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12 - CAPE GAZE'ITE, Friday, August I - August 7, 1997 Rehoboth voters to elect two commissioners Aug. 9 Three candidates are seeking election to two seats opening up on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners Saturday, Aug. 9. One is incumbent Commissioner Bitsy Cochran, who is completing her first three-year term, while the other two, Don Derrickson, and Jack Salin, have previous- ly served on the board. The seat other than Cochran's which is up for election is that of Jan Konesey who declined to seek a third term. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall. While the voter registration deadline has passed, absentee ballots, which are available at city hall, must be turned in no later than noon, Friday, Aug. 8. Below are profiles on the candidates and Betty Ann "Bitsy" Cochran grew up in Rehoboth Beach and holds a Bachelor of Science de- gree in history and associate de- gree in business, both from the University of Delaware. She has been the owner of Monograms Unlimited on First Street since 1981. Serving as a member of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Com- missioners for the past three years, she is chairperson of the Conven- tion Hall/Bandstand Committee and serves on both the sewer and water and street and light commit- tees. Cochran is past president of Don Derrickson grew up in Re- hoboth Beach and is a 1963 grad- uate of Rehoboth High School. He graduated from Northern Louisiana University in 1968 and entered Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, serving as a naval aviator until 1971. He mar- ried his wife Diane in 1968 and raised three sons. Derrickson re- turned to the family business after leaving the Navy and in 1985 he went into business on his own. Presently, he and his wife own and operate the Sandcastle Motel. He served as a city commissioner from 1989 to 1991, served on the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Jack Salin is a native of Wash- ington, D.C., who grew up in Re- hoboth Beach, earning a degree in electrical engineering at the Uni- versity of Delaware. Following graduation'he was a professional engineer in the electric utility in- dustry throughout the United States and some foreign countries. Following retirement in 1978, he became an independent registered engineer providing consulting ser- vices to firms and municipalities throughout Delmarva. He served on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners for three terms, is a member of the Rehoboth Kiwa- their answers to questions posed on various pertinent issues. In the interest of conserv- ing space, the questions poised to each can- didate are listed below, numerically, with the coinsiding answers listed with each can- didates' profile: 1. What to you feel is your most signifi- cant accomplishment in serving the city? 2. What improvements would you like to see in the parking permit system and traffic management. 3. There has been a lot of discussion late- ly concerning the need to install a new well, replace the water tower and upgrade the sewage treatment plant. What do you be- lieve should be priorities? 4. Route 1 development, which is not within the city's domain, and relationships the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Re- hoboth Beach Historical Society Board of Directors. 1. "As the chair of the Conven- tion Hall/Bandstand Committee, we just completed the newest ad- dition, the conference room. Also, this winter, I worked on the plans for the Delaware Avenue Comfort Station, which was completed late this spring. Working the last three years with various committees and commissioners has been a great learning experience. with the county and state governments have been frequently discussed. How do you think the city can go about fostering better relationships and clearer channels of com- munication in these areas? 5. The Planning Commission is revisiting the proposed Historic Preservation Ordi- nance and discussing other measures to pre- serve structures or at least insure that new buildings fit the streetscape. What's the so- lution? 6. Do you have any ideas as to how the city can more quickly implement the Long Range Plan and what do you perceive as the priorities? 7. The city has a law against group rentals to three or more people unrelated by blood or marriage. Do you feel stricter enforce- Through brainstorming, we were able to complete these projects." 2. "Going door to door this summer campaigning, I have heard many positive comments concerning the parking permit system. I think that as long as the residents are happy with the sys- tem we should continue to moni- tor the plan. As for the commer- cial district, I would like to see some of the revenue raised go back into parking management. I see the need for additional change machines, and a trolley or tram system for in town, bus shelters and continued plans for employee parking." 3. "Currently we have had a study completed and a proposed Commerce board of directors and as president of that organization in 1991. He has also served on many city committees, including the budget and parking committees. 1. "Helping the City of Re- hoboth Beach and Department of Public Safety develop a compre- hensive and scientific ocean water testing program for the Delaware beaches." 2. "I would continue to develop what the Parking Advisory Com- mittee started with employee parking, parking-related services such as the change machine, look- nis Club, the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association, the Re- hoboth Beach Historical Society and Epworth Methodist Church, as well as a member of a number of professional societies. 1. "I was involved in a large number of matters of importance to the city, but I feel the most ben- eficial was expansion of the police department, including develop- ment of a vital state of the art communication system now in Use." 2. "Theping permit system  ing into the possibility of an in- town tram, parking garage and central bus stop location." 3. "The water tower has to be replaced as soon as possible. I be- lieve the Lynch well was sup- posed to be replaced by the state, but I don't know what happened. We can always use more capacity with the expanding need for water and if the state was supposed to replace the well, it should. With regard to the sewer plant, I believe we should start planning on how we are going to stop discharging into the canal and replace that sys- tem with a land application type. 4. "We have very little political power at both the county and state levels. The amount of revenue we is working well and there is noth- ing outstanding that needs fixing at this time. The ordinance cover- ing the parking system required that performance of the system be reviewed at the end of the season and action taken as appropriate to assure its continued success. I have been disappointed that the commission did not follow the ad- vice of the advisory committee to set aside the profits from the sys- tem for future parking require- ments but transferred the money into the general fund. That almost assures that anything that needs to be done and costs money will not be done." Concc, rning traffic manage- ment: "Overall the traffic manage- ment is working good. There are ment of this provision is needed? 8. Do you think annexation of surround- ing land is a plausible way to better control density of Rehoboth Beach? 9. Do you think more effort is needed'to ensure that Rehoboth Beach remains a fam- ily resort? 10. What roles should Main Street and the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Com- merce be playing when it comes to striving for prosperity in the commercial area of Re- hoboth Beach? 11. If elected, would you work to affect any changes in the Rehoboth Police Depart- ment? If so, what changes would you like to see occur? 12. Are there any other topics you wish to touch upon? recommenda- tion for re- placing the stand tower and the water tower. This should be our top priority. We have a se- rious condi- tion with the COCHRAN current water tower that needs to be addressed. The current upgrade to the sewer plant is near completion, but we must be ever alert to improving our treatment and output into the canal. The state had agreed to re- place Lynch Well 1 several years ago with the expansion of the highway. We must hold the state enhance to both govern- ments greatly exceeds the amount of registered voters we send to the ballot box. We can only try to per- DERRICKSON suade the county and state that what is best for our area is also best for them as well." 5. "I believe what the Planning Commission is trying to achieve is some sort of harmonious building plan much like many housing de- velopments use when they put re- strictions on deeds of the property. no easy an- swers to the congestion problems re- suiting from packing so many people, cars, etc., into so little space. I am very con- SALIN cerned about safety of the walkers, runners, bikers and in-line skaters. As a minimum there should be more protection at intersections such as signs and crosswalks reminding everyone that pedestrians in cross- walks have the right of way." 3. "The expressed need for a to the agreement and work to re- place the well before any prob'- lems occur." 4. "First is communication. That involves the commissioners meeting on problems, giving the city manager and the mayor clear and precise directions on the sta- tus of the city, and then having them relay our concerns and wish- es in a rational and clear dialogue. One of my concerns over the past three years has been who autho- rizes the position of the city, when the commissioners have not met to discuss them." 5. "An Historic Preservation Ordinance is very hard to write for Continued on page 13 " A revised building code for the R- 1 zone that restricts certain de- signs and material types would probably accomplish a streetscape plan. The preservation of old structures is something that can be quite difficult. I believe that the use of the Carlton Hotel, as a ho- tel, was stopped by the State Fire Marshal, so I'm not sure what can be done with regard to some of the old structures." 6. "The Long Range Plan is a great guide for present and future boards, but the implementation of the plan is another thing entirely. How and when these ideas are funded and completed is the very essence of why we empower cer- tain people to lead us. Whether Continued on page 13 new well and water tower is not new. Our engineers recommended a new water tower as far back as around 1948, as I recall, and at the time of the Route 1 widening, the danger of accident involving an oil spill at Well No. 1 led to the plan to 'move' it. The need for both is greater than ever. Clearly we cannot risk any possibility for damage to or loss of our water supply and action is urgent. The pressure for the city to discontinue discharge of treated sewage (no matter how clean) into the canal is not going to go away. There are solutions and the longer we put off action, the more it will cost. 4. 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