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~llllBlll Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, JUNE 7 - THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 9 Council turning every construction, but if that money is ble construction options includ- used, by law workers must be ing a modular building, prefabri- page to save money paid state prevailing wages, cated structural insulated panels By Iio=! MacArthur" which are higher than wages and a pre-engineered steel build- ronm@capegazette.com paid by most contractors in Sus- ing. sex County, said Mike Izzo, coun- State wages would not apply to Sussex County Council has ty engineer, products manufactured and as- dug in its heels in an effort to Half the total cost of the $3.2 sembled offsite, as in the case of save money on construction million project is labor, said a modular building. costs for Greenwood Public Li- Michael Wigley of Davis, Bowen Wigley said any savings real- br . Forced to pay 10 percent to & Friedel, who completed ali- ized from a modular building 15 percent more- about $200,000 brary feasibility study for the would probably be offset by site- - because state funds could pay county. He included the addi- work costs for the foundation, half the construction costs, court- tional labor costs in his estimate, crawl space and ramps. He said ty officials are turning over every The project is eligible to receive the county could see a savings of page looking for ways to offset as much as $1.6 million from the about $20,000 with the use of increased labor costs, state, prefabricated wall panels and Libraries are eligible to receive On direction of council, could save engineer's fees and 50 percent state funding for new Wigley researched other possi- construction costs on a pre-engi- 350-square-foot Road near Harbeson met with a ~yo"e~'rows cool reception during the May 26 units raise Sussex County Planning and By Ron MacArthur Zoning Commission meeting. ronm@capegazette.com Lewes-area builder Richard M. Ingram is seeking a conditional A plan to build an apartment use to construct 16 apartments in complex along Martin's Farm four multifamily buildings on 4 acres in an AR-1 zoning district. Commissioners voted to defer their decision to a future meet- ing. Ingram, who has been in the construction business for 58 years, said there was a need for Continued on page 12 Senate The U.S. government creates Census blocks and uses them to create statistical data, Murphy Continued from page 4 . said. The blocks can be large, small, oddly shaped and may said. "You are basically doing split neighborhoods in half, but away with the power the blacks they cannot be broken when rot- have." ing districts are drawn up, Mur- Smith suggested an independ- phy said. ent redistricting commission be The hearing was not without established for remapping to some positive feedback. John avoid gerrymandering. "I knaw Flaherty of Delaware Coalition the game is power, but I think for Open Government corn- people get short-changed," Smith mended Murphy, Carter and Mc- said. Carson on the proposal. "You Murphy defended the propos- have to have the wisdom of Job al against allegations that minori- to get this right," he said. The ty voting rights were violated, openness of the redistricting "The Senate has done the best process is much improved from work we think can be done to 10 years ago, Flaherty said. protect the voting rights of mi- The Senate has until Thursday, norities," he said. June 30, to pass a finalized plan Murphy said in may cases, for new districts. The Senate is Census blocks are to blame for still accepting public comments the odd shape of some districts. and suggestions, which can be emailed to Senate.Redistrict- ing@state.de.us, or mailed to Delaware State Senate Redis- tricting, Legislative Hall, 411 Leg- islative Ave., Dover. neered steel building, like the Rehoboth Beach, said the state Bridgeville and Seaford libraries, grant offered enough savings for Wigley said more research was the project, and union jobs were required to ascertain cost savings needed in the county. using a steel building. The library board and friends "Let's design what we need group are backing a plan for a and get contractors to bid on it. new 10,000-square-foot facility We are only guessing here," said to replace the old 3,000-square- Councilman Sam Wilson, R- foot library along the railroad Georgetown. "We are wasting tracks in downtown Greenwood. time; let's go with it." Under the plan, the old library Councilman George Cole, R- would be demolished or moved. Ocean View, said the county The county supports all county should get out a bid package coy- libraries with annual grants, but ering all possible options, and it operates the Greenwood li- council moved in that direction, br , as well as libraries in Mil- Council voted 4-1 to proceed ton and Bethany Beach (South with a plan to amend the con- Coastal). tract with Davis, Bowen & With the.state providing half Friedel to allow the finn to pre- the funds, the friends group has pare a more detailed evaluation pledged $150,000, with the coun- of all building options for a new ty covering the remaining $1.45 10,000-square-foot Greenwood million. library. Wigley said library construc- Casting the dissenting vote, tion funds are available in this Councilwoman loan Deaver, D- year's state budget. Donald J. Foraker, Jr., CPA Certified Public Accountant and Business Advisor We do more than just taxes... 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