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Herring Creek Debate Heats Up With Referendum On The Horizon

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Parts of map marked in yellow will be part of the sewer district if approved (Source: Sussex County Engineering Department) Parts of map marked in yellow will be part of the sewer district if approved (Source: Sussex County Engineering Department)
Large crowds gathered at council meeting in Georgetown to voice their opinions (Source: WBOC) Large crowds gathered at council meeting in Georgetown to voice their opinions (Source: WBOC)
Much of the opposition has come from the Winding Creek Village, seen here (Source: WBOC) Much of the opposition has come from the Winding Creek Village, seen here (Source: WBOC)

LONG NECK, Del. - The debate over the Herring Creek Sewer District intensified on Tuesday, after the Sussex County Council officially voted on the boundary lines, which included The Winding Creek Village. Many neighbors in that community have been vocally against such a sewer district, making their voices heard at every council meeting since early-March. 

The vote on the boundary lines opens up the door for a referendum on the issue, scheduled for July 9. At Tuesday morning's meeting, dozens spoke in both support and opposition to the planned district. 

Jeanette Cosgrove said that she was concerned with costs, since many have "fully-functioning" septic systems. 

"That's just unreasonable," she said. "When are they going to stop? That is more than most of our property taxes. It's like another tax." 

The Sussex County Engineering Department told WBOC that the exact cost will depend on the size of your lot, but would vary in between $625.60 and a maximum of $1,126. County Engineer Hans Medlarz said that formula for calculating your cost is as follows: 

$296 + { ($8.24) * (Total Front Footage) } = Total Cost

At Tuesday's meeting, many other neighbors voiced their support for the sewer district. Winding Creek homeowner Tom Seeds said that the current Septic systems are polluting the bays and creeks. He also said that a sewer system would boost their property values. 

"Anybody who has a system that's 15-years-old or older," he said. "They are foolish not to be voting for this. We are talking about less than a $100 per month."

Originally the county was also exploring a water district for just Winding Creek. This plan was pulled amid neighbor opposition, and a total of 194 signed affidavits. Cosgrove said that the same type of opposition can be expected in the next month. 

"If they felt that we were relentless before," she said. "We're really just beginning. We've been working in the other communities. And it will be nonstop." 

Other than The Winding Creek Village, the sewer district also includes the Pine Water Farms and the Herring Creek Estates.

If the sewer district is approved, the design phase of the project would begin in August 2016. Construction would begin in the summer of 2017. The project would officially start up in the fall of 2019. 

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