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County Gives State
6 New Police Cars

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Rogers to Seek Re-Election

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GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council President Lynn Rogers presented the keys to six new automobiles to Col. Gerald "Gerry" Pepper of the Delaware State Police on Tuesday, March 14, 2000 during the council's regular meeting.

The cars -- four Ford Crown Victorias and two Dodge Durangos -- will be split between Troop 4 in Georgetown and Troop 7 in Lewes.

Col. Pepper said the Durangos would be an asset to officers, especially during inclement weather. He said the cars are not as efficient as the Durangos would be during nor'easters.

The new cars are a part of an agreement between the state police and Sussex County Council, according to Robert "Bob" Stickels, county administrator.

Stickels said the council and the state police established an agreement to improve police presence in the county in exchange for funding to help support the needs of a larger force. Now, there is one police officer for every 348 people in the county, according to Stickels.

Col. Pepper said since the police force increase, crime has steadily decreased in the county.

Rogers Announces Re-Election Bid

Council President Lynn Rogers announced he would seek reelection to the Third Councilmanic district.

"I am pleased with my first term as County councilman," Rogers said. "As a small businessman, I know the necessity of keeping county expenditures reasonable. I know the importance of providing timely government approvals and I know that delays and unnecessary regulations can affect my constituents."

Council Allows PATS to Borrow More

The council approved a request made by the PATS Foundation to borrow more money than originally stipulated.

The query came after the foundation learned the state would only grant them $375,000 of $500,000 requested. The foundation will still pay a minimum of three percent interest with the balance due at the end of five years.

Another condition still in effect is the foundation must employ 150 people at the end of three years or pay an additional half percent for every 10 jobs unavailable.

Ashley Manor Extension Hits Snag

The Ashley Manor Extension Request hit a snag today when resident Tim Monroe rescinded his support of the project.

Monroe said he was misinformed as to what the county was doing. He does not want to be a part of the sewer district. He supported the extension of the sewer district only to include the proposed development, citing the need for a sewer system for such a development.

The council deferred any action until next week when the matter could be addressed more thoroughly.

Ashley Manor Extension Hits Snag

Again, the Supreme Court of Delaware upheld the Superior Court decision that found Sussex County Council's EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Units) calculation lawful, according to Stickels. The suit was filed on behalf of four outlet malls.

Stickels said it was exactly one month ago that the court upheld a similar case dealing with residential EDUs.

Americana Bayside Hearing March 16

The public hearing on Americana Bayside will be held at the Sussex County Senior Services (CHEER) Community Center on Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

The county council hearing will be on Tuesday, April 4, 2000 at 1 p.m.

Other Action ...

In other action, the council:

  • Approved extending the West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District to include the Beebe Medical Center, an outreach medical office.

  • Announced a public meeting on the Cedar Neck Expansion of the Bethany Beach Sanitary Sewer District. The meeting is Saturday, March 18, 2000 at the Millville Volunteer Fire Department at 9 a.m. Residents north of Ocean View and those living along County Road 360 should attend. All who are interested are welcome.

  • Approved the nominees to the Sussex County Transportation Plan Advisory Committee.

  • Continued working on acceptable language regarding the proposed ordinance relating to Subdivision Changes.

  • David Rogers, head wrestling coach for Sussex Tech, was issued a proclamation for leading his team to a 9-4 season and coaching the school's first two Henlopen Conference champions, 189-pounder Jimmy Hudson and heavyweight Brandon Morrow. Rogers was named the Henlopen Conference coach of the year. Council recognized him for his positive leadership and dedication. Rogers has been involved in wrestling as a participant, referee, and coach for more than 30 years.

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