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Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, JULY 29- THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014 9 Outfall project dominates debate proposed $15 million City Hall project, which he opposes. He said he supports a new police By Ryan Mavity user rates. ryanm@capegazette.com McGuiness, who voted to station with space for a parking go forward with ocean outfall garage instead of completely re- The candidates for election during her first stint as commis- vamping City Hall, which Cooper in Rehoboth Beach this year all sioner, said outfall was deemed supports. McGlone said his alternative agree that the city's plan for its less expensive both to build and could be paid for without raising wastewater is the most important to operate, and would be less any taxes. issue, expensive for users than land While the commissioner can- The differences lie in how they application, didates did not do much sparring plan to resolve the questions. McGuiness and Meng both with one another, the mayoral This year's election features said an ocean outfall allows city candidates threw the occasional mayoral candidates Sam Coo- officials to control and manage jab. per and Tom McGlone and five capital costs and sewer rates. McGlone often repeated the candidates vying for two corn- Meng said with land application, need for a new approach to the missioner seats: Francis"Bunky" the city would have to lease land wastewater issue and City Hall Markert, Kathy McGuiness, John and would be beholden to the project. He also said city officials Meng, Larry Myslewski and in- landowner in perpetuity, do not do a good job communi- cumbent Lorraine Zellers, who "With ocean outfaU, we control cating with the public on issues was unable to attend because of our destiny," he said. such as voter registration. a scheduling conflict. Markert said land application McGlone said he wants to be The candidates took ques-plans that have been proposed al- inclusive and find out what peo- tions from Rehoboth voters July low nitrogen and phosphorus to 25 at a forum sponsored by the eventually reach the Inland Bays, ple want. Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' which the city has expressly been Cooper said he takes a low-key approach, preferring not to have Association and CAMP Re- forbidden from doing, letters in the newspapers every hoboth. McGlone said he would like day, and he criticized McGlone's The very first question, asked to see a request for proposals promise of a new vision for the byLindaKauffmanof206Laurel for land application with private city assimply opposing ocean St., was what the candidates plan vendors Artesian Water Co. and outfall and the City Hall project, to do regarding public perception Tidewater Utilities. He said this both of which Cooper supports. of ocean outfall, alternative has never fully been He said his 32 years of experience McGlone said as mayor he explored, as mayor and as a commissioner would be against the ocean out- Cooper said an RFP was issued make him the right man for the fall project, but if the rest of the in 2008; the city received only job. commissioners overruled him, he one proposal, from Artesian, that In a statement read at the favored hiring a public relations would have pumped wastewater forum, Zellers said she was firm to handle negative percep- to the county's Wolfe Neck plant, committed to preserving Re- tions. He said average user rates as- hoboth's character and ensuring Cooper said South Coastalsociated with this proposal were the city continues to live within Wastewater Treatment Plant in $1,400, compared to the $630 its means. South Bethany has been oper- estimated yearly rate for users if She cited her experience and ating for 40 years. If outfall is the city chose ocean outfall, knowledge of city issues as rea- so bad, Cooper said, why is the Candidates were also asked sons to vote for her. state providing more flow to that whether they would support Rehoboth's municipal elec- facility? an increase in property taxes in Markert said there would be no the next three years, given that tion will be held Saturday, Aug. negative perception because the some citizens already had their 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention public will be better informed taxes increased with the recent Center. about the project as it goes along, property reassessment. M c G u i n e s s, M e n g a n d Myslewski explicitly said no, Myslewski all ageed the city while Meng said no, except in should hire a public relations extenuating circumstances. person to help with the per- Markert and McGuiness said ception of outfall. Meng and taxes are already low, and there McGuiness both support the are other options available for outfall, increased revenue besides prop- "Perception is a big part of the erty taxes. problem here. People perceive Cooper would not pledge not that there is sewage going out to raise property taxes, saying into the ocean. That's a big prob- there was no telling what the lem for the city," Myslewski said. future may hold. Resident Roger Truitt asked McGlone said he did not see about the capital and operating how the city would not have to costs ofoutfall and its impact on raise taxes to help pay for the RYAN MAVITY PHOTO SIX OF THE SEVEN CANDIDATES in this year's Rehoboth Beach municipal election took the stage at CAMP Rehoboth's Community Center July 25 for a candidates' forum sponsored by CAMP Rehoboth and the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Association. Taking part are (I-r) Rehoboth Beach Home- owners' Association Chairman Charlie Browne, Mayor Sam Cooper, Fran- cis "Bunky" Markert, Tom McGIone, Kathy McGuiness, John Meng and Lar- ry Myslewski. TOILET PAPER TOILET CHEHICALS * SEWER HOSES ELECTRICAL LIGHTS " ADAPTERS BLACK STREAK REMOVER VENT COVERS WATER HOSES ROOF COATING CAULKS SEALANTS TUBS SHOWERS SINKS TOILETS PLUHBING SUPPLIES HVAC SYSTEHS AIR FILTERS WATER HEATERS DOORS WINDOWS SKIRTING AWINNINGS 24, said Master Cpl. Gary Fourni- Police & Fire )) er of the Delaware State Police. The father of the girl called Woman charged police at 8:30 p.m. after someone at the restaurant called him to let after leaving child at him know Shipe had left the girl McDonald's there, Fournier said. A 44-year-old woman was Police found the mother driv- charged July 24 after police say ing near Camp Arrowhead Road. she left her child at a McDonald's They charged her with endan- playground in Lewes. gering the welfare of a child and released her on $500 unsecured Susanne M. Shipe of Lewes left bond. her daughter, 6, at a play area in McDonald's at Route 1 and Route The child was uninjured. I]/.0