Sussex County Delaware

Grants Will Help
Improve Homes

Sussex County Council ...

Council Receives Nearly
$900,000 for Improvements

Special to Sussex County Online

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County has received nearly $900,000 in grants to help improve homes in the county, county council was told at its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2000.

The funding from the Community Development Block Grant, the Delaware Housing Authority's Home Program, and the Disaster Relief Initiative will assist 15 towns and 35 homeowners, according to Robert "Bob" Stickels, Sussex County Administrator.

The money will also help pay for the demolition of four homes, improve 16 streets, assist with 28 water lines, 15 water hookups and 15 sewer hookups, and one shelter rehabilitation.

The Delaware Housing Authority's Home Program gave $294,000 to help with home repairs throughout the county.

The Disaster Relief Initiative funds, totaling $240,000, is specifically given for home repairs that were caused by disasters.

RPC Calculations

Councilman George Cole asked Lawrence Lank, director of Planning & Zoning, to come back to council with a presentation regarding the method of calculating the number of dwellings permitted in Residential Planned Communities.

Cole wanted to know how adding or subtracting wetlands and golf courses affected the RPC numbers.

Mobile Home Lot Sizes

Council decided to send a proposed ordinance concerning the placement of multi-sectional mobile homes on half-acre lots established prior to March 1997 to the Land Use Commission for their recommendation.

Currently, multi-sectional homes must be placed on lots 3/4 of an acre or larger, but the council is reconsidering that decision for those lots established before 1997.

The council has also requested Lawrence Lank, Director of Planning and Zoning, to find the number of lots established before the 1997 date.

State Legislation

Stickels said most of the 29 pieces of legislation before the Delaware General Assembly that concerned council were not acted upon during the session just ended.

He said HB 626, which designates the Inland Bays Watershed as a critical area, has been postponed until November.

Stickels said Rep. Shirley Price wants to first hold public meetings on the bill before acting on the legislation.

Cole said the council needs to do something to protect the inland bays.

Stickels also said he was delighted that Senate Bill 374, making it illegal to sell or trade dog or cat fur or hair, flesh or any byproducts for human consumption, passed.

The bill, sponsored by George Venables, was in response to a New Castle company that kills cats and dogs then stuffs them.

Ross School 'Historic'

Brian Page, Historic Preservation Planner, announced the Ross Point School near Laurel has been presented for inclusion on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The one-room school was to close due to the end of segregation, but the teachers and parents did not want that. Ross Point School had the distinction of receiving new schoolbooks each year unlike other black schools of its time.

Council President Lynn Rogers said Page has been a great addition to the county. Page has saved the county a great deal of money by examining sites and assisting the county with various projects, Rogers said.

Michael Izzo, Sussex County Engineer, said Page has helped examine the impact of sewer projects in the county and helped steer the department around sensitive areas in the Cedar Creek Region.

"With Page, historic preservation is more than a job," Rogers said. "He's sharp, real sharp."

In other action ...

In other action, the Sussex County Council:

  • Agreed to let the Patrick Foundation change its $200,000 funding request. The foundation wanted financing for the Taylor Craft Project, the Edgehill Building and money to construct a new hangar. However, it found alternative loans for the first two projects. The foundation will still borrow the money, but it will go toward the construction of the new hangar, which is estimated to cost $400,000, according to David Baker, Finance Director.

  • Authorized a change order for the Regional Pumping Station. The change is for upgrading drywall from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch. This change will cost a little more than $300. The 1/2-inch drywall would sag or require furring strips, according to Izzo, who petitioned the council for the upgrade.

  • Agreed to again disperse the transportation money, $650,170, on behalf of the Delaware Transit Corporation Specialized Transportation Fund. The state money will be given to seven organizations: CHEER, Cape Henlopen Senior Center, Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center, Indian River Senior Center, Laurel Senior Center, Lewes Senior Center and Nanticoke Senior Center.

  • Approved the wastewater development for the Summerset Subdivision. Council also approved the Villages at Bear Trap Dunes to connect 62 of 203 sewer hookups.

  • Announced that Councilman Dale Dukes did not attend the council meeting due to surgery Monday, July 10, 2000. Dukes had surgery to remove a Melanoma spot, skin cancer, and is doing well, according to Stickels. Dukes should return to the council's next meeting, Tuesday, July 18.

  • Surprised Councilman Finley "Butch" Jones with a birthday cake. Jones turns 51 on Saturday, July 15.

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