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GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council elected Lynn Rogers as president for 2003 during its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003.

Rogers, a Milton Democrat, is in his second term on the council. He previously served as president in 2000. He replaces Finley B. Jones, a Bridgeville Democrat who served as president in 2002.

Rogers was nominated for the council presidency by Dale Dukes. Dukes, in turn, was nominated by council member Vance Phillips to serve another term as council vice president.

Rogers didn't make any flowery speeches about his new post. He merely commented that "we've got a year coming up with a lot of ordinances," referring to the 18 new laws that will be proposed to support the county's recently approved Land Use Plan.

The council also approved the appointment of new attorneys to represent the county. James Griffin, of the Georgetown law firm Griffin & Hackett, took the podium for the first time in his new role as county attorney. Vincent Robertson, also a member of the Griffin & Hackett firm, was appointed to represent the county Planning and Zoning Commission. Richard E. Berl Jr., a member of the law firm Smith, O'Donnell, Procino & Berl, also of Georgetown, will represent the county Board of Adjustment.

Also adopted were the council's rules and procedures. "We don't follow them, but they look good on paper," said council member Finley Jones.

In another annual tradition, Phillips again proposed moving council meetings to the evening. He has long held that more citizens would attend meetings if they were not held during the work day. Like last year, Phillips' motion was defeated 3-2, with council member George Cole voting in favor of the motion. The meetings will remain at their traditional time -- 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.

In Other Business ...
  • County Administrator Robert Stickels announced that the state Department of Transportation will hold a public workshop on Jan. 27 on proposed improvements to the intersection of Vines Creek Road and Main Street. The workshop will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company hall.<

  • County Council voted to request additional funding from the state for the Oak Orchard central sewer project. County Engineer Michael Izzo and County Administrator Robert Stickels told the council that delays brought about by the need for a second referendum, and by concerns from the state historic preservation office about a piece of the project, have resulted in increased costs. The county will ask the state for an additional $670,000 grant and a low-interest loan of $1.2 million. The next step in the process is for the Wastewater Council to make a recommendation to DNREC Secretary John Hughes.

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