County to review meeting on Millville sewer

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Sept. 14, approved a review of the public meeting for the Millville Sanitary Sewer District, Contract F, Northwest Expansion. John Ashman, director of county utility planning, explained that they held the meeting on Aug. 25 and had about 100 people there concerning the proposed expansion. It will affect several communities and individual parcels along White’s Neck Road and the Ocean Farm and Denton Mills subdivision.

Ashman reported that there were some concerns with the approximately $5,700 connection fee, and he explained the difference between the connection fee for homes existing before June 30 of 2003 (a connection fee of $2,300) and for homes built after June 30, 2003 (a connection fee of $5,768) as a subsidy for people that were already living there in 2003, when the county created the district.

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Council members on Tuesday also approved a $20,000 local law enforcement grant – the full annual disbursement for the current budget year – for the Town of Fenwick Island Public Safety Department at their Sept. 14 council meeting. The grant will be used for department operational costs and equipment, including fuel, uniforms and other supplies, said Hal Godwin, deputy county administrator.

County council heard on Tuesday from Martin Donovan, chairman of the Delaware District III, hosts for the Senior League Softball World Series. Donovan thanked the county for its support and said this year was probably the most attended yet and a “huge success.” It was 37th Senior League Softball World Series and the seventh held in Roxana.

Donovan reported that they had had 16,000 visitors to the Series Web site that week and, while they were still gathering financials, reported that revenue from the Series was about $109,000, and their top expenses — hotels, food and bussing — totaled almost $90,000. With other expenses, he said they might break even, which he said, in the current economy, they would “be happy to do.”

He also thanked the county for allowing paramedic coverage and noted that this year was the first time they had a real emergency. Paramedics covering the parking lot found a woman in her car in the middle of a heart attack.

“After being transported to [PRMC] in Salisbury, she had three stents put in and was back at the ballpark two nights later,” Donovan said. He then presented the council with a plaque and team jersey. Council President Vance Phillips said the World Series is “certainly an event the county is proud to partner with.”

The county on Tuesday also awarded bids to Hertrich Fleet Services and Priority Install LLC for the purchase of two 2011 Chevrolet Suburbans to be equipped with emergency conversion packages, to be used as paramedic supervisor response vehicles. The total for the purchase of the two vehicles and outfitting of equipment is $118,232.

Godwin explained that the two 2007 Suburbans currently in use have about 130,000 miles on them and will possibly be used in the county’s loner fleet. He added that many of the county’s fleet needs are not as intense as the need for emergency responders.

The council also approved, with conditions, a conditional-use application for a multi-family dwelling development of no more than 48 condominiums, which will be located on 11.96 acres north of Fred Hudson Road and east of Cedar Neck Road. It had been approved in 2004, but its conditional use expired in 2007 after “business decisions” prompted the developer to wait.

County staff read a proclamation making Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, as Family Day, and rang a bell in honor of EMS, fire and public safety personnel who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Finally, the council approved a grant for Coverdale Crossroads Community Council for a summer enrichment/field day.