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County Opens New
Terminal Building

By KERIN MAGILL
SC Online Content Editor

Sussex County Airport Terminal Building

Photo: Onlookers gather outside the new Sussex County Airport terminal building before its dedication on Tuesday, July 16.

GEORGETOWN -- The new terminal building at the Sussex County Airport officially opened on Tuesday, July 16, 2002, with a ceremony attended by state and county officials.

The terminal building includes a restaurant, Jimmy's Flying Grille, as well as office space for Georgetown Air Services and space for pilots to use while plotting their trips.

"This is my dream," said Frank Calio, former director of Sussex County's economic development office who left the office last year to take over the Department of Elections.

Calio stood outside the new building and said the project had been about 11 years in the making, and that he was quite pleased with the results. Calio said he felt for years that the old terminal building was not adequate to support its role in Sussex County's growth.

The $1.1 million project was funded almost totally by the county, with a state grant of $100,000 the only other funding for the project.

Unlike most airport projects, the terminal building was not eligible for federal funds because the county will lease space in it.

The county will lease space for a 60-seat restaurant to Jimmy Tenefloss, owner of Jimmy's Grille in Bridgeville, for $1,400 a month. The restaurant also received $60,000 from the county for equipment for the restaurant.

The county will also lease space in both the new and the old terminal building to Georgetown Air Services, which runs the airport for the county.

Other parts of the airport expansion, such as runway work and added security measures, are eligible for federal funds.

County Administrator Robert Stickels said during his 2002 budget presentation in May that the county economic development office will seek alternative funding for the continuing expansion of the airport. In 2002, there are $2.6 million worth of improvements planned.

In addition to the terminal project, improvements in 2002 include an environmental assessment, terminal apron paving, crosswind runway rehabilitation, work on the industrial park's water system, expanded fire protection, a runway extension study, and wetlands investigation and mitigation.

In its meeting following the terminal ribbon-cutting, the Sussex County Council approved a contract with I. G. Burton to purchase a truck with a snowplow, dump body and sand spreader for the airport.

School tax increases listed

Although Sussex County did not increase its tax rate this year, several school districts in the county have increased their tax rates.

Those increases will be reflected in the county tax bills since that bill also includes the school taxes. The tax rates are applied per $100 of assessment, based on 1974 construction values.

The following are the school district tax rates for fiscal year 2003:

  • Woodbridge -- Rate: $2.913, up 51.3 cents; Capitation Tax $8.82, up $1.12
  • Indian River -- Non-Resident Rate: $2.115, up 28 cents; Resident Rate: $2.029, up 32 cents
  • Cape Henlopen -- Rate: $2.099, up 11.8 cents
  • Milford -- Rate: $2.749, up 8 cents
  • Seaford -- Rate: $2.47, up 8 cents
  • Laurel -- Rate: $2.39, no increase
  • Sussex County Vo-Tech -- Rate: $2.227, no increase
  • Delmar -- Rate: $3.23; up 2 cents
Stickels Pushes for Secondary Road Upgrades

County Administrator Robert Stickels said Tuesday, July 16, he believes a number of roads in the county "should be seriously considered for upgrading" by the state Department of Transportation.

Stickels urged county council members and residents to attend the Sept. 12 public hearing at DelDOT's Georgetown Administration Building to urge the state to include the roads in their 2004-09 Capital Transportation Program.

The list of secondary roads Stickels would like to see improved includes:

  • Sussex Roads 277, 278 and 279 in Angola
  • Roads 270, 271 and 278 in West Rehoboth
  • Roads 266, 267 and 268 in Lewes
  • Sussex Road 16A in Broadkill Beach
  • Roads 38, 39, 39A, 39B and 198 in Prime Hook
  • Roads 199, 215 and 220 in Bowers Beach
  • Sussex Road 224 in Slaughter Beach
  • Sussex Road 88 in Overbrook
  • Route 5 north in Long Neck
  • Route 5 and Sussex Roads 297, 297A, 312 and 313 in Oak Orchard
  • Route 30 north in Millsboro
  • Sussex Road 357 in Cedar Neck
  • Roads 346, 346A, 347 and 348 in Holts Landing
  • Roads 350 and 351 in Bethany Beach
  • Roads 361, 362, 363 and 368 near Ocean View
  • Roads 431 and 432 in Georgetown
  • Sussex Road 297 in Mount Joy
  • Sussex Road 46 in Old Furnace Mill
  • Route 30 and Sussex Road 561 in Seaford
  • Route 42 in Bridgeville
  • Sussex Road 497 in Laurel
  • Sussex Road 510 in Delmar

Referendum July 20 for S. Ocean View sewer

Voters will have the chance to voice their opinions on the proposed South Ocean View Sanitary Sewer District in a referendum on Saturday, July 20. Polls will be open at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Route 26, Ocean View, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Other Business ...
  • Council heard a proposal from Director of Assessments Eddy Parker to impose a fee for applications from mobile home owners to have their homes reclassified as a "C-grade dwelling," which would allow the homeowners to obtain a conventional mortgage. Homes classified as C-grade must have block foundations, conventional siding and other characteristics of stick-built homes. Parker said his department has processed 500 of the requests since Jan. 1, 2002 and said they are beginning to strain his staff. Parker said the reclassifications result in "very slightly higher" assessments for the homes, and therefore slightly higher tax income. On the suggestion of council member Vance Phillips, Parker will research how high a fee would be needed to compensate the department for the applications. "We're not out to make money, but if you're going to cover your costs, cover your costs," said council vice president Lynn Rogers.

  • Council approved the following grant requests:
    • Laurel Wrestling Boosters, $250 toward a competition in North Dakota.

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