By Donald WittkowskiMayor Jay Gillian has declined an invitation to debate his election opponent John Flood, citing lawsuits Flood and his son have filed against Ocean City.Flood responded that Gillian “seems awfully shy to talk or answer questions” about his record in office and is using the litigation as an excuse to avoid the debate.The government watchdog group Fairness in Taxes invited both candidates to a 90-minute debate on Friday night at the Ocean City Free Public Library. The League of Women Voters was scheduled to moderate, but withdrew because there would only be one candidate and it would not constitute a real debate.Gillian said he had to decline the invitation based on the advice of his legal counsel about two suits that Flood and his son, Justin, have filed against the city related to housing projects they want to build.“I’d like to thank both Fairness In Taxes and the League of Women Voters for offering to sponsor a mayoral debate. However, because my opponent is involved in two lawsuits against the city, legal counsel has advised me not to participate in the upcoming debate in order to avoid prejudicing the city in the pending litigation. I intend to heed that advice and must respectfully decline the invitation,” Gillian said in a statement.Flood expressed disappointment with Gillian’s decision, saying that “I know our residents will be disappointed too.”“Four years ago, when Jay ran for his first re-election, he declined that debate invitation as well. The mayor wants to run on his record but seems awfully shy to talk or answer questions about it to the public,” Flood said in a statement.John Flood says he is disappointed with the mayor’s decision not to debate him.Gillian, who won election in 2010 and 2014, said he has established an open-door policy with voters during his time in office.“I am confident that the voters are aware of my record, particularly in light of my practice of conducting open town hall meetings over the past eight years,” the mayor said. “As always, any voter who has questions is welcome to contact me for information.”With only two weeks to go before the May 8 municipal election, Flood said he fears voters will never have a chance to see the two candidates square off in a face-to-face debate.“What better way for the community to make a decision than to see them face-to-face giving their views of how the city has been run in the past, present and most importantly their vision for the future? I hope the mayor changes his mind and has the courage to show up as the community deserves nothing less.” Flood said.Flood added that he would be willing not to discuss the lawsuits if that’s what it would take to persuade Gillian to debate him. Despite the mayor’s absence, Flood said he still plans to show up 7 p.m. Friday at the library at the Fairness In Taxes forum to answer questions from the public.Flood said his litigation against the city has nothing to do with his campaign for mayor. His development company, Palmer Center LLC, filed suit after City Council voted in 2016 to revoke a controversial type of housing that has polarized the community and ignited complaints from surrounding neighborhoods.The zoning ordinance approved then by Council eliminated so-called “coastal cottages” from a redevelopment area where they were supposed to be clustered in the center of town along Haven Avenue.Flood has proposed building 10 coastal cottages on property he owns on 16th Street and Haven Avenue.The coastal cottage concept was originally approved by Council in 2013 as a way to create smaller, affordable homes that would attract more year-round residents, particularly younger families, to Ocean City.However, the lone coastal cottage project that was built on Haven Avenue was shadowed by complaints that it exacerbated flooding, parking and overcrowding problems in surrounding neighborhoods. In response to those complaints, Council voted to revoke coastal cottages from the Haven Avenue development corridor.Flood’s suit seeks a court order overturning the Council vote, according to City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson.Justin Flood, John Flood’s son, has also filed a lawsuit against the city over a housing project he plans to build.Meanwhile, Flood’s son, Justin, is suing the city over a 110-unit, multifamily development he has proposed on Eighth Street near the Boardwalk. Related to Justin Flood’s project on Eighth Street is his offer to build affordable housing on 16th Street, McCrosson said.McCrosson said the proposed site for Justin Flood’s affordable housing project is owned by John Flood, which links the mayoral candidate to the second lawsuit filed against Ocean City.The city has filed for a declaratory judgment in Superior Court asking for confirmation of its proposed plan to meet its state-mandated affordable housing obligations. However, Justin Flood has filed a motion to intervene in the city’s request for declaratory judgment because of his plans to build affordable housing on 16th Street.McCrosson said Justin Flood, through his company Flood Development LLC, has offered to develop affordable housing on 16th Street in exchange for approvals for his 110-unit project on Eighth Street at market prices. She said the number of affordable housing units he has proposed would equate to 15 percent of his larger project.
The US Small Business Administration’s Regional Administrator for New England, Jeanne Hulit is encouraging survivors affected by Tropical Storm Irene in the State of Vermont to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and return completed SBA disaster loan applications to get the help they need. The SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program is the primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery for uninsured damages caused by a declared disaster. ‘We are coordinating recovery efforts with our SBA Resource Partners along with federal, state and local stakeholders in the declared disaster area to ensure affected survivors receive proper assistance from the SBA. Taking time to complete and return the loan application package to the SBA is an important part of the recovery process,’ Hulit said.Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million for physical losses and working capital needs. Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. ‘The SBA District Office and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network in Vermont are reaching out to local businesses to make sure they have access to federal resources to help them recover from the disaster,’ said SBA Vermont District Director, Darcy Carter. ‘We encourage all small businesses affected by the disaster to stop by the Disaster Recovery Centers where they can ask questions specific to their situation and get answers right on the spot from the disaster center staff.’ Area advisors from the VtSBDC network are available to assist business owners evaluate their situation and prepare documents needed for disaster loan applications. In Vermont, call 1-800-464-7232 or visit www.vtsbdc.org(link is external) and click on ‘location’ to find the advisor in your area. ‘Our team of experienced business professionals can help devastated individuals examine the overall condition and health of their business, and review options for the future,’ said VtSBDC State Director, Lenae Quillen-Blume. ‘The local advisor is in contact with Disaster Recovery Center staff and has an understanding of programs available and requirements of them.’ The disaster declaration covers the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington Windham and Windsor in Vermont, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following neighboring counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans in Vermont; Berkshire and Franklin in Massachusetts; Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan in New Hampshire; and Clinton, Essex, Rensselaer and Washington in New York. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Additional information on the loan application process and the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer ServiceCenter at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to [email protected](link sends e-mail). Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external). The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011.The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012.
http://www.haskellandmorrison.com/book-of-memories/2770581/Lowe-Pete/service-details.phphttp://www.haskellandmorrison.com/book-of-memories/2770581/Lowe-Pete/service-details.phpMr. Wilbur “Pete” Lowe, age 81, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on November 20, 1934, in Vevay, Indiana, the loving son of the late, Bryant and Addie Mae (Browning) Lowe. He was raised in Vevay, Indiana where he attended school. Pete was united in marriage on August 7, 1954, on Pleasant Ridge, to Carolyn Jean Scott and to this union arrived a daughter, Jerri to bless their home. Pete and Carolyn shared 62 loving years of marriage together until his death. Pete was employed as a toe puller for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, retiring in 1997, after 45 years of service. He was a member of the Florence Church of Christ in Florence, Indiana. Pete’s proudest family moments was the births of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pete will be remembered for his love of woodworking and spending time with his family. Pete passed away at 4:15 pm, Saturday, November 12, 2016, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.Pete will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 62 years: Carolyn Jean (Scott) Lowe of Vevay, IN; his daughter: Jerri Lowe of Titusville, FL; his grandchildren: Tracy Dickerson and his wife: Sara of Florence, IN, Erin Lynn Harsin and her husband: Jeremy of Bennington, IN and Kristen Dickerson and her husband: Lenny of Oak Hill, FL; his great-grandchildren: Bralen and Azalee Harsin of Bennington, IN, Jacob Dickerson of Florence, IN and McKayla Detloff of Oak Hill, FL; his twin sister: Wilma Hamamey and her husband: Dave of Cleveland, OH; his brother: Gayle Lowe of Largo, FL and his brother-in-law: Donald W. Allen of Vevay, IN.He was preceded in death by his parents: Bryant and Addie Mae (Browning) Lowe; his great-grandson: Joshua Detloff; his sisters: Norma Earl, Kay Risley, Thelma Jean Allen and his infant sisters: Janet Lou and Leona Lowe; his brother: Robert “Bob” Lowe; his sister-in-law: Janice Lowe and his brother-in-law: Tom Earl.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Mark Scott at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Florence Church of Christ or to Our Hospice of Southern and Central Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home.