Sussex County Council Wrap


The Sussex County Council was updated on the Comprehensive Plan during this week’s meeting.  During Monday’s P&Z Workshop, much of the planned items were discussed.  As the work was being discussed, Councilman I G Burton asked attorney Vince Robertson exactly what the County Council’s part is in the process – besides having the final vote on the finalized Comprehensive Plan.  Robertson told them they would be presented with the elements of the plan as they are worked, but would not be seeing the process from start to finish.  What they would see would be the elements that have been worked, discussed and mostly finalized.  However the Council is still able to make recommendations as the process advances.  Public meetings on the Comprehensive Plan will be held in May at a variety of locations around the county – all meetings from 5 to 7:30pm –

Monday, May 1 – Laurel Fire Hall
Tuesday, May 2 – CHEER Center, Georgetown
Wednesday, May 3 – Frankford Fire Hall
Wednesday, May 10 – Milford Senior Center
Tuesday, May 16 – Beacon Middle School, Rehoboth

Image courtesy Sussex County Government/EMS

The County Council also learned about a new app that is being launched countywide – PulsePoint, which allows people who are trained in CPR to receive alerts on their smartphones about a nearby sudden cardiac arrest that they could provide help with.  If a PulsePoint user is nearby – they would be able to render help to the person until first responders arrive on the scene – likely giving the person in cardiac arrest a better chance of survival.  County Councilman George Cole asked about liability and learned that Delaware has a strong Good Samaritan law and anyone rendering aid through this program would be covered.  Click here for more information on PulsePoint.

Also during this week’s meeting the council revisited a proposed Change of Zone for C-1 commercial property for a Dollar General store at Route 9 and Fisher Road west of Lewes.  The council had deferred a vote on the CZ, giving the applicant a chance to withdraw the application to change it to a B-1 zone, which Councilman Cole felt would better suit the project.  There was no change to the application and the council approved the Change of Zone to a Commercial property by a 4 to 1 vote – with Councilman Cole voting against it saying it was more zoning than was needed for the applicant’s proposal.

Nearly half the council chambers were taken up by students at the start of this week’s meeting as three county high school wrestling teams and one co-ed cheer troupe were honored for their DIAA Championships.  Also robotics students from Georgetown Elementary, Selbyville Middle and Cape Henlopen High Schools were honored with VEX and VEX IQ Excellence Awards.