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Sussex Council likely to dump proposed trash collection districts New Homes Ready For Spring,. By Michael Short Sussex County appears likely to drop the idea of voluntary trash collection districts after the idea was trashed by business owners this week. Sussex County Council held an open forum on the idea March 24, raising the issue after the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) said it could perhaps re- duce trash colle.ction rates. Such districts would be volun- tary and would only be created if local residents voted by referen- dum to create a district. One hauler would then serve those res- idents. No action was taken and Sussex County Council President Dale Dukes said it's likely that there will be no action by council. An impromptu survey of some county employees found that they paid about $216 per year to rough- ly $280 per year for private trash collection. But on March 10, Kent County awarded a contract for 56 trash districts that costs residents some $160 per year. The Kent County collection is for twice-weekly trash pickup, compared to once weekly for the Sussex County employees. Coun- ty Administrator Bob Stickels conducted the impromptu survey. But a number of trash haulers spoke to county council, saying that trash districts would drive small businessmen out of the mar- ket, leaving the trash business in the hands of a few big businesses. They said individual service, ranging from wheeling containers back to the homes of elderly resi- dents, to providing containers for no cost, would have to stop. There could be limits on the amount of trash people can dispose of as ser- vice and individual attention de- clines. "It is very problematic for indi- vidual haulers," said Executive Director of the Maryland DSWA, Pam Kasemeyer Til Purnell said she was more concerned with encouraging recy- cling than with tipping fees. Part of the reason given for the cost of taking trash to the landfills of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority is progranas like household haz- ardous waste and recycling ef- forts. "I think the tipping fees ought to be so high that everyone recy- cles," Purnell said. "If you only fill the landfills with trash, then they will last a lot longer." Bill Davidson of All Rite Rub- bish Removal said most residents are paying less to have trash col- lected than for a cup of coffee with breakfast. "Review this and please be careful. Trash districts, there is no doubt, will run the small hauler out of business," said Rob Tunnell Jr. of Buzzard's. "It has worked well. I do not think the government needs to get involved," said to Davidson. Wolfgang von Baumgart, a self- appointed public advocate, said more government will not make things better. "Government over- regulation and more bureaucracy will not solve the problem." Minnie Smith, of West Re- hoboth, asked council to consider the cost of trash collection for people who can't afford it. "[ would beg you to please consider small communities like West Re- hoboth," she said. COUNTRY LIFE has new homes, already built in the best neighborhoods. Open designs with plenty of room. Ones you can move into now! Planning a new home for spring? Call COUNTRY LIFE HOMES, Delaware's only Diamond Award Builder, for quality and customer Satisfaction. Convenient, guaranteed move-in dates avail- able. Also, construction financing. Prices begin in the mid-$140s. Call or come in today. Tour our models. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the quality and value. Open concept with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Beautiful, exclusive area, a guarded com- munity close to shopping and beaches. I I Roomy, comfortable one- level living featuring 3 bed- rooms and 2 baths. Unique one-level concept [ with private master and 2 1 guest bedrooms, 2 baths. Spacious, bright: 3 bed- rooms, 3 baths in excellent community with amenities. Popular, custom one-floor ] living with 3 bedrooms, 2 I baths, great neighborhood. kMEm WK, COUNTRY LIFE HOMES00. B U I L T F O R L I F E 1539 Highway One, Lewes DE 19958 302.644.3000 Weekdays 9-5, weekends 9:30-5 Also, Rute 26, Ocean View, DE 19970 302.537.3200, By Appointment Only Designs may vary from homes shown in photos. oPo,=,,Tv