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Sussex County Council ...

County to Send Petitions
for New Sewer District

By ERIC MAGILL
SC Online Publisher

GEORGETOWN -- Council discussed possible boundaries for the proposed Johnson's Corner Sanitary Sewer District and voted to circulate petitions for a referendum at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2002.

Assistant County Engineer Russell Archut told council that the proposed boundaries now encompass roughly the area between Roxanna and Route 54 at Uncle Willie's.

Within the proposed boundaries are the Cedar Tree Apartments just south of Roxanna, Dirickson's Creek, Swann Estates, Mill Creek, Mill Pond Acres and Fenwick West.

Council member George Cole questioned the wisdom of establishing a sewer district in what is mainly a rural area outside the county's development district, saying such a district could lead to higher densities there.

In addition, Cole said the entire proposed area is within the Environmentally Sensitive Area that will be included in the update of the county's Comprehensive Land Use Plan in October. That area will dramatically reduce densities in the coastal zone.

"Are we premature?" Cole asked.

Archut said the proposal was a response to inquiries from existing home owners in the area, and Councilman Dale Dukes said that the area could already be developed because it is already zoned General Residential.

As for the Environmentally Sensitive designation, Dukes said public sewer service would help with sewer problems at existing homes.

Council voted 4-1 to approve the petition with Cole voting no.

In Other Business ...
  • Council unanimously approved the re-authorization of general obligation bonds for the Ellendale Sanitary Sewer District and improvements to the South Coastal Regional Wastewater Facility. The $1 million in bonds for the Ellendale sewer district and $13 million for improvements to the South Coastal facility had been approved previously but had to be rescinded because the titles of the originally approved ordinances didn't include the amounts that could be borrowed.

  • Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring the week of May 19-May 25, 2002, as Emergency Medical Services Week in the county. Calling the county's EMS personnel as "the safety net of the Sussex County health care system", the resolution "encourages the community to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities".

  • Council approved a tribute to Clayton Thomas Serman in honor of his attainment of the status of Eagle Scout.

  • County Administrator Robert L. Stickels told council that U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle (R) supported H.R. 4546, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes several proposals that will affect Sussex County. Among those proposals are a $5 million U.S. Army contract for Patrick Power, a tenant in the Sussex County Industrial Air Park.

  • Council approved a change order for the building expansion project at the South Coastal Regional Wastewater Facility for extra costs due to unsuitable soils at the site. The project to remove the bad soils will cost a little over $2,000. Council also agreed to replace the carpet in the facility's offices for $890. Due to a previous change order that resulted in a credit to the county, County Engineer Michael Izzo said the project was still under budget. The changes increase the project cost to $147,119 to $150,301, Izzo said.

  • Council approved a motion to authorize Stickels to prepare a pre-application to the Rural Housing Administration for the Housing Preservation Grant Program.

  • Council approved the following grant requests:
    • Benjamin Banneker Elementary School -- $400 for new playground equipment.
    • Marvel Carriage Museum -- $500 for the building campaign for a new exhibition building.
    • Sussex Central High School -- $200 for pennants.

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