From The Desk of the Mayor

Dear Citizens,

The Rehoboth Beach Commissioners at their workshop meeting Monday, November 6, revised the charter changes that would give limited liability companies, LLCs, voting rights during municipal elections File Draft Ordinance Charter-Elections Rehoboth Beach. At their regular meeting Friday, November 17, the Commissioners will continue to discuss substantial charter proposals that allow property owners who own their property in an LLC to vote and eliminating the requirement to remove from voter rolls anyone who hasn't voted in two consecutive municipal elections. The city allows non-residents who own their property in revocable trusts to vote. The discussion now is allowing non-residents who own their property in an LLC to vote as well File Memo re Intent of Proposed Voting and Elections Charter Amendments - Rehoboth Beach. Restrictions would be that the property owner would have to own at least 50 percent of the entity that owns 100 percent of the property. 

The Commissioners also approved a policy for change orders for the ocean outfall project. City Manager Sharon Lynn will have the authority to approve all emergency change orders up to $300,000 and non-emergency change orders up to $100,000. Change orders over $100,000 will be overseen by DNREC officials who are financing the project. Any changes that are more than 10 percent of the contract will be authorized by Sussex County, which has a 42 percent stake in the project. The city engineers working with the contractor have been able to secure and approve two substantial change orders that save the city almost $2 million of the $27 million project. For ocean outfall project updates please visit cityofrehoboth.com.

If you have something to add to this discussion, we will be talking about it at the next Commissioners regular meeting on Friday, November 17, at 7 pm. Commissioners will also continue to discuss a gross receipts rental tax increase from 3 percent to 6 percent. For the meeting agenda, please visit cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net/portal. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact the Communications Department to share your ideas and concerns at 302-227-2772 or [email protected]. As always, I welcome your input and ideas regarding our city. Thank you.

Mayor Paul Kuhns