Sussex County

Billboard request to be heard again

Many residents of Fenwick Island and its nearby communities have been awaiting — and dreading — the day when Anthony Crivella might again request the Sussex County Board of Adjustments grant him a special exception for a billboard on his property...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

County talking change to law enforcement grants

Sussex County officials discussed on Tuesday reconsidering the way they allocate annual local law enforcement grants. The county provides identical $25,000 to each municipal law enforcement agency in Sussex for capital purchases each year but...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Woodlands of Pepper Creek inches closer to development

On Monday night, Jan. 22, the Dagsboro Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended to the town council approval of the final site plan for the Woodlands of Pepper’s Creek, a community consisting of 48 twin-homes just off Main Street....

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

County council considering digitization

Sussex County Council is considering going digital. Eddie Sparpaglione, the county’s director of information systems, presented the five-man council with a $20,000 plan Tuesday to install five touch-screen computers at the council desk to provide...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Higher density approved for Lakelyns

Ignoring Planning and Zoning Commission recommendations and instead accepting higher density, Sussex County Council members this week voted 4-1 to rezone more than 70 acres of AR-1 land south of Millville to GR-RPC for The Lakelyns, a proposed...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

County nearing end of state police deal

Sussex County Council presented the Delaware State Police with a ceremonial $1.4 million check Tuesday in the final annual extension of the decade-old partnership.

In the mid-1990s — according to county officials — the council and state...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

New sheriff in town

Possibly capitalizing on months — if not years — of dispute surrounding the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office and its duties, Democrat Eric Swanson unseated eight-year Sheriff Robert Reed on Tuesday, winning more than 53 percent of the vote.


Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

County greets new state planner

Sussex County Council welcomed new state planner Bryan Hall (circuit-rider for Sussex) at the Oct. 31 council meeting, and Council Member George Cole (4th District) took the opportunity to press a little responsibility on Hall and the Office of...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

County council members debate sewer expansion

Sussex County engineering department officials unveiled a study this week, recommending that the county enhance sewage capacity along the northern Inland Bays and extend the area slated for central sewage there.

The plan, according to...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Stickels leaving after 18 years

A week from today, Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels will pack the pictures that decorate his office walls, load paperwork into boxes and grab the two signed baseballs that have sat on the front of his desk in the county’s Georgetown...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Students aim to predict election outcomes

Sussex County students will again have a chance to receive scholarship monies by predicting the outcome of federal, state and local elections. County Council voted on Tuesday for the fourth time this decade to approve its Election Year...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Traffic issues a major concern with project

In a letter written by South Bethany residents Richard and Bonnie Kemske and addressed to Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission, the pair urged the county to deny approval of The Estuary subdivision partly because it will “overload the...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Commissioners wait on Estuary decision

When asked, only two people raised their hands Thursday night in support. Some 33 people then confirmed their opposition to the plan to subdivide 742 acres into 1,060 lots off of Camp Barnes and Double Bridges roads, near the Assawoman Wildlife...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

County police debate to continue

Sussex County Sheriff Robert Reed recently said it’s not something he is “worried about right now.” And Eric Swanson, a former State Police official and Reed’s Democratic challenger in this year’s election, said that it will be left up to the...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Estuary unveils state/county disconnect

Though there is local opposition to the proposed Estuary development off Double Bridges Road near South Bethany, the area is clearly marked for development in Sussex County’s land-use plan, as a portion of the Environmentally Sensitive Developing...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany goes on attack with Estuary

More than three years after Sussex County Council denied the rezoning of a monstrous development — then named The Palisades — off Double Bridges Road in the “environmentally sensitive developing area” near the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, the...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

County starts station upgrade process

Sussex County Council voted on Tuesday to spend $82,227 to hire consultants and to pay for an outside company to design the mechanical rebuild of the 30-year-old Tingle Avenue wastewater pump station in Bethany Beach.

Steve Hudson, the...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Millivlle fire company to add substation

A Sussex County Council decision unanimously rendered Tuesday should allow for quicker response times for the Millville fire company. Council voted 5-0 after a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to grant a conditional use to the company, allowing...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany court can exceed MR density rules

Sussex County council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to zone six units on about 1.28 acres of land near Bethany, allowing Bethany Court LLC to exceed the maximum density set for a MR, Medium Density Residential District.

Bethany Republican George...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

County overturns Isaac Glenn decision

Sussex County Council on July 18 overturned a March 1 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) decision regarding the Isaacs Glenn project, saying that if plans comply with county code, they must be approved.

Attorney William Manning...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Swanson files for sheriff spot

Eric Swanson, a former Delaware State Police official and criminal justice teacher, filed last week to run against Sheriff Robert Reed in November’s election. Reed has held the spot since 1998 and will seek re-election to his third term in...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Council passes fine, fee ordinances

Sussex County Council voted to approve a pair of ordinances Tuesday morning, raising a set of fees and fines in about a half of an hour. The five-man council disagreed on raising the fee for building code violation appeals hearings but voted...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Baker named new county administrator

Sussex County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve county Finance Director and 28-year county employee Dave Baker as Bob Stickels’ successor as County Administrator.

Stickels, who has been the county’s administrative head for 18...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

County approves its 2007 budget

About a dozen representatives from local non-profit groups paraded in front of County Council and its crowded chambers on Tuesday to ask for their share of miscellaneous county funds in a nearly three-hour-long 2007-fiscal-year budget hearing....

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

County to hear permit late-fee ordinance

Sussex County will hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to consider an ordinance that would make it more costly for builders to start construction without building permits from the county.

The ordinance would raise the fine from...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex County to hold budget hearing Tuesday

Sussex County will hold a public hearing at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, to consider the adoption of the $140 million 2007 fiscal-year budget presented to county council in late May.

The budget would increase sewage fees in most of the...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

County council hears Isaacs Glen appeal

Can government officials approve or deny proposed development plans based on general concerns or must they make such judgments based solely on code compliance? That question is now facing the five-member Sussex County Council.

Lawyers for...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Permit fine ordinances introduced by county

Those who violate Sussex County code by building without permits may soon pay a larger fine for doing so. Sussex County Council introduced an ordinance at its Tuesday meeting that would make builders pay a fine identical to the building permit...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex County announces budgetary plan

Increasing sewage fees, a group of retiring department heads and skyrocketing energy prices were the primary focus of the Bob Stickels-led Sussex County budget presentation on Tuesday.

Retiring County Administrator Stickels and other...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

CBS explains vision for Sussex County

Delaware was “the First State,” incorporated into the new Union on Dec. 7, 1787. But to this day, some Americans probably couldn’t tell where that first state is located. Delaware may fly under the radar for most people, but its business-friendly...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

County prepares for arrival of Smith’s shallop

Capt. John Smith and friends sailed their 30-foot “shallop” (single-mast skiff) into Sussex County waters just shy of 400 years ago, all the way up the Nanticoke River to what is now Phillip’s Landing in Seaford.

Smith’s group would...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

County council pushes for sign enforcement

It wasn’t on the agenda, but Sussex County Council Member George Cole came out strong for enforcement of the county’s sign laws, at the May 9 council meeting (under additional business).

Cole was particularly concerned with what he...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex brokers $3M agricultural easement purchase

Sussex County Council approved a major agricultural lands preservation deal at the May 2 council meeting, by a 4-1 vote (Council Member George Cole opposed).

Council voted to pool $650,000 in county funds — $300,000 already earmarked for...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

County aggregates for lower electric rates

Sussex County Council authorized staff to move forward with a Memorandum of Agreement between the state, Kent and New Castle counties, and various cities and school districts, in pursuit of an aggregated bid for electricity, at the May 2 council...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

DNREC offers land protection suggestions

“Open Spaces & Natural Places” — Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) staffers held a public workshop on the topic in Georgetown on April 26, sharing recommendations on how much to protect, and where.


Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

County council adopts Cluster Density Trade

At the April 4 council meeting, Sussex County Council voted 4-1 (Council Member George Cole opposed) to approve a bonus-density-for-cash program, which would serve as a funding mechanism for open-space preservation,

Just where, and how...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

County seeking moderately-priced projects

It's been a few months since Sussex County Council approved the Moderately-Priced Housing Unit (MPHU) program, but with the deadline for the first round fast approaching, the county is reminding developers that they’ll need to submit their...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

County considers hard line on permits

Sussex County Council members will soon consider a pair of ordinances targeting scofflaw builders, following a presentation at the March 21 council meeting.

Newcomer Hal Godwin (administrative assistant), in his first appearance before...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Sussex County Council reviews audit report

Sussex County Council reviewed audited numbers for the 2005 Fiscal Year, and County Administrator Robert Stickels took the opportunity to project a sober economic outlook, at the Feb. 28 council meeting.

Finance Director David Baker and...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Sussex considers cluster density trade

Sussex County Council members returned to “cluster density trade” talks on Feb. 14, and offered the public a chance to weigh in at the St. Valentine’s Day council meeting.
Actually, it was St. Valentine’s Night, and even the council members...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

County council to consider dredging of Nanticoke River

Feb. 7 was a big day for Sussex County’s economic development office, as director Steve Masten petitioned council for help in finding a site to accommodate spoils from a proposed dredging project on the Nanticoke River.

Barge traffic...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

County ends clustering moratorium

Sussex County Council unanimously adopted an amendment to the Cluster Development Ordinance at the Jan. 31 council meeting, closing a bonus-density loophole and thereby deactivating the county’s recent moratorium on new applications for clustered...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

County readies for groundwater regs

A new set of groundwater protection regulations came before Sussex County Council members at the Jan. 24 council meeting — they’re state-mandated, but the council will have the opportunity to fine-tune the regulations.

The county won’t be...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

County considers three local projects

Sussex County Council members approved two local entrepreneurs and a developer at a Baltimore Hundred-heavy council meeting, Jan. 10.

They granted conditional-use requests for Timothy and Vickie O’Hare, for a wood shop, and Ed Chiasson,...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Council favors two-lane Streetscape plan

If the predominant message of those commenting at the Dec. 10 special meeting regarding Bethany Beach’s proposed Streetscape plan for Garfield Parkway was, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” council members didn’t agree that things weren’t broken...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

County council shuffles parking ordinances

Sussex County Council did a good impression of the Delaware General Assembly on Dec. 13, loading five public hearings into the long, late-night, last council meeting of the year.
Parking-related ordinances crowded the agenda (pushing land...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County introduces new clustering amendment

Sussex County Council members spent most of the Dec. 13 council meeting wrangling with parking, but they did cover some land use issues, too. The county has set a moratorium on new clustered subdivisions, and Council Member Vance Phillips...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County P&Z defers decision for eagles

Bald eagles threw a monkey-wrench into the works of an eight-lot subdivision planned for Bunting Road west of Dagsboro, near Pepper Creek and Piney Creek, when it came up for review by the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

County eyes possible changes to clusters

There seems a consensus on Sussex County Council that the Cluster Development Ordinance (enacted August 2004) may have a few loopholes that need closing. Council enacted a moratorium on new cluster developments last week and continued the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

County pauses to amend clustering

About a month ago, Sussex County Council members started considering some changes to the cluster subdivision ordinance (enacted in August of 2004), and got right back on it after the Thanksgiving break.

They still haven’t settled on just...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm