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14 - CAPE GAZETTE; Friday, October 9 October 15, 1998 Parking garage, elevated water storage tank financing top Rehoboth's Oct. 9 agenda Community activist Pusey dies in crash By Trish Vernon The question of whether to build a downtown parking garage on city-owned property behind the fire hall once again tops the Re- hoboth Beach Board of Commis- sioners' agenda on Friday, Oct. 9. Commissioners Don Derrickson has sPearheaded efforts to devise a physical and fiscal plan that will meet with approval, ultimately from fellow board members, but also from downtown property owners who would be asked to help finance the estimated $4 mil- lion project. After last month's presentation to the board, Derrickson said he would return in October, seeking, in the meantime, more input from both the commercial and residen- tial sectors. Among the findings expected to be presented are results from a survey prepared by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and passed out at the Oct. 7 regular monthly meeting. Chamber Executive Director Car- ol Everhart said on Oct. 8, that they are in the process of compil- ing their findings of this survey of downtown merchants and proper- ty owners. The survey simply asked if the merchant supports the construction of a garage if the city and state also make financial com- mitments, or if they do noL asking if that person is an owner, opera- tor, manager or leaseholder of a business. "We collected 32 surveys on Wednesday, but only half were from those who owned or operat- ed downtown businesses, so we're in faxing the others today and awaiting their replies," Everhart explained. She noted that when they surveyed downtown mer- chants on the ongoing revitaliza- tion efforts, with a garage not even mentioned in the question- naire, the number one thing that the merchants filled in was a park- ing garage when asked about what was needed. Mayor Sam Cooper assured that no there will be no vote taken on whether to proceed with the pro- ject at the Oct. 9 meeting. Rather, the board could throw the entire idea out the window, or they could vote to continue investigating the possibility. "We're far from any positive decision as there are still too many things, such as financ- ing, to look into," Cooper said. Also on the agenda is the a pos- sible vote to adopt a resolution that would set a hearing, tentative- ly on the night of the Monday, Nov. 2, workshop, to get public input on a resolution to finance the water storage tank project through bonds. FollowiBg*tE hgaring, the boanl could vote to set a public referendum on the r DEMOGRAPHICS ZS - mkct based on folks" age gender, income, educaUon. olution to go out for bonds, which could be held as early as Saturday, Dec. 5, and if that's passed they could then adopt a bond resolution and solicit bids from banks and other financial institutions. While early estimates set the cost of the project to replace the downtown water storage tank and standpipe With a new tank, as well as build a second tank on the old waste water treatment plant site on the outskirts of towns at $3.2 million. Cooper said they would probably seek $3.6 million to cou- er any overruns or unforeseen ex- penses. They hope to finish the project by early summer 2000, with the first phase to include demolishing the old treatment plant and then build a 1 million gallon storage tank to provide much needed ad- ditional capacity to the city's wa- ter system. Once that's complet- ed, they would demolish the downtown tanks and build a half million gallon tank and 165,000 gallon standpipe. This would be the first time the city has upgraded its elevated storage tank system since 1940. While they've considered ap- plying for state revolving funds to help finance the project, Cooper said that the state isn't ready to take on the project and the city is on a fight time frame. Other agenda items include a li- censing agreement with a private property owner on Olive Avenue who is encroaching onto city property; approval of purchase of a sludge injector; committee ap-. pointments and the usual depart- ment and committee reports. At the opening of every board meeting, the room grows silent as Commissioner Jack Hyde gives the invocation. No doubt at the Oct. 9 meeting, they will offer a prayer for the late Bertha Pusey, who was killed in an automobile accident Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Philadelphia (see obituaries). Anyone who has been even mildly interested in Rehoboth Beach politics and issues is famil- iar with the late Mrs. Pusey, who with husband Ray, attend the majority of official city meet- ings. They have also worked for PUSEY years behind the scenes to enact changes or halt changes, especially those that af- fect the area around Baltimore Avenue, where they have main- tained a summer residence on a block that has become primarily commercial in nature. Mrs. Pusey was in the forefront of the controversy over The Strand nightclub, where Mariner's SqlrarPshopping complex now " gtnds. She complained about the noise and rowdiness associated with the late night crowds and eventually, the Puseys were in- strumental in having state legisla- tion enacted, nicknamed "the Pusey bill," which gives munici- palities more control over liquor serving establishments. "She was in a large way respon- sible for that restaurant ordinance, and we'd probably have a number of big restaurants like Dewey Beach if that hadn't been passed," Cooper noted. "She certainly filled a niche and my first reaction when I heard about her death was 'Bertha, you can't go now!' She always had an opinion on everything," he added. "Of course I'd get frustrated with her at times because she could be overly emotional, but after the battle was over, we'd be fine." PSYCHOGRAPHICS 1$- FUN, PRACTICAL marketing to folks based on their actual lifestyles and irtiar persollalUes, motivations, needs, and desires for market stuff. Is a real. word. PSYCHAGRAPHICS 15- a made-up word used locally to mean crcaUve, dfective graphic design and marketing for you. (Scc Iogos, brochures, menus, ads, etc.) Subscflbe to the Cape Gazette today! Call 645-7700 "IF grg ALL HAD THE IDEA THAT EOMMIINITY SERVICE WAS SOMEONE ELSE'S' RESPONSIBILITY, THEN NOBODY WOULD BE DOING IT." 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