Sussex County Council ...
Public Hearing Set to
Revise District Maps
By ERIC MAGILL
SC Online Publisher
GEORGETOWN --Sussex County Council will hold a public hearing on July 9 at 11 a.m. to amend the Councilmanic District map.
Council altered the councilmanic maps as required by state law in October 2001, but nine pockets of voters did not fit into the formula used to determine district boundaries.
Ken McDowell of the Sussex County Department of Elections told council that merging the nine pockets of voters -- which range from 0 voters to 318 voters -- into adjoining voting districts would save taxpayers $360,000 over the next 10 years by eliminating separate election stations in those pockets.
There were originally 21 pockets of voters without districts but the state Senate and House of Representatives were able to fix 12 of those pockets.
"The primary reason this is being done is to save taxpayers money," said County Administrator Robert L. Stickels.
In Other Business ...
- Council unanimously approved the extension of the West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District to include the proposed Henlopen Landing project near Five Points behind Lowe's on Route 1. The developer expects to request the rezoning of 13 acres on the 119-acre parcel from AR-1 to accomodate 4 units per acre. The other 113 acres were rezoned to MR-RPC in February 2002.
- Council unanimously approved the expansion of the Bethany Beach Sanitary Sewer District to include the Muddy Neck area southeast of Ocean View. The expansion resulted from a request by developers of The Preserves, an approved 65-home subdivision to be built on the old driving range behind Savannah's Landing on Road 361, to be included in the sewer district. Assistant County Engineer Russ Archut told council that the engineering department contacted adjacent property owners to determine their interest in being included in the proposed expansion and received three affirmative responses. Other property owners in the area did not respond at all.
- Council formally approved the agreement it reached last week to pay $50,000 for a new GIS mapping system. The State of Delaware will pay the other $100,000 of the $150,000 project.
- Council approved a contract amendment for the engineering report for the Millville/North Millville Sewer Service planning area due to a request from developer Bay Forest LLC to be included in the county's sewer plans. The engineering report from Whitman Requardt & Associates will increase to $104,942 with the county paying $54,995 and Bay Forest LLC paying for the study of the Holts Landing portion of the proposed service area. Assistant County Engineer Russ Archut said the county wouldn't begin to study the new area until the developer had paid his share of the cost. The service area includes the Town of Millville and areas north of the town such as Rogers Haven and Bethany Bay.
- Council approved a construction inspection and construction administration agreement for wastewater facilities for Long Neck Apartments at Routes 5 and 24 in the Long Neck Sanitary Sewer District. The apartment complex will consist of five apartment buildings, an office and laundry facilities.
- Council granted beneficial acceptance for wastewater facilities for Creekwood Parcels A&B on Route 1 in the West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District. The project consists of 32 townhouses and 120 condominiums.
- Council recognized Brian King for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and Diane Callaway for being elected as the 2002-2003 president of the National Education Association Office Council.
- Council approved the appointment of Janice Tranberg of Laurel to the Sussex County Library Board of Directors.
- Council members and County Administrator Robert L. Stickels received plaques from the Delaware State Troopers Association in recognition for council's decision to pay for 20 new state police troopers.
- In response to a question from Greenwood resident Dan Kramer, County Administrator Robert L. Stickels said county staff have found 270 taxpayers in the Woodbridge School District who have not been billed for the district's Capitation Tax. Kramer first raised the issue last week after passage of the Woodbridge referendum on June 1. Kramer opposed the referendum because he felt the district wasn't as poor as administrators claimed and that not all taxpayers in the district were paying the Capitation Tax.
- Council heard the following proposed ordinances:
- Rezoning 1.78 in an AR-1 district to MR in Baltimore Hundred by Leo Donahue.
- Rezoning 142 acres in an AR-1 district to MR-RPC in Dagsboro Hundred by Pepper Creek Joint Venture.
- Rezoning 24,356 square feet in an AR-1 district to C-1 in Broadcreek Hundred by Randy W. and Kathleen Radish.
- Council approved the following grant requests:
- Delaware Police Chiefs Council Inc. -- $500 for the organization's annual staff development seminar.
- Delaware Rural Water Association -- $500 for the organization's Emergency Preparedness luncheon.
- Town of Ellendale -- $630 for the purchase of public safety equipment.
- Dagsboro Church of God -- $1,000 for the annual July 4 "Celebration of Our Nation" festival.
- Sussex Storm Girls' Softball Team -- $250 for expenses for hosting the 11-12 year-old state tournament in Laurel.
- Sussex Pregnancy Care Center -- $500 for sonogram technology.
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