Sussex County News

Sussex County, Delaware

Population:

  • 156,638 (2000 Census)

County council meetings

  • Tuesdays, 10 a.m. (second Tuesday of each month), council chambers, county administrative building; council meetings and other public meetings held in the council chambers are broadcast over the Internet

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Thursdays, two to four times per month, 6 p.m.; occasional Wednesday afternoons; council chambers, county administrative building

Board of Adjustments meets:

  • Mondays, two to four times per month, 7 p.m.; council chambers, county administrative building

Elections:

  • Council members elected by district, to four-year terms; council president selected from among council members

County administrative building:

  • 2 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947; (302) 855-7700

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

County Council 2013-2014:

  • Michael Vincent, Council President, District 1
  • Samuel Wilson Jr., Council Vice-President, District 2
  • Joan Deaver, District 3
  • George B. Cole, District 4
  • Vance C. Phillips, District 5

County Administrator:

  • Todd Lawson

Council Administrative Staff:

  • Robin Griffith

Finance Director:

  • Gina Jennings

Public Information:

  • Chip Guy

Public Works Director:

  • Michael Brady

Director of Planning & Zoning:

  • Lawrence Lank

Director of Planning & Zoning Commission:

  • Robert C. Wheatley

Police:

  • Delaware State Police Troop 4

Sheriff:

  • Jeffrey Christopher

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 856-5850

Sewer service:

  • Sussex County provides central sewer service to communities throughout the county, while some private property owners and other communities utilize on-site septic or sewer systems of their own.

Bodenweiser to be retried by the State

The Delaware Department of Justice announced on July 15 that the State of Delaware would be moving forward in retrying former state senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser on charges stemming from allegations that he had unlawful sexual contact with a boy more than 20 years ago, when that boy was as young as 10.

Atkins files for reelection to 41st District seat

Incumbent John Atkins has filed for reelection to serve as representative of the 41st District in the Delaware House of Representatives.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency night work for Route 26 early Saturday, July 12

Emergency roadwork will close one lane of Route 26 on early Saturday morning, July 12.

From midnight to 7 a.m., traffic will alternate between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road in Millville. Follow flaggers and drive carefully.

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

Tourism campaign shines a spotlight on outdoor adventure

Recognizing that both eco-tourism and adventure tourism are booming trends, with many travelers seeking out opportunities to participate in nature-based activities while traveling, Southern Delaware Tourism is working to make sure visitors and potential visitors are aware of all the outdoor adventure opportunities and outlets available in Sussex County.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for July 7 to 11

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.

Arlett files for District 5 Sussex County Council seat

Frankford resident Rob Arlett officially filed this week to run as a District 5 candidate in the upcoming Sussex County Council election in November.

“I believe that we have a great vision for the future of the county and for the councilmanic District 5, and we want to be a part of that process,” said Arlett.

Delaware beaches again top in nation for water quality

Putting it in World Series terms, Delaware has just made a “cleanest sweep,” for the fourth straight year, capturing the crown for the country’s cleanest beach water quality. The acclaim came from the National Resources Defense Council, the non-partisan international environmental advocacy group that annually assesses all beaches in the 30 coastal states.

Dewey Beach 6th Outlet Liquors 5K set for July 6

As part of the Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Summer Running & Walking Series 2014, the 6th Outlet Liquors 5K will be held at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 6, starting and ending at the Rusty Rudder, located at 113 Dickinson Street in Dewey Beach.

Friends, family and beach house members can have fun at the 5K Run/Walk and remain afterward for the awards ceremony and the post-race party.

Carroll withdraws from county council race, supports Cole

Last week, Sussex County District 4 hopeful Bill Carroll formally withdrew as a candidate for county council.

“I really enjoyed the bit that I did. I renewed a lot of friendships and acquaintances. I had fun. I had fun going out there,” said Carroll of campaigning.

District 5 county council candidates hold Millsboro forum

Last week, Sussex County Council District 5 candidates spoke at the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s monthly member meeting.

Candidate Brad Connor, who is currently serving as mayor of Dagsboro, noted that he always had a desire to serve the community.

“I just always wanted to get involved in the community and in helping people,” Connor said.

Code of Ethics on the minds of county council candidates

At this week’s forum for County Council District 5 held in Millsboro, hopefuls Brad Connor and Bob Wheatley discussed whether there is a need for a new Code of Ethics in the county.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 23 to 27

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Central Avenue and Woodland Avenue (Fulton Bank to Café on 26).
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (Food Lion).

Sussex march to commemorate 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

The public is being invited to join a peaceful march on July 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The historic bill, signed by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, banned segregation on the grounds of race, religion or national origin at all places of public accommodation.

Hung jury leads to mistrial ruling in Bodenweiser case

On Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley declared a mistrial in the Eric Bodenweiser sexual abuse case.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

Trap Pond State Park to host Great American Backyard Campout

Thousands of families across the nation and in Delaware will unplug and get outside on June 28 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. People will participate in the national event by vowing to sleep under the stars, whether they camp in parks, on public lands or even in their own back yards.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 16 to 20

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of 26/Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

Gray files for reelection to 38th District representative seat

Ron Gray this week filed with the Sussex County Board of Elections to run for a second term. Gray, who was elected for the first time in November 2012, followed then-newly elected state Sen. Gerald Hocker as representative for the 38th District in the state House of Representatives.

Collins files to make a run at District 41 representative seat

Last week, Richard Collins filed to serve as the representative of the 41st District in the Delaware House of Representatives.

Collins said he hopes to address the State’s finances, if elected.

County examines impact of Supreme Court ruling on prayer

On May 5, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold a lower court ruling in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, found that legislative bodies, such as city councils, can begin their meetings with prayer.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 27 to 30

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday night to Friday morning:

• at the Old Mill Road intersection (by Food Lion).
• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install a new drainage system.

County proposes $117.3M budget for 2015 fiscal year

The Sussex County Council this week reviewed the County’s proposed $117.3 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The proposed budget is down by $400,000, nearly .3 percent, from the current year’s $117.7 million budget.

Citizens voice dismay over county councilmen’s comments

Earlier this week, more than half-dozen citizens spoke to the Sussex County Council, voicing their displeasure over the comments made last week by Councilmen Vance Phillips and Sam Wilson regarding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).