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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 22 - August 28, 1997 - 17 Sussex considers crackdown on substa]adard housing Callable Cot )orate Bonds By Michael Short Sussex County has always con- sidered a man's home his castle. That may change soon. Sussex County County has en- forced housing standards for rental units, declaring housing to be unfit, substandard and unac- ceptable. But those standards have only been applied to rental units. The county has never declared housing to be unfit if it is owner occupied. But the county will con- sider doing exactly that in the near future. The issue first surfaced last year when residents complained about a home in the Warwick Park area. The home had never been re- paired after a fire and residents complained that it was a health and safety hazard that wreaked havoc on property values. Sussex County developed an or- dinance which would allow Coun- ty Administrator Bob Stickels to declare a home unfit. But it never voted on the ordinance, which lan- guished until Councilman George Collins resurrected it this week. Collins said he was uncomfort- able with the idea of Stickels hav- ing the power to condemn some- one's home. "I am also," Stickels said. Stickels suggested that the County Council make the final de- cision in such cases. But County Councilman George Cole said there are other state agencies that are more expe- rienced and would be better suited to make that determination. "Somebody has to make the hard decision," Stickels said. While no one rushed forward to accept that responsibility, County Council decided to rewrite the previous ordinance for considera- tion. Previously, Sussex County has not even accepted such com- plaints if the property is owner oc- cupied. "How about the health and wel- fare of the neighbors?" wondered Collins. "I don't think the council wants that responsibility to condemn people's homes," said County Council President Dale Dukes, Continued on page 19 Pfiesteria 739-3441 (work hours)or 739- doctor. But Sylvester said that af- 4580 during evenings and week- ter receiving treatment, the prob- ends lem can be reported to the Divi- People who feel they have be- sion of Public Health by calling Continued from page 14 land Bays, said that Kent Price, the president of the Center Board of Directors, was doing research in the inland bays on fish species. That research required him to catch 10,000 mostly baitfish and Richards said that none of those fish had lesions. Lesions have, however, been re- ported on some fish by fishermen. Striped bass have been particular- ly hard hit and the lesions may be caused by pfiesteria or by many other potential sources, officials said. While saying there is no prob- lem, Sylvester was quick to say they are trying to be pro-active and to keep the public informed. They have set up several phone numbers for people to call if they experience problems. "The re- sponsibility we have is to inform the public so they can make in- formed decisions," said Sergio Huerta of DNREC. "Good information is our best defense against pfiesteria. We are working closely with DNREC to identify the conditions which might lead to toxic levels of pfies- teria in our rivers and bays. Hav- ing this information will help us protect the public against potential illness related to this organism," Sylvester said. They urge using good sense when making decisions. Specifi- cally, they urge that fish with le- sions not be eaten or touched. They also say that swimming is safe, but if dead fish or fish behav- ing erratically are observed, you should not swim in an area. Here is a list of telephone num- bers. People who catch fish with le- sions may call DNREC at 739- 3441 to report the fish. A recorded information num- ber on pfiesteria is 1-800-922- WAVE. 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