Letters to the Editor — July 4, 2014

Fenwick Lions say thank-you for recycling


Ever since the late 1980s, the Fenwick Island Lions Club has been collecting and recycling aluminum drink cans as an important fundraiser in support of our many community-based service programs.

Thanks to the ongoing support of the community at large, coupled with the hard work of our members (fondly known as the “Dirty Dozen”), the recycling program is the largest fundraising program for our club. Again this year it contributed substantially to the club’s ability to, among other things, award $10,000 in scholarships to deserving seniors at the Indian River High School for their higher education.

We have 10 large Lions recycling bins/cages located throughout the area. They can be found at the following public locations: G&E Grocery Supermarket, Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View; Bayshore RV Campground and Marina, off Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View; Grotto Pizza, Route 26, Bethany Beach; Giant Food, Route 26, Millville; Food Lion, Route, Millville; Hocker’s Supercenter, Route 26, Clarksville; Fenwick Island Town Hall, Route. 1, Fenwick Island; Treasure Island Camp Ground, Route 54, West Fenwick; Goose Creek Food Store Route 54, opposite Walgreen’s; B&P Shore Stop, intersection of Routes 20 and 54, opposite Harris Teeter.

After the State of Delaware adopted its mandatory recycling program, we had a drop-off of collections simply because it is easier to dump the aluminum cans in with the other recyclables and have them collected at your door. However, many in the community recognized that, with a little added effort, they could sort out their aluminum cans and drop them in one of our bins/cages — which effectively keeps the money within the community and benefits our local population.

For those of you who regularly deposit your aluminum drink cans in one of our bins/cages, we extend our sincere thanks. And, for those who don’t, we would be most grateful if you would consider doing so!

Bruce Schoonover, President
Fenwick Island Lions Club

Millsboro book sale looks to be a hit


Thanks to all who have donated books to our sale. We have thousands of books! Our sale is unique in that the books have all been sorted. Nonfiction is easy to find, and popular authors are displayed in alphabetical order. We have books for everyone — children, young adults and adults. We even have some electronics.

Our hardback books will be sold for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. Best of all, on Saturday we will sell a bag of books — that’s all you can stuff in a bag — for just $2!

There will be a preview night on Thursday evening, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. for Friends of the Library. You can join that night for $5 and get first choice. The sale for everyone begins on Friday, July 18, from 12 until 7 p.m. and continues on Saturday, the 19th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come to the Hut next to the library at 219 State Street. You won’t be disappointed. Books for the beach or books to give as gifts — we have them all!

For information, contact Sandy Stevens at (302) 934-8865 or (302) 228-2760.

Sandy Stevens
Friends of the Millsboro Library

Wheatley agrees with ethics code need


I support wholeheartedly the observance and administration of a code of ethics for all County officeholders and employees. The state code of ethics found in Title 29, Chapter 58, of the Delaware Code applies to all county and town officeholders and is administered by State Public Integrity Commission.

If Sussex County or any town wishes to adopt its own code of ethics, the proposed code must be submitted to the State Public Integrity Commission for review and approval to confirm that it is at least as stringent as the State Code and includes staffing and administrative structure, complaint procedures and advisory opinion requirements.

The counties and the towns in Delaware are not under any State mandate or requirement to adopt their own codes of ethics. Until the County or a town enacts their own codes, they remain under the State Code of Ethics. According to the Public Integrity Commission, only two of the 25 towns in Sussex — Lewes and Millsboro — have adopted their own code.

Contrary to statements by Dagsboro Mayor Brad Connor, neither Dagsboro nor “many towns” have their own code of ethics under the law. Sussex County, like most of our towns, relies on the State Ethics Code and the staff and procedures that the Public Integrity Commission already has in place.

It gives us the advantage of the independent, non-partisan collective experience that the State Commission has in administering such matters, all at no expense to the County taxpayers. Also, having the process occur at the State level, a step removed from County government, ensures that the process remains truly independent and free from local politics.

We need to make the State Code of Ethics a priority for Sussex County. County Council needs to adopt a resolution giving its unqualified support for both the spirit and the letter of the Code. Next, Council needs to provide the training necessary to educate all county officeholders and employees about the code and how it applies to it and its employees. The County can do this through its own training resources. Or, if requested by the County, the Public Integrity Commission will provide instructors and course materials.

Finally, each county officeholder and employee should be required to sign an affidavit indicating that he or she has completed the course, understands the code and promises to abide by it.

In my opinion, this process of resolution, education and commitment is the most comprehensive and cost-effective way to preserve the public’s confidence in its County government and its public servants.

Why wait for November? Let’s do it now! One Republican councilman has already expressed his support for the idea. If Councilperson Deaver will support the proposal, it will be a truly bipartisan initiative, which is exactly the kind of cooperation that the people of the 5th District can expect from me when a good idea emerges. The issues are far too important to be left to partisan politics.

Bob Wheatley, Candidate
Sussex County Council District 5