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Sussex County Council ...

County Receives $1.1M
For Community Projects

By KERIN MAGILL
SC Online Content Editor

Housing rehabilitation and sewer hookups topped the list of projects approved for Community Development Block Grant funds in Sussex County this year, according to County Administrator Robert Stickels

The county will receive $1.17 million from the Delaware State Housing Authority. The funds will be allocated in the following manner:

  • Administration, $140,000;
  • Coverdale Crossroads rehabilitation, $120,000;
  • 75 sewer hookups in Ellendale, $75,000;
  • sidewalk repairs to 254 properties in Laurel, $18,500;
  • 30 housing rehab projects in rural Ellendale, $450,000;
  • 100 sewer hookups in rural Ellendale, $100,000;
  • and 18 rehabs in sites scattered across the county.

Because CDBG funds were limited this year, housing rehabilitation projects in Bridgeville, Ellendale, Georgetown, Laurel, Milford, Seaford and Selbyville did not receive a recommendation for funding from the independent review panel charged with evaluating each application.

A sewer upgrade for Morningside Village, an emergency generator for Laurel, a replacement water main valve in Laurel, and a water main in Rehoboth Beach also did not receive funding this year.

The panel evaluated the applications on the basis of their benefit to low-income people, the applicant's capacity for management of the project and the cost-benefit ratio of the project.

Judge Rules in Favor of Council on Campground

A Court of Chancery judge has denied an attempt by a developer to reverse a Sussex County Council decision on an application to build a campground at Fort Saulsbury near Slaughter Beach.

The declaratory judgment action filed Feb. 14, 2002, by Burke and Cedar Creek Group L.L.C., sought to overturn the council's 3-2 vote to deny the application.

The developer claimed the county council did not create a sufficient record for the court to review because the council members did not articulate reasons for their votes. The judgment action further stated that if the record was not sufficient, then the council's action was "arbritrary and capricious."

Vice Chancellor Leo Strine, in an unusual move, ruled from the bench after arguments on July 18, 2003. Strine rejected both claims by the developer.

In Other Business ...
    Council approved the following grant requests:
  • Delaware Orange Crush, $150 for tournament expenses;

  • Buckmasters of the Eastern Shore, $100 for advertisement in banquet booklet;

  • Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival, $650 for 2003 festival expenses;

  • Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, $500 for 10th Annual Towne and Country Fair;

  • Delaware Safe Kids Coalition, $500 for Sussex County Safe Kids Day; and

  • Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, $500 for Big Thursday Festival and Car Show.

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