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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:
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:
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