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Dewey to form law enforcement committee By Jen EUingsworth Dewey Beach commissioners voted 3-1 in support of initiating a committee to analyze complaints about law enforcement within the town. An independent advisory entity, the Law Enforcement Liaison Committee will be established with the purpose of generating greater citizen involvement in fielding police-related complaints, said Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick. The intent of the group will not be to supervise the police, but to separate fact from fiction and (o offer an unbiased analysis of complaints about law enforce- ment, he said. Frederick, who will appoint the members of the committee, said he thinks the timing is right for such a corps, since the election was based on police-related plat- forms. "There has been one total loser in this whole thing - that is, Dewey Beach," he said. "An ef- fort has to be made to create a more positive outlook and image for the town.? He said he thinks a committee such as this one could serve to fos- ter a more positive relationship between citizens, tourists and the town's police. "To me, this is an open-book government and it is a good government," he said. The five-to-six-person commit- tee will be composed of one mem- ber from the business community, the residential community, the Dewey Beach Civic League, the police force and a realtor. Com- missioners are not permitted to sit on the committee. Once established, the commit- tee will function for one year and then it will be reviewed by the commissioners to determine its ef- fectiveness. "It's not going to go on forev- er," said Commissioner Faith Duncan. "A year will tell us whether we need to revise, im- prove or whatever." Commissioner Bill Tansey said he opposes the idea of the com- mittee because he doesn't think it is necessary. "We [the commissioners] are the committee," said Tansey. "We're the ones that they should be coming to. I don't think we need another committee for the people. We are the committee for the people. If the pople don't like what we're doing, then they should get rid of us." Dewey considers revamping disordery house ordinance. By Jen EUingsworth At the monthly meeting of the Town of Dewey Beach, commis- sioner Bill Tansey initiated dia- logue concerning the need to re- examine the existing disorderly house ordinance. The current ordinance, which has come under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks, will be re-examined by Dewey Beach Town Attorney Robert Witsil to determineif it re- quires amefiding. In light of platforms presented by challenging candidates during the town's recent race (which mostly dealt with law enforce- ment and the disorderly house or- dinance), Tansey said commis- I Planner Continued from page 10 Hotel, concerning which the city has received complaints. "We're not enthused with the stone, al- though it has functioned. The beach is in better condition and we were told there would be a de- lay if the state had to use some- thing other than the stone. Do we want to tell them that's not what we want in Rehoboth?" Cooper asked. While the stone has been  found to be slippery and difficult to cross, the groin at North Shores, constituted of concrete, is people- friendly, it was noted. They also discussed complaints about commercialization of the sioners should revisit the law, which has been on the books since 1988. Commissioners directed Witsil to review specific portions of the ordinance dealing with noise. Witsil said he believes that the town's ordinance, which states that any "reasonable person" can determine when a noise becomes excessive, is "a constitutional and sustainable law." He said that he has perceived through reading newspaper arti- cles and through the recent elec- tion that the most-discussed and controversial portion of the exist- ing ordinance does deal with Continued on page 15 beach, which some officials have vowed to address over the winter months. Ferrese reported that they are gathering ordinances governing these problems from other beach resorts, agreeing that they should tighten up. "We're he- ing tested," he said of ads on carts and beach umbrellas, as well as people passing out samples of products. Scala told them that the plan- ners would be glad to review these documents and assist the board in coming up with a solution. They also touched on DART First State's resort transit system, appointing a liaison between Sus- sex County and the city, and al- lowing people to operate low-im- pact businesses from residential areas. CAPE GAZETI, Friday, October 17 - October 23, 1997 - 11 BUY, SELL & CONSIGN CORVETTES AND CLASSICS CALL MARK SLA UGHTER 227-2100