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New Referendum Feb. 12

By ROXANN MOORE
Special to Sussex County Online

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council decided not to ratify the results of the Oak Orchard Sanitary Sewer District referendum at its regular weekly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, setting in motion a new referendum for the controversial proposal.

Council followed the recommendation of county engineer Michael A. Izzo. Izzo made the recommendation after learning 2 of the 13 absentee ballots in the referendum -- which passed 211-210 -- were not legal.

Izzo said a clerical error had separated the ballots from their proper envelopes and since they could not be properly identified as being from within the district, they were voided.

Izzo said he wanted to defend his integrity and his department's integrity, saying they were unjustly maligned publicly after the referendum.

New dates were set for getting absentee ballots, another public information meeting, and the new referendum.

A public information meeting for the new referendum will be held at Indian River Fire Hall on Jan. 29, 2000, at 9 a.m. The new referendum will be Feb. 12 at the Indian River Fire Hall from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Absentee ballots for the new referendum will be available beginning Jan. 6, 2000 and must be returned by Noon on Feb. 11, 2000. Both the ballots and envelopes will be a different color, according to Robert "Bob" L. Stickels, Sussex County Administrator.

"You will have to have the new ballots. The old cannot be used this time," Stickels said.

In other action:

  • Council agreed to issue Industrial Revenue Bonds not exceeding $3.5 million for the Taylorcraft 2000, LLC project. The company requested a $250,000 loan with the interest rate not to exceed 3 percent. The loan will be paid monthly with the balance due at the end of five years. The project -- primarily building and repairing two-seater planes -- is expected to bring 15 to 20 jobs to the county this year with increased employment of 150 people after the third year. These planes are considered sports planes and have already generated interest from two schools, according to Larry D. Ohler, CPA with Taylorcraft 2000, LLC.

  • The council elected Lynn J. Rogers to president of the council with Dale R. Dukes vice president. Former council president Finley B. Jones, Jr. said family commitments required him to step aside from the presidency, but he will continue to work on behalf of his constituents and the people of Sussex County.
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