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Jones Seeking Re-Election

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GEORGETOWN -- Americana Bayside continues to torment the Sussex County Council.

During its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 2000, Lawrence Lank, director of Planning and Zoning, asked the council if it would like an independent analyst to look over the paperwork for the proposed 2,900-home community off Route 54 west of Fenwick Island.

According to various council members, the file on the proposed planned community is more than 6 inches thick. The council decided against the estimated $6,000 additional expense, but only after George Cole and Vance Phillips sparred over the need for an independent analyst.

Phillips contends the council was elected to perform the task itself, while Cole argued that council members were not well versed in the different areas covered in the report.

Cole said it would be wise to have an expert look over the reports to make certain the information gathered by experts for the developer was not misleading. The council voted 3-2 against hiring the analyst.

Holding Tank Compliance

Council agreed to contribute $25,000 toward the establishment of a Holding Tank Compliance Program.

The one time contribution is contingent upon the Delaware General Assembly and the Center for Inland Bays also giving $25,000 each as requested by Rodney Wyatt of DNREC.

The funding will help train two to three people in inspections of holding tanks to ensure compliance. Wyatt said there are several properties aligning the Inland Bays and Atlantic Basins, the watershed that includes tributaries, whose holding tanks may be in violation.

Jones Seeking Re-Election

Councilmen Finley "Butch" Jones announced he would seek reelection this fall.

Jones said he has helped with the business expansion of the Sussex County Airpark, helped reduce the county's debt, sought funding for low-income residents, and served as council president.

Jones will hold a reception for his constituents on Saturday, April 15, at the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Hall beginning at 1 p.m.

In Other Action ...
  • David Baker announced the county had secured a grant from the 21st Century Fund in the amount of $5,450,000 and a loan of $13,752,100 at 1.5 percent interest. The funds will reduce the sewer rates of residents in Ocean View, Holts Landing, Cedar Neck and the South Coastal Regional Wastewater Facility.

  • The Central Storage at Long Neck was sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for examination. Residents feel the developer is not complying with his written agreement of fencing, land buffers and additional tree planting in exchange for the residents withdrawing their objections. John Pardee, attorney for the developer, said the developer would go to court if the decision were reversed.

  • The council voted to donate outmoded wastewater equipment to Delaware Technical and Community College for training purposes.

  • The county property located at 11 South Race St. in Georgetown went to settlement on April 3. The property that was purchased by Eric Mooney will be a law office.

  • The council voted for the West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District.

  • Michael Izzo received permission from the council to enter into negotiations for the Holts Landing Sanitary Sewer District. At this time, according to Izzo, no one knows who actually owns the district. He will give progress reports to the council as negotiations move along.

  • National Library Week is Sunday April 9 through Saturday, April 15, 2000. Council encourages residents to visit their local libraries and enjoy the many offerings available to them.

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