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Sussex County Council approved a change order and received an update on the progress of the new terminal building at the Sussex County Airport at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.
Derek Sapp, project engineer, told council that the 5,100 square foot expansion of the terminal building is 50 percent complete and is scheduled to be fully completed by Feb. 13, 2002.
The expansion will provide room for three offices for aeronautic businesses, terminal operations offices, and a 60-seat restaurant.
Councilman George Cole, who has been critical of the $1.055 million project from the outset, asked if the restaurant space could be converted to office space if an operator could not be found.
County Economic Development Director Frank Calio said he isn't concerned about finding a restaurant operator and County Administrator Robert L. Stickels said the county will advertise for restaurant proposals beginning Nov. 28.
Calio added that Lockheed Martin has tentatively agreed to lease two of the three offices.
Cole also questioned the feasability of the expansion in light of the recent terrorist attacks that have severely hurt commercial airlines.
Councilman Lynn Rogers said that sales of private aircraft that the airport serves, as well as traffic at small airports like the one in Georgetown, have increased since the attacks as corporations purchase private airplanes for travel instead of using commercial jets.
Stickels concurred, saying that during the NASCAR race in Dover in September, the airport hosted 60 aircraft. He added that he believes the restaurant will bring in more traffic with private pilots stopping in "for their $100 lunches".
After hearing the update, council unanimously approved a change order for an additional $50,000 and 9 days construction time for the terminal apron project.
The project, which will cost $724,123.90 and take 99 days to complete, will add 11,000 square yards of asphalt to the existing terminal apron and also rehabilitate the existing apron and taxiwayExtension Program Contributions
Council presented checks totalling $159,115 to the University of Delaware Research & Education Center's Sussex County Cooperative Extension program for programs to benefit local farmers and poultry producers.
As in past years, council donated $109,115 to the county extension program. For the first time, the county also gave $50,000 to the program for its poultry production efficiency program.
Mark Isaacs said the extension program would use the $109,115 to bolster four programs:
Dr. Gary Van Winkle, the extension program's Poultry Production Efficiency Engineer, will receive the remaining $50,000 for his program.
Dr. Van Winkle, from the University of Georgia, said 70 percent of his job will be Extension services and 30 percent applied research.
He said the major thrust of his Extension work will be in educating poultry growers in the use of electronic controllers to increase productivity.
He said electronic controllers reduce the manhours spent by growers in the chicken houses by automatically controlling the poultry house's temperature within two degrees and also reduce stress on broiler chicks, which improves the production of growers.
The controllers, which schedule the operation of fans, heaters, and lights, are only used by about 15 percent of growers in the county.
"We need 80 to 90 percent to use these" to keep Sussex County poultry growers' competitive with other areas of the country, Dr. Van Winkle said.Milton Library Update ...
Brad Hawkes, the county's director of Utility Engineering, told council that he hopes to bid out contracts for the expansion of the Milton Public Library by May 2002 with construction of Phase I of that expansion to be completed within a year's time.
Phase I would include construction of the first floor of the expansion and the relocation of library materials from the existing library into that floor.
Phase II would include construction of a second floor to be used for community meeting rooms and possibly elevators depending on the outcome of the bids. Hawkes said Phase II will require additional funding.
The existing library will be converted to administrative offices. The project is being designed by Weymouth Planners & Architects.In Other Business ...
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