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14, CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 1 - August 7, 1997 Salin Continued from page 12 Route 1 area, there is little, if any, direct force that we can exert over the state and county. I think the best we can hope for is careful and positive lines of communication. And this requires expertise that we may trot have in the city. There are experts in the area of ex- erting influence and I believe we should seek such expertise to maintain effective and perhaps constant liaison with both the state and county. A lot of ground has been lost and I fear it will take considerable funding if we are ever to reduce the detrimental ef- fect of Route I development." 5. "I am solidly for preserving the historic buildings in the city and restoring them where neces- sary. But I am afraid this cannot always be done in a legislative manner. I believe there are cases where there is conflict between our building codes and historic preservation. Where this is the case, imagination and reasonable- ness in extending variances may be all that is necessary to save an old building of historic signifi- cance. And there must be cooper- ation on the part of the owners. But short of tax concessions, there isn't much the commissioners can do." be to recommend appropriate ac- tion to the commissioners for them to enact the laws as neces- sary to implement the plan." 7. "It is my belief that the police are cooperative when enforcement of the ordinance is requested and or when the necessity is noted by the police. Additionally, I believe the Realtors are alert to the law. Certainly it is to their advantage that it be enforced. A reminder to the police may be in order occa- sionally, but I am not for making any changes in our current policy, at least not at this time. 8. "There is only one area that occurs to me that might benefit from annexation, and that is the largely commercial land along Rehoboth Avenue Extended, be- tween the canal and Route 1 (not including any land along Route 1). Control of this entrance to Re- hoboth could certainly benefit from beautification, zoning re- strictions and coordination with the rest of Rehoboth Avenue." 9. "I think this is a matter that needs constant attention, but I have no thoughts of any overt ac- tion that should be taken now. The matters of historic preservation, prohibition of group rentals, park- ing and traffic control, beach preservation are among items that will benefit the family resort at- mosphere." 6. A comprehensive Long Range Plan is something I have fought for from my first days on : the commission. Now that we have a good plan, we cannot let it : gather dust. How? Easy - let's do something now. I believe the Planning Commission is as anx- ious as I am and it is my desire that the Planning Commission set up a schedule for its implementa- tion. I believe that priorities have been set and the next step should ' II Derrickson Continued from page 13 portant cit, serCiees. Annexation is probably a good way to better control the city's destiny, but it may be impossible to accom- plish." 9. "If you mean keeping the city safe, clean, quaint and charming, you can never put enough effort into that." 10. "The Chamber's main role is to insure that our market area is provided with information and promotional material. The chain- 10. "The Chamber of Com- merce as it is constituted, is con- eerned with promoting the entire area from Midway through Dewey Beach. Main Street, on the other hand, is concerned only with the business within the incorporat- ed boundaries of the City of Re- hoboth Beach. While there is some overlap in roles within the city, with a little coordination be- tween the groups, valuable re- I bet basically sends the invitation to visit, then Main Street and the individual businesses should in- sure that the visit is as rewarding as possible." 11. "I would like to see better communication between the city and the police department by forming a police commission with one commissioner and two police persons. The intent of this com- mission would be to keep the city better informed, review any con- cerns within the department and to help the police department better understand the motivation of the city with regards to certain deci- sions." sources need not be wasted. Main Street should concentrate on the appearance, vitality and quality of Rehoboth's downtown area, Main Street can offer the mechanism or process that is the catalyst for co- operation between downtown business community and the resi- dential community's civic and church organizations, as well as individuals. The Main Street or- ganization should concentrate on becoming totally independent of the city government and should bring issues to the commission when they need their support." l 1. "The police department op- erates to comply with state, coun- ty and city laws. I have no reason to believe they are not following that requirement. Improper com- munication, if any, can affect the performance of the police depart- ment. I would first look to any corrective action needed in the matter of communications. That should be all that is necessary un- less problems that I am not aware of are indeed present. 12. Financial: "Currently all financial planning is done through budget preparation on a year-to- year basis, with little or no analy- sis of long term requirements and opportunities. I strongly support five year, at least, planning cycles with each operation within the city government having an annual update of their five year plan." Training: ''he city has an ex- cellent staff which is dedicated and works hard to keep our city looking good and operating smoothly. I can't say enough good about them. We, the city government, do not do enough for these employees toward making them completely familiar with all of the processes, the philosophies and the tools that are available to make them more productive. There should also be programs put into place to train the staff and prepare them for career opportuni- ties." Maintenance: "There should be plans and schedules in place for maintenance of every function, every piece of infrastructure and every piece of property and equip- ment that the city owns which de- scribes care and maintenance." Communication: "There is never enough information avail- able so that the public is aware of what is going on. A once a year news letter that relates primarily to accomplishments is not enough. The newspapers do a pretty good job of covering commissioner meetings and really newsworthy happenings, but even this is not enough. The electorate needs to be better informed. I would at- tempt to implement a quarterly newsletter with sections from each department stating accom- plishments, problems, perfor- mance (i.e. water usage, etc.) and plans for the next quarter." Curbs and sidewalks: "The present procedure for mainte- nance of curbs and sidewalks is at best hit or miss. The code requir- ing residents to fund the mainte- nance should be examined. It has been suggested that funding of curb and sidewalk maintenance should be done in the same way as street resurfacing is funded." Sussex Planners reorganize, elect officers Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission reappointed John Allen as chairman of the commission during the Commission's reorga- nization meeting in July. Allen was appointed with no dissenting votes. Robert Wheatley was also appointed as the commission's vice chair- man. His nomination also received no negative votes. Tall Pines expansion gets approval The Sussex County Council has approved an expansion of Tall Pines Campsite. The council approved the expansion off of Road 247, .3 miles west of Road 261. The expansion calls for 54 more campsites to be located in the campground. John Harris Jr. of ECI, Environmental Consultants International Corporation, said that the developers have en- tered into an agreement with the Delaware Department of Transporta- tion (DelDOT) for a traffic signal installation agreement relating to the intersection of Routes 9 and 261. Look for the blue b white umbrellas for parking info, permits b change what's at your neighborhood PostNet Store! ................ Private Mailbox Rentals Fax Seces Shipping Services Rubber Stamps . Copies- B&W - Color Office Supplies Shipping & PackJing Supplies . Money Orders and a whole lot morel ACCEPT AlL COMPEORS' COUPOHS Each Post/get Center independently owned & operated. Services may vary. /. P00r. 15 Midway Shopping Center 4950 Highway One Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (302) 644-9034 Fax: (302) 644-9036 m Change Machine at First St. b Rehoboth Ave. -- FREE Parking after September 14th Enjoy your stay with us and hurry back?