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GEORGETOWN -- The Sussex County Council approved Frank Cochran's request for a conditional use for a lawn mower repair business despite the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission not to approve the request.

Council approved Conditional Use No. 1327 by a 3-2 vote on Tuesday, March 21, 2000 during its regular weekly meeting.

The council agreed to the conditional use after learning that most of the proposed stipulations offered by both the members of Sherwood Acres Property Owners Association and Cochran were alike, according to Eugene Bayard, Sussex County Attorney. Each party gave the proposed stipulations to the council separately.

Of the 10 stipulations offered by the association, 8 were kept as proposed. The council struck the pole barn door requirement and sided with Cochran on his business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The association wanted the business closed at 4 pm. Cochran withdrew his request for a boat storage business.

George Cole, Finley Jones, and Vance Phillips said they believed the stipulations sufficiently addressed the neighbors' concerns and supported the approval of the conditional use.

Subdivision Ordinance Accepted

The council accepted the subdivision ordinance after making two changes in the draft they have studied for some time. The changes require 75 percent of the property owners agree with the re-division of property and no property owner is entitled to more than one vote.

Public hearings on the Subdivision Ordinance are scheduled for April 27, 2000 with Planning and Zoning and May 16 with the council.

Ordinances cannot be strengthened once they are advertised, according to Bayard. The ordinance is as stringent as the council could agree and public comment along with council's can make them less restrictive.

"What I hope it does is fill this room up with people who don't like it," said Lynn Rogers, president of the council.

Rogers said he wants more people involved with the governing policies of the county along with the council.

In Other Action ...
  • Approved the expansion of South Bethany Sanitary Sewer District to include Bear Trap Dunes.

  • Accepted a letter of agreement from Tim Monroe to include his property in the Ashley Manor Extension request after his concerns were addressed. Last week, Monroe said he wanted his property excluded.

  • Dale Dukes announced the council's annual Prayer Breakfast will be held May 15, 2000. The guest speaker will be Rev. Ray Chamberlain of Salisbury.

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