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8 - CAPE GAZETUE - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 .................................................. ............. ..................................................................... .......................................... ............................. .... _.,.._....,.. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... lishments do not encourage their patrons to the other commissioners as we cooperative- commentary must be avoided at all times. Letters Continued from page 7 of 50 business owners who signed those let- ters and yes we do want a change in leader- ship. Mr. Fitzgerald should be mending the relationships that Mr. Riordan has mined instead of widening the divide. Ken Heydt Dairy Queen Dewey Beach Bob Forwood Wings To Go Dewey Beach Riordan deserves another tet in Dewey Beach We have been enjoying Dewey Beach's "Way of Life" for 44 years. We came to Dewey as young profession- als from Washington, D.C.. We lived in group houses for five seasons, married, bought property in 1976 in Dewey, and after 30 years with the CIA came to live in Dewey where we have operated a Bed & Breakfast Inn on Chesapeake Street for the past 21 years. Dewey has been very good to. us, and we would be the last ones to want-Dewey to change even though we are now considered by some to be "old." Those of us who are lucky e n_ough to live in "Paradise", owe our thanks to those volunteers who have the "courage" to fight for our rights, and to work to keep our Dewey's "Way of Life." Courtney Riordan is one of those dedicated - volunteers who for the past several years has fought for our rights. He has the courage, dedication, and experience to take on the difficult task of trying to balance the needs of our citizens, businesses and visi- i tors. We need a business district, along with a :peaceful environment for our visitors and residents to enjoy, this includes a "respect- ful" attitude on the part of the bar/restaurant owners and clientele. This can only be accomplished if the owners of these estab- Barefootin' Continued from page 7 "  :: all the jokes about Scotsmen and their kilts closer to home. HIGHWAY HEROISM - Lewes Beach resident Mike Pelrine deserves notoriety for his quick thinking and decisive action that may have saved the lives of two young women. Pelrine, editor of Delaware State News in Dover, and Tammy Brittingham, State News publisher, were headed north out of Rehoboth Beach on Route 1 on a recent Sunday afternoon when they witnessed a serious crash involving several cars. One of 'the cars was accordioned between two other cars. Pelrine jumped out of his vehicle to see if he could help. The doors and win- dows on the vehicle were jammed due to the collision and the young women inside couldn't get out. "I saw that the car was filling with smoke and looked around for a tire iron or something else to smash open a window," said Pelrine. "I saw nothing but an emergency so I decided to kick." Remembering his judo training, Pelrine cocked his leg and then leveled it with all- his might. The force of the blow shattered the glass and Pelrine was able to extract the girls from their car. Disaster averted. Later that evening Tammy treated Mike to dinner at Car6 Azafran in Lewes. "He sure deserves it," she said. Everyone who has heard the story agrees. over indulge in "cheap" alcoholic bever- ages, and take stringent measures to enforce existing state laws concerning serving alco- hol to minors and obviously inebriated indi- viduals. This is the task that Courtney Riordan has laid out to achieve. We hope that you will once again sup- port and reelect Courtney Riordan as Dewey Beach Commissioner for a third term so that he can continue to work over the next two years towards accomplishing this objective. Vivian and Bob Barry Dewey Beach property and business owners Kuhns thanks supporters, lays out future game plan Now that the Rehoboth election of 2006 is behind us, I would like to take the oppor- tunity to sufficiently express my heartfelt appreciation to all of my supporters. As one recently suggested to me, "This elec- tion was a civics lesson in action." The results proved that every single vote count- ed. Everyone can take pride in the prospect that they had a major impact on the out- come. In addition to my supporters, this election was a success due to the hard work of the staff of the City of Rehoboth and the appointed election board. Without the ded- ication of these individuals we would not have had such a well-orchestrated process. Please take the time to applaud the efforts of all involved. The real challenge begins as we move on to the next phase. I previously spoke of my 90-day plan. I would like to reiterate the need to focus on a few of the issues that continually arose during this campaign. As your new commissioner, I would like to suggest that my colleagues, with the help of the city solicitor, begin to develop an all- inclusive re-writing of the city charter to remove any discrepancy in voter registra- tion; incorporating eligibility for all persons who hold property in trust, business owners with leases of less than 10 years and even consider the possibility of voter rights for property held in limited liability corpora- tions and partnerships. Then, with help from the building and licensing department, the commissioners need to develop a sound and workable solu- tion to the structure and ultimate enforce- ment of the most recent changes to the zon- ing code. With the additional help of our arborist, we need to stay on top of the cor- rections necessary to make the tree ordi- nance a document that can be easily com- prehended by the average citizen of Rehoboth. Third, the city has recently contracted for the assessment of its needs for new admin- istrative offices and an update of our police facilities. While we are focusing on the future, we should look at the big picture and consider all of the facilities around city hall and consider the future with a long-range plan rather than put off that discussion until we are forced to make a decision. Finally, the city has just proposed a refer- endum to permit the borrowing of monies for the much needed upgrade of our drink- ing water wells. Additionally, the city plans to distribute a complete description of the process as well as the objectives of this project. Why not take this opportunity to open the public discussion about another pressing expenditure in our near future, the possible use and impending cost of the ocean outflow project. As a newly elected commissioner, I look forward to the public discussions of these issues. I also look forward to working with ly reach out to all citizens of Rehoboth Beach to solicit their help in shaping the future of our Rehoboth Beach. Again, thank you for letting me become your voice. Paul Kulms City Commissioner Rehoboth Beach pkuhns@ Rehoboth commissioners need to let the sunshine back in The following letter was sent to Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper and the Board of Commissioners, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. The sun shines or not as Mother Nature wishes - what else can we do? But as citizens of Rehoboth Beach we have the expeotation of and have the right to demand sunshine all the time.., that is an open form of government. Of late the gov- ernmental processes have been persistently filtering out some of the sunshine. The development of an extensive tree ordinance and most recently a monumental revamping of the city zoning code best exemplify a "mostly cloudy" process. One commissioner took the zoning changes under his Wing and presented his initial proposal - that might have been okay to that point. But when he took the revision process out of public sight - that was not okay. Also, it wasn't okay when the mayor authored, unbeknownst to his fellow com- missioners, a new version and presented it in haste. For the tree ordinance the same commis- sioner took the "consensus recommenda- tions" developed by the city-appointed Parks and Shade Tree Committee and rewrote the same into a proposed ordi- nance, but personally included many adaptations that were not previously dis- cussed by the commissioners in public - this isn't okay either. !: In both instances a circuiar process cow tinued. There was some discussion, but then edits were made in private and the revised proposals were resubmitted to the commissioners often with no or too little advance notice of the changes to the citi- zenry. Worse yet, the resubmittals con- tained far too much verbiage edited, added or deleted without consensus of the other commissioners in "public" session. Meeting in private gives the appearance of intentional secrecy and conspiracy. This privacy also contravenes the intent of our Sunshine Law, a component of our Freedom Of Information Act, which man- dates "that public business he performed in an open and public manner so that our citi- zens shall have the opportunity to observe the performance of public officials and to monitor the decisions that are made by such officials in formulating and executing pub- lic policy." As elected city officials you need to bet- ter recognize citizens' rights and ensure that the creation and revision of our city ordi- nances, our laws, has a transparency and is open for public observation and scrutiny at all times. For the development of new or for the revision of existing ordinances, complete and open public discussion is warranted and a better record of proposed and agreed upon edits is a must. The city solicitor or our underutilized paid consultant or other administrative personnel (not the commis- sioners) should properly administer to the revisions to ensure the revised document properly integrates only the changes approved by commissioners in public ses- sion. Personal editing and addendums or In the case of the tree ordinance, requested revisions .should have gone back to the established city committee for considera- tion, then resubmitted to the commissioners - that is one way governments maintain transparency and accountability to their cit- izens. In some instances just mentioned, revi- sions were presented to the other commis- sioners only minutes before discussion was to take place at a public meeting and copies of the changes were not always made avail- able .to the citizenry - we sat in the audi- ence in the dark at times. This is not accept- able. As our newest elected official, Commissioner Paul Kuhns has recom- mended a widely used "First Reading/Second Reading" process. This should be adopted for formulating new codes or revisions to existing ordinances. This process affords all parties - the com- missioners and the citizenry alike - ade- quate time to view code changes before dis- cussions are to take place and facilitates a transparency to the workings of our city government. Citizens expect more acknowledgement of their fights. You are responsible for pro- viding us "freedom of information" and for providing "sunshine in our lives" and we expect it of you. Stan Mills Rehoboth Beach Many 'old Rehoboth' women deserve acknowledgement In writing a much deserved tribute to Mrs. Grace Cooper in my last letter, with usual enthusiasm and desire to portray the Rehoboth that I remember, I attempted to list the grande dames, the lifelong residents of Rehoboth. The truly lovely, knowledge- able ladies we are privileged to see and talk with occasionally in our daily life. I awoke with a start that night, realizing to list them all would be impossible for me. Three more very much loved, well known ladies, certainly grande dames of Rehoboth came softly to mind. Mrs. Doris Lynch of the Messick family, owner of the Captain's Table Restaurant, Mrs. Ina Steel, widow of Dr. Steele, the dentist, Kathryn Marsh and Mrs. Carl Short. I'm sure there are more. To forget would ibe my wiShlPleaseblame it on senior memory? Sleep eludedme.:With elosed eyes in the dark of night a procession of dignified, loved and lovely ladies of old Rehoboth, long gone, passed through my awakened mind. Certainly couldn't forget Mrs. Mac Hall McCabe, Mrs. Nettie Horn, Mrs. George Thoroughgood, Mrs. Franklin Quillen, Mrs. Eva B. Hazzard Lingo, Mrs. Ella Marvel, Mrs. Francis Massey, Mrs. Arthur Joseph, Mrs. Alberta Schmierer, Mrs, Clara Schmierer, Mrs. Amanda Simpler, Mrs. Angie Holland, Mrs. Mary Holland, s. Eugenia Ewing, Mrs. Louisa Corkran of the Homestead, Mrs. Edith Cochran, son Dan had airport, Mrs. Betty Noble, Mrs. Virginia Shaud, Mrs. Didi Hudson, Mrs. Harriet Jeglum, Mrs. Hayes of bandstand fame, Mrs. Raymond Wilson, Mrs. Theodore Palmer, Mrs. Norman Calhoun, Mrs. Jim Travis, Mrs. Dan Conant, Mrs. Harry Clendaniel, Mrs. J. Edward Tikiob, Mrs. Joseph Ciconte, Mrs. George Paley, Mrs. Molly Roach, Mrs. Robert Stevenson, Mrs. Eugene Blizzard, Mrs. Papajohn of the Belhaven Hotel, Mrs. Theo Pechides, Alexandra, Helen and Connie of Dolle's fame, the Mitchell and Burton ladies, the Phillips ladies, the Kunsman ladies, the Snyder ladies of Snyder's fame, Mrs. Van Pelt, Mrs. Emmert of the Dinner Bell Inn, Mrs. Wingate, Jay's Continued on page 9 "M