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GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council heard that the mobile home demolition program it entered into with the First State Manufactured Housing Association in March 2001 has resulted in the removal of 40 trailers, including 25 in the latest round of removals.
At council's regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, County Administrator Robert L. Stickels said the program's goal is now to remove 100 dilapidated mobile homes per year in the county.
The association made available $8,000 for removal of the homes this year but Stickels said all costs have been borne by the property owners so far.
Stickels said several property owners have inquired about obtaining funding from the program to remove their mobile homes.
He emphasized that the funds were not a grant for private property owners. He said a lien would be placed on the property owner's property in the event it is ever sold so the county could recover the money. "It's a no-interest loan," Stickels said.
Stickels said a task force has been trying to devise a program to recycle the demolished homes.
Stickels said the county has estimated that 700 rundown mobile homes need to be removed, including 100 in the Millsboro area.
"I feel it's a very cost-effective program for the county," said Stickels.
Millville Sewer Boundaries ...
Council viewed the recommended boundaries for the Millville/North Millville Sanitary Sewer District from the County Engineering Department.
The area served will include more than 1,000 homes, said County Assistant Engineer Russell Archut, including all of the Town of Millville except for a proposed 402-home subdivision the Town of Millville recently annexed.
Archut said construction on the proposed system could begin in 2007.
Russell Banks, the developer of the proposed Dove's Landing development, asked council why it couldn't include his annexed development in the preliminary study.
County Engineer Michael Izzo said the county is currently "reluctant" to include the Dove's Landing subdivision in the district because it was not included in the original South Coastal Regional sewer system plan.
He said another study needs to be done to determine if the South Coastal Regional system has enough capacity to handle the subdivision.
Banks said the proposed subdivision is within the county's development district around Millville.
County Administrator Robert L. Stickels, however, said the proposed subdivision is not under the county's jurisdiction any more, that it is now the jurisdiction of the county and the state, and that it is not within the state's development plans because the state has labelled the area as environmentally sensitive.
Archut said the county received 147 positive responses from property owners in the proposed area since a public hearing on the district late last fall. The most positive comments came from the developments of White's Creek Manor and Roger's Haven.
Archut said the next step would be to authorize a preliminary engineering study to determine the project's costs. Archut said he hoped the study would be completed by August.
A formal public hearing will be held on the final proposed boundaries in early fall, said Izzo.
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