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8 Lewes should re-think generator sale Your reporter, Henry Evans, did an excellent job in his article in the Gazette (Aug. 24) about the Lewes Board of Public Works decision to sell the "back-up" diesel generators. While we are given the perti- Tuesday September 5, Tha, " :nentfacts by ':?Evs bf the board's action, and the "clean air standards" necessity for not oper- ating the generators on a regular basis, it is a rather drastic action in these times to just get rid of it. If there are other significant reasons not reported, they should be exposed so the public is also informed. In these times of concern for homeland security and disaster planning and the necessity of being able to take care of our- Colnlnental00 Continued from page 7 wants to preserve. Are they sell- ing their wares or setting their tables out of altruism? There's not enough space to talk about the tremendous spin-off benefits of development that employ so many residents and allow them to pursue the American dream. With neering explanation would take this space several times over, the real fact is that they cannot replace stormwater management ponds and to suggest otherwise is wrong. Last comes the issue of commu- nity, which is a social group whose members reside in a specif- ic locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage. In this context, Sussex County is our community September 7,,2 selves for five t0 seven days in the event of a natural/environmental emergency, it might be prudent to slow d0wn, re-examine the deci- sion to sell the generators and talk with DNREC about maintaining the generators, with occasional testing, It would be ignorant to believe that this would be without expense involved, but when and/or if the Dolmarva distribu- tion goes down, there would be nothing available. The sewer plant will operate, I Sussex County is not perfect. There are things that can be done better and tools that can mitigate some of the negative aspects of growth. Interestingly, these things are not magic or hidden from us. The challenges Sussex County faces have already been addressed elsewhere with varying levels of satisfaction. What is  needed is a collaborative, thoughtful review .of and debate on thetools by respect to the farmersreaping too himself  much economic gain from th -ommen- ,00to ca00,t00 'a current homeownerCan  . backarouhn.|  interetg or, ...... status, 1 of residency, expec Pext comes overslmpunea ana tations and many other factors. incorrect assertions cast as fact. Mike wants to prohibit onsite wastewater treatment systems because they are "by their very nature .... destined to fail." These are facilities that produce effluent that meets drinking water stan- dards and that recharge ground- water (something Mike espous- es). Contrary to his statement of fact, such systems have a long, extensive and successful track record around the country and DNREC's has stringent design criteria and oversight in place to insure Sussex County has the same experience. He also wants to substitute bio-swale technolo- gy for stormwater management ponds. Bio-swales have their uses and should be implemented when possible. While the engi- rlt 0/1 iml kl,=  Lady in the Water (PG13) 1:10, 3:20, 7:10, 9:20 Mike certainly represents a part of the community. The County Council, county farm and other land owners and developers and the many economic engines they drive also represent part of the community, possibly a much larg- er part. The conduct of development in Cars (G) 1:00, 3:35, 6:30, 9:00 Miami Vice (R) 1:00, 3:35, 6:30, 9:00 Lake House (PG) 1:05, 3:15, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25 Over the Hedge (PG) 1:05, 3:15, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25 You Me & Dupree (PG13) 1:10, 3:20, 7:10, 9:20 within to then be Codified by the consultants. Practically speaking, no solution that totally satisfies both sides will emerge. Reasonable people who really care can, however, craft some- thing that works for everyone. In closing, this piece may sound too muck like an attack on Mike. It is" not. He's an intelligent, artic- Just what the doctor ordered From blood tests to X-rays, Bayhealth's Outpatient Services offer a range of diagnostic and hbomtory tests all performed m convenient locations throughout the state. probably the lift stations will work and probably some and/or most of the well will have standby power in the event of an outage, so these items are satisfied, and therefore not valid complaints. During an extended outage, however, with rolling blackouts possible, all of the board's area of power distribution could have some power. Very few people in our coastal area know and or remember when areas to the west were without ulate guy that deeply cares about issues of interest to him and who is willing to spend time working on them. The real attack is on dysfunctional dialogue that, in the end, builds more barriers than it breaks down. It's also on the incessant, unproductive criticism of the development community. Many developers just ignore it as background noise, knowing that theydo much good. Let's resort to civil discourse among .,an power for two to three weeks as the result of ice age tbe power distribution system. So many areas of Delaware are used to having electricity from Delmarva, the Co-op, or other sources, and unless one .has their own standby generator, they either have it or they don't. The board has the unique opportunity to be proactive. Please investigate all possibilities. Walter Brittingham Rehoboth Beach ommendations that the Council can embrace on behalf of the entire county. 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