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LPE G, FrMay;Nov. II--1v.'2"02 - 9 Tansey to resign seat on Dewey board; Mojo's gets license blessings By Bridin Reynolds.Hughes Just two months after electing two new commissioners and es- tablishing a new mayor, the citi- zens of Dewey Beach are in for more change on their town coun- cil. Current non-resident commis- sioner Bill Tansey will resign in the wake of winning a New Castle County Council seat in the Nov. 5 election. Tansey was unable to attend what would have been his final Dewey commissioners meeting on Nov.9, but Mayor Pat Wright an- nounced his intention to resign at the conclusion of the meeting. "Everyone knew this was coming if he won the election upstate. By charter, filling the position is to- tally up to the commissioners. We have someone in mind and we will fill the seat at the December meeting," said Wright. Wright, who would not name the potential designee, added that the board is open to suggestions until the next regular meeting, to be held Saturday, Dec. 14. "We do not have his letter of resigna- tion in hand, so I would be un- comfortable going forward today. Late obituary Cathy Mae Price Massey, nursing assistant Cathy Mae Price Massey, 47, of Smyrna died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was born in Milford, daughter of Letha M. Price of Milton and the late Aron Price Sr. She attended Milton Junior High School and graduated from Cape Henlopen High School. She worked as a certified nursing as- sistant at the Delaware Home for the Chronically Ill and for Gener- ations Home Care. One May 7, 1988, she married Wayne M. Massey. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Milton. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, PHA, Hattie S. Blackwell Chapter 16 in Also, if there are names others would suggest, we are open to that," said Wright. She asked that any suggestions be submitted to Town Hail. In new business, the newly con- figured council struck its first note of discord during a public hearing to consider a request by Mojo's Restaurant, LLC to apply for a liquor license with the state Alco- hol Beverage Control Commis- sioner. Partner Roberto Perrirl spoke for the Cuban and Italian eatery, which opened in Dewey in June of 2002. Perrirl, well known for his work at Ristorante Zebra in Rehoboth, said Mojo's needs a liquor license to compete as a fine restaurant. Commissioner Dale Cooke voiced opposition immediately, "I don't think we should approve any more liquor licenses. I think we have enough in town and we have heard over and over from cit- izens that they are against it." "I find myself in an unusual po- sition and that is in disagreement with Dale. I think to run a sue- cessful restaurant today, you need to be able to provide a glass of Dover and served in a number of appointed positions - Star Points and Marshal. In addition to her mother and her husband, she is survived her daughter, Paulette Hopkins and her husband, Lorenzo of Camden; two sons, Wayne Christopher Massey and Brian Woodbury, both of Philadelphia; five broth- ers, Charles Cave Sr. and his wife, Mary, Teddy Price and his wife, Gwen of Georgetown, Sammie Price Sr. and his friend, Wanda Norwood of Rehoboth Beach, Aron Price Jr. and his friend, Yvoune, of BridgeviUe and Alfon- zo Price of Milton; two sisters, Janie Price-Clay and her husband, Kirk of Georgetown and Kymisha Price of Milton; three brothers-in- law, Zachary R. Massey of Georgetown, Dwight M. Massey of Marlton, N.J., and Veruard P. Continued on page 16 wine or beer. I would approve the request," said Commissioner Courtney Riordan. Wright called for public com- ments which yielded four in favor and one against. "I would hate to see us not include a business and man of this caliber in our town," said Karen Zakarian. Cooke was unconvinced by the public sup- port. "I understand that he is a fine man and that it is a fine restaurant, but I don't think any more liquor licenses should be granted in Dewey." Despite Cooke's arguments, Wright, Mayhew and Riordan voted in favor of the request. The request was approved 3-1, on the condition that Mojo's submit an updated drawing of the restaurant layout and that they agree to maintain their current hours of 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. In other new business, the com- mission heard recommendations from the newly established Bud- get and Finance Committee. Ri- ordan, who served as interim chair, delivered the 13 recom- mendations. Recommendations that require an increase in budget expendi- tures include: a three percent raise for salaried employees; a 10 per- cent raise for each of the seven full time police officers; award raises to two employees contin- gent upon Town Council approval of expanded duties and approval of a $4900 expenditure to replace seven lifeguard stands. An addi- tional recommendation calls for explicitly planning for overtime. "We budget $40,000 for the po- lice department but charge the chief with limiting the overtime to $35,000, with the understand- ing that the chief will receive $5,000 if he keeps OT below $35,001," said Riordan. The increasesbrought criticism from some members of the pub- lic. "Business as usual should not be here anymore - we voted for change," said Albert Genemans, alluding to the recent election of Cooke and Riordan. "The people rejected what we had before but you are telling us the budget will keep going up and up," he said. "'I came in thinking that we could keep the budget the same as last year. I was very naive to think that. I now realize I was wrong to think that. We hope to have the least increase as possi- ble," said Cooke. Wright commended the estab- lishment of the Budget and Fi- nance Committee. "The commit- tee is a major improvement. 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