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16 - CAPE GAZEIWE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 Lewes committee revisits compensation issue By Andrew Keegan Having its recommendation re- buffed Oct. 21, not by city council but Lewes residents, the Elected Officials Compensation Ad-Hoc Committee set about revisiting the issue at a Nov. 6 meeting. Committee chair Michael Clemmer said it was both reward- ing and challenging that Lewes citizens felt the amount of com- pensation suggested, $2,800 annu- ally for mayor and $2,000 for each council member, was too little. With only four of the seven mem- ber committee present, Clemmer suggested examining some of the questions raised by residents, in- stead of addressing a specific amount. "It was my understanding the compensation amount was not in any way a reflection of the amount of work they do; compen- sation was intended to be a token of appreciation for their efforts." said committee member Barbara Vaughan. "I honestly feel we are being railroaded by the process." Noting any amount of compensa- tion would be extracted from the city's budget, Vaughan said she was not inclined to offer a much higher figure. "We investigated the issue and came to an unani- mous decision," she said. "I think the audience displayed a more I I emotional response." The issue of how much time Mayor George Smith and council members devote to city business resurfaced. Two months ago, a questionnaire was presented to Lewes elected officials to com- plete. The survey mirrored ques- tions regarding time spent at offi- cial meetings, preparation for meetings and time devoted to con- stituent contacts that was sent to other local municipalities. At the time, Smith indicated he felt the request was inappropriate due to fluctuating schedules of council members. However, it appears that decision has been reversed. "Council has indicated they will complete the questionnaire," said Clemmer. Resident Maria Simoes, who expressed concern with the entire issue of compensation at a previ- ous meeting, said some members of council appeared uncomfort- able with the entire concept. "Has anyone even asked them if they want it?" inquired Simoes. "It may make it more comfortable for them if compensation was set for future elected officials, seeing as they were all elected as volun- teers," she said. Clemmer pointed out council members are not elect- ed in unison but on staggered two- year terms. "Some council mere- Mary Spivey and her husband, o t)ituary Arzell Sr., Emma Dukes and her husband, Henry of Milton and Continued from page 9 Minnie Brooks and her husband, Massey (and his wife, Letitia) of Leon of Baltimore; uncles, Angus Killeen, Texas; three sisters-in- law, Bernadette T. Georgia and her husband, Charles, Agnes D. Masse), of Philadelphia and Ver- nell Massey Lang of Dover; sev- en grandchildren, Jordan, Keyon, Christopher, Kye, Shayaira, Bri- anna and Olivia; her great grand- mother, Inez Price of Barnwell, S.C.; aunts, Vorise Cave of Allen- dale, S.C., Rosa Scott and her husband, Isom of Salisbury, Md., I Land use Continued from page 12 adopt community design stan- dards. The goals of the plan are to direct growth with the provision of public infrastructure and serv- ices, and to balance growth with the natural environment's ability to accept it. Of the 628,639 acres in the county, 43,444 acres are protected open space. Proposed expansion of open space in the immediate future will nearly double that fig- tire to a total of 86,701 acres of protected open space in the coun- ty. In addition to preserving open space, the county intends to better protect its fragile inland bays area by supporting the Center for the Inland Bays' Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. Major tactics toward that effort Price and his friend, Yvonne of Salisbury, Jerry Price and his wife, Viola of Eden, Md., and Johnny Price and his friend, Stel- la of Delray Beach, Fla. Services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in the First Con- gregation Church Cemetery, Mil- tOll. will be to manage and plant forested or vegetated buffers, require environmentally sensitive development, tie new and existing development into appropriate sewage treatment infrastructure, establish a shoreline building set- back line, create a resource pro- tection management plan and develop a Sussex County Habitat Protection ordinance. While passage of the Comprehensive Plan Update will be a major milestone for county planning officials, it will be just the beginning of numerous strate- gic and tactical efforts to free tune the plan's stated guidelines. In short, while the big work is nearly complete, more big work lies immediately ahead. To participate in the ongoing process, join county planners for the public hearing at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 and county council hearings at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3. bet's may have a problem with that scenario," said Clemmer. "It would mean some are getting paid while others are not." Recalling the 27th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Vanghan remarked there may be some validity to post-election compensation. The 27th Amendment states, "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Rep- resentative, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened." Awarding compensation to council but not elected members of the Board of Public Works (BPW) will lead to problems, said Simoes. "I realize this hearing is about mayor and council but you're dealing with more than what's on your plate" she said. 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