LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Glass will work for greater transparency in Rehoboth 

Gary Glass

July 26, 2019

 

In our democracy, good government is transparent and inclusive. This means that important matters of public interest are discussed in the open by our elected officials, who actually listen to their constituents, and encourage them to get involved in our city government.

 

As a candidate for commissioner in Rehoboth Beach, I promise to work for much greater transparency and inclusiveness than what we have been seeing lately in Rehoboth. There have been multiple incidents where the mayor and some commissioners have failed in their duty to be open and inclusive, such as these recent examples:

 

1. Last year, the mayor and commissioners held multiple private meetings with senior Sussex County officials about giving away the city’s wastewater system to the county. They have refused to disclose what went on in those meetings.

 

2. In February, after the wastewater working group created by Mayor Kuhns began to meet privately, I joined others in filing a FOIA complaint and the Delaware Attorney General’s Office found that this violated the open meetings law.

 

3. Mayor Kuhns, Commissioner Coluzzi and Commissioner Schlosser each had frequent, non-public correspondence with representatives of Clear Space Theatre about their plans to develop a large project on Rehoboth Avenue, and Commissioner Schlosser had to recuse herself from voting on the project as a result.

 

4. This spring, after the developers of Agave restaurant threatened to sue the city because the commissioners mishandled their permit of compliance, Mayor Kuhns recused himself from voting on the matter only after I had to ask him to do so because of his personal financial interest in the adjacent business.

 

5. I also had to ask Commissioner Coluzzi to recuse herself from voting on the canal dock project because of her role in the Canal Improvement Association that is leading the push for that project.

 

6. For the past month, I have been seeking information from the city and from Rehoboth Beach Main Street about how much public money has been given to Main Street, what private funding have they received, and how have these funds been spent. Both the city and Main Street have been stonewalling my requests.

 

We need a mayor and commissioners who practice transparency on a daily basis - not just when they are asked or told to do so - and who encourage their constituents to be involved in their government. I need your help by getting involved and supporting me in the election Aug. 10.

 

Please let me hear from you by email at garyinrehoboth@gmail.com and visit my website: glassforcommissioner.org.

I respectfully ask for your support.

 

Gary Glass
candidate, Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners