Ordinance proposal targets density calculation in unbuildable state wetlands

GEORGETOWN – Discussion and debate has surfaced with introduction of a proposed ordinance targeting unbuildable state wetlands in density calculation. On hold for two weeks, Sussex County Councilman Irwin “I.G.” Burton at council’s Aug. 14 meeting formally introduced an ordinance draft that would remove some designated wetlands acreage in calculating density for development. “I had […]

National Register: Godwin School lands county council grant support

GEORGETOWN – Jacob Godwin School, a historic one-teacher schoolhouse near Millsboro, is now on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. At the request of the Millsboro Historical Society, Sussex County Council at its Aug. 14 meeting approved $5,000 in councilmatic funding for general maintenance and restoration of the schoolhouse. Council members Rob […]

Sweet 16: Sussex County honored for continued excellence in financial reporting

GEORGETOWN – Sweet 16. Sussex County has some sweet news for taxpayers, announcing the county’s 16th consecutive award for outstanding auditing and budgeting practices from an international group of financial experts. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, based in Chicago, in May awarded Sussex County its Certificate of Achievement for […]

Sussex County begins issuing annual property tax bills

GEORGETOWN – Tax bills for 2019 tax year are on their way to property owners in Sussex County. Each August, Sussex County government issues tens of thousands of tax bills for the more than 179,000 parcels in the county, with revenue collected funding a variety of local public services. The county’s Billing Services office has […]

Millsboro council favors second entrance to municipal parking lot

MILLSBORO – Town-based support is growing in the pitch to double entrance access to the municipal parking lot in Millsboro’s downtown district. The request presented publicly by Roger Perry, owner of Main Street business Gunshooter Enterprises, at town council’s Aug. 6 meeting would allow entrance from both Main Street and Washington Street. Currently there is […]

Deer population management in cross-hairs of Aug. 15 public forum

GUMBORO – Sussex County residents will have an opportunity to meet with state officials to discuss Delaware’s thriving white-tailed deer population on Wednesday, Aug. 15. State Rep. Rich Collins is sponsoring the meeting to provide farmers and deer hunters with the best, current information on deer management options. The event will be held at the […]

Funeral processions spur concerns about safety, liability

MILLSBORO – Step-wise, what’s next is somewhat uncertain. What is certain, area funeral home representatives shared in an Aug. 6 presentation to Millsboro town council, is that there’s serious safety concerns accompanying funeral processions. “Growth, it’s wonderful. It makes our town a better town. But it also is scary at the same time,” said Bob […]

Annexation approval paves way for proposed hotel, restaurant along US 113

MILLSBORO – The annexation hurdle has been cleared for property owners seeking to bring a brand-name hotel and restaurant – preferably a steakhouse – to Millsboro’s US 113 corridor. After concerns and opposition were voiced and questions addressed during a public hearing, Millsboro town council Monday night cast unanimous approval to the annexation of the […]

Balancing act finalizes Frankford’s 2018-19 budget

FRANKFORD – With a final balancing act the town of Frankford has a balanced financial slate for fiscal year 2018-19 that began July 1. The town’s water budget, which is separate from the general fund and police budgets, initially showed a $2,200 operating loss for the year. Council balanced that by reducing a maintenance budget […]

With US 113 access condition, county council OKs CleanBay Renewable’s request

GEORGETOWN – Banking on a condition that will limit truck entrance/exit access from US 113 only, Sussex County Council took the affirmative road in approving a conditional-use request for a methane-powered facility near Georgetown that will convert chicken litter into electricity. Council by 5-0 vote July 31 approved the request from Maryland-based CleanBay Renewables LLC […]