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Sussex County Council ...

Likes the Idea, but
not the Location

By ERIC MAGILL
Sussex County Online Publisher

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council approved an ordinance establishing the annual service charge and assessment rate for the Holts Landing Sanitary Sewer District at its Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000 meeting.

Council passed 5-0 an ordinance revising the annual service charge to $295.00 per EDU. The annual assessment rate for transmission and/or treatment is $2.50 per billable front foot.

The ordinance will become effective Nov. 1, 2000, or when sewer service is available to the district, whichever is later.

The estimated total project cost to be bond funded is $1.855 million with an annual debt service for the state revolving fund loan of $107,701.88 based on a 20-year, 1.5 percent loan.

Council was also presented with information showing the current fees versus the projected fees during the referendum in 1998.The connection fees have dropped to $1,559 from the projected fee of $1,700 in 1998 and the assessment rate has dropped to $2.50 from the projected rate of $4.25 in 1998.

Annual charges for larger properties have also dropped from their 1998 comparisons. While 40 feet of frontage will still be $395, the charges for 75 feet of frontage have dropped from $543.75 to $482.50, the charges for 85 feet have declined from $586.25 to $507.50, and the charges for 100 feet of frontage have dropped from $650 to $545.


Library Delivery Service Approved ...

Council unanimously approved a bid recommendation from Sussex County Librarian Carolyn Fitzgerald for delivery services for the county library system.

Fitzgerald said the system currently moves approximately 2,500 parcels a day on its own now and that a bid from Brooks Courier Service would save the county approximately $8,500 a year versus the libraries moving the parcels themselves.

Brooks, which offers the same service to the New Castle County Library System, bid $730.08 a week plus a fuel charge for transportation costs. The contract includes a 30-day out clause and will be contingent on review and approval of the county finance department and the county attorney.

Fitzgerald said the contract would also save the county on a new van to replace the current van, which has 150,000 miles on it. She said the switch would not cost any jobs but would require that one person be transferred.


Troop 4 Status Report

Sussex County Administrator Robert L. Stickels presented the following State Police Troop 4 (Georgetown) status report to county council:

Total Hours on Duty 4,044.5 Hours Assisted Other Agencies 27.5 Total Traffic Arrests 936 Total DUI Arrests 34 Accident Reports: Property Damage 49 Accident Reports: Personal Injury 17 Criminal Arrests: Felony 4 Criminal Arrests: Misdemeanor 56 Total 10-29 P's (wanted persons) 34 Total Number of Complaints 693

Stickels said Troop 4 officers also participated in the Student Police Academy at Cape Henlopen High School, Citizens Police Academy at Delaware Technical & Community College, and the Strong Communities monthly meeting.


Planning Meetings ...

Three more regional planning meetings will be held throughout the county next month.

  • Region 1 (Greenwood, Bridgeville, Seaford, Blades, Bethel, Laurel, Delmar) -- Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, 10 a.m., Seaford City Hall.

  • Region 2 (Milford, Ellendale, Georgetown, Milton, Slaughter Beach, Millsboro) -- Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, 1:30 p.m., Sussex County Administrative Office Building.

  • Region 4 (Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Henlopen Acres) -- Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, 10 a.m., Rehoboth Beach City Hall.

In other business ...
  • The ongoing saga of the fate of the condemned State Street property in Delmar owned by Robert Jones moved closer to a conclusion this week. Sussex County Administrator Robert L. Stickels reported that a committee of DNREC was meeting Tuesday, Oct. 24, to review the application to burn and demolish the property on site. Stickels said the Delmar Fire Co. is ready as soon as the application is approved, which he hoped would be this week.

  • A Subaqueous Lands Application for the Delaware Army National Guard to build a dock, pier and access ramp on Salt Pond near Bethany Beach has been submitted to DNREC. The 6-foot by 40-foot dock, the 5-foot by 40-foot pier, and the 3.6-foot by 20-foot access ramp would be built at 163 Scannell Blvd. and Route 1 north of Bethany. The application is available for viewing through Denise Rawding, Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section, 89 Kings Hwy., Dover, DE 19901 (302-739-4691).

  • Council unanimously passed several funding requests. Council passed a request from councilman Vance Phillips for $250 to a group of citizens who want to start a Neighborhood Watch program in Delmar. It also approved a request from councilman Dale Dukes for $500 for a minor league baseball field and updating of a major league softball field for the Laurel Little League. And finally, council approved a request for $250 from councilman Lynn Rogers for the Cape Henlopen Sports Boosters Club for a trip for cheerleaders to the National Cheerleading Association competition.

  • The Sussex County Recorder of Deeds will conduct workshops on the new ACS automation system on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. and Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to receive training on the new automation system should contact the Recorder of Deeds office at 855-7783.

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