Sussex County Council Hears More on Proposed Sports Complex; Ellendale Water District Referendum Fails

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The Sussex County Council held a discussion to get updated information on the proposed Sussex Sports Center that would be located on Sand Hill Road in Georgetown. Foundation members Joe Schell and Bobby Horsey explained the funding – including the requested grant from the county of $1.5-million. If approved the project would also bring an upgrade by DelDOT to the intersection of Route 9, Airport and Sand Hill Roads. As part of the presentation, the Council also heard from Georgetown Mayor Bill West on what the town would bring to the facility – other than $25,000. This will return on a future agenda for the council to continue the discussion and possibly vote on the funding.

Executive Director of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, Tony DePrima, spoke to the council about PACE, which is an economic development strategy that has environmental benefits for commercial buildings. This program does require legislation by the state and DePrima is sounding out the counties for possible inclusion.  The council will discuss this further at a future meeting.

Residents in Ellendale have turned down the creation of a water district for the town. A referendum was held on November 4th – Director of Utility Planning, John Ashman told the council that the vote was 107 for the water district and 120 against. While this has been discussed by the town and officials in the past, this is the first time that an actual county referendum has been held.

The council approved spending $156,000 for a new land records management system that will play nicely with the county’s IT department. The current system is separate from the county’s technology. The new system will also allow the legal community access by computer and will also increase the speed in which deeds are recorded – and returned.

There are two public hearings planned for the afternoon session – a Change of Zone application on behalf of Fenwick Commons, LLC for a residential community off Route 54 in the Williamsville area.  The other public hearing is a Conditional Use application for the same project.   The public hearings begin at 1:30pm.

The Sussex County Council will not meet next Tuesday and county offices will be closed next Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The next council meeting will be on Tuesday, November 28.