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18-CAPE GAZE'I, day, September -"-'0elr1,1-9 Rosanne Pack photo Sussex County Council members are all smiles as welcome guests present a $400,000 check for water and sewer improvements for the county airport. Pictured are fl-r) George Collins, Finley Jones, Dale" Dukes, Gov. Tom Carper, Lynn Rogers, Darrell Minott and George Cole. The money comes from the economic development strategic fund for sewer and water. Governor presents $400,000 check to Sussex council for airport utilities By Rosanne Pack The governor came to George- town bearing gifts, and it wasn't even Return Day. Appearing at the Sept. 22 meeting of Sussex County Council, Gov. Tom Carp- er and Delaware Economic Devel- opment Director Darrell Minott presented a check for $400,000 to county council to fund water and sewer lines to the county airport. Carper said that improving and expanding the airport is key to the economic health of Sussex Coun- ty. He also pointed out the cooper- ative efforts of state representa- tives and county officials brought the $400,000 grant to George- town. "Thanks to our key people in the General Assembly, unless they say, 'Yep, go ahead and spend that money,' we don't do it," Carper siid. '/he work done locally and in Dover is the kind of partner- ships we like in Delaware." The extended water and sewer lines will provide service to exist- ing and proposed hangars, an air- plane mechanics' school, a new terminal and an undeveloped 350- acre parcel of land. In addition to providing water and sanitary sew- er, the extended lines will help the county provide adequate fire pro- tection to the existing and pro- posed buildings. Joining Carper in the presenta- tion, Minor said, "Providing ade- quate infrastructure is essential to recruiting companies to a location. Through investing in the Sussex County Airport, we are helping ensure the future economic vitali- ty of the airport as well as provid- ing for future business develop- ment in the county." Mi-nott praised the work of Frank Calio, director of Sussex County Economic Development Office. He said, "About 15 minutes into my position at economic develop- ment, I named Frank Calio, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. And Bob Stickels [Sussex County administrator] is a pit bull. He knew what to focus on to get more tenants in and make the airport strong and vital." In the past five years, $4 million in improvements have been made to the airport. With the improvement of run- ways, lighting and other safety measures, the airport is fulfilling Federal Aviation Administration requirements. A new $750,000 terminal and road repairs estimat- ed at $22,000 are included in plans for more improvements at the fa- cility. Dale Dukes, county council president, echoed CarpeT'S words about cooperation and partner- ship. He said elected officials, Sen. Robert Venahles, D-Laurel; Sen. Robert Voshell, D-Milford; and Rep. George Carey, R-Mil- ford were key team members along with Carper, Calio and MinoR. "New tenants at the airport are amazed at how weget things done," Dukes said. "If we need things, everybody gets together to make it happen." Plans for the airport complex are to attract more office space users as well as airport-related use. A restaurant is one of the pro- posed uses of some of the new space. Calio said, "The generosity of the $400,000 grant from the. Eco- nomic Development Office en- ables our office to develop an ad- ditional 200 acres of land for eco- nomic development, which tran- scends into new jobs for the resi- dents of the county." Maryland-based Pats Inc. oper- ates an aircraft products manufac- turing facility located adjacent to the airport. The corporation currently em- ploys 160 and plans to expand op- erations in Sussex County. Larry Ohler, vice president of Pats, said that every improvement brings Sussex County closer to the standards and capabilities of major airports. Oct Ist - Nov 6th .00TmLOG CLEARANCE LADIES FASHIONS HOME FASHIONS AT LEAST EVERY DAY! Shop the Newport News Catalog Clearance Center for the lowest prices eve, 70% off original catalog prices on all ladies spring and summer fashiom, new fall fashion arrivals, as well as styles for your home. CATALOG CLEARANCE CENTER Rehoboth Mall Next to Hair Cuue Open Mon.- Sat. 10am - 9pm Sun. Noon- 5pm (302) 644-2427 Goggin lhose crazy Little Sisters of Hoboken are back in this musical laughfestl 'THEATER Nov 19th - Dec 22nd Come celebrate the holidays and raise your spirits with the cast & crew of Baystar Dinner Theater. At Jordan's Rooftop Restaurant Coastal Highway and 138th St. Ocean City, Maryland for reservations or information call 302-945-5763