Rehoboth city manager deserves better welcome

January 6, 2023

At the last regular meeting of the Rehoboth Beach mayor and commissioners Dec. 16, citizen comment was one of the final agenda items.

Almost cut off before being allowed to speak (probably not intentional), four local citizens representing the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners’ Association offered what appeared to be an organized presentation of about three minutes each. (It’s naughty if you approach or go over those three minutes.) Among items addressed were sidewalks, traffic and two other topics. Every speaker emphasized that there was inadequate enforcement.

Mayor Stan Mills thanked the four speakers but said, “We cannot respond.” Not one of the other commissioners attempted to intervene! The mayor said the concerns would be given to the new city manager coming on board. The meeting was adjourned at 5:04 p.m.

There’s nothing like being thrown to the lions with everything to learn on ramp-up before the new year arrives. My position is that it’s not responsible to throw the new city manager up against serious issues the mayor and commissioners should have been addressing themselves. Their attitude seems to be: Kick the problems down the road, but remember to invite us to the dinners, dock openings, ribbon cuttings and other photo opportunities.

Col. Christian deserves a better welcome, but then the public also didn’t get to comment on his $160,000 salary (plus benefits?).

Walter W. Brittingham

Rehoboth Beach

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