Sussex County Delaware

Oak Orchard Sewer
Gets $7.7 Million

Sussex County Council ...

Funds from HUD Program

Special to Sussex County Online

GEORGETOWN -- The Sussex County Council unanimously accepted $7.7 million from the HUD Disaster Recovery Initiative (DRI) Grant Program on behalf of the Oak Orchard Sanitary Sewer District during its Tuesday, March 28, 2000 meeting.

It will take two years to collect the entire sum, according to David Baker, Finance Director.

The grant will assist with Oak Orchard's infrastructure, according to William Lecates, director of Sussex County Community Development and Housing.

He said it would also lower the costs of the sewer district and help pay for elevating the Long Neck Pumping Station.

The Oak Orchard area qualified for the grant after several storms in 1998 damaged many homes and businesses.

Building Permits ...

People who are seeking information on building permits can obtain the latest information from the Sussex County Assessment Office or they can get a copy from the county's Assessment web page, according to Eddy Parker, director of Assessments.

The county currently uses 1992 Building Codes and Councilman George Cole wanted to review and possibly update the codes. However, the state may implement a statewide code, according to Robert "Bob" Stickels, Sussex County Administrator.

Stickels said HB 399 sponsored by Rep. Timothy U. Boulden (R)-District 23 would establish a uniform construction code with one Board of Appeals. The state would receive the money for the building permits while the counties and municipalities continued performing the inspections at their expense.

Parker said the state legislators should have some type of uniformed building code legislation in the next 24 months.

In Other Action ...
  • County council elected not to rename and number houses in subdivisions that already are named and numbered.

  • The Delaware State Police Troop 4 Status Report was given for February 2000. It is a monthly report to the council as part of an agreement with the county to place uniformed officers back in Troop 4, according to Deputy Commander Mike Warrington. In February, troopers and detectives logged nearly 4,500 duty hours answering 563 complaints, responding to 66 accident reports and making 89 criminal arrests -- 13 being felony arrests.

  • The public meeting of the League of Women Voters of Sussex County will be held in Room 320 of the Arts and Science Building at the Delaware Tech Owens Campus in Georgetown on April 11, 2000 beginning at 7 p.m. There will be several guest speakers. The meeting is free and refreshments will be served.

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