Sussex County Delaware

Council Accepts
$19 Million Check
for Sewer Districts

Sussex County Council ...

Told Districts Will Help
Eliminate 2,000 Septic Systems

Special to Sussex County Online

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council accepted a check for more than $19 million to help in the creation of several sewer districts in the county at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2000.

Nicholas A. DiPasquale, secretary of DNREC, and John Carney, a representative of the Delaware Wastewater Facilities Advisory Council, presented the check to council and said the money will make it possible to eliminate 2,133 septic systems and prevent the necessity to build septic systems in the future.

DiPasquale said this project will prevent an estimated 38,500 pounds of nitrogen from finding its way into the lower Indian River, Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay every year.

The money, which consists of a $5.4 million grant and a $13.7 million loan, will be used for the creation of the Holts Landing and Cedar Neck Sewer Districts and the financing of the Ocean View Expansion of the Bethany Beach Sanitary Sewer District, and related regional facility upgrades.

The loan is financed for 20 years at 1.5 percent interest. The total cost of the projects, including other funding sources from the county and the Rural Development loan/grant combination, is $26.855 million ($3.1 million for Holts Landing, $11.5 million for Cedar Neck, $8.05 million for Ocean View, and $4.2 million for the related upgrades).

The Ellendale Sanitation Sewer District discussion scheduled for the May 9 meeting was postponed until all parties could attend.

EPA Honoring Wastewater Facility

The council gave permission to bid a contract that would bring C-130 E-K airplanes to Sussex County Airport for repairs and resales of trade-in planes from the United Kingdom and Australia.

John Kenny, General Manager of the Harvey O. & Vera Patrick Family Foundation, Inc., and Frank B. Calio, Director of Sussex County Economic Development and Industrial Airpark, will make the bid that could bring the planes to Sussex County as early as June 12, 2000.

The planes are built by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation of Atlanta, according to Calio. He said Lockheed is looking for a safe hard surface storage facility for the planes until they are sold.

Stickels said the 7 to 20 planes could be stored on the airport's abandoned runway for at least two years or until new construction begins on the runway. The county will receive $150 per plane per month if the bid is accepted.

In Other News, Council ...
  • Approved the county's Building Code Enforcement division to provide services to the town of South Bethany and reappointed J. Bruce Mears to the Building Code Appeals Board.

  • Has decided to review the unwritten policy that does not allow political signs to be posted in public libraries. The issue was brought before the council by Dan Kramer, a Greenwood resident in the Woodbridge School District. Kramer was angered when Stickels had Kramer's sign opposing the Woodbridge school referendum removed from the library. The council instructed Stickels to continue the policy until it can be reviewed by the council later. The referendum was defeated for a second time.

  • The FY 2001 Budget will be presented on Tuesday, May 16, 2000 during the council's regular meeting. The budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at council's regular meeting.

  • Will hold a noon time ribbon cutting ceremony for Paramedic Station 106 located at Seafarer's Village Shopping Center, Long Neck Road on Monday, May 15, 2000. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.

  • Proclaimed the week of May 14-20, 2000 Emergency Medical Services Week to honor volunteer and professional emergency medical workers including 911 dispatchers. In tribute to these people, there will be countywide activities throughout the week:

    • Saturday, May 13, 6 p.m. -- an EMS Banquet at Memorial Fire Department, Slaughter Beach;
    • Monday, May 15, Noon -- Sixth Paramedic Unit Ribbon Cutting & Dedication, Seafarer's Village Shopping Center, Long Neck;
    • Tuesday, May 16, 3 p.m. -7 p.m. -- Bike rodeo West Sussex Boys and Girls Club, Seaford;
    • Wednesday, May 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EMS display, Lowes DE Rt. 1 and Rt. 9 Lewes;
    • Thursday, May 18, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. -- Free CPR instruction, Carter Building, Del Tech, Georgetown;
    • Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Child safety seat check and EMS display, Dagsboro Church of God.

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