Hanson Hits Back In Dewey, Says Accusations “Totally Incorrect”

by Dave on September 21, 2010

Dewey Beach Commissioner Diane Hanson today fired off an email to Commissioner Zeke Pryzgocki and Mayor Rick Solloway responding to accusations that she withheld the details of a conversation she had with State Planning Director Connie Holland prior to a controversial vote on a new ordinance at the Saturday, September 11th town meeting.

In her Monday email, addressed to Przygocki and Solloway and copied to members of the press, Commissioner Hanson said:

“Your accusations are totally incorrect regarding my conversation with the Director of State Planning, Connie Holland.  My description of our conversation, which concerned Delaware guidelines for the level of specificity of comprehensive development plans, is confirmed by Ms Holland in an article in the Wilmington News Journal (link below).  Nothing in this conversation concerned the legality of the clarifying ordinance.

Your votes against an ordinance recommended by our Town Attorney as in the best interests of the town could put the town at risk. Your timing in this false attack on me is an act of desperation designed to affect the outcome of the election.

In the meantime, you are on notice that your accusations are without merit, and I expect you to cease your allegations immediately.”

Hanson’s version of events seem to be backed up by the State Planning Director. In her email, Hanson linked to a DelmarvaNow.com story in which read, in part:

“I had a phone call from Diane. I’m not sure of the timing on that, but her question was not specific to this (ordinance),” [Holland] said.

Holland said she didn’t advise the commissioner of any potential legal issues but indicated the question was more appropriately answered by the attorney who oversaw the original comprehensive plan.

Efforts to reach Mayor Solloway Monday night for comment were unsuccessful.

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