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t 18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 Walsh may become newest Dewey commissioner in December By Bridin Reynolds-Hughes Dewey Beach Mayor Pat Wright has placed appointing a re- placement for recently resigned Commissioner Bill Tansey at the top of the town's December agen- da. Currently, longtime Dewey resident Alice Walsh is slated as the sole candidate for considera- tion. "Alice has lived in this commu- nity for 50 years. She raised her children here and has always been active," said Wright. Walsh, who ran unsuccessfully for a commis- sioner seat in 1992, has served on the Dewey Planning and Zoning Commission and is the chair- woman of the Dewey Board of Adjustments. "She will be an as- set when we address the new zon- ing code, which we will get back to in January," said Wright. The commission received two other letters of interest in the wake of Tansey's November resignation which were declined in writing by Wright. "Tansey had been very open about his intent to resign if he won his New Castle County Council election. I had time to give this a great deal of thought," said Wright, who approached Walsh about serving on the board. Wright said neither of the other two interested residents had a re- sume of town involvement. "I wrote them immediately that I thought they lacked the experi- ence needed. We love volunteers, but they should start at the com- mittee level," said Wright. The remaining three commis- sioners will weigh in on the deci- sion at the Saturday, Dec. 14 Town Council meeting. "In my opinion, Alice Walsh will bring clear thinking, a sound commitment to the town, years of experience in service to Dewey and a balanced perspective," said Commissioner Ellie Mayhew. The full-time Dewey Beach resi- dent is retired from a broad range of careers. "I have been a school bus driver, a dog groomer, a drug and alcohol counselor and of course, a lifetime babysitter for my children and others in the neighborhood," laughed Walsh. Walsh, who was married to James T. Walsh for 40 years, is the moth- er of eight. "She is highly intelligent, finds creative solutions, and has a mar- velous sense of humor. I am look- ing forward to working with her on the town council," said May- hew. Commissioner Dale Cooke be- lieves Walsh's experience will complement the existing board. "Unless an overriding factor is re- vealed, I intend to vote for Alice Walsh," said Cooke. Commissioner Courtney Rior- dan said he is ambivalent about appointing a replacement at this time. By charter, the commission- ers could opt to leave the fifth seat vacant until the 2003 election. Ri- ordan said he will spend some of the next two weeks remaining be- fore the meeting discussing the option with his fellow commis- sioners and town residents. 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"I understand that most places do not allow time share owners to vote, but it has been a precedent here and I don't think their votes should be ripped away for no rea- son," said Walsh Walsh added that she advocates open government and would like to see the public better informed of town business. "The majority of our constituents are from out of town. I think it is very important that we not make any major deci- sions during the winter," said Walsh. On budget concerns, Walsh said she would only consider raising business fees if she was con- vinced all other options were ex- hausted. "I think if we tighten up town business procedures we will see a better flow," said Walsh. Wright said she expects the ap- pointment to go smoothly, allow- ing Walsh to be sworn in and join the board immediately. "Her ap- pointment is at the top of the agenda. We are addressing some tricky things at his meeting and her input will be appreciated," said Wright. The good news... 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