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6 " CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 5 - August 11, 1994 VIEWPOINTS Editorial More pro-active representation needed One of the nation's fastest growing areas - Delaware's Cape region - is woefully under-represented at the level of government where it needs representation most: Sussex County Council. Two councilmanic districts meet in the Lewes-Rehoboth area: dis- trict three and district four. The two men representing those districts live and circulate far from the heavy pressures bearing down on what is rapidly moving toward becoming one of Delaware's largest com- mercial and residential concentrations. George Cole's world is primarily that of southeastern Sussex where he and his family live and where he makes his living. He's closely in tune with the pressures at work in that community. Mr. Cole represents the fourth councilmanic district which stretches from Fenwick Island north to a line just above Rehoboth Beach and west from Rehoboth to Gravel Hill. Ralph Benson's world is the agriculturally-dominated region between Milton, Ellendale, and Milford. He's closely in tune with the farm world and knows its needs well. But his day to day living doesn't bring him much in contact with the urban word of sewer systems and congested summer weekends steadily emerging in the Cape region at the southern end of his district. Sussex County Council controls land use in the county and is the most influential player in the majority of the Cape region territory, outside the municipalities. In a strong construction boom as we're currently experiencing, land use is everything. Representation on county council for this area must be strong over the next few years if we areto develop in a manner that won't totally obscure the area's attractions. George Cole is up for election this year and to date has no opposi- tion. Voters in the northern area of Mr. Cole's fourth district should insist that their representative become more closely involved with these burgeoning communities and carry their growing voice of con- cern over proper land use more regularly to Georgetown. That takes more than simply showing up at each Tuesday's meeting and grous- ing at the activities of other council members. RalphBenson is up for election in 1996. As one who has sought his office to represent all the people of the third district, Mr. Benson should finish out the next two years of his term by being more visible in the area of his district under greatest fire so he too can be more tru- ly representative during council discussions. And in that time voters can take a hard look at seeing whether Mr. Benson will continue to be their best choice for the diverse representation needed. The council members are paid more than $14,000 per year for their offices. For that money, they should take a more pro-active approach to understanding and representing this forgotten corner of their two districts. Letters Weather Picture A cropduster plies his trade on a farm field near Rehoboth Beach last week. New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter August 7 August 14 August 21 August 29 More on Rehoboth parking permits To Rehoboth Beach neighborhoods on the other side of our city: As Rehoboth Beach faces changes n future years, your neighborhoods might need to know what we are trying to learn from our Maryland-Olive Avenue park- ing permit test, and from our struggles. We believe that a start must be made in resolving the parking problem here on our own streets. Turning our problem over to mechanical parking meters, which can't think, before people try to solve the problem, just does not make sense. Many of us want to do something ben- eficial for our neighborhood, and we are willing to try and make a start at solving the parking problem. If working on the parking permit problem remains con- fined to our neighborhood, that will be just fine with us. The parking permit ordinance recently passed in Rehoboth Beach is strictly confined to our neighborhood, and it cannot apply to your streets. Those who say it does apply are evading the truth. Our parking test will be modified over and over, starting this winter with changes based on the little we can learn in August. We will work with the city until a design and plan is acceptable to our neighbors, renters and daily beach visitors. If your neighborhood wants such an ordinance, it would be up to you, as it was with us, to persuade the city govern- ment. Those for or against a new neigh- borhood effort would then have the chance to address the commissioners and to file petitions on behalf of the neigh- borhood. We would not come from across town to force a petition on you, as CARB is doing to us. Jack Brinckmeyer, Richard Hamilton and others in CARB do not speak to the consensus of residents in our neighbor- hood. CARB seeks to intervene in our neighborhood affairs by a city-wide ref- erendum drive against us. We have labored hard, and we view this negative effort as excessive and unneighborly. In our opinion, the motivation of CARB leaders seeking signatures on the referendum petition now being circulat- ed serves their own profit-oriented, self- interest. The petition came from a few rooming houses, far away from our streets. There, these same people earlier waged their own fight against parking meters, but they lost. Now they have meters out front, which their patrons don't use. Instead, they use free spaces in front of homes in nearby blocks. They profit from this arrangement, as we do here in our rooming houses on Maryland Avenue. They want parking to remain free on the streets of their neigh- bors, so that their profits will be maxi- mized, instead, we are willing to try to help our clients pay for more convenient parking on the streets where they rent rooms and apartments. CARB leaders fear that any success we might have in testing permits will jeopardize their free use of their neigh- bors' streets. Perhaps, they fear that these neighbors might be getting tired of "paying" for this parking advantage. CARB was formed years ago for the sole purpose of tearing down an earlier city- wide, probably premature, permit plan. Do CARB leaders now want another notch in their belt for opposing permits? Our neighborhood, in contrast, prefers taking positive approaches to our own problems. We want to test and find out what is workable for us. We are not con- cerned with what might threaten prof- itability for the leaders of CARB. We want to look to the future by testing and planning. We do not intend to try to shoot down our neighbor's efforts on the other side of town. We agree that this ordinance will not solve Rehoboth's parking problems, but after modifications, it might start to solve problems in our neighborhoods. That, however, depends on how well the ordinance tests out on our streets. 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