Gets Council Nod
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Sussex County Council unanimously approved a zoning change for a 208-home development near Clarksville but removed a request for a convenience store within the RPC during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002.
The development, to be called Seagrass Plantation, will include 124 single family homes and 84 townhouses. It will be located on 139 acres, on the west side of Irons Lane (Sussex Road 348) and 3/5 of a mile north of Holts Landing Road (Sussex Road 346).
The developer, Caroline Development Inc., had proposed a convenience store be part of the project, but the council approved the application without it. The proposed 10,000-square-foot commercial was the "biggest question" that arose during a June 11 public hearing on the project, according to County Administrator Robert Stickels.
Council member George Cole said a store located in an otherwise residential area, off of main roads, "would set a bad precedent."
Council member Dale Dukes said he "would rather have it more site specific, so we would know what's going in there before we approve it." Council president Finley Jones also supported removal of the commercial portion.
In hearings before the council and the county Planning and Zoning Commission, dozens of residents of nearby communities expressed concern about the impact of the commercial use on traffic and the character of the surrounding area.
The site is currently zoned Agricultural/Residential; the county council approved its rezoning to Medium Residential/Residential Planned Community.Council, Water Companies Urge Conservation
Representatives from two of the state's largest public water providers joined county council in urging Sussex County residents to conserve water.
Although representatives from Tidewater Utilties Inc. and Artesian Water Co. said the county is in better shape than New Castle County, where mandatory restrictions are in place, both urged Sussex County residents to conserve water, as Gov. Ruth Ann Minner did two weeks ago.
Some suggestions from both companies include:
"There is no such thing as new water," said Artesian's John Houghton, who said the past 12 months have been the second driest one-year period in Delaware history. The state is now 20 inches below normal for rainfall, and it would take six to eight months of normal or above-normal rainfall to recover, Houghton said.
County Administrator Robert L. Stickels noted that Sussex County is 8 inches below its normal rainfall for this time of year.
Houghton also said reports of dry wells statewide, including pockets in the West Rehoboth and Ocean View areas -- seem to be largely involving very shallow wells -- 30 to 35 feet deep -- which were "not uncommon in the '70s." He said of all the well permits granted this year, only 13 percent were to replace wells that had gone dry.County Dispatcher Honored
Sussex County emergency medical dispatcher Catherine Derrickson was recognized for performing "outstandingly" during the past year and for her nearly perfect compliance record.
Derrickson was recognized for her performance during council's Aug. 27 meeting by Sussex County Emergency Emergency Services Director Joseph Thomas and the county council.
Thomas called Derrickson a "very reliable" employee who has handled more than 13 percent of all the county's medical emergency calls in the past year.
Thomas said Derrickson's commendation represents the first in a twice-yearly recognition program he is implementing to honor top employees.In Other Business ...
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