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Stickels Summarizes
Regional Meetings

By ERIC MAGILL
Sussex County Online Publisher

GEORGETOWN -- With one more regional planning meeting for the Rehoboth Beach area remaining, Sussex County Administrator Robert L. Stickels gave Sussex County Council a summary of suggestions from the previous meetings in other areas of the county.

Councilman George Cole asked Stickels for a summary during the Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 council meeting. The final planning meeting will be for Region 4 (Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Henlopen Acres) on Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. in Rehoboth Beach City Hall.

Stickels said the major suggestion from the three meetings was a freeze on rezonings in the development districts around the inland bays in Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Millville and Ocean View.

Those areas have been the focus of much of the development activity in the county including the controversial request by Freeman Communities to rezone an 865-acre parcel on Route 54 west of Fenwick Island to build a community of 2,900 homes, a golf course, and shopping and medical facilities.

Stickels said a freeze on rezonings by council would still allow development under existing zoning regulations.

Another major issue is highways in the county, Stickels said. Stickels said residents have expressed keen interest in a limited access North-South highway in the county that would connect to the five east-west upgrades that the county has already requested from the Delaware Department of Transportation.


Sewer Changes ...

Council approved four change orders in the Ocean View and Holts Landing Sanitary Sewer Districts.

Michael Izzo, Sussex County Engineer, requested three upgrades to equipment in the Ocean View district and another upgrade for an unforeseen repavement in the Holts Landing district.

The Holts Landing change order will pay contractor Bunting & Murray Inc. an additional $20,253 for repaving required after a pipeline from Bay Colony to the Fairway Village development had to be placed in the roadway instead of the shoulder as planned.

The original plan had been to lay 1,300 linear feet of pipe in the shoulder because utility maps showed utilities in the roadway. When the contractor began work, however, it was discovered that the utilities were actually in the shoulder, forcing the move of the pipe into the roadway and necessitating the repaving work.

Izzo said the project was still on budget despite the increase.

In Ocean View, Izzo requested $4,700.50 in upgrades to equipment at the pumping station.

Izzo said an additional $1,417 was needed for "traffic-bearing" grates to allow mechanics to work on the heavy pumps at the station. In addition, $2,667 was needed to buy a chain hoist to lift the pumps out and onto the grates. The chain hoist will replace the wire and rope hoist that Izzo said could not bear the weight of the 215-horsepower pumps.

The final request approved by council was for more fencing after additional land behind the original pumping station land was purchased. The additional fencing will cost $616.

Izzo said the project will still come in under budget. Total cost for the Ocean View project is now $2,197,365.07, Izzo said. He added that the county does not have a completion date for the district but that residents can expect the project to be finished between June and September, 2001.


Bear Trap ...

Council unanimously approved beneficial acceptance of a request to allow Carl M. Freeman Communities to hook 34 lots in Phase 1 of its Bear Trap development in Ocean View to holding tanks until sewer is available there.

Robert C. Green, the county's director of utility construction, said the sewage would be pumped by a licensed hauler and paid for by Carl M. Freeman. He said Freeman would then pay to disconnect the tanks when they were no longer needed.


Election Contest ...

The impasse in Florida in the U.S. Presidential election has had an impact here in Sussex County.

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips said during Return Day festivities that the county received more than 200 responses in its online student scholarship election contest.

Unfortunately, the winners of the five $100 scholarships can't be named yet because a winner has yet to be named in the race for U.S. President.


In other business ...
  • County Administrator Robert L. Stickels reported that Delaware State Police at Troops 4, 5 and 7 responded to 1,136 traffic accidents and 1,678 criminal complaints in July, August and September in Sussex County. The figures included 143 felony complaints handled by Troop 7.

  • Council awarded $500 to the Delaware State Police for the fall and winter 2000 Citizens Police Academies. Each council member will donate $100 from their councilmanic grants.

  • Council heard an introduction of a proposed zoning ordinance to rezone 30.67 acres in the Lewes-Rehoboth Hundred from AR-1 to HR-1.

  • Stickels said that DART First State, an operating division of DelDOT, wll conduct an open house on its Long-Range Transit Plan on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the William Carter Partnership Center at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. The meeting will run from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

  • Councilman Lynn Rogers commended the Emergency Operations Center and fire, police and ambulance crews in the county for its handling of the rash of major "incidents" in the county recently. Rogers said that most recently, emergency crews in Sussex responded to 39 major accidents on Monday, Nov. 13, alone.

  • Council proclaimed this Read Aloud Week in Sussex County. The Read Aloud Delaware program has more than 900 volunteers who have held 41,000 reading sessions covering 11,350 hours with 6,600 children.

  • Council unanimously approved several requests for donations. Councilmen Vance Phillips and Dale Dukes will each give $250 from their discretionary funds to the Laurel Chamber of Commerce and Laurel Fire Co. for the annual Christmas Parade there on Dec. 8. Councilman George Cole donated $500 from his councilmanic fund to the Rehoboth Main Street Association for a community dinner at which its Outstanding Citizen Award will be presented. And councilman Finley B. Jones awarded $100 from his councilmanic fund to the Delaware Tech Roadrunners softball program.

  • Councilman George Cole requested that future council meetings with short agendas be rescheduled from their usual 10 a.m. start times to be closer to the 1:30 p.m. public hearings so that council and audience members wouldn't have to leave and return for the public hearings. Council attorney Eugene Bayard, however, said that wouldn't be possible due to legal advertising requirements.

  • County offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, for Thanksgiving. offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27. There will be no council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The next council meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m.

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