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APE GAZETYE, Friday, February 25 - March 2, 2000 - 13 Sussex County Council spars with sheriff over fees By Michael Short The Sussex County Council and county sheriff are continuing their ve sparring. The most recent round came Tuesday, Feb. 22, when the coun- ty council voted to return the three percent fee collected by the sheriff for sheriffs sales held within mu- nicipalities. Towns had asked that the three percent fee, usually about $5,000 per year, be returned to them. But Sheriff Robert Reed objected in what was at times, a rather hotly debated discussion. Reed noted that his office has operated in the red for two of the last three years (before his elec- tion). "This is an irresponsible act," he told the council. Inland bays Continued from page 1 Convention Center. More will be held at a later date. At the heart of the discussion is not only protecting the inland bays, but how to deal with new regulations to protect those bays. Those regulations, called TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Loads, are required as the result of a law- suit brought by environmentalists against the Environmental Protec- tion Agency. The result of that lawsuit settle- ment is that the TMDLs, which require massive cutbacks in the amount of nitrogen and phospho- rus which enter the bays, are now required for Delaware. Among the requirements is the elimination of point source dis- charges like sewer plant or indus- trial discharges. But there is al- most certainly going to be volun- tary or mandatory requirements for other segments of the popula- tion. The form those changes will take could include limits on resi- dential fertilizer applications or Ed,'ard Jones inv/tes you to attend the Equity Research broadcast LIVE John Chambers, CE0 of CISC0 SYSTEMS Reed offered a compromise, saying that if his office continues to run in the black, the money would be re- turned to the towns on a first-come, first-serve ba- sis. He said that $5,000 doesn't sound like much, but said that in the budget of the REED sheriff, it can rnn a lot. That prompted County Council- man Dale Dukes to say the sheriff was guilty of frivolous spending, of buying $300 coats and $76 flashlights. "I think some of your costs are excessive," he told Reed. better and more expensive septic systems. The actual form any po- tential regulations could take re- mains unclear. But the meetings, including a meeting on Feb. 23 in Millsboro, are designed to hear that voice that McGowan called for. "Only then, do we have a firm foundation," he said. "These are local problems. We have local people who should be able to come up with local solu- tions," said Ed Lewandowski of the CIB. An introduction given to the public at Wednesday's forum said that "Public Talk-Real Choices is about talking through difficult problems, knowing that we will have to make difficult choices to- gether. 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ONE LEWES, D E (30.2) 644-4115 Dukes said the ordinance, which had been publicly adver- tised and which originally sur- faced weeks ago, should finally be voted upon and dealt with. Reed's compromise proposal drew the support of Councilmen George Cole and Vance Phillips. Because it was a new proposal, it would have had to be legally ad- vertised and then voted upon at a future time. "It is fiscally prudent to do it this way," Cole said. But the council received letters from the Sussex County Associa- tion of Towns (SCAT), George- town and Seaford in support of re- funding the money. When the vote was called, Dukes, Finley Jones and Council President Lynn Rogers voted to return the money to the towns. Phillips and Cole voted no, prefer- ring Reed's compromise effort. County Administrator Bob Stickels said that Reed's proposal would leave the towns uncertain whether they would receive the funds. Dukes said that if the sher- iff's office loses money, then council would take action to cor- rect that, saying he does not want any county office to lose money. The council and sheriff have sparred before, an issue that first arose when the sheriff requested state police training for his deputies and other police equip- ment, equipment that made the county worry the sheriff wanted to establish a county police force. port. It Another handout said "it is to sort out what is important to us, what the costs and benefits of ac- tions may be, and to come to a better understanding of the com- plexity of the problem." McGowan asked members of the public what they had learned and what they had heard. He espe- cially liked one comment from a speaker who said he had not heard the usual fingerpointing and accu- sation. "It's a different way of talking about complex issues," he said. Estate,. Rehrement, Eduation and Long-term care Planning. --. 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