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22 - CAPE G, Friday, Lewes Continued from page 1 meeting or schedule a special meeting. The HPC shall grant or deny the application as soon as possi- ble, but in no event later than the second meeting at which the application is bn the agenda and the applicant appe; failure to act within said time frame shall be deemed to be approval of the application as submitted." "This change takes into account both the applicant and HPC but it does set a timeline for a decision," said Tsantes. Lewes resident Mike Tyler, who does not reside within the historic district, objected to the language. "Are there similar restrictions placed on CARC (Commercial Architectural Review Commission) or the Planning Commission?" he asked. "I find it troubling because it gives some- one a loophole tO jump through and puts the commission in a ter- rible position." John Mateyko, who does reside within the historic district, agreed with Tyler. "My concern is the intended purpose was to stop offensive buildings," said Mateyko. "Some people do try to ram things through the city." Tsantes said the language matches the goal of HPC. "If that's the intended purpose Of the document, then it's an easy deci- sion for the: HPC tomrn down an offensive buildingi" Sh e said.i' , With a timeline for decisions by HPC established, residents contin- ued to debate whom should sit on the mayoral appointed panel. Jack Gallagher and Denise Saleskar, whose home is in the historic dis- trict, continue to push for greater neighborhood representation on the HPC. When the process began three years ago, there were no provi- sions to include residents from the historic district on the panel. Through community input, that number has now grown to include three residents, However, that number does not give residents of the district a majority, which many want. "We all agree that we probably need something like this ordi- nance," said Mulberry Street resi- dent Steve Sumption, "but to get the support to make it work, the commission has to have the fight makeup. We need to have a majority of people on the HPC who bear the financial burden." The HPC would meet bimonth- ly to approve or deny applications based on the established style and architecture of the district. Without its approval, homeowners will not be granted a building per- mit. Tyler objected to stacking the panel with historic district resi- dents. "People in the historic dis- trict are the same as everyone in this city," he said. "It's our city, and everyone should have the opportunity to participate." Saleskar responded that if the entire city wants to participate then make the historic district Dec. 19 - Dec. 25, 2003 ordinance citywide. " "We live in ati citic city," said Bennett. 'q'he historicdistrict is not a subdivision." Ford reminded residents that the ordinance does not preclude a majority of HPC members resid- ing in the historic district. 'q'he ordinance says, 'at least three,' said Ford. Tsantes said she understands the concern from historic district resi- dents. "Conceptually, I agree with you," she said, "having owned a home in the district and knowing the problems associated with remodeling. However, this is a citywide document and it might subject the council to litigation if we limit the makeup of the HPC." Ford said the mayor and council will attempt to place as many his- toric district residents on the HPC. "However, if there's someone who is willing to serve and has expertise, we're certainly not going to exclude them," he added. 'qhe job of council is to vote what's best for the community." The ordinance will be on coun- cil's Jan. 12 agenda. If approved, it will be several months before implementation of the regulations as volunteers are selected to serve on the Ht. Andrew Keegan photo Once the city adopts an historic district ordinance, a committee will be in charge of ap- proving numerous style issues, including the type of shingles used on a home within the his- toric district. LRC.M:H 2e Yea00s ii!ii!Niii:ii!:ii:::ii!!:i Happy Holidays! Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Holiday stress Depressive & Addictions Disorders Couples, Adults, Teens & Children Grief Counseling / Rehoboth Beach (302) 226-3661) Led by Dr. Patrick Swier, Johns Hopkins trained and Board Certified in today's most successful beauty technologies, the Swier Clinic specializes in the cosmetic and reconstructive procedures that enhance beauty and restore confidence. Providing everything from facial rejuvenation and reconstructive surgery to breast surgery and body sculpting, the Swier Clinic can help you look and feel your best. theSwierClinic 1400 Savannah Road Lewes, DE 302-645-7737