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News Briefs 1/28/22

January 28, 2022
Sussex officially out of outfall proposal

Sussex County has officially withdrawn its proposal to purchase the right to connect into Rehoboth Beach’s ocean outfall.

Months ago, the county proposed a one-time, $7.6 million payment for the ability to do two things – connect a pipe to carry up to 2 million gallons of treated effluent per day from its Wolfe Neck Regional Wastewater Facility into the city outfall system, and use two-fifths of the waste load allocation the city is permitted to have by the state.

During a meeting Jan. 10, commissioners decided they didn’t like the idea of the county purchasing the ability. Instead, they were more interested in exploring a long-term lease.

In a Jan. 20 letter to commissioners, Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson officially withdrew the proposal.

“Based on the outcome of the Jan. 10 meeting, it is clear we are at an impasse, and we must move on. As such, the county will continue with our expansion plans at our other facilities and forgo our pursuit with Rehoboth,” said Lawson.

Public hearing set for rezoning of 330 Rehoboth Ave.

During a Rehoboth Beach commissioner meeting Jan. 21, a public hearing date on the rezoning request of 330 Rehoboth Ave. was set for Friday, Feb. 18.

More than two years ago, a request was made to rezone the residential portion of the split-zoned property, which has roughly 23,000 square feet of C-1 commercial along Rehoboth Avenue and about 19,500 square feet of R-1 residential along State Road.

During a meeting in December, the city’s planning commission recommended that city commissioners not rezone the property.

Special Rehoboth meeting Feb. 1

Rehoboth Beach commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1. The agenda calls for continued discussion on possible changes to the city’s tree ordinance.

The meeting will be conducted virtually. People wishing to speak must preregister by emailing City Secretary Ann Womack, awomack@cityofrehoboth.com, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. A full agenda and meeting materials are accessible at cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net. For more information, call 302-227-6181.

Sussex closes record on amendments

Sussex County Council has closed the public record on two applications for amendments to the county's 2018 comprehensive plan future land-use map: A 247-acre parcel east of Route 1 at the Cave Neck Road intersection north of Lewes and a 895-acre parcel west of Delmar. Both applicants are seeking changes from a low-density designation to a growth area. Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of both amendments.

At council’s Jan. 25 meeting, Jamie Whitehouse, county planning and zoning director, said the county has received 152 letters in opposition and 53 letters in support of the 247-acre parcel amendment, and 25 letters, in addition to a petition signed by 518 residents, in opposition to the 895-acre amendment.

The two applications will be posted on a future agenda for council action.

Sussex council meeting on Feb. 1

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda are a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant program and a 1:30 p.m. public hearing on a rezoning application filed by Community Bank of Delaware for a new branch office near the Route 24-Indian Mission intersection in Long Neck. See a complete agenda and meeting materials at sussexcountyde.gov/agendas-minutes/county-council. Meetings are in person, livestreamed at sussexcountyde.gov/council-chamber-broadcast and available by phone at 302-394-5036 using code 570176.

Sussex County honors three retirees

At its Jan. 25 meeting, Sussex County Council honored three retiring employees, all with 30 years of service. The retirees are Robin Griffith, clerk of council; Brad Hawkes, director of environmental and engineering services; and Debbie Holding, Paramedic 2. All three started working for the county in 1991 and retired in January.

Sussex council awards nonprofit grants

Sussex County Council awarded the following councilmanic grants during its Jan. 25 meeting: $250 to Kim and Evans Family Foundation for Superhero 5K run/walk fundraiser and $4,000 to Tether Foundation for Camp Abilities Delaware, an educational sports camps for children with visual impairments, which includes a $1,500 county youth grant.

Lewes-Georgetown Trail contract awarded

The Delaware Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the next phase of the Lewes-to-Georgetown Trail. Mumford & Miller Concrete of Middletown submitted a low bid of $1.18 million to complete a section from Cool Spring Road to the rail line at Fisher Road. The project, which is expected to begin this spring, includes trail paving, grading, intersection modifications, drainage and site amenities.

So far, 8 miles of the 17-mile trail have been completed, including Gills Neck Road to Cool Spring Road in Lewes and a section from the Georgetown Little League Park to Airport Road behind Sussex Academy.

A paved connection was also made in front of the school to Route 9 as part of the Georgetown East Gateway project at the Route 9-Airport Road-Sand Hill Road intersection.

Dewey leaders OK committee members

Dewey Beach commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 21 to approve Dave Davis as chair and Phil Winkler, Drew Martin, Stacy Hannah, Debra Phillips, Marty Tarr and Rich Soper as members of the new climate change committee. Commissioner Gary Persinger will serve as liaison.

Commissioners also voted to approve Alex Csedrik and Carmel as marketing committee members.

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