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Photo: The Jefferson Intermediate School class taught by John Gause (above) poses with county councilmen Lynn Rogers, Finley Jones and Vance Phillips at the end of its tour of the Sussex County Administrative Building.

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GEORGETOWN -- With a light agenda and only three council members in attendance, Sussex County Council spent the bulk of its regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, announcing awards and proclamations.

With councilmen Dale Dukes and George Cole out of town on personal business, County Administrator Robert L. Stickels announced that the South Coastal Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant has received the award for excellence in operations and maintenance from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The award, for the EPA's Mid-Atlantic region, was presented on Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, by Bradley Campbell, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator for the EPA.

The award is presented annually to the best municipal wastewater treatment facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region. The region encompasses 2,059 facilities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Recipients are selected for their performance in complying with wastewater discharge permits, maintenance management, laboratory practices, personnel training, and public awareness.

The honor also recognized county council for its commitment to protecting the community's environment.

DSHA Loan Workshop

Stickels also announced that the Delaware State Housing Authority will hold a workshop for Sussex County homeowners interested in making affordable repairs and handicapped accessibility modifications to their homes.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers. The Housing Loan Rehabilitation Program offers 3 percent interest rates on home improvement loans up to $35,000 for low- to moderate-income homeowners or landlords renting to low-income families.

More information can be obtained from the DSHA at 302-739-4263.

John Burton Sr., Improved Order of Red Men

Photo: John Burton Sr. (front), recently elected Great Incohonee of the national Improved Order of Red Men, accepts a proclamation declaring Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, as John Burton Sr. Day in Sussex County from County Council President Lynn Rogers. Behind them are members of Burton's local Red Men chapter.


Council delivered two proclamations honoring Sussex County citizens for their volunteer efforts.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, was declared John Burton Sr. Day in Sussex County for Burton's recent honor as the Great Incohonee of the national Improved Order of Red Men.

The Great Incohonee is the equivalent of president of the national order. It has been more than 150 years since anyone from Delaware has held that honor.

Locally, Burton said the Red Men have been involved with Camp Barnes and the Beach House. Nationally, the organization has donated $840,000 in the past 8 years to Alzheimer's research.

Council also proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, as a day to honor the Ellendale Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary for its 40 years of service.

The auxiliary was formed in March 1960 with 31 members. The officers then were President Ila Tucker, Vice President Gwen Wooten, Secretary Hazel Ellingsworth, and Treasurer Blanche Ennis.

In its 40 years, the auxiliary has helped raised money for the fire house, the kitchen, and equipment.

In other business ...
  • Council unanimously approved the re-appointment of James F. Walls to the Building Code Appeals Board for another four years. Stickels noted that Walls has 45 years of experience in the construction business.

  • Councilman Vance Phillips told council there appears to be progress on the demolition of a condemned property in Delmar that lies outside of the town's boundaries in the county. Phillips said Delmar Fire Chief Joe Morris is in the process of completing an application for a waiver of building knockdown from DNREC.

  • Council approved a Balancing Change order for the Airport water and sewer project for a credit of $251.40. Project Engineer Derek Sapp told council that the project was completely funded by a $500,000 grant from the state. The project was completed in December 1999. The credit dropped the project's cost from $437,194.90 to $436,943.50.

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