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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, June 20 o June 26, 1997.21 Sussex sets sewer rates; Planners defer I ownsend Square By Michael Short Sussex County Council ap- proved its new budget and the rates for its water and sewer dis- tricts on Tuesday, June 17 with hardly a dissenting word. The county's budget of $17,960;000 will require no tax increases for the eighth consecu- tive year and calls for a small pay rate increase for county employ- ees. The average yearly property tax bill in Sussex County for a site built home is $80.34, Stickels said. Both issues proved very non- controversial with one exception. John Sergovic, the attorney for two legal challenges to. the West Rehoboth Sewer District, official- ly objected to the proceedings be- cause the rates are being chal- lenged by his clients. Beyond Ser- govic's objections, there was hardly a discouraging word in a mostly empty County Council Chambers. Water and sewer rates will be virtually unchanged. Total assessment charges for the West Rehoboth expansion will stay $5.31 per front foot (based on property frontage). The connec- tion fee for that system for resi- Late obituary Legislation Continued from page 19 "My feeling in my personal fi- nances and in my business is that you pay down your debt when times are good. I think the same thing should be done with the pro- jected surplus," he said. "Person- ally, I would pay down some debt and cut personal income taxes. Let the people who have paid in get something back. "I don't think that is going to happen, but I think it would be eq- uitable." Schroeder said that representa- tives are also looking at tax cuts, but the question remains, is the surplus sustainable? In the meantime, the representa- dents building new homes or who did not connect to the system pre- viously will rise from $2,808 to $2,954. County Administrator Bob Stickels said an agreement with the state of Delaware re- quires the increase in connection rates. The connection fee for the Dagsboro-Frankford district will decrease. All other connection fees are gbing up by small amounts. The lawsuits brough by Sergovic's clients challenge the way that commercial businesses are charged and the way front footage is used. His clients allege that those are unfair ways to charge, saying businesses pay more than is equitable and some individual properties with irregu- lar shapes may .be forced to pay more than they should because of the irregular shape of their lot. Sussex County's Planning and Zoning Commission has deferred action on Townsend Square, choosing to wait until the project has approval from Delaware's De- partment of Transportation (Del- DOT). The planners briefly con- sidered the planned development on Thursday, April 12 before de- Live is hopeful that his Delaware Safe Water Bill will make it through the legislative process in the next few days. If enacted into law, it will create a revolving loan fund for the use of municipalities when they are faced with major water and sewer system projects. Schroeder said that the state can allocate $3 million at this point and by enacting such a law, Delaware will be eligible for up to $12 million in federal funds through the Environmental Pro- tection Agency. With the future of reassessment, revenue surplus allocation and other meaty issues still alive and well in Legislative Hall, Bunting and Schroeder expect the tradition of late nights late in June to con- tinue this year. ciding to wait on any action. The project is planned for next to Postal Lane in the empty field north of the Rehoboth Outlet Cen- ter (L.L. Bean site). It calls for a pair of 25,000 square foot depart- ment stores, a grocery store (wide- ly rumored to be Giant Food), a James J. Hudson, retired banker James J. Hudson, age 72, of Georgetown, died Thursday, June 19, 1997 of cancer at home. Mr. Hudson was a former banker with Wilmington Trust Company. He was a member of Doric Lodge 30 AF&AM, Georgetown; a member of Air- craft Owners and Pilots Associa- tion and flew his own plane. He was also a former agent for New York Life Insur- ance, retiring in the late 1970s and owned and HUDSON operated Parkway Package Store, George- town, from 1964 to 1994. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Charlotte Marguerite Banks Hudson; a son, James E. Hudson of Georgetown; a daughter, Cath- leen H. Maklin of Georgetown; a brother, Norman Hudson of Frankford; a sister, Mary Casper of Dagsboro; and three grand- daughters. Masonic services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 22, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 100 Race St., George- town, followed by the funeral ser- vice. Friends may call at the church from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospic6. By COMCAST ' 100 OFF ;egu:ar $ The Mini-Dish you don't have to buy.., starting at Standard Installation Special . about a dollar a day! Offer available in serviceable areas of Comcast Satellite only. - u_ - 0 II _ _ Not valid with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. M/A Telecommunicaaons, 302-628-9830 driveqn bank or restaurant and a convenience store with gasoline pumps with access from both Route l and Postal Lane. The pro- ject was up for preliminary ap- proval, but the County Council has adopted a policy of not ap- proving additional development along Route 1 without an entrance permit from DelDOT. UACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 23 - 27 6:45 - 8:30pro Midway Assembly of God Each evening we'll learn about becoming BY gO0 Your children will learn about God's _Preserving, Overcoming, Winning,_Encouraging, and Rescuing power in classes for ages 4 - Teen. For more information call 645-9643 Its su, , with 0 FireworKs Fin(ale I The Delaware River G Bay Authority ,__. I presents the legendary Beach Boys live in concert, Saturday, July 5, plus LOVE SEED at Eagle Crest/erodrorne. Route I MRMA lUMP (just outside Lewes. Delaware). Local favorites "Love Seed Mama Jump" will open the show, with a fireworks and laser show finale. General Admission tickets: $20. Gates open at 430 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Bring your beach chair, a blanket or towel to sit or Food and beverages will be on sale and are not permitted to be carried in to the event. Photography and/or video/audio taping of the festivities prohibited. The proceeds of this event will be i donated to Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Delaware and Burdette- Tomlin Memorial Hospital, Cape May Court House, New Jersey. Tickets on sale at the Ferry Term inals I0 am-2 pm Tuesday-Friday or through ----ir   by calling (302) 984-2000 or (609) 338-9000. No refu rids, raineheeks or exehanges. Euent wilt take place ram or shine. FIRSTUSA