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Sussex Countian
  • Sussex County Council votes to waive $1K from Punkin Chunkin bill

  • Following threats made last week by festival organizers to move out of the county, the Sussex County Council voted 3-2 at its Nov. 12 meeting to waive $1,000 from a bill to the Punkin Chunkin Association for the cost of public safety services at this year's event.
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  • Following threats made last week by festival organizers to move out of the county, the Sussex County Council voted 3-2 at its Nov. 12 meeting to waive $1,000 from a bill to the Punkin Chunkin Association for the cost of public safety services at this year's event.
    The proposed cost for emergency medical services and 911 dispatch coverage with a mobile command unit was $11,960.
    John Huber, president of the Punkin Chunkin Association, said last week that over the past six years, the festival has grown by "a healthy" 56 percent, while its costs from the state and from Sussex County have grown by about 600 percent. He said the group was in discussions with a Delaware town outside of Sussex County and a town on Maryland's Eastern Shore as prospective sites for future events.
    At Tuesday's meeting, council members George Cole, Vance Phillips and Sam Wilson voted in favor of the waiver, with Joan Deaver and Michael Vincent dissenting.
    According to Chip Guy, county spokesman, there was no council discussion on whether to apply the credit to future events.
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