Shame on Sussex for senior harassment

October 4, 2013

Well, here we go again with the never-ending issue of Sussex County versus a senior citizen over a shed. You would think that they would have many more important concerns…the current economy, repairing roads, the growing problem of lack of affordable housing, sea level rise, hiring a county planner, etc., etc.

But no, they are once again focusing on Jeanne Sisk in Sea Air Village, a case that has been in and out of the news for more than seven years and has caused hurt, hardship, and heartache to great numbers of people who have had to face the financial burden of paying not only for building permits and variances that were not always necessary, but also surveys on property that they do not own.

What makes this even more unconscionable and questionable at this late date is that this does not even involve the community management any more - they have made peace with Jeanne and work hand in hand for the betterment of the community. So what is the problem - why does Sussex County continue to persecute a 70-year-old woman over a 10 by 12 shed that has been replaced in exactly the same footprint, same size and same place for 44 years?

The county has literally wasted a great deal of time, energy and money over something that should have been very simple. Why then are they continuing in this same vein? What do they hope to accomplish? Jeanne has no assets; she’s scraping to get by like many of us these days and is caregiver to her mom and stepfather, both in their 90s, and does not need nor deserve this additional worry.

In my viewpoint this is clearly harassment and senior abuse and it serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever. It is pure vindictiveness on the part of a certain few county officials. Shame on you - let this go and get on with the important business of running this county!

Bobbie Hemmerich

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