ANKH Inc., which runs Tau House in Georgetown, the only halfway house in Kent and Sussex County for chemically dependent women; board member, Rehoboth Beach Main Street; member, Save Our City; spearheaded downtown Rehoboth banner campaign; upgraded city website. Why are you running? "Running for City Commissioner just seems to be a natural extension of work I am already performing in the community. My interest lies with keep- ing the core business district of Rehoboth Beach vibrant while preserving the charm our neighborhoods and natural resources." RBHA hosts annual forum for Rehoboth candidates By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff In two debates that were more cordial than contentious, Rehoboth Beach Commissioner candidates all called for more support for city businesses and a more proactive role in promoting itself as a tourist destination. About 50 people appeared at a forum hostedby the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Association (RBHA), July 14 to meet candi- dates Pat Coluzzi, Paul Kuhns and Kathy McGuiness, all vying for two seats on the city commission in the Saturday, Aug. 12, municipal election. "City councils are the building blocks of our republic," said RBHA President Libby Stiff." This forum, tonight, is a study in democracy." All three candidates also agreed that parking and improving the city's wastewater disposal system are crucial topics for the city. Moderator and Rehoboth resi- dent Stan Mills asked the candi- dates four questions from the RBHA board and 19 others chosen at random from questions posed by the public. A sample of the ques- tions follows. As we have seen with the tree ordinance and the first proposal to Change the floor-to-area ratio (FAR) in 2005, ordinances have been passed without having been completed. What changes would you propose for this process? Coluzzi: "I'm extremely proud of the tree ordinance model. I con- sider most government enactments are not complete," said Coluzzi. "When the .6 FAR was adopted. the commissioners expressed future openness for further modifi- cations. Openness is good," said Coluzzi. "I view our code as a liv- ing document." she said. Kuhns: "It's a simple answer for me. I just wouldn't pass an ordi- nance that's incomplete .... We have to stop tweaking them and do them correctly from the begin- ning." Kuhns also advocates timely posting of city agendas and increased resident notification of city decisions and plans. "Read the CDP [comprehensive development plan]. Count how many times it says 'community support and involvement.'" McGuiness: "This is a question of process. Balance is key" McGuiness said Rehoboth's con- stituents should rely on elected officials to make the right decisions for them. While she advocates citi- zen input, she said. "Don't bog down progress, in favor of process." More than two years ago offi- cials committed to installing Americans with Disabilities Act- compliant crosswalks at intersec- tions on First and Second streets. What will you do to futfill this com- mitment? Kuhns: Kuhns said two days prior to the RBHA debate, he spoke with a friend at the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and is already research- ing the compliance issue. He said the city's streetscape improvement project was such a success that as officials work toward upgrading Delaware and Wilmington Avenues, the city should simulta- neously upgrade Rehoboth Avenue to ADA standards. McGuiness: As a former mem- ber of the city's Street and Light Committee, McGuiness said she's approached Mavor Sam Cooper twice about the need to appoint a new chairman. McGuiness said she has experience working with state representatives and other politi- cians to funnel money toward bringing Rehoboth Avenue up to ADA compliance. Coluzzi: "It's a great opportuni- ty for us to work with DelDOT. The money needs to be there. I don't see any real reason why it shouldn't," said Coluzzi. In 2005. the city enacted a .6 FAR ordinance; the issue went to referendum at great expense, caus- ing a controversy that polarized the community. Given these facts, do you think it is prudent to change the FAR so soon ? MeGuiness: Last year, McGuiness said, she was not in favor of the reduced FAR. "This year, the FAR is addressing the goal of front porches and free attic space. I am a supporter now," she said. The architectural review task force, she said, is a guidebook to help residents remodel their resi- dences, another device she sup- ports. Coluzzi: "It's a win-win situa- tion. I support the proposal." She advocates a .5 FAR above ground, with more living space below. She said she is aware some residents may not be able to install base- ments, but other features, such as flexible setbacks, allow homeown- ers to build garages. Kuhn: "When it came to refer- endum last September, it was obvi- ous people spoke up and voted for a .6 FAR," said Kuhns. While he advocates alternatives and resident options in the recent FAR proposal, he suggests further research may be needed. "I don't know if we addressed what's in the document today," he said. Coluzzi, in a rebuttal: "To sit here and wait for perfection in any ordinance is not wise." She pointed to the U.S. Constitution, which has 27 amendments. What is the most critical issue facing the city in the next three years? MeGuiness: Drinking water and wastewater disposal. We have to get out of the canal. We have to address it - these basic things are huge - that we have to have to sur- vive." Coluzzi: "Drinking water and wastewater disposal. Clearly, more and more people are coming to Rehoboth Beach, which strains our services.'" Kuhns: "Water wells and carbon filters need to be addressed," said Kuhns. "Clean water is para- mount." Kuhns also said the city needs to start planning for the ocean outfall project. Other 1:ecent problems he cited are fish found dead in Silver Lake and the need to reassess Rehoboth properties for tax purposes. McGuiness, in rebuttal: McGuiness defended the city in cleaning up Silver Lake's dead fish, which died from lack of oxy- gen. She said the city can't install diffusers, which increase oxygen levels for wildlife, because part of the lake is too shallow. "The city was there to clean it up." Questions from the public included: Would you support a citywide re- assessment of properties to more accurately reflect their current value ? McGuiness: "Absolutely, when necessary. There will be reasons and needs coming up that will require assessments." Continued on page 20