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18 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 - f~,ONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011 o, " / 5 tate Sul)reme C, ecideb ttleofl. ,1 Sussex, DNREC face off over land use By Melissa Steele Court. Gray es ruled zoning ac, melissasteele@c pegaze{ tions in DNREC's Inland Bays Pollution Cc ntrol Strategy have The battle over buffers and no statutory authorization and what agency has the pov er to re- come in dire :t conflict with Sus- quire them went before sex County 2 oning ordinances. Delaware Supreme CoUrt Nov. The counl y requires 50-foot- 30. wide buffer, between develop- ment and w strategy call buffers along and 60-foot- secondary ' DNREC's sl who implen tion-control duce the wi The issue ustices involves the uire buffers alon wetlandS. I passed zoning laws in for 50- foot buffers bor- dering certain wetlands; the i Natural tterways; DNREC's for D0-foot-wide primary waterways wide buffers along raterways. Under rategy, developers Lented other poilu- measures could re- tth of the required NEWS Cape Gazette squad to the site State Police explosives are plenishment. he said. Shavack the projectile blow it up. Explosive nis said the World War II. Ennis said the cials built catch any flying Workers this type of safety built into 1 said. U.S. Army was found on material is applied to tO a bulldozer to 12,~11 ~a- o,GA his years of leadership and serv- systems, county ice to the people of Sussex Court- buildings, and SUBMITTED P 4OTO A PROJECTILE FROM WORLD WAR R, shown nexl to a ty. the county air- The Delaware Engineering So- port near - pocket knife, was pumped on shore and detonated in D, ~wey ciety recently announced that Iz- Georgetown. Beach Nov. 25. zo is the 2011 Government Engi- Among his 2009 beach replenishment project in Surf Cit NJ.i neer of the Year, an honor hand- accomplish- about 3,000 similar items and projectiles vere ed out each year since 1998 by merits, Izzo has found on the beach. Follett said the sand dyed ging the professional organization of directed the en- cost $6 million; the cleanup after replenishiaent public and private engineers, gineering and cost $18 million. The society presented Izzo with construction of Since then, the corps has added a filtration the award at its annual confer- Michael Izzo the county's 911 process where sand is sifted offshore through a ence in Dover Dec. 1. center, con- screen with 1.25-inch openings. When sand is "I'm very humbled to have;truction a new terminal pumped onshore, it is filtered again using an 8-1 r-8- been selec, ted for this award," Iz- building anal crosswind runway foOt basket with 0.75-inch holes, zo said. But the real credit the county airport, amajorex- Follett said the offshore screens are inspe cted should go to the dedicated em- pansion of{he South Coastal Li- each time the dredge is brought back to st ore. ptoyees of the Sussex County braryin Bethany Beach, and con- "Sometimes they hit boulders or obstructions, and Engineering Department. They truction o[ several sewer sys- et istruly love where they live and it damages the screens," he said. The bask lems throughout the county. The where workers from Great Lakes Dredge and I )ock what they do, and it shows in the fewer systems alone have found the warhead, quality of their work." brought about a tremendous en- "This one had been fired;': Follett said. Bec ause A graduate of the University of yironment benefit to the coun- the projectile had been fired, it was less sensitive South Alabama, Izzo, 51, of the eliminating more than 10,000 and likely would not have exploded until it wa s set Frankford area has been em- eptic systems in the Inland Bays offby force, he said. ployed with Sussex County gov- Watershed. Follett said each boatload brought from offs aore ernment for 27 years, and has Izzo also was instrumental in contains about 2,500 cubic yards of sand, The served as county engineer since helping the county government beach replenishment project is expected to fin- 1996. This is his first time receiv- to secure r ore than $60 million ;~hoct hxr rnlct-T~nl~rar inlZ the societv's tOD honor. Continued on aa~e 19 found the A World War Beach by crews Delaware State Unit and the mined the hated it on the Dewey Beach mental Control 1 buffers by ha If, ILE PHOTO lations requiring t buffers Deputy t ttorney General THE DELAWARE SUPREME qOURT is deciding whether the county or state hasjqrisdiction to r~gulate buffer zones be, along waterway: ace pol- David Orm nd, representing tween land and waterways. " lution of the Inla. DNREC duri ng the hearing, con- : ,, tended 1004)ot buffers are nec- counties, prompting ChiefJus- trumps who?" he asked. " "When the county created A BUFFER iS A essary for ollution control tice Myron T. Steele to ch rac- Sussex County attorney David l uffer zoneslit was acting within ZONING. THE E IGHTS along the w ierways and are not terize the case as "Delaw{ re's Rutt said it's the county's juris- authorityl'he said. muu-versmn of cooperatwe fed- &ctlon. It s now up to the five-membe nr 7n mc 'n a zoning iss te. He said DNREC ....... " r WITH;HE"I;; :- was autho:'ized to regulate eralism." 'A buffer is a tool of zoning," Delaware Supreme court to de- buffers as a means of pollution Because both government au- Rutt said. "The entire rights of gide whether Sussex County or control by the General Assembly thorities have been giver the zo,ning are vested with the coun- DNREC has the authority to en- - COUtqTYthrough the Clean Water Act. right to regulate buffers thrgugh ty. fo,rce buffer equirements. ArTOR RUTT "DNREC as engaged in con- legislation, Steele said it lti- Attorney Matt Neiderman, Both bo ies are trying to do Three years ago, S perior trolling pollqtion through its del- mutely comes down to wh ther representing four Sussex County the same th{ng, though inconsis- Court Judge T. Henle_! ,Graves egated authority by legislation," the county's 50-foot buff{r or property owners, agreed buffers {ently," Juslice Jack B. Jacobs ruled in SussexCoun 's favor, Ormond said. DNREC s D0-foot buffer shpuld are a zoning issue that lies within aid. but DNREC apt ealed the deci- Delaware law, however, dele- prevail, the purview of count3;govern- Rutt said decision could be sion to DelaWare S preme gates zonin authority to the "So attheendoftheday, lvho ment. ilsuedinonltosixmonths. fo " e!lzz''0a Sussex's Micha o med Warhead und, detonat d Dewey iJl g rn g,,leoft yea e n ove menten e r he r ' : Directed engineering ( f county 911 center Beach replenishment project :i i Sussex County Engineer ascount2' engineer, Izzo over- uncovers more kthan sand Michael Izzo has long had the re- ;ees a 130-1 nember staff that is spect of his fellow engineers for "esponsible for designing, con- By Kara Nuzback his wbrk in the public sector. ;tructing a ld maintaining vari- knuzback@capegazette.cbm Now he has earned one of the )us multin dllion-dollar public profession's highest honors for rojects, ir eluding wastewater