Police Vehicle Grant
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GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council gave a grant of $176,076 to the Delaware State Police for police vehicles during council's regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002.
State Police Superintendent Aaron Chaffinch said the grant authorized by Sussex County Council supplements the arrangement between the state and the county, which will result in 20 more state troopers at Sussex barracks in the next five years. There are currently 156 troopers assigned to Sussex County.
"It's a win for troopers and for municipal officers," Chaffinch said, calling the grant "the first installment toward our plan for success. It's also a win for Sussex County."
Council member Dale Dukes said he feels the agreement is "a great opportunity for Sussex County." Dukes added that Sussex has worked with past state police adminstration to increase police presence in the county. "It's the best investment for Sussex County, instead of setting up our own police force," Dukes said.
County Sheriff Robert Reed has filed a lawsuit against state and county officials claiming the state Constitution grants law enforcement powers to sheriff departments in the state.
Currently, the sheriff's department handles sheriff's sales and delivery of court documents. Reed said this week the lawsuit is proceeding through pre-trial briefing stages; no court date has been set.
Sussex, Rehoboth Studying Discharges
Sussex County Council approved an aggreement between the county and the City of Rehoboth Beach to co-fund a study seeking alternatives to discharging wastewater into the Rehoboth Bay.
The study will be performed by Sterns & Wheeler for $196,000. The state will pick up $98,000 of the cost, with the county and the city splitting the remainder.
Currently, the county and the state have separate systems that discharge treated waste into the bay. County Engineer Michael Izzo said the state has said a joint system would be more cost-efficient.
The Center for the Inland Bays has set a goal of eliminating point source discharge into the bays within five years.
Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper said Lewes officials were asked to contribute engineering expertise to the study but declined.
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