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Sussex County Council ...

But Council Wants
$274 Million More

By ROXANN MOORE
Special to Sussex County Online

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council has voted unanimously to request three times the $126.5 million the Delaware Department of Transportation plans to spend on Sussex County roads over the next five years.

At council's regular meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2000, Sussex County Administrator Robert "Bob" Stickels presented DelDot's Five-Year Capital Improvement Program for roads and highways in Sussex County.

But a resolution by councilman Vance Phillips to authorize DelDOT to begin planning a $400 million alternate, limited access North-South highway in the county was approved unanimously by council.

Stickels said the $126.5 million figure was the most he could remember the county ever receiving over 5 years from DelDOT, but Phillips said that because some of the projects in DelDOT's proposal have taken 20 years to be approved, the county should ask DelDOT to start planning now for the limited access highway.

Phillips said the highway will likely be needed by 2020 to accomodate an anticipated 38 percent growth in the county's populations. DelDOT has estimated the cost of that road at $12 million per mile or $400 million.

Stickels singled out several projects in DelDOT's proposal, including the Milton truck bypass from SR 5 to SR 30 that was originally requested 20 years ago.

Nine bridge projects ranging from safety repairs and improvements to replacing bridges are also included. In addition, Route 113 will be revamped from the Delaware-Maryland line and aligned with the Maryland roadway.

Stickels said this alignment will displace one business owner who he is hoping to soon find a new location for.

Councilman George Cole objected to the state's desire to add another Park and Ride Lot, saying he believed it would be a waste. Cole said that when he passes the current Park and Ride, it is usually 90 percent empty.

Councilman Vance Phillips sponsored a resolution authorizing DelDOT to begin planning an alternate North/South Limited Access Highway and to reallocate the money according to the Sussex County Comprehensive Plan. This resolution was fully supported by the council.

New Paramedic Unit Assigned

A sixth paramedic unit has been assigned in the county, according to George Torbert, Paramedic Director. The unit is temporarily stationed in the Long Neck Road area until a more central site is found.

Site Plans, Sketches Now Required

The council voted to require site plans or sketches to be submitted when applying for building permits. The sketches, which do not require a professional draftsperson, will be used to assist with the 911 addressing project, according to Dennis Norwood with the Mapping and Addressing project.

In Other News ...
  • Sussex County Council will be in Easter recess and will not meet on Tuesday, April 25, 2000. The next council meeting will be Tuesday, May 2, 2000.

  • The Southeast Coastal Regional Planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2000, beginning at 9 am at the Fenwick Town Hall. Towns that are a part of this group include Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Selbyville, Dagsboro, Ocean View, Millville, and Frankford and surrounding areas.

  • The Delaware State Housing Authority will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, dealing with the Consolidated Plan: Draft FY 2000 Annual Action Plan. The meeting will be in Sussex County Council chambers in Georgetown.

  • Officers from Troop 4 were busy last month according to the monthly status report. In addition to making 83 criminal arrests, answering 598 complaints and investigating 61 accidents, the officers participated in several county events. The officers attended three meetings with residents, held a fundraiser for Camp Barnes and took time to fingerprint children at an event sponsored by the Millsboro Lions Club.

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