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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 5 - August 11, 1994 Cochran, Konesey, Pool set sights on Rehoboth seats Aug. 13 Bitsy Cochran Please relate some highlights of your background - employment, and organi- zations to which you belong. I'm a Rehoboth Beach native and a 1976 Cape Henlopen High School grad- uate and 1979 University of Delaware gradu- ate with a bache- lor's degree in history and an as- sociate degree in business adminis- tration. I pur- chased Mono- grams Unlimited in 1981. I'm a member of the COCHRAN Rehoboth Beach" Historical Society, past president of the Re- hoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Jan Konesey Please relate some highlights of your background - employment, organiza- tions to which you belong, etc. I was formerly a lobbyist for Com- mon Cause of Delaware, from 1983 to 1994. I am presently as- sistant vice presi- dent in community investment for Na- tionsbank of Delaware and serve on the Re- hoboth Beach Board of Commis- sioners. I have KONESEY served as a volun- teer for various organizations such as Adopt-a-Family and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Roger Pool Please relate some highlights of your background - employment, organiza- tions to which you belong, etc. I was born in Wilmington in 1927 and retired from the duPont Company in San Francisco in 1986. My family has owned prop- erty in Rehoboth since 1921 and I became the sole owner in 1978, moving to Re- hoboth Beach full POOL time in 1989. Elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1991, I am a member and lay minister of St. Edmond's Commerce and a member of the Embroi- dery Trade Association. What do you perceive to be your great- est accomplishments in life, including your years on the board of commission- ers if you are an incumbent? Accomplishment means to bring some- thing to an end. I feel that my work through the chamber in its restructuring is not yet completed. My abilities as a business per- son is an ongoing process that is continual- ly developing. I am proud of the leadership and participation that I have had within the community. Once again, what course of action should/can Rehoboth Beach take on parking problems and permit parking districts? Parking is a complicated issue with each neighborhood having its issues they want addressed. I felt the city was heading in the right direction when the parking committee met last summer, with representation of all What do you perceive to be your great- est accomplishment in life, including your years on the board if you are an in- cumbent? My children and my marriage, as well as my friends and family. Once again, what course of action should/can Rehoboth Beach take on parking problems and permit parking districts? We need some type of permit plan. We will address parking in the context of the long range plan. There will probably never be a resolution to the parking problem in Rehoboth Beach because of our size and popularity, but we can try to make it as eq- uitable as possible. Where do you stand on beach fees, a rental tax and reassessment. And what measures would you propose to strength- en the city's fiscal outlook? On the beach fees - no. On the rental tax - yes. Reassessment needs to be done with Catholic Church, trustee of Old Drawyers Church in Odessa, director of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and member of the Kiwanis Club and Knights of Columbus. What do you perceive to be your great- est accomplishments in life, including your years on the board if you are an in- cumbent? To be alive and healthy and to live in such a marvelous place as Rehoboth Beach. Al- so, to be able to serve my church and my community - hopefully leaving it a better place. I served on the restaurant size committee and Bauer Report committee; I helped ac- complished the renovation to Convention Hall as a chairman of the Convention Hall/Bandstand Committee and chaired the parking committee of the Financial Plan- ning Task Force. Once again, what course of action should/can Rehoboth Beach take on the community. Unfortunately, the com- mittee has been disbanded. I believe a com- prehensive city-wide plan needs to be con- sidered which should include a combination of defining areas of light usage, evaluating effective public transportation, a permit plan in some areas and meters in others. Where do you stand on beach fees, a rental tax and reassessment? What mea- sures would you propose to strengthen the city's fiscal outlook? Before I cold decide on any of these three issue for raising revenue, I would need to know why the money was needed and where it was going. If there are shortfalls in any departments, they should be analyzed. A long range financial plan for the next five years must be developed. This plan would include a pre-submission of line item oper- ating costs and equipment needs by each department head. This information would provide the budget committee with the data needed to avoid unnecessary expenditures. The financial plan should match numbers to Sussex County; however, reassessment alone doesn't raise money. We need to be. able to raise rates to make sure commercial property owners pay their fair share without the taxes becoming a hardship for our resi- dents, many of whom are retired and on a fixed income. The summer of 1994 is winding down. Do you think there has been a noise prob- lem that must be addressed once again? I think we need to look at some very spe- cific problems in a very few areas. We must get the residents, the chief of police and the business owners to talk together to see if the problems can be resolved before we change the law. Some problems are more enforcement than anything else. How do you feel about the police de- partment stationing radar patrols near the entrance to town? Do you think po- lice enforcement is too stringent, too lax or about right? I believe the first issue has been resolved, parking problems and permit parking districts? The parking permit ordinance as passed on July 8 is a good piece of legislation. Those objecting to it should put aside their self-serv!ng interests long enough to read and understand it. Instead of taking an arbi- trary adversarial attitude, they should take a positive cooperative position and try to make it work rather than scuttle it. Where do you stand on beach fees, rental tax and reassessment? And what measures would you propose to strength- en the city's fiscal outlook? Beach fees, while unpopular, are fair and work elsewhere. The rental tax is accepted everywhere and is a legitimate way to collect from those who use the services the city provides. However, it fails to collect from the day trippers - only parking and a beach fee do this. Reassessment itself does not produce rev- the real cost of our visitors. We know with relative accuracy the income generated through the meters but there is no clear comparison of the actual costs. Justifica- tion for increasing revenue should be based on proven need. A beach fee is a very unpopular issue in the community but I would be willing to lis- ten to why one was needed. However, there would have to be strong evidence of finan- cial need. A rental tax may be a better way to col- lect revenue, but if implemented, we can not continue to nickel and dime the busi- ness community and our visitors with other fees. Also, I don't believe it is the real es- tate agent's responsibility to enforce the or- dinance and it seems the people who al- ready have licenses would support those who rent without one. I believe reassessment needs to be done. If the county doesn't show any movement in the next year, I believe that we should make a determined effort to start reassess- Continued on page 10 now that the police are stationing vehicles near town entrances rather than radar pa- trols. On the second issue, I think sometimes the police could use a little more common sense. We are also faced with extremely difficult problems in the summer months, with the majority of the officers part-time and the large numbers of visitors. On the whole, it's O.K., but it could be better. What do you believe to be the most im- portant provisions of a long range plan for Rehoboth Beach and do you think a Main Street program is feasible for the city? Main Street is very feasible for Rehoboth Beach and I will continue to work with all interested parties. A good long range plan provides direc- tion for future decisions. It enables us to strengthen our best and eliminate our worst. I'm not sure any one provision is more sig- nificant than another. They are generally Continued on page 10 enue - all property io Rehoboth Beach is currently assessed on the same basis. I firm- ly endorse a fair share approach. The summer of 1994 is winding down. Do you think there has been a noise prob- lem that must be addressed once again? Noise is no worse than in previous years. There will always be the 2 percent, plus or minus, of obnoxious, objectionable persons. Unfortunately, that percentage seems to be increasing - the moral and ethical standards we grew up to know and respect surely are deteriorating. How do you feel about the police de- partment stationing radar patrols near the entrance to town? Do you think po- lice enforcement is too stringent, too lax or about right? Chief Doyle does a good job. It is a half mile from Route One to the canal and the entire area is posted at 25 miles per hour. If, Continued on page 10