Get three votes and do what you want

Living by the motto get three votes and do whatever you want, Sussex County Council goes about the business of running county government.

It’s hard to pin down the council. Although members claim council is the bastion of the land-use process, that is not the total truth. Yes, council has the final say, but DelDOT makes all traffic decisions, and the Sussex County Conservation District makes all drainage and water decisions, two key components of the land-use process. Most complaints during public hearings hone in on water and traffic issues.

People are frustrated when they try to ask questions about traffic or drainage, and the buck gets passed. All of those decisions are done outside of public purview and with limited county input and virtually no citizen input.

It’s a strange system when you step back and really study it. The role of the state in the process only complicates the system.

Councilman George Cole calls council meetings the best show in town. He’s right.


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