Referendum-June 27-Ocean Outfall and City Hall

Dear Rehoboth Beach Neighbors -  

We are coming down to the wire before Saturday's special election on the funding authority for the two capital projects - the Ocean Outfall and the Wastewater Plant Upgrades, and the New City Hall Construction. With all the controversy and discussion related to pools in the past weeks, it is important for citizens to refocus their attention and make preparations to vote in person or make arrangements to vote by proxy by June 27, 2015. The polls are open from 10:00AM to 6:00 PM.

The City has published fact sheets on the two projects and guidance regarding who may vote and how to do so. It can be seen athttp://www.cityofrehoboth.com/sites/default/files/CoRB-Property_Owners_Special_Election_packet.pdf  

Save Our City has been supporting these two necessary projects for many years, and we wish to make a final statement urging citizens to take the effort to vote YES on both questions. 

Because this is an election of property owners, some of whom may not have voted in municipal elections in recent years, we ask you to help us try to motivate your friends and neighbors. Our newsletter reaches only so many people, the letters to the editor in the Cape Gazette is the most far-reaching forum in our community and having solid support urging citizens to vote and approve these measures is critical to our success. We ask each of you to take the time to send a brief e-mail to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

before noon on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 for submission in next Friday's paper. When people see people they know make an important statement in public, they are often inclined to support their cause as well. 

Below is an edited letter authored by Guy Martin that appeared in the Cape Gazette last Friday. It touches on important points that might assist you in developing your thoughts.

"Rehoboth Beach property owners are being called upon to approve financing authority for two major and essential capital projects - first, an alternative to disposing of its treated wastewater into the Rehoboth-Lewes Canal and second, replacing its antiquated and just plain worn out City Hall. 

These needs have been before the city for a decade, and there was little choice in either matter. The new wastewater disposal system is mandated by a court order, and the city hall is clearly inadequate - the decisions are really about the most effective and cost-efficient alternatives to make them happen. On both projects, and under the leadership of the mayor, the approach of the city has been consistent with the best practices of good government, including developing and analyzing alternatives, the sensible use of expert consultation, citizen involvement and serious attention to costs. 

Based on this process, the city chose a reasonably sized and priced new city hall, but one that fully addresses the city's future. It will be on the same site as the current city hall rather than a new property, with a design that addresses the key issues of accessibility and adequate public safety facilities, save the convention hall, and even works out a financing strategy that does not involve any hike in property taxes. 

Other more expensive plans, sites and features were considered, but this will be a city hall that best serves, and fits, our city. And if you need more evidence, take a tour of the current city hall; then it will be clear to you why a new one is essential. 

The new wastewater disposal system is required under the Clean Water Act, and the process for evaluating alternatives, making a choice and then securing approval from the public, the city commission and the state was daunting and long. But the city was patient and competent in making a decision for ocean outfall which was supported at every level and in every approval venue. 

The opposition to ocean outfall came from one small and distant environmental group which opposes ocean outfall whatever it is proposed, and they combined with the private business interests who would profit from the land application alternative. In essence, these outside opponents have continually insisted that ocean outfall would lose and asked the city and the public to accept an alternative which is more expensive (by far), less environmentally sound in Rehoboth's situation, and would forfeit the city's control over its future costs of disposal to private out-of-town interests. 

Saying yes on both of these proposals is essentially saying yes to Rehoboth's future."

We also want to extend to anyone who may have difficulty getting to the polls on Saturday, to please contact us at the e-mail address below so we can assist you in delivering you there. Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful community.  See you on Saturday. 



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