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14 5.2o12 NEWS Cape Gazette :RIDAY, ]lARCH 2 - MONDAY. MARCH L3w] for k By Rache rachel@ State toured al nakers' tour highlights problems no drainage ordinance to help homeowners when problems w-lying Sussex properties Swick Mavity about people Who couldn't get help with drainage issues." Sen. Ioe Booth, R-George- town, said new tax-ditch dis- tricts will allow the state to md local lawmakers )out 60 low-lying acres arise. Both New Castle County and Kent County have drainage regulations. A Realtor, King said many homeowners buy. homes when it is dry, so they don't realize drainage issues exist. ofSusse Countythat frequent- start the processof improving "There should be a way to ly flood. Two neW tax-ditch dis- drainage, specifically in contin- make homebuyers aware of is- tricts proposed, and one uously flooded areas, like Hud- sues, so that someone is re- lawmake is calling for disclo- Son Road Outside Milton,sponsible for stormwater man- sure 0ffloodingissues prior to where homeowners had to agement," she said. "There purchas of a property, abandon properties, needs to be some type of re- Rep. Ruth Briggs King R- "We saw an area of about 60 view established." Georgetown, said she was acres underwater," Booth said. King's idea is to partner the elected during a time of heavy "In these low-lying areas, there state and the county to create a rainfall flooding, is nowhere for the water to property review, which lays out King shid a review needs to go." possible problems before a pur- be put inplace to alert potential Booth and the legislators al- chase is finalized. "There needs so saw Zoar Estates and Oak to be more coordination, Ki g homebu ers to drainage issues. " " " "n "Muct of this flOOding is in Crest Farms off Beaver Dam said. "But, I didn't get the sense the he,a,r of my district," said Road outside Lewes. that this t y,p,e of review is on King. ;] have heard stories These developments arethe horizon.. "THERE S OULD/H BE A WAYpretty close, so the drainage of Bo0thsaid he hopes state and one Would affect the drainage county officials can work to- TO MA E HO , EBUYER$ of the other, Booth sai&' ge er on drainage. Booth and King were among I wanted to highlight ways AWAgtEOF SSUES, OTHAT the group of state and local the county and state could $O J EO RESPONSIBLE elected officials on the tour. work toge :her," Booth said. Also on the tour were Rep. "Sussex is fiat, so in order to get FOR EI: RMWATER Harvey Kenton, R-Milford; the water out, it is going to take Rep. Dave Wilson, R- a partnership among agencies MANA [EMtEHT/' Bridgeville and Rep. William and politicians. All of them - REP. RUTH BRIGGS KING, Outten, R:Harrington. have to be on the same page R-GEORGETOWNKing said Sussex County has when it comes to drainage." Drainage construction loan or 21st Century funds. Another tax-ditch district is being proposed for the Guinea Continued from page 12 Creek area near Long Neck. ing issues, which will benefit 350 Property owners in the tax-ditch properties, Cahall said. districts will elect a manger and Under the plan, swales, ditches officers and pay an annual fee to and pipes will be installed to maintain the system with assis- move waterto a pond, a former tance from state and county borrow pit, where it would be matching funds. There are more monitored, and a water-control than 2,000 miles of tax ditches in device would allow it to flow to the state with more than 1,200 Red Mill Pond. The cost of the miles in Sussex County. More project is estimated at $350,000, than 40 percent of the county is Cahall said. Money for construc- drained by tax ditches, said Deb- tion could come from a variety of bie Absher, conservation district sources including the Bond Bill, a coordinator. GUTTER CLEANING SEAMLESS GUTTERS Seamless Gutters 5". 6" & 7" 25 Gutter Colors * Free Estimates No Deposits Required Satisfaction Guaranteed Gutter Cleaning & Repairs ................. i sS0 OFF. Gm'rm PROTECTION SYSTEM 100 I, JNLU~ FOOT Mn. NOT TO lie COMBINED W/ANY O111ER OFFER. 4/30/12 .................. a GuflerGard Gutter protection system, never clean ]lm UIIImb Gnr Protnr your gutters again. ................. it ................. ssoo OFF,,"' SlS OFF II .Gm-rm,," GUTrER CLEANING ',', ,, INSTALLATION ' ' 100 IJHF.An FOOt MiN. I I NOT TO BE COMBINED W/ANY II I I NOT TO BE COMBINED W/ANY O~HEROFFER. 4/30112 I I OTHEROFFIER. 4/30112 L ................. ak .................