Sussex County Council ...
Pares Down More Than
$400,000 in Requests
By ERIC MAGILL
Sussex County Online Publisher
Photo: Milford High School Spanish students discuss how they've used Spanish outside the classroom.
GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council unanimously awarded more than $112,000 in grants to human services organizations in the county at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000.
Council pared the grants down from requests from local human service organizations that totalled more than $400,000.
Council denied two of the largest requests, one for $149,136 from the Camp Hebron Foundation to assist in securing two buses from DelDOT to establish an art circuit, and another for $13,743 for general operations of the fitness center at the Howard T. Ennis School.
County Administrator Robert L. Stickels had also originally denied a request for funding from the Prison Arts Program because the program had requested an increase from $1,000 in years past to $17,000 this year for additional instructors, a guest speaker, and art supplies.
Councilman George Cole, however, said that since the county had provided $1,000 in past years that it should so so again this year, which brought the total grants this year to $112,481, or well within the county's budget projection of $116,000.
Cole also questioned why the county would place a cap on grants to organization that he says save the county a good deal of money by providing services the county doesn't have to provide.
He was informed that council voted to cap the funding in 1998 when Stickels had proposed raising the level from $100,000 to $120,000.
Cole said he still didn't feel the council should put a cap on such funding in future years.
Election Contest ...
A request by Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips to operate an online elections contest that would award scholarship money to local school students generated a lot of discussion but eventually passed 4-1.
Phillips didn't present the plan in writing, which threw the other councilmen off. Councilman Dale Dukes eventually voted against the proposal because he didn't feel there was enough time to properly notify students about the contest.
Phillips said the contest would be publicized in local media and in schools throughout the county. Council decided to award $100 scholarships to the five students who come closest to predicting the outcomes of a half-dozen races in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000 election.
Entrants will have to pick the winner in each race plus the voting percentages the candidates garner in the election. The money will then be held in escrow and released when students graduate from high school provided the money will be used for post-secondary education expenses.
Planning Meetings ...
Sussex County Administrator Robert L. Stickels announced that four regional planning meetings will be held throughout the county in the 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 ...
- Council was informed by letter that the dedication of the Brick Hotel marker on The Circle will be held the morning of Return Day, Nov. 9, 2000, at 9 a.m. Russ McCabe will officiate the dedication ceremony.
- Council unanimously approved a request by Sussex County Administrator Robert L. Stickels to remove a 1990 Dodge pickup truck that is unsafe for the road from the county's list of assets. The vehicle has 247,000 miles on it. The county will now request bids from salvage yards for the truck.
- Council unanimously approved a Beneficial Acceptance request for The Orchard Townhouses project at Route 1 and Hewlett Drive next to the Nassau Bridge near Lewes. The Beneficial Acceptance allows the developer, Jack Stanton, to begin hookups to the West Rehoboth Sanitary Sewer District. The project consists of 68 townhomes.
- Council also unanimously approved a Construction Administration and Construction Acceptance Agreement for The Woods development on the east side of Road 270A behind K-Mart in Rehoboth Beach. That project consists of 80 single-family homes by Paul Robino. The site was originally planned as an assisted living project by Preston Dyer but he transfered the property to Robino, who changed the plans.
- Council unanimously agreed to provide $100 from the Youth Activity Fund of each councilmen for the Delaware ASA 12-Under Girls Softball team. The funds are for travel expenses. The organization includes girls from a number of Sussex County towns.
- The Bad Company ASA adult co-ed softball team from Milford was unanimously awarded $125 from each of councilmen Lynn Rogers and Finley Jones councilmanic funds.
- Council passed a request from Councilman Dale Dukes to provide $350 to the Delaware State Police Troop 5 to help build a 16-foot by 16-foot concrete pad for a basketball court for kids in Concord. Dukes said a basketball hoop has been erected next to a road in Concord and that the kids have been using the road as the court because it's the only hard surface there to dribble on. Dukes said a local resident has already donated land for the court.
- Stickels announced that the Milton Public Library will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at 6 p.m. due to the town's Christmas Parade that evening. The library is inaccessible during parades.
- Stickels said county offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 7, for Election Day and again on Thursday, Nov. 9, for Return Day. There will be no council meeting on Nov. 7, either. County offices will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 a.m. and Friday, Nov. 10, at 8:30 a.m. The next county council meeting will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in council chambers.
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