Sussex County Council ...
Finalists Chosen for
Economic Slogan Contest
By ERIC MAGILL
SC Online Publisher
GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council heard recommendations for a new county economic slogan from a three-person committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002.
The committee narrowed down the 148 entries received from county students to five finalists.
Council will decide in a week or two on the slogan to replace the 20-year-old "Sussex County Means Business" slogan from the following:
- "There's No Business Like Your Business in Sussex County"
- "Sussex County -- Your Business is Our Pleasure"
- "Sussex County -- The Biggest Part of the First State"
- "Sussex County ... Taxes are Low, a Good Place to Grow"
- "Sussex County is Your Business Partner"
Stickels didn't identify the students who submitted the finalist entries but did say that they were submitted by two 17-year-olds, two 9-year-olds, and an 8-year-old in the county.
The contest, the idea of Councilman Vance Phillips, drew a number of entries over the Internet, according to Stickels.
Stickels also suggested that council award $50 savings bonds to the four runnersup in addition to the $100 savings bond for the winner.
In Other Business ...
- Council recognized Lewes Mayor George Smith with the Sussex County Association of Towns' Public Serviceperson of the Year Award. Smith has been involved in public service organizations for 50 years including 25 on the Lewes council.
- Council unanimously approved a Proclamation honoring the Carlisle Fire Department in Milford, which is approaching its 200th anniversary. Founded in the spring of 1802 as a volunteer Fire Fighting Organization, the company was reincorporated in 1915 as the Milford Fire Company Inc. before receiving its current Carlisle Fire Company name in 1918 in honor of fire fighter Paris T. Carlisle, who had been killed in France in World War I. More information on the company is available on the company web site.
- County Engineer Michael Izzo told council that construction on the Cedar Neck Expansion of the Bethany Beach Sanitary Sewer District would begin in December 2002 with expected completion by June 2004.
- Council unanimously approved the acceptance of a bid of $151,140 from Roberts Construction to build three new offices and a conference room at the South Coastal Regional Wastewater Facility.
- Council unanimously approved a change order for the SCADA Project to upgrade 35 grinder pumping stations in the Long Neck Sanitary Sewer District. The approval raises the cost of the project from $880,172 to $1,054,272.
- Council recognized some of the top donors of food items during its annual Caroling on The Circle and Food Drive campaign in December, 2001. Among those accepting plaques for their efforts were Georgetown Elementary School, which donated more than 900 items of food, Lewes Middle School, which donated 1,189 items, and the Sussex County Manufactured Homes Tenants Association, which donated more than 6,300 items.
- County Administrator Robert L. Stickels announced there will be a public meeting on Route 1 traffic and land use at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 3:30-7 p.m.
- Stickels informed council that the county's volunteer emergency services organizations responded to 17,343 calls in 2001, down about 200 calls from 2000. Of the 17,343 calls, 5,487 calls were fire calls.
- Council unanimously approved two change orders and a substantial completion motion on the Yacht Basin Sewer Road Extension project.
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