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County Hires
EMS Director

Sussex County Council ...

Also Announces Hiring
of Professional Engineer

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Photo: New SCEMS Director Glenn Luedtke.

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council welcomed a new director of emergency medical services and a new professional engineer to the county's staff at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001.

Glenn Luedtke

Glenn Luedtke was hired as Director of Sussex County Emergency Medical Services on Monday, Jan. 8, as was Douglas C. Stewart, P.E., the county's new project engineer.

Glenn Luedtke, Director, Sussex County Emergency Medical ServicesLuedtke comes to Sussex County after 10 years as executive director of the Cape and Islands Emergency Medical Services System in Hyannis, Mass., and the Southeastern Massachusetts EMS Council.

He replaces interim SCEMS Director Bob Stuart, who filled in for five months when previous SCEMS Director George Torbert left the department. Stuart will remain as Acting Deputy Director during the transition.

"This system (SCEMS) carries quite a reputation," said Luedtke after being introduced to council by Stuart. "It's know for its very high quality care

Besides his position in Massachusetts, Luedtke has also served as Coordinator of Basic and Advanced Life Support Programs at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Emergency Medical Services Degree program.

Luedtke is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

He has written numerous articles for emergency medical services publications and is a regular speaker at state and regional EMS conferences throughout the country.

He was hired following a nationwide search.

Originally from Baltimore, Luedtke and his wife Sherry, a registered nurse with nearly 20 years experience in emergency nursing, have two daughters, Deborah and Wendy, who live in Chicago and New York.

Douglas C. Stewart, P.E.

Photo: Douglas C. Stewart, P.E.

Douglas C. Stewart, P.E.Douglas C. Stewart, P.E., brings Sussex County more than 30 years of experience in the engineering field with Downes Associates Inc. and Killam Associates.

He worked for Downes Associates in Salisbury, Md., from 1988 to 2000 and for Killam Associates in Millburn, N.J., from 1970-95.

He has also worked as chief environmental engineer for Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett Consulting Engineers in Syosset, N.Y., as project engineer for Esso Research & Engineering Co. in Florham Park, N.J., and as a junior engineer for the Township of Maplewood, N.J.

Most of Stewart's experience has been with multi-million dollar water resources projects. He has most recently worked on electric power projects.

The New Jersey native holds two Professional Engineer Licenses and a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from New York University.

Miller Creek Sewers ...

Council set a public hearing on the proposed Miller Creek Sanitary Sewer District south of Ocean View for Saturday, July 21, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. in the Millville Fire Hall.

Assistant County Engineer Russell Archut said the county had received 122 petitions to go ahead with plans for the district from residents within the district's borders. State law requires only 50 petitions to go ahead with public hearings and referendums.

The district lies south of the Bear Trap Dunes development and includes Plantation Park, Ocean Air, the Raymond Banks subdivision, the George C. Mohr subdivision, and the Plantation Park Marina.

Archut said the county attempted to restrict the district to developed areas within the district. He said he will now negotiate an agreement with consultant Whitman, Requardt & Associates to develop a proposal to be presented at the public hearing in July.

Corn Maze Approved ...

Council unanimously approved an amended ordinance to allow the conditional use of 39.8 acres in the Lewes and Rehoboth Hundreds by Jay Beach.

Beach received approval to sell sheds, pumpkins, Christmas trees and seasonal vegetables and build a corn maze on his property provided he meet 11 stipulations.

He was denied his request to also sell playground equipment and lawn furniture and operate an open pit cooking establishment.

"We need to look at these applications seriously," said Councilman Vance Phillips in voting for the amended ordinance. "What this applicant is doing is preserving the general nature of a piece of property in an area that has tremendous (development) value.

"We've seen from his past work that he does a first class job in the operations he currrently has there. He's going to preserve the majority of his property in an agricultural setting. I think we've given him an opportunity to make that farm economically viable by the retail of the sheds. I think it's a good application and a compromise to improve the area over the long haul."

Seashore Application Withdrawn ...

County Administrator Robert L. Stickels told council that Seashore Enterprises Inc. has withdrawn an application to subdivide 4.4 acres into three lots.

The property in question is south of Bay Reach and west of Back Bay streets in Country Manor in the Pine Bay Section southwest of Route 1 and north of Rehoboth Bay.

In a letter, Seashore Enterprises officials said they were withdrawing their application because of potentially conflicting technical information that came to light at a public hearing regarding the applicant's request.

The withdrawal will allow Seashore Enterprises' engineering and environmental consultants to more fully develop engineered solutions available to support the conceptual land use as proposed and reapply at a later time.

Administrator's Report ...
  • County Administrator Robert L. Stickels advised council of a second Delaware Department of Transporation public workshop regarding proposed sidewalk improvements on State Route 1 from Dewey Beach to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. DelDOT representatives will present facts and figures on the improvements and take public comment. The meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, in the Rehoboth Elementary School cafeteria at 500 Stockley Street in Rehoboth Beach. The public is invited between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The first public workshop on July 13, 2000, focused on media modifications, pavement and drainage improvements, and intersection improvements including installation of a pedestrian signal.

  • Stickels said that select property owners in Sussex County have been advised by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency that they may be eligible for additional funding for flood damage. Those property owners were sent a letter by DEMA telling them that their properties may meet the National Flood Insurance Program definition of a Repetitive Loss Property. The grants, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, help protect qualifying insurable properties from future flood damages. The grants typically involve the purchase, relocation, elevation or other protection of eligible insurable properties where FEMA determines it is cost-effective and environmentally appropriate to do so. Anyone who thinks their property is eligible for the grants should contact Michael Powell at 302-739-4411 or Lloyd Stoebner, the state's hazard mitigation officer, at 302-659-2246.

  • Stickels informed council that the Friends of the Milton Library received a contribution of $50,000 from the Trustees of Welfare Foundation on Dec. 22, 2000, and a $1,000 contribution from Wilmington Trust on Dec. 19, 2000. That brings the total of privately raised funds for the $1.3 million project to $410,151. Stickels said he hoped the state would match the $400,000 the Friends have raised.

  • Troop 4 in Georgetown reported that in October 2000 it responded to 81 criminal arrests including 10 felonies, 1,366 traffic arrests including 30 DUIs, 91 accidents including 22 involving injuries, 44 wanted persons reports, and 609 complaints.

In Other Business ...
  • Council unanimously approved a request by Councilman George Cole to spend $1,200 out of its Human Services funds for smoke detectors and batteries for the public. The detectors and batteries will be available at the county's executive complex. Stickels said the detectors and batteries will cost the county $3.99 each. A maximum of two units and batteries will be made available to each household.

  • Recently retired county employee Meeris McLaughlin was ill and unable to attend a ceremony in her honor during Tuesday's council meeting. McLaughlin was the county's first emergency dispatcher, a position she held for 36 years. Joe Thomas, director of the county's emergency operations center, accepted a plaque from council on McLaughlin's behalf. She previously received an inscribed gold watch from her co-workers in the emergency operations center. Stickels said McLaughlin was the county's longest-employed employee. Laughing, he said the county searched its archives and found the original communications equipment McLaughlin used when she became the first dispatcher in 1964 -- a pair of Styro-foam cups tied together with wire.

  • A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, regarding a proposed ordinance relating to general obligation bonds. County Finance Director David Baker said an escrow fund would be established to pay off tax-supported debt. He said the money could only then be used to pay off such debts.

  • Council unanimously agreed to surplus a 1974 GMC hoist truck with more than 200,000 miles on it. The action removes the truck from the county's inventory. Any usable equipment on the truck will be salvaged for use on other county vehicles. The county will then request three bids from salvage yards for the truck. Stickels said repairing the truck would cost $20,000, which would be more than its value even when repaired.

  • Council unanimously approved a request by Council Finley Jones for the Youth Government Program for a student interested in the program. The funds will be distributed directly to the YMCA. Half of the money will come from Jones' councilmanic fund and half from Councilman Lynn Rogers' fund.

  • Council received a letter from Patrick Miller of the Indian River Fire Co. thanking the county for its support during the house fire in Oak Orchard that killed 11 people, including 7 children, on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Stickels also complimented county maintenance, paramedic and dispatch personnel for their assistance during the tragedy.

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