Political Gossip and Tidbits Wandering About The Small Wonder That is Delaware- the 2/17/16 Edition

Sussex Council man George Cole tells state…’sure, Sussex will give you money’. Meanwhile, who’s the Donald Trump of Sussex county? Click in and be surprised.

Frankford Town Administrator Suing for back vacation time.

This is just odder than all get out. First, what’s Frankford a town of about 20 people, most notable for its little diner?


And not only is this town administrator demanding back pay for vacation and sick. She wants $12,000.

How damn busy can that town be requiring all this administrative work?

From WGMD:

Former Frankford administrator Terry Truitt has filed a lawsuit against the town for unpaid back vacation and sick time. Truitt alleges that several other former employees were paid for their unused sick and vacation days upon their departure from employment with the town, while she was not. Truitt told The Coastal Point that then-council president Joanne Bacon and Councilwoman Pam Davis had signed a check to pay her for the unused time, but later stopped payment. Truitt is asking for just under $12,000 – Frankford Town Solicitor Chad Lingenfelder counteroffered about $4,500 – she declined and the dispute will go to trial in March.

Flower Thief Couldn’t stop at one rose

deltidbits2.16.16flowerthiefsfIt’s a silly local color story but the guy in this picture stole over two hundred dollars worth of flowers. Goodness, had he stopped with a simple bouquet he might have gotten away.

This happened in Dover.


DNREC flips the court the bird

Actually I’d flip every court in Delaware the bird and then I’d flip it again.

And those guys in black robes don’t deliver anything resembling justice.

But I digress.


From WGMD:

DNREC has announced that the State of Delaware will continue preparing for implementation of the Clean Power Plan, despite the Supreme Court’s recent and unprecedented stay of the EPA’s proposed regulation to curb carbon emissions. President Obama and Delaware Governor Jack Markell both said they’re “disappointed” in the court’s decision, and Governor Markell plans to continue to move forward with the plan. According to DNREC, without significantly reducing greenhouse gas pollutants, Delaware faces threats of more extreme temperatures, strong storms, and rising sea levels – all as the result of Global Warming.

DNREC’s March 1 workshop and informal listening session will provide an opportunity for public input on methods for reducing carbon pollution from power plants, and how Delaware can achieve the goals of the Clean Power Plan in ways that are both environmentally and economically sustainable, while also maintaining the integrity of the state’s and region’s electrical infrastructure. The session will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. More information can be found on the Division of Air Quality’s website.

I’d love to go to this if someone would drive me. I’d love to hear their justification for ignoring Delaware’s Supreme court unless DNREC was doing so in sympathy with me.

Is Councilman George Cole nuts!

No wait! Cole represents that area of Sussex county bordering the beach and Sussex county’s main source of deltidbits2.16.16sussexreplenishmentdnrecsfrevenue, the transfer tax, comes mostly from the beach areas.

But those dunes tend to….well they behave like piles of sand when the wind and rain pounds them. And properties get damaged and the dunes that protect must be rebuilt.

So Sussex county councilman says Sussex county has to think about the county’s vast area of land not incorporated and consider forking up some bucks for this beach repair.

From the Cape Gazette

“It’s my interpretation only, but as the state moves forward it looks like they are going to be looking for funding help for projects in unincorporated areas from the counties,” Vincent said. “I just want to make everybody aware. These projects are millions and millions of dollars – they are not small.”

Councilman George Cole, R-Ocean View, who represents the coastal area from Rehoboth Beach to Bethany Beach, said 60 percent of the county’s tax base is within one mile of the Atlantic Ocean. “And where does the bulk of the transfer tax some from? It’s the beach,” he said. Real estate transfer taxes are the county’s No. 1 source of revenue.

“We benefit so much from property taxes and the impact of coastal Sussex County,” Cole said. “And like agriculture, we need to protect things that are revenue generating. We might have to step up to the plate. We might have a little responsibility in this.”

Councilman Rob Arlett, R-Frankford, who represents the coastal area south of Bethany Beach including Fenwick Island, said if the county gets involved in funding beach replenishment, county officials need to ensure they have input in how money is spent and then hold the state accountable that the money is spent responsibly.

Hmmmmm. I’m going to be watching that this thing gets debated and argued. The north of Delaware is so jealous of Sussex R/E transfer tax and they desperately want to get their hands on some of it, maybe to help out the criminals in “Murder Town”.

I’m with Rob Arlett….Sussex needs to hang on to its authority if they want more money.

Speaking of Rob Arlett….

Goodness isn’t this fellow making a name for himself?

First he made my top ten list of Notable Delawareans for 2014

And that was for 2015! Now he’s starting 2016 with a bang.

I covered the strange case of the Sussex county council grants HERE and HERE

I noted that instead of automatically agreeing to pay grant money to a local charity, Councilman Rob Arlett of the 5th councilmatic district asked for a hold on funds for a local soccer team.

sf1.1.16notablerobarlettI even Facebook-messaged Rob asking why. He responded that he wanted more information.

The next county meeting Rob seemed to have obtained what he needed and to everyone’s surprise he created his own form with the help of Gina, Sussex county’s finance director.

From Sussexcountypost.com:

The disclosure form which was formulated by Sussex County Finance Director Gina Jennings at Mr. Arlett’s request is now being presented in all requests from District 5, Mr. Arlett said.

“I just want to make it be known that through the process of the grant application, I have requested that the applicant fill out the disclosure of the need,” said Mr. Arlett. “I believe that this is the first time that this has been part of the packet. It’s something new. Our concerns sometimes are: Do they really have a need or not?”

“I would just encourage the other council members to consider using an application like this to provide more information as we make these decisions,” Mr. Arlett said.

Ms. Jennings said “the application covers a lot of questions that usually you (council) will ask of me. So it is very helpful for me to be able to gather that information up front, so that I am prepared for the questions.”

Here’s the scoop. Each of the five Sussex county councilman get $30,000 per year to award as grant money to local charities.

My own church tithes 10% of the collection money to local charities and I am on the Finance council so I know how that works.

The charities have to be non-profit, they must submit the most recent financial statements…some other requirements.

I suppose it’s the same sort of thing for consideration of a councilmatic grant.

Of course each council person would lean to giving grants to charities in their own district but they often contribute to deserving organizations in other districts.

The logic behind this practice is that it is better to have the private sector perform such local activities that benefit Sussex county than for the county to establish a bulky bureaucracy that would host public employee unions and in the end, being just another big red tape hurdle.

At least as I see it though I’m not saying this is how it works or that it’s even a good thing.

One thing Arlett seems to want is demonstration of an actual NEED by these organizations requesting grants.

If, in fact, the county requires submission of financial statements it would seem to me that this would demonstrate need, assuming one looks them over carefully.

You got a children’s afternoon group showing millions of dollars in profit….they probably don’t have a need for Sussex county grants even in the Sussex county councilman would so grant.

I’m going to be following this because a)I’ve been on it right along and b)well I want to re-think this whole concept.

Meanwhile, they’re calling Sussex county councilman Rob Arlett the DONALD TRUMP OF SUSSEX COUNTY!!
Man gets robbed at intersection
This is just the oddest story. It’s not political or anything but I came across it and scratched my head.

Guy’s allegedly sitting in his car near Georgetown when two cars block him in. One robber stands in front of his car and holds a gun on him?
Frm 105.9.com:

<blockquote< man gets robbed at gunpoint in his car while stopped at an intersection west of Georgetown.

Delaware State Police say Sunday afternoon at about 4:45, a 34-year-old man was stopped at Warrington Road and Asbury Road when two vehicles blocked him in and three people jumped out.

One of those three people stood in front of the driver’s car and pointed a gun.

The two others then opened the car doors, demanded money from the victim and started to punch him in the face.

It’s an odd story folks.

I’m jus’ sayin’.
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Sussex Council man George Cole tells state…’sure, Sussex will give you money’. Meanwhile, who’s the Donald Trump of Sussex county? Click in and be surprised.

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