Action needed on Trees Hearing; report on July 20 Commissioners' Meeting

CALL FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION

Tree Hearing: The Park and Shade Trees Commission has scheduled its hearing on the stop work order for tree removal at 141 Henlopen Avenue filed by Andrea and Al Hoffman for 2:00 pm, Monday, July 30, in the Commissioners Room, City Hall.

The following is the complete agenda

The purpose of this meeting is to conduct administrative appeal hearings pursuant to the Comprehensive Tree Ordinance (Chapter 253 of the Municipal Code of the City of Rehoboth Beach): The appeal hearing has been requested by Abram & Andrea Hoffman of 137 Henlopen Avenue pursuant to Section 253-36 of the Municipal Code of the City of Rehoboth Beach to permanently reverse the Building Inspector’s decision on the amended March 13, 2012 Tree Removal Permit for the property located at 141 Henlopen Avenue. The owners of the property are Richard & Caryl Raport.

The appeal hearing has been requested by Joe Hallock of Joe Hallock Contracting LLC on behalf of Robert Green of 312 LLC, owner of the property located at 312 Country Club Drive pursuant to Section 253-36 of the Municipal Code of the City of Rehoboth Beach, and pertaining to the denial of a request to remove two trees.

Consider the establishment of a monthly standing date for the purpose of conducting appeal hearings and any other business of the Commission

For background on the stop work order, please visit: http://www.saveourcityrehoboth.org/component/content/article/17-blog/newsletter/222-rehoboth-trees-in-jeopardy.html The Save Our City statement on this issue appears at bottom of this link and provides information about the concerns associated with the stop work order.

SAVE OUR CITY urges you to attend the hearing and testify in support of the proper interpretation of the Tree Ordinance. If you cannot attend the meeting, please write to the members of the Commission, with copies to the Mayor and Rehoboth Beach Commissioners. The addresses for such communications are listed below:

For the Parks and Shade Tree Commission, members are:

Priscilla Smith, Chairperson

Jane Wyatt

Marcia Maldeis

Ned Kesmodel

Anne Hubbard

Please send messages to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with request they be forwarded to the members for the July 30 meeting at 2:00 pm

To write the Mayor and Commissioners, please use the following:


Samuel R. Cooper, Mayor
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Stan Mills, Commissioner
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Mark Hunker Commissioner
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Patrick Gossett, Commissioner

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Lorraine Zellers, Commissioner
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Pat Coluzzi,Commissioner
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Bill Sargent, Commissioner
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City Manager Greg Ferrese
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The Mayor and all Commissioners met at a regular meeting on Friday, July 20, to take the following actions:

 

  • Report of Police Department: The Police Department, after having received complaints from citizens and businesses about non-enforcement of bicycle laws, is beginning to give warnings and citations if individuals violate the laws regarding bikes.

 

  • Approved a Permit of Compliance request by Michael Rodriguez of KNMAR LLC, to operate a new restaurant to be known as “Debacle.” The restaurant will be located at 20 Baltimore Avenue.

 

  • David Mellen, Vice Chair of the Planning Commission, reported on Planning Commission action taken at its July 13 meeting, including final approval of partitioning application for property located at 200 Hickman Street.

 

The Planning Commission has reviewed a working draft of its lakes report and discussed each of the proposed recommendations. Once the draft is finalized, the Planning Commission will request that a joint meeting be scheduled with the Board of Commissioners, in order to determine possible next steps.

  • Approved the award of contract for a new Tractor in the Water Department for which bids were received and opened on July 10, 2012.

 

  • Appointed Wayne Steele as Inspector of Elections and Nancy Meadows and Steve Elkins as Election Judges for the annual municipal election to be held on August 11, 2012.

 

  • Passed an ordinance to amend Section 10-1 of the City Code to increase the fee for a returned check to $30.00.

 

  • City Manager’s Report: City Manager Greg Ferrese reported that funding has been received for additional work on the City’s ADA ramping project, and additional funding would be sought from our state legislators.

 

Ferrese also reported that the Travel Channel will be filming in Rehoboth Beach on August 4 and 5 for a segment on “Amazing Boardwalks”.

 

In addition, the City Emergency Operations Plan will be ready for final approval by late September if not sooner.

 

  • Commissioner Coluzzi discussed            the Streets and Transportation Committee’s recommendations regarding scooter parking and other parking related matters. Because of the increased usage of scooters in town, the Committee recommends finding a short-term solution to the parking problems, which have arisen for the remainder of the 2012 season. Suggestions can be tested and long-term solutions be proposed for the 2013 season.

 

Commissioner Mills objected to any short-term solution, preferring to develop only long-range plans. The Mayor and other Commissioners agreed a short-term solution must be found. Several current areas available for scooter parking were mentioned since they are too small for regular car parking. Commissioner Gossett suggested spots in the city-owned parking lot at Martin’s Lawn for south of Rehoboth Avenue.

 

Commissioner Sargent agreed with Commissioners Gossett and Hunker’s recommendation to use an area in the ocean block of Baltimore Avenue, where two parking spaces are isolated from other parking areas. Commissioner Zellers cautioned against using areas that are already too congested.

 

The Commissioners reached consensus and asked the City Manager and Commissioner Coluzzi to check the areas suggested on Baltimore Avenue and find some areas on Wilmington Avenue to test this summer for scooter parking.

 

  • Committee recommendations regarding in-road pedestrian/traffic alert devices were also reviewed. Such devices will be tested (installed) at two locations: approaches to Oak and Surf Drive and Laurel Street near the churches. One other location is being researched.

 

 

For information about procedures, meetings and candidate statements for the 2012 Rehoboth Election, please visit: http://www.saveourcityrehoboth.org/24-blog/election-2012-rehoboth-beach.html

 

For continuing news about Rehoboth Beach and its neighbors, please visit the Save Our City website: www.SaveOurCityRehoboth.org