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18 - CAPE GAZETTE Friday, September 1 - Monday, September 4, 2006 Dems ,vow hard fight, hard work at rally .................................................................... By Ron MacArthur Cape Gazette staff An energetic Matt Denn fired up a crowd of almost 400 Democratic faithful during the annual jamboree challenging them to take the Delaware State House in November. "This is our time; there can be no excuses," he said. Those words from Denn, state insurance commissioner, summed up the theme of the 41st annual Matt Denn, state insurance commissioner, fires up the Democrats during the annu- al Sussex County Democratic Jamboree Saturday. Sussex County Democratic Jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes. "Many great ideas do not see the light of day; we need to win back the majority in the state House of Representatives. And we can do it if we get out and work. We can't outspend the Republicans, because they are better at that, but we can out work them," said Denn. "This state needs our Democratic principles. This is a state where dreams can really come true for everybody." Democrats control the Delaware Senate, the governor's office as well as nearly all other state offices and two of the three congressional seats. Denn was among almost 400 Democratic faithful and officials during the annual gathering aimed at getting the party primed to work toward election day on Nov. 7. After those seeking elected office served chicken, cole slaw and potato salad, political speech- e-s were the order of the day, with two notable absentees. U.S. Sen. Joe Biden was speaking at a NAACP convention in South Carolina and Gov. Ruth Ann Minner was out of the state. Jack Markell, state treasurer, recently finished a 155-mile bicy- cle ride, from Claymont to Delmar, to spread the word about the Democratic agenda in Delaware. "Think about our ticket," he told the crowd. "We have better candidates, better ideas, better vision and more energy. But that does not entitle us to victory. The question is how hard do we work? My promise to you is that I will be out there working for our local candidates." Joseph (Beau) Biden Ill, the party's candidate for attorney gen- eral, attended with several family members. "The only Biden miss- ing is Joe - the real Joe Biden," he said with a smile, as he jumped up on the stage. BEAU BIDEN He said that he has learned two things about campaigning. "It's about the future and not the past and it's about the voters and not the candidates. The other side seems to want to just talk about me. I like that fight; I'm just get- ting warmed up." Biden noted that two observa- tions have surfaced over the past few months of knocking on doors and attending events. "First, it's a dam good year to be a Democrat because people are tired of the one-party rule in Washington," he said. "And sec- ondly, we address what real peo- ple here are concerned about." He listed the top four concerns as violent crime, children on the internet, senior abuse and identity theft. Dennis Spivack, who is running against Rep. Mike Castle, told fel- low Democrats he has been work- ing 14 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week. "I want to be an agent for change in Washington because the issues are just too important. We need to send some- one to Washington who represents the masses, not the classes," he said. He noted that he joined with others on the platform who said they were proud to be part of the Democratic Party. "We have Democrats who really care about the people," he said. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, the final speaker, said he dreaded being last on the schedule, but at least he wasn't speaking after Joe Biden. "I'm glad I didn't have to follow Joe because he is so good," he said. A coy Carper said he would have a "surprise" announcement to make in all three counties on Saturday, Sept. 9; he is expected to announce his candidacy for re- election. He spoke about the importance of the upcoming election. "Every two years, I've heard Joe Biden say that this is the most important election in our history," he said. "And to be frank, I haven't always believed him. That is not the case this year." Carper asked the jamboree crowd to use their imagination and think of a country where the work force and the economy are the most productive in the world. "And this country has balanced books, surpluses and is a force for justice around the world," he said. "This country is admired by almost every other country in the world. "Six years ago, that was the United States of America. If you have had enough, it's time to vote Ron MacArthur photos Eric Swanson, Democratic candidate for Sussex County sheriff, is ready with tongs in hand on Saturday night to serve chicken to his fellow Democrats during the annu- al jamboree. Democratic." Local candidates at the jam- boree on the Democratic ticket included the following: Robert Walls, 33rd District; Robert Price, 30th District; Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, 14th District; Barbara Lifflander, 41st District; Paul Hayes, 36th District; Harvey Hyland, 5th Councilmanic District; Howard Clendaniel, reg- ister of wills; and Eric Swanson, sheriff. Robert Maddox, 38th District, was out of town. Other Democratic officials in attendance included Harriet Smith-Windsor, secretary of state, Mike Scuse, secretary of agricul- ture, Dale Dukes, county council- man, Joe Conaway, Bridgeville commission president, and Paul Kuhns, newly elected Rehoboth Beach commissioner. The 41st District hosted the event and Don Ward, chairman, was emcee. Plant Continued from page 1 Residents outside Rehoboth Beach proper pay about double the amount that in-city residents pay, said Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Ron Paterson. Two other wells are located in Breezewood and another one lies between Old Landing Road and Route 24. On a peak day, Rehoboth's entire water system can produce 4.5 million gallons, Palmer said. "Rehoboth is sort of a unique system because it's a resort," Palmer said. During winter months, the city uses only one-fourth of its peak capacity, he said. "But in order to provide for the commercial areas and fire depart- ment in peak season, there is a tremendous demand," said Palmer. Paying for the plant Palmer said the plant will cost about $7.6 million. That cost includes more than $1 million that Delaware Department of Transportation paid the cityto move a well at the Lynch plant because it was located within the right-of-way of Route 1. DelDOT plans to expand Route 1 and adja- cent sidewalks over the next two years. Moving the well was neces- sary to upgrade the road, which carries far more traffic than it did in the 1950s, when the wells were built. The project includes building two new wells, however, to replace the capacity from the old one. "The unfortunate part was, as I understand it, one well could not. replace that well," said Paterson. The old well will be abandoned and sealed, said Palmer. Two other older wells at the Lynch site are too close together and cannot be operated at the same time. To compensate, one well will remain in operation and a new one will be constructed, he said. The state's Office of Drinking Water provided a fluoridation grant for $210,000, and an addi- tional $1.4 million will come from the city's capitalization fees, said Palmer. Other funding sources include the city's operating and mainte- nance budget and fees from a developer who paid for water main installation. Together, those funds total roughly $630,000. Officials anticipate borrowing the rest of the money from the state through low-interest loans. Commissioners set the public hearing for Sept. 18. Within 60 days of the hearing, a referendum will be held, which if passed enables the city to borrow the money. Treatment proposed The proposal also calls for adding caustic sodium hydroxide to the water supply, to raise pH levels. In 2003, officials found lindane, a common pesticide used until the 1980s, in city water. High lindane levels can be toxic, but Rehoboth's levels are one-tenth maximum limits, Palmer said. Most municipalities nationwide have some traces of contaminants ........................ LLLL_00,LL/..LLLLL_/._L ......... _./__L_LLL/L.LL ............................... J Kevln Spence photo Rehoboth Beach commissioners scheduled a public hearing on borrowing money to upgrade and modernize the Lynch Water Treatment Plant, built in the 1950s. Upgrades would include building a new 4,700-square-foot water treatment plant next to the one shown above. The new plant is designed to sustain hurricane.force winds. in their water supplies, he said. The proposal also includes using carbon to absorb lindane, said Palmer. "We suspect from the testing the city has done that the lindane has been there a long time," he said. The city is proac- tively treating for the possibility that lindane may increase, but since 2003, the concentration has not risen, he said. Said Cooper, "As soon as the referendum, passes, the city can move ahead." E