Letters to the Editor — August 1, 2014
Connor to introduce Code of Ethics if elected
This is an update on my research of the Code of Ethics/Conduct in our Counties and Towns in Delaware. In my last letter about Sussex County adopting its own Code of Ethics, I said I was going to investigate Kent County’s Code. When I met with the Kent County personnel director, I was informed that the State had never approved the Kent County Code.
Title 29 of Delaware State Government, Chapter 58, Sub Chapter 5802, Item #4, requires that a county come under the State Code, unless it has passed its own code and been approved by the State Ethics Commission. The State never approved Kent County’s Code, because the County never adopted the changes recommended by the State. Therefore, Kent County is still under State Code.
I asked how it was working for the County and was told the State process is complex and slow, and the response time can take as long as six months in most cases. I was also told the City of Dover had a plan approved by the State, and the City of Dover clerk told me their plan had been approved by the State on July 13, 1998.
My other concern was what the cost to Sussex County taxpayers would be if Sussex County had our own code. The city clerk told me there is virtually no cost to the City of Dover. The appointed Ethics Commission members receive no compensation. The only cost is for the county attorney at the commission hearings. City of Dover has only had a handful of cases since the inception of their code, so the cost has been negligible.
Finally, I know that my opponents were playing around with the State code (July 22, 2014) at the County Council. However, when I am elected, I will introduce a Sussex County Code of Ethics in the council, for council members and the residents of the county to consider.
Resident grateful for local heroes
On a Sunday morning in June, my family and friends were on the beach at Fenwick. Living here, we are all good swimmers and very aware of the shore break. Regardless, the ocean always wins, and a member of our group was driven headfirst into the sand by a wave he did not see. My son saw him floating face down in the water and got him upright so he could breathe. He was completely paralyzed. The next few hours were crucial in allowing for his miraculous recovery.
Thank you to the party next to us on the beach. One of them rushed in to help and called for the lifeguards while another held my grandson so I could go and help.
To the tremendous Fenwick Island lifeguards and Tim Ferry, we owe our heartfelt thanks. We have seen them in action before, but the importance of what they do can really be understood when you are involved. If that team of trained and caring lifeguards did not react quickly and perform their jobs precisely, John Baywood would not be healthy and active, as he is today. Tim, your leadership and professionalism is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the medics. Coming down to the beach shore for a rescue, working in the sand, they performed their jobs in a challenging circumstance, and with grace and care.
To the staffs at Beebe and Christiana hospitals — thank you. Thank you to the fabulous Dr. Boulas, who performed the surgery that allowed John to recover from this trauma. Kudos to nurse Bernadette, who took such great care of him.
To the Parish of St. Ann’s, Father Klevence and the team that works with John, your thoughts and prayers brought him comfort.
We are fortunate to live in an area with well-trained and caring volunteers and professionals. We extend our sincere gratitude. Thank you to all who played a part in John’s successful recovery.
West Fenwick Island
Reader offers Woodland Avenue thoughts
This letter refers to the section of Woodland Avenue between Central and West Avenues, an area that has become a major traffic pass-through that the road was never designed for nor intended to be.
I commend the mayor and town council for considering options to address the speed and volume of traffic in this area. Two weeks ago, I was walking my two grandchildren in a stroller crossing from Briarcliffe to The Reserve. A car came flying around the bend, and I had to run, not to be hit by the car. This further escalated my long-standing concern about the speed in this area.
Previously the Town attempted to address this problem by making Woodland Avenue one-way only. While any reasonable option is welcome, I believe there are possibilities that are less inconvenient to the residents in this area than changing the directionality of the road.
Certainly, a long-term fix requires significant improvement in the road itself. However, this fix is years away. In the meantime, there are several options that should be considered to address the speed and volume issues that the road is facing:
• Except for Woodland resident truck owners, strictly enforce the “No Truck Traffic on Woodland Avenue” sign that currently is being completely ignored. Numerous trucks of all sizes go up and down the street at high speed.
• Install several speed bumps along the road.
• Place a stop sign in the Briarcliffe/Smithfield area and one at Mitchell Street. (Woodland Avenue north of 26 installed stop signs a number of years ago to slow the traffic.)
• Reduce the speed to 15 mph (Then maybe most people will actually travel at 25 mph, rather than the high speeds that they travel now.)
• Make this section of Woodland Avenue local traffic only from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Each of these solutions offers real possibilities for slowing and reducing the major traffic flow and its speed. I do hope that some useful options will be pursued after thoughtful consideration by our elected leaders and community.
Seashore State Park thanks local businesses
On behalf of Delaware Seashore State Park, I would like to express a special “Thank you” to the local businesses of Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach for their donations to our 34th Annual Sand Castle Contest. With their generosity, every participant left the event with a special prize promoting and supporting our local businesses in the community.
The event took place on Saturday, July 12, and drew a crowd of over a hundred participants. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and a better group of local supporters!
This special event would never have been possible without the generosity of the following: McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Made by Hand, Bethany Surf Shop, Armand’s Pizzeria & Grill by the Sea, Japanesque, Pitter Patter, Baja Beach House Grill, The Penguin Diner, Turquoise Restaurant, Woody’s East Coast Bar & Grill, Wings To Go Dewey, Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill, Hammerheads, The Bake Shoppe, Snyder’s Candy, Rehoboth Toy & Kite Co., Big Fish Grill, Odysea, Pelican Loft, OC Cool Topics, Mango’s Caribbean Restaurant, Turtle Beach Café, Beach Break Bakrie & Café, Shell We Bounce, Summer House Saloon, Blue Room Fine Art Gallery, Lizzy’s Beach Wear & Gear, L&L Retro, Fisher’s Popcorn, Tidepool Toys & Games, Dirty Harry’s Restaurant, Somerhouse Gifts, The Lighthouse Restaurant/Que Pasa?, and Vavala’s Beach Things.
We cannot say thank you enough to this remarkable group. The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park sincerely appreciates your support for our park and our programming efforts. To learn more about other programs and special events in our Park Region, check out our website at http://www.destateparks.com/park/delaware-seashore/programs/index.asp.
Mary Poudel, Park Interpreter
Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum
Delaware Seashore State Park
Library book sale a hit, thanks to many
Each July, the Friends of the Millsboro Public Library present their Book Sale. This is really a community effort, and it is to all of you that we give thanks.
First, thanks to The Hut and the Boy Scouts of Troop 89. Without the space the Hut affords us and the help of the scouts, we could not have the success we do.
Next, thanks to the local media. From articles requesting donations to announcing the time and place of the actual sale, the local newspapers, radio, television and the Town of Millsboro have been fantastic. Our book sale was kept in the minds of the public for the past three months. Because of your publicity, approximately 7,500 books were donated. Most of these were of bookstore quality.
Thanks to those people who donated and to all who shopped, taking advantage of our great prices and walking away with boxes and bags of works by favorite authors and some authors that may become favorites.
Thanks to the members of the Friends for their tireless hours of sorting, transferring books to the Hut and arranging them for easy browsing. And, finally, thanks to the Salvation Army and Goodwill for generously accepting our extra books. Both of these organizations commented of the quality of our donation.
Though many customers complimented us on our book sale, we cannot take all the credit. As you can see, it was the work of many. Thank you!
Sandy Stevens and Jan Thompson,
Millsboro Public Library Book Sale