NCCo. Council OKs Gordon staff, deletes mall deed restrictions

By Tom Lehman 11:40pm, December 11, 2012 - Updated 12:01pm, December 12, 2012
Councilman Joe Reda on changes to benefit Christiana Mall
New Castle County Council has given approval to County Executive Tom Gordon's selections for chief officers of the county's finances and human resources.

The county's new Chief Financial Officer, Michael Coupe, is a county employee of 35 years. Council President Chris Bullock says Coupe will be a good fit for the job.

"He comes to us with impeccable credentials, integrity and wisdom and experience that this government needs at this time," Bullock says.

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The other appointee, Valencia "Lynn" Beaty retains her position as HR director, which she was appointed to by former County Executive Paul Clark.

County Councilman Penrose Hollins says Beaty's experience will benefit the county government.

"While she was at the State of Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, she oversaw management services that included a $2 Billion dollar annual budget and 4,600 service employees," Hollins says.

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Council has also amended and deleted a declaration of restrictions on property at the Christiana Mall to allow for more development, and job creation.

Councilman Joe Reda says a declaration from more than 30 years ago needed to be removed to allow for development of a new 110,000 square foot building for shopping at the Christiana Mall property.

"It's gonna create a lot of jobs, construction jobs, plus permanent and part-time jobs and it's also a big asset to our area," he says.

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He says by lifting the deed restrictions, which were set in 1977, the new building will bring more commerce to the county.

"There's another building like this in Pennsylvania and people from Delaware are going to Pennsylvania and have to pay sales tax. Now they don't have to. They can stay here and purchase the same thing they do up there and less gas mileage," he says.

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