Sussex County Delaware

Council Looks at
Proposed State Bills

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Also Awards Bond for
Perdue Agri-Recycle

Special to Sussex County Online

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Administrator Robert Stickels spoke to Sussex County Council at its Tuesday, June 27, 2000 meeting about several pieces of proposed state legislation that he believes merit attention.

These are in addition to the bills Stickels informed council of on June 13, 2000. The ones that concern the county according to Stickels are:

  • Senate Bill No. 275 with Amendment No. 1, sponsored by Senator James T. Vaughn (D). The bill limits the Department of Transportation's authority to purchase property rights other than those required for transportation related purposes.

  • Senate Bill No. 333, sponsored by Senator David B. McBride (D). The bill updates the Freedom of Information Act and open meeting law. This would open executive sessions and make research and conversations between council members open to the public.

  • Senate Bill No. 403, also sponsored by McBride, would allow local governments to adopt ordinances related to source water assessment, wellhead protection and excellent groundwater recharge potential areas, while obligating DNREC to provide the necessary technical assistance to these local governments. However, it does exempt towns with populations smaller than 2,000 people.

  • House Bill No. 76, sponsored by Representative David D. Brady (D), would prevent the stopping or parking of a vehicle within 20 feet of the entrance to a retail business. The council believes this is impossible.

  • House Bill No. 384, sponsored by Representative Richard C. Cathcart (R). Stickels said that although this bill, which would prevent New Castle from applying amended land use regulations to land use applications that have been submitted to the county even where such amendments are in the best interests of the citizens of the state, would apply only to New Castle County, it should cause concern because it would not take much to make it apply to the rest of the state or Sussex County.
Perdue Bond Approved

The council approved the Industrial Revenue Bond for Perdue Agri-Recycle, L.L.C.

The bond is not to exceed $12 million and the county is under no obligation.

Perdue Agri-Recycle, L.L.C. is expected to employ 12 to 18 people by December 2000.

Vance Phillips abstained from the vote due to contractual relations with Perdue.

Blenheim Rezoning Approved

Council approved a zoning change for Blenheim Lands, L.C.C. for 106.6 acres from AR1 to MR-RPC.

The development will consist of 172 single family homes and 84 townhouses designated for elderly residents.

Councilman George Cole said the council should strike the portion that denoted housing strictly for the elderly to avoid the county having to enforce the policy.

Projects Net $20,000 Savings

Two projects netted the council a savings of nearly $20,000.

The first, the Ocean View Expansion of the Bethany Beach Sanitary Sewer District, saves $17,261.43 through the use of different filters and valves.

The different filters and valves saved the project $17,636.08, but the facility needed better climate and ventilation costing $347.65.

The second, the Indian River Acres Suburban Community Improvements, saved the county $2,338.22 after some field modifications were made.

In other business ...
  • David Baker, Finance Director, said the county pension should be fully funded by the end of Fiscal Year 2001 providing the interest return is at or above 8 percent. The pension was underfunded by more than $6 million as of January 1995, Baker told council.

  • Council was informed by Michael Izzo, Sussex County Engineer, that repairs will be made to County Road 271 at Del-DOT's expense. The project is expected to cost $76,218.50.

  • Announced there will be no council meeting on Tuesday, July 4, 2000 in observance of Independence Day.

  • Sussex County Tax bills will be sent out late this year in order to give school districts time to do their billing. The state will pay the county $50,000 for the delay, according to Robert "Bob" Stickels, Sussex County Administrator. He has stated tax bills will be due on their normal date.

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