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Dover Mayor Vetoes Rec Center Demo Plan


DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - For the first time in three years Dover's mayor used his veto power over city council. Mayor Carleton Carey just before the holiday weekend vetoed a plan to demolish the rec center at Dover Park on the city's east side.

There have been months of back and forth over the fate of the building that serves people in Dover, who live east of US 13. City council finally voted five to three November 25 to demolish it.

Then Carey stepped in with only his third veto since taking office.

Carey says there weren't enough specifics for what would happen after the demolition of the more than three-decade old building.

"I'm afraid that if we go ahead and tear the building down - out of sight, out of mind. I don't want that to happen," he said.

City councilman Wallace Dixon, who voted for demolition, says that came up at the council meeting.

"We asked," he said. "They said there would be another building to replace it. All we want to do is continue to push that. I thank the mayor for vetoing it to give us another opportunity."

Depending on the cost of demolition - estimated at around $30,000 - the now-vetoed plan set aside up to $80,000 for capital improvements to the park.

"What's it for? What are we going to do with it?" said Carey.

"We're not knocking this building down and washing our hands of it," said Councilman Adam Perza. "We are going to invest money into this park, just not into this building."

Perza says the city hasn't reached the point of determining exactly what to do next.

Still Carey thinks a re-examination is in order.

"I think we need to revisit it and have a more decisive plan of direction that we're going to go with that facility."

Both Carey and Wallace stressed the importance of considering what is best for the kids that live on that side of Dover.

As far as dealing with this veto and then eventually again determining the fate of the building, time tables for both remain unclear.

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