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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 Mayor Continued from page 1 approved by a majority vote by council members and the mayor has no vote. That's what led to the previous police chief appointment stalemate. In that case the mayor suggested Gooch to be the perma- nent police chief, however, two council members favored the ap- pointment while two opposed. None would budge from his or her position and the city was left in an awkward situation until the next election was held. Lewes Councilman Jim Ford, chairman of the Personnel Policy Review Committee, said cffy so- licitor Tempe Steen has been asked by the committee to draft language for a charter change that would make the mayor a member of council andgive that position a vote in all matters. "The reason- ing behind this is to ensure that the town will never be left again in a Lingo Continued from page 9 In a surprise turn, neighbor John Burton said he has filed a lawsuit asking that the rezoning not be granted because he claims a cor- ner of the land. Burton owns the neighboring mobile home park and said that mobile homes have been placed on a small portion of the land since approximately 1966 That only impacts some 3,000- square feet at the tip of the Lingo property, but Burton's attorney ar- gued that a rezoning should not be tie situation as long as there's a full body present to vote. The change will create an odd number of people voting instead of an even number; which can re- sult in a tie. This way also the public will know where FORD the mayor stands on all issues and will give the citizens a better record to eval- uate when election time comes, just as with council members." Ford said the committee also de- cided to ask Steen+ to draft lan- guage specifying that the city trea- surer should be a member of city council. Making text consistent Ford said the language being drafted by Steen also includes some housekeeping items to streamline wording on how other granted and said action has been filed in the Court of Chancery. At- torney Noel Primos said that any rezoning would be "a taking" of their property. The lynchpin that caused the state and the Lingo family to come together was the agreement that the project would donate an 80- foot-right-of-way to the state. That land could be used for two potential projects being eyed by DelDOT - a possible bike path and a possible road between Church Street and Hebron Road. When the easement was grant- ed, opposition from the state evap- orated. If the second road is ulti- mately built, it could provide 'a hirings and terminations are ban- died and to make sure they're all handled consistently, "We're ba- sically reorganizing the current text to make it consistent with how things are actually being done." Ford said the committee will meet again at 7:30 p.m., Wednes- day, Dec. 16, to review the charter change language Steen writes. "It could possibly go to a vote in Jan- uary but more probably in Febru- ary," said Ford. "Then it would have to go to the state Legislature for final approval." Ford said the committee over the past few months has been re- viewing a number of changes de- veloped over "20-some" meetings held by the previous committee but which never made it to the full council for consideration. Mem- bers of the present committee in- clude Ford, council members Jud Bennett and Ed Zygmonski, city manager Elaine Bisbee and 8teen. Ford said the council members all agreed on the changes affecting second entrance to the Lingo pro- ject and could eliminate concerns that the project will funnel too much traffic onto Rehoboth Av- enue Extended and,Church Street. That is now it's only entrance, a fact which has left Rehoboth Beach officials less than over- joyed. Pumell argued that the project is unnecessary and said the best way for the Lingo family to preserve an honored Sussex County name is by preserving a small piece of Sussex County as it once was. She said that adding more traf- fic to the area "boggles the mind." Tyler said the project was "9 pounds of stuff in a 7-pound bag." the mayor's position. "They felt that now is a much cleaner time, politically, to con- sider the changer when there is no issue on the table that could possi- bly be affected such as the police chief issue," said Ford. "There was, however, some difference of opinion on the treasurer as a mem- ber of council. Councilman Zyg- monski felt that we would not make council membership a re- quirement since that limits the chance to have someone with great expertise in the position. However the rest of us felt that the treasurer's position should be ac- countable to the voters and should be someone who's a little bit more in touch with the day-to-day city opera- tions." Mayor SMITH George Smith Minnie Smith, representing West Rehoboth and West Side ar- gued that while the state looks at a potential new road, residents of West Rehoboth have argued for a second exit to their community for years. "We need a road more than we need a bike path...If we have a fire, we can't all get out," Smith said. But the response from the state shows developers willing to meet the state halfway and work with Delaware. A fax from Mark Churn of DNREC's planning, preserva- tion and development section, read, "We believe that we are close to an agreement whereby state owned open space would be said he has n O problem with the proposed changes. "I generally agree with what's being proposed. Any member of council of course reserves the right to not cast a vote in some instances if there's a rea- son. This will put us in line with legislative bodies all the way up to the U.S. Senate where in all cases there's a provision fo+r a tie to be broken. We don't want that tie vote situation to arise again." Awards Continued from page 16 In closing thee awards ceremony, Secretary Bushweller delivered a message from Gov. Tom Carper. "These are the governor's four rules for living," said Bushweller. "Always do the right thing; do your best; treat other people the way you want to be treated; and never, ever give up. You are living those rules, and the governor sends this message: congratula- tions and keep up the good work." incorporated within the acreage of this project. This open space would be part of an expansive cor- ridor of protected lands between the cities of Lewes and Rehoboth west of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. We also believe that the much discussed multi-use path be- tween the towns of Lewes and Re- hoboth could be constructed with- in this open space corridor." Planning Coordinator David Hugg III sent a Nov. 19 fax from his state office which said, "We appreciate the willingness of the property owners to work with the appropriate state agencies to im- prove the project and address our concerns." The gift that keeps giving all year. This year for Christmas, send la gift subscription to the Cape Gazette. We will send out a holiday card announcing your gift and 52 issues of an informative, entertaining and purely local communi- ty newspaper. 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