The Sussex County Council met this morning without Council President Mike Vincent and County Administrator Todd Lawson.
Finance Director Gina Jennings read a proclamation recognizing the Cape Henlopen High School Field Hockey team on their championship season. Cape finished an impressive season with a 17 and 2 record and won the Division 1 Championship beating Padua Academy 2 to 0 last November. This is the 8th state title for Cape Field Hockey in the past 9 years – and the 10th field hockey state championship for the school since 1979.
After receiving several requests for the Cherry Creek Valley annexation off Cape Arrowhead Road, the County Utility Planning Director John Ashman told the Council that results from a poling letter were mixed. However the Council approved with a 4 to 0 vote, a request to prepare and post notices for a public hearing for the annexation. Ashman says the current boundary is based on the requests for service and the requirement to maintain a contiguous boundary. He adds there is no need for a referendum for this project.
Ashman also requested approval to prepare and post notices for the proposed boundary of the Blackwater Village Area of the Sussex Unified Sanitary Sewer District near Millville. Completion of the Route 26 Phase 3 project – requested sewer infrastructure is close that before and signed petitions from the HOA were presented to the County Engineering Department along with a resolution supporting the petition to extend sewer service to Blackwater Village from the Blackwater Village Association, Inc. The Council has approved this request with a 4 to 0 vote and a public hearing on the boundary is scheduled for Friday, March 13 at the Indian River High School on Armory Road in Dagsboro.
In Old Business the Council approved an application for Change of Zone No. 1896 for Fenwick Commons, LLC. This will amend the County zoning map from AR-1 to Medium Density Residential District for about 13.33 acres of land off Route 54 at Sand Cove Road. The Council also approved an amended version of Conditional Use No 2197 for Fenwick Commons for 62 multi-family duplex units at the same location. The amendments, made by Councilman John Rieley include adding trees to the landscaped buffer along Route 54 and that the boundary be cared for and maintained to State Conservation District guidance and standards. The Council approved the conditional use application with a 4 to 0 vote.
The Sussex County Council does NOT meet next week. The next scheduled meeting is set for Tuesday, January 28.