Sussex County suspends all public hearings indefinitely

Sussex County suspends public hearings indefinitely

By Glenn Rolfe

Delaware State News

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County government will suspend public hearings for ordinances, land-use applications and other matters requiring citizen input until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak affecting Delaware and the nation.

Sussex County Council President Michael H. Vincent and Sussex County Administrator Todd F. Lawson announced Tuesday that public hearings already scheduled for the county council, planning and zoning commission and board of adjustment will be suspended indefinitely, and no new hearings will be scheduled for any county public body at this time.

Meetings of the three Sussex County bodies will continue, as needed, in order for general business and other matters that have moved through the public hearing process to proceed.

The public will not be permitted entry to any meetings, as permitted by emergency gubernatorial authority. However, all meetings will be broadcast live, and archived, on the county’s website at

Meanwwhile, Sussex County offices remain operational, but closed to the public. Only those individuals needing to drop off or pick up critical documents are permitted entry to the County Administrative Offices building at 2 The Circle, in Georgetown during regular weekday business hours.

Millsboro town schedule

Until further notice, some town of Millsboro employees will be “working from work” for an average of 20 hours per pay week and from home for the remainder, Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson announced Tuesday morning.

Many town employees, however, will continue working from work for 40 hours or more each week.

Millsboro Town Hall will still be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Building-permit-related and other services will be provided via the drive-through window located on the Mitchell Street side of the Millsboro Town Center, at 322 Wilson Highway.

The goal is to maintain close-to-normal operations, Mr. Hudson said.

Customers are encouraged to use the town’s website,, to make payments.

The Millsboro Police Department will continue to provide services around the clock, and the town’s water and sewer employees will continue to report during normal business hours and whenever needed.

“As an incredibly business-friendly city – after, of course, doing its part to keep its employees and town residents safe – Millsboro wants to do what it can to help developers, contractors and others continue to move forward with their projects during this economically challenging period,” said Mr. Hudson.

“At a time when many organizations are shutting down completely – sometimes out of necessity – we believe the city’s current and future business community will appreciate the town of Millsboro’s efforts and will remember them when the economy inevitably starts booming again.”

On Monday, Seaford City Manager Charles Anderson announced the city has implemented a rotating weekly workforce schedule for departments such as public works, electric and parks and recreation in which half of the staff will work one week and the other half will work the following week.

Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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