TITLE 9

Counties

Provisions Affecting All Counties

CHAPTER 5. SUBURBAN COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS

Subchapter I. Sidewalks, Streets, Signs, Drainage, Storm Sewers


As used in this subchapter:

(1) "Clerk of the peace" means the clerk of the peace of the county in which the suburban community is situated.

(2) All references to the "county engineer" shall be construed to mean the General Manager of the Department of Special Services insofar as New Castle County is concerned.

(3)a. "County government" means the county governing body of each county.

b. Whenever the words "county government" are used in this chapter, the words "County Council" shall be substituted regarding New Castle County.

(4) All references to "receiver of taxes" and "county treasurer" and "board of assessment" shall be construed to mean the "department of finance" insofar as Sussex County is concerned and "Office of Finance" insofar as New Castle County is concerned.

(5)a. "Suburban community" means any unincorporated community within this State:

1. Containing at least 5 separate and distinct property owners; provided, that each parcel of land, condominium or other individually owned unit of a multiunit building shall be deemed to have no more than 1 owner for the purposes of this subchapter;

2. In the case of individually owned parcels of land whose streets aggregate a minimum of 500 linear feet of road surface or in the case of condominium or other type of individually owned units of multiunit buildings whose streets aggregate a minimum of 300 feet of road surfacing; and

3. Which, in the opinion of the county government and the State Department of Transportation, is so situated as to form a unit which is reasonably and economically capable of being improved by the laying, repairing or completion of streets, signs, sidewalks and installation of surface drainage and storm sewers.

b. In addition to the foregoing such unincorporated community within this State must:

1. Be located on a highway which is part of the state highway system or will be connected to the state highway system when the projects provided for in this subchapter are complete and which street shall be either maintained by the State upon completion pursuant to the requirements of Title 17 and the rules, regulations or standards adopted pursuant thereto; or

2. Shall be built pursuant to county rules and regulations requiring design and building standards and a means or mechanism to provide for the perpetual maintenance of such suburban community streets as provided herein.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 2; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 1; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 501; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, §§ 4A, 4B; 57 Del. Laws, c. 762, § 3B; 59 Del. Laws, c. 180, § 2; 60 Del. Laws, c. 133, § 1; 64 Del. Laws, c. 357, § 1; 71 Del. Laws, c. 401, §§ 9-11.;

(a) In order to carry out this subchapter, the government of any county of this State may issue bonds in an amount or amounts, and under such terms and conditions, not inconsistent with this subchapter as may be determined by such body.

(b) The bonds shall mature not later than 20 years after the date of issue, shall bear interest at the most advantageous rate attainable by the county government and the income therefrom shall not be subject to state taxation. The bonds shall be issued in the form prescribed by the county government and shall be either registered bonds or bearer with coupons convertible into fully registered bonds, as may be determined by the county government. Debt incurred by the county government pursuant to this subchapter may be represented by uncertificated obligations of the county government which may be authorized in accordance with the same procedures applicable to bonds which are permitted to be issued under this subchapter, and the county government may determine all procedures appropriate to the establishment of a system of issuing uncertificated debt. The bonds may, at the discretion of the county government, be made redeemable at par plus accrued interest on any interest payment date upon terms and conditions to be stated in the bonds.

(c) The full faith and credit of the county is pledged to insure the payment of any bond issue, and all interest thereon, created and sold under this subchapter.

(d) The county government may raise by the levy of taxes upon all the property taxable by the county such moneys, in addition to available moneys held in the sinking fund provided for in § 532 of this title, as are needed to pay the bonds and the interest thereon as the same become due and payable.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, §§ 1, 31; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 502; 49 Del. Laws, c. 356, § 1; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 58 Del. Laws, c. 45; 63 Del. Laws, c. 142, § 7; 64 Del. Laws, c. 318, § 1.;

(a) The freeholders of a suburban community owning 50 percent or more of the front footage of property abutting the contemplated improvement or improvements in the suburban community may, at any time, present a petition to the county government that shall:

(1) State that, in the opinion of the signers of the petition, the community would be improved by the laying, repairing or completion of sidewalks or streets, installation of street signs, installation of surface drainage and storm sewers, or any 1 of such improvements; and

(2) Request that the county government proceed in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter to issue bonds to provide the money for the improvements.

(b) Each petition, when presented, shall have attached to it as a part thereof a drawing, which shall be obtained from the Department of Transportation, showing the street layout and the extent of the improvements.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 3; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 2; 48 Del. Laws, c. 90, § 1; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 503; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 59 Del. Laws, c. 180, § 3; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22.;

Promptly upon the filing of a petition as prescribed in § 503 of this title, the county government shall adopt a resolution requesting the State Department of Transportation to survey and make a plot of the community, which shall show:

(1) The boundaries of the community;

(2) The streets as then existing;

(3) The names, location and post-office addresses of all freeholders in the community, as they appear on the records of the board of assessment of the county in which the suburban community is located; and

(4) The street frontage in feet owned by each freeholder and, in the case of corner properties the street frontage and street sideage in feet owned by each freeholder.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 5; 47 Del. Laws, c. 331, § 1; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 504; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22.;

Within 15 days after receipt by the county government of the survey and plot required by § 504 of this title, the county government shall meet and determine whether the community is a suburban community within the meaning of § 501 of this title.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 4; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 3; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 505; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A.;

(a) Immediately after the determination by the county government and the Division of Highways of the State Department of Transportation (Division) that the community in question meets the requirements of a suburban community specified in § 501(5) of this title, the Division, if such streets are to be maintained by the State, or the county, if such streets are not to be maintained by the State, shall advise the owners of such community of the requirements of that respective governmental agency. The owners shall be required to prepare and submit such surveys, plans, specifications and estimates of the cost of the improvement or improvements planned for such community.

(b) The Division or county may within its discretion prepare such surveys, plans, specifications and estimates as may be required on the owners behalf and may charge such owners reasonable costs for services provided. In no case shall the Division or the county provide or extend other than minimal costs or services to the owners of such community.

(c) In the preparation and submittal of surveys, plans, specifications and estimates of the cost of such improvements, the Division or county shall confer with the regional planning commission or department of planning of the county in which the suburban community is situated, if the county has a regional planning commission or department of planning. In no event shall the width of the right-of-way in such community be less than 10 feet.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 6; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 506; 53 Del. Laws, c. 255; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 59 Del. Laws, c. 215, § 1; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22; 64 Del. Laws, c. 357, § 4.;

(a) Upon the submission by the Director of the Division of Highways of the Department of Transportation to the county government of complete plans, specifications and estimates covering the improvements, the county government shall fix a date for an election, at which all citizens and real property owners of the community may vote, on the question whether the county government should proceed to issue bonds in the manner hereinafter provided, in an amount sufficient to finance the cost of the improvements contemplated and shall include costs estimated by the Division of Highways for preliminary engineering, which shall not be reimbursable in excess of 10 percent of the estimated project cost, and for construction inspection at the rate of 10 percent of the amount of the contract bid.

(b) The election shall be held not less than 20 days nor more than 60 days after the submission of the plans, specifications and estimates to the county government.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 7; 47 Del. Laws, c. 331, § 2; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 507; 53 Del. Laws, c. 255; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 58 Del. Laws, c. 44, §§ 1, 2; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22; 60 Del. Laws, c. 609, § 1; 76 Del. Laws, c. 355, § 1.;

Thereafter, the election shall be held at such time as may be fixed by the county government and shall be previously advertised by posting a notice, in 4 of the most public places within the community, at least 30 days prior thereto and by publishing a notice in a newspaper published within the county of such community and having a general circulation therein, once in each of 4 weeks preceding the week in which the election is held. Such notice shall state the time and place of the election, and further state that the purpose of the election is to determine whether a majority of the residents of the community and the real property owners are in favor of the issuance of bonds by the county government to cover the cost of the improvement or improvements contemplated. The notice shall also state the total amount of the proposed bond issue and a clear and concise description of each of the improvements contemplated together with the estimated cost of each improvement and the total cost of all improvements and shall include the costs of preliminary engineering and construction inspection as set forth elsewhere in this subchapter.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 8; 47 Del. Laws, c. 331, § 3; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 508; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 58 Del. Laws, c. 44, § 3; 60 Del. Laws, c. 609, § 2.;

The election shall be held in the offices of the county governing body in the county in which the suburban community is situated, and the polls shall be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. of the day of the election. The voting shall be by printed ballot, which shall give the voter an opportunity clearly to indicate the voter's consent or objection to the issuance of bonds for the improvements contemplated. Absentee ballots may be permitted and managed in such a manner as prescribed by the county government. The clerk of the peace shall act as judge of the election.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 9; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 509; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 76 Del. Laws, c. 355, § 2.;

(a) Every citizen who resides in the community in which the election is being held and who would be entitled at the time of the holding of such election to register and vote in any election district of which the community is a part at a general election if such general election were held on the day of such election in the community, and every owner of real property in the community, may vote at such election, whether or not that owner is at the time a registered voter.

(b) Any real property owner who has sold his or her property or properties in the community subsequent to the preparation of the survey and plot made by the Department of Transportation shall not be permitted to vote but the then-owner of the property or properties shall be entitled to vote in the former property owner's place and stead upon furnishing the judge of election with the original or a certified copy of the deed to the property or properties, which deed shall clearly evidence that it was duly recorded.

(c) Any person claiming the right to vote at the election as an heir of any real property owner in the community who has died, or as trustee or guardian under the terms of the last will and testament of any such real property owner shall furnish the judge of election with the original or a certified copy of the will or other document evidencing that person's ownership of, or interest in, the property of any such real property owner, and shall thereupon be entitled to vote in the place and stead of such deceased real property owner.

(d) Wherever the property of such deceased real property owner in the suburban community is left to joint tenants or tenants in common, the following rules shall prevail:

(1) The vote of any 1 joint tenant or tenant in common shall be received where no other such tenant appears claiming the right to vote;

(2) Where 1 joint tenant or tenant in common votes in opposition to another, the vote shall be cancelled;

(3) A majority of the votes of any such joint tenants or tenants in common shall determine the manner in which the vote shall be cast;

(4) The vote of any life tenant shall be accepted over the person having a reversionary interest in the property in the suburban community.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 9; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 510; 58 Del. Laws, c. 44, §§ 4-7; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

Promptly after the holding of the election, the judge of election shall tabulate the ballots and certify the results to the county government under the judge's hand and seal. The ballots shall be retained in the safekeeping of the county government for 1 year before being destroyed.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 10; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 511; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

If the certificate of the judge of election reveals that a majority of the votes cast at the election is in favor of the issuance of bonds by the county government to cover the cost of the improvement or improvements contemplated, the county government shall promptly notify, in writing, the Director of the Division of Highways of the Department of Transportation.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 11; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 512; 53 Del. Laws, c. 255; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22.;

(a) If the vote of the community is in the affirmative, the county government shall promptly meet and by resolution authorize the issuance of bonds, except as hereinafter specifically provided, to defray the expenses of the improvement or improvements favored by the freeholders of the community. The resolution shall not be adopted until after contract bids have been received and thereby the contract cost definitely determined. The amount of the bond issue shall be determined by taking the cost of the preliminary engineering and construction inspection costs up to 10 percent of the contract bid and adding the total to the actual contract bid. The resolution shall state the purpose of the bond issue, the date of maturity, or that the bonds shall mature serially or be retired by lot, as the case may be, and all other terms and conditions under which the bonds are to be issued.

(b) The county government, before deciding upon the terms and conditions of the bond issue, shall seek the advice of at least 2 substantial bankers or brokers in Delaware who are accustomed to dealing in municipal, county or state bond issues.

(c) If the contract bid or bids, hereinabove provided, after making provision for 10 percent over and above contract bid or bids, is or are less than $20,000, the county government may use moneys in its own general fund to defray costs of construction. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 532 of this title, the county government may also use excess moneys from previous bond issues to finance contract costs in whole or in part for projects in other suburban communities.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 12; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 4; 48 Del. Laws, c. 94, § 1; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 513; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 60 Del. Laws, c. 609, § 3.;

The county government shall direct and effect the preparation and printing of the bonds authorized by this subchapter, shall determine whether such bonds shall be registered or bearer with coupons convertible into fully registered bonds and shall prescribe the form of the bonds and, in the case of bearer bonds with coupons, the form of the coupons for the payment of interest thereto attached. The bonds shall state the conditions under which they are issued. The face amount of the bonds and, in the case of bearer bonds with coupons, the coupons thereto attached shall be payable at such place or places as shall be designated by the county government. The bonds shall be signed in the manner prescribed by the county government.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 13; 9 Del. c. 1953, § 514; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 63 Del. Laws, c. 142, § 8; 64 Del. Laws, c. 318, § 2.;

(a) The county government shall negotiate the sale and delivery of the bonds. The proceeds of the sale of the bonds shall be paid into the treasury of the county government to be used for the purposes provided in this subchapter; provided, however, that any excess received from the sale of the bonds beyond the cost of the project shall immediately be transferred to the special sinking fund required by § 532 of this title after payment to the Division of Highways for preliminary engineering and construction inspection costs.

(b) The county government shall advertise the bonds for sale in at least 2 issues each of 2 newspapers, 1 of which shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Wilmington, Delaware, and 1 of which shall be published in the City of New York, inviting bids for the same, which advertisements shall state the total amount of the proposed issue, the denominations of the bonds, the place of payment of the bonds and interest, the place and date of opening the bids, and the conditions under which the bonds are to be sold. The county government may give notice of the sale of the bonds in such other manner as it may decide.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 14; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 5; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 515; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 60 Del. Laws, c. 609, § 4.;

The county government may require that each bid for the bonds be accompanied by a certified check in the amount of 10 percent of the bid. After the bonds are awarded or sold to the successful bidder or bidders therefor, the county government shall return to the unsuccessful bidder or bidders the certified check or checks submitted with the bid or bids.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 5; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 10; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 516; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A.;

(a) The county government may reject any and all bids, but in awarding the sale of the bonds, or any of them, they shall be sold to the person, persons, firm or corporation which, in the judgment of the county government offers the most advantageous terms.

(b) The bonds shall not be offered for sale until the attorney for the county government has submitted that attorney's opinion in writing that the bonds have been validly authorized in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 16; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 517; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

(a) In the event that street rights-of-way are inadequate or where street rights-of-way are in question, the Division of Highways of the State Department of Transportation may acquire the rights-of-way necessary for the suburban community construction project. In every respect, the acquisition of such necessary street rights-of-way shall follow the then current practice of the Division of Highways of the State Department of Transportation in acquiring rights-of-way for contracts.

(b) In the event of notification by the county government pursuant to § 506 of this title, the Division shall determine whether the streets in question have been laid out or dedicated prior to January 1, 1971. The Division shall not require the right-of-way for streets laid out or dedicated prior to January 1, 1971, to be greater than 30 feet in width, unless a greater width has been set aside or dedicated in the original plan or map of such community.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 33; 48 Del. Laws, c. 94, § 4; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 518; 59 Del. Laws, c. 215, § 2; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22.;

(a) The county government shall award a contract or contracts for the required improvements upon a competitive basis pursuant to public advertisement of the intention of the county government to receive sealed proposals for the work on the improvements. In every respect, the letting of the contracts shall follow the practice of the Department of Transportation in letting the Department contracts.

(b) Upon the opening of the sealed proposals, the county government, after consultation with the Department, shall award the contract or contracts. No contract shall be awarded to any other than the lowest bidder except with the unanimous approval of the members of the county government and the recommendation of the Department of Transportation, and if a contract should be awarded to a person other than the lowest bidder, the county government shall state in its minutes the reason or reasons for doing so.

(c) As a condition of the letting of the contracts, the county government shall require the successful bidder or bidders to enter into a bond for the faithful performance of such contract.

(d) The county government shall have the power to reject all bids.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, §§ 17, 18; 48 Del. Laws, c. 94, § 2; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 519; 53 Del. Laws, c. 255; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22.;

Contracts entered into by the county government under the provisions of this subchapter shall in all cases be exempt from monetary limitations now set forth in county government contract laws.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 32; 48 Del. Laws, c. 94, § 3; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 520; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A.;

After the awarding of the contract or contracts, all work performed under the contract or contracts shall be under the direct supervision and direction of the Director of Operations of the Department of Transportation, which Department shall be reimbursed at the rate of 10 percent of the contract bid.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 18; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 521; 53 Del. Laws, c. 255; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22; 60 Del. Laws, c. 609, § 5.;

The county government shall withhold 10 percent of all payments made under the terms of the contracts until final certification by the Department of Transportation that the work has been satisfactorily completed, in compliance with the terms of the contract.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 19; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 522; 53 Del. Laws, c. 255; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22.;

(a) Upon the certification by the Department of Transportation that the improvement or improvements have been satisfactorily completed, the improvement or improvements shall be incorporated into the state highway system, and the Department shall be responsible for the maintenance of the improvement or improvements, to include the replacement of street signs on any portion thereof when deemed necessary.

(b) All roads and streets constructed pursuant to this chapter, not dedicated for public use and intended to be private, as indicated on the filing plan, shall be constructed in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the county in which such road or street is located. Such rules and regulations for construction of private subdivision streets and roads shall, in addition to specifying standards for the design and construction thereof, require that, simultaneous with the construction of such streets and roads, a means or mechanism be provided to insure the perpetual maintenance of such private streets and roads, but in no event shall the State or county be responsible for such maintenance.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 19; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 523; 53 Del. Laws, c. 255; 59 Del. Laws, c. 180, § 4; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22; 64 Del. Laws, c. 357, § 2.;

(a) Not later than 30 days after the date of receipt by the county government of the final contract costs from the Department of Transportation, but in no event later than 8 months after the sale of the bond issue, the county government shall make a special assessment or levy upon all real property of every freeholder in the suburban community which is assessable and taxable. Such assessment shall be made in such a manner that the real property of each freeholder of the community, upon the basis of all front footage and in the case of corner properties all front footage and 50 percent of the side footage abutting upon the improvement or improvements, shall equitably bear its pro rata share of the costs of the improvement or improvements. In cases of irregular corner properties the Department shall determine the footage abutting the improvement or improvements that is to be considered as front and side footage. The provisions of this section and other sections in this subchapter relating to side footage shall cover all such projects on which construction is undertaken after January 1, 1949, but shall not cover projects previously constructed. The sum total of all assessments or levies so made shall equal the total amount of the final contract cost, together with all interest accruing on the full amount of the bond issue until maturity and costs incurred by the Division of Highways for preliminary engineering and construction inspection as set forth elsewhere in this subchapter.

(b) In the event that final contract costs are not determined within the aforementioned 8-month period, the county government shall make a temporary special assessment or levy upon the basis of the contract bid, together with all interest accruing on the full amount of the bond issue until maturity. The temporary special assessment shall be adjusted when final contract costs are known.

(c) If moneys from the general fund of the county government are used as permitted by § 513(c) of this title, the special assessment shall be determined on the basis of final contract costs plus interest. The interest rate in such case shall be the average rate of all interest on bonds issued for similar purposes during the previous calendar year. All interest collected from such special assessments shall be deposited in the special sinking fund account provided for in § 532 of this title.

(d) In making such special assessment or levy the county government shall prepare an assessment roll which shall describe each lot or parcel of real property in the suburban community in such manner that the same may be ascertained and identified and shall show the name or names of the reputed owner or owners thereof and the aggregate amount of the assessment levied upon such lot or parcel of land, and shall file such assessment roll so prepared in the office of the clerk of the peace. Before finally adopting such assessment roll, the county government shall hold a public hearing. Notice of such public hearing shall state that the assessment roll has been completed and filed in the office of the clerk of the peace where it may be examined by any person interested and that at the time and place fixed for the public hearing, the county government will meet and hear and consider any objections which may be made to such assessment roll. Notice of the public hearing shall be published in a newspaper published within the county and having a general circulation therein, once in each of the 2 weeks immediately preceding the week in which the public hearing is to be held. After holding the public hearing the county government may change or amend the assessment roll as it deems necessary or just and may confirm and adopt the assessment roll as originally proposed or as amended or changed.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 20; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 6; 47 Del. Laws, c. 331, § 4; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 524; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 22; 60 Del. Laws, c. 609, § 6.;

(a) After the county government has determined the total amount of the special assessment to be levied, it shall promptly seek the advice of at least 2 responsible brokers or bankers in this State accustomed to dealing in municipal, school or county bond issues as to what proportion of his or her total assessment or levy shall be paid annually by each freeholder in the suburban community until the maturity of the bond issue, bearing in mind the terms and conditions of the particular issue, and whether all the bonds mature on the same day or are to be retired serially or by lot, as the case may be.

(b) Having determined upon such proportionate annual amount of payment as will adequately insure the payment of the principal and interest upon the bonds, the county government shall meet, and, by resolution, declare the amount of the assessment or levy against the property of each freeholder a lien and fix the proportionate amount of the assessment or levy against each such property or properties to be paid annually by each freeholder.

(c) Any freeholder may at any time pay to the receiver of taxes and county treasurer of the county in which the suburban community is located, the full principal amount of the special lien placed against the freeholder's property or properties together with accrued interest thereon to the next succeeding interest date.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 21; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 525; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

(a) Within 30 days after the passage of the resolution mentioned in § 525 of this title, the county government shall prepare books, in triplicate, containing the following information:

(1) The name of each freeholder in the suburban community;

(2) The amount of foot frontage of each freeholder abutting on the improvement or improvements so contemplated;

(3) The total amount, in dollars, of the special assessment or levy against the property of each freeholder; and

(4) The proportionate annual amount of payment in dollars, of the special assessment or levy.

(b) The books shall be entitled "Suburban Community Lien Book," specifying the name of the suburban community.

(c) One of the books shall be retained by the county government, 1 shall be placed in the office of the prothonotary of the county in which the suburban community is situated, and another shall be placed in the office of the receiver of taxes and county treasurer in the county.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 22; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 7; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 526; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A.;

(a) Within 20 days after the completion of the triplicate books mentioned in § 526 of this title, the receiver of taxes and county treasurer shall send, by registered mail directed to each freeholder in the suburban community, a notice which shall contain the total amount in dollars of the special assessment or levy against the freeholder and the proportionate annual amount of the payment in dollars which the freeholder will be required to make until the maturity of the bond issue.

(b) The notice shall also specify that the total amount of such special assessment or levy constitutes a lien upon the property or properties of the freeholder, which lien, unless sooner paid, shall attach against the property of the freeholder until the maturity of the bond issue.

(c) The notice shall further state that if any freeholder in the suburban community does not pay to the receiver of taxes and county treasurer of the county in which the suburban community is situated the proportionate annual amount of the freeholder's special assessment or levy within 60 days from the date of the mailing of the notice, interest at 6 percent per annum will be charged upon the proportionate annual amount of the special assessment or levy beginning 60 days after mailing of the notice and continuing until the assessment is fully paid.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 23; 46 Del. Laws, c. 292, §§ 8, 9; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 527; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

The county government shall direct the board of assessment for the county in which the suburban community is situated to cause the words "Special Community Lien" to be placed beside the name of each freeholder in the suburban community as the same appears on the books of the board of assessment for the county in order that persons such as prospective buyers of, or attorneys making title searches upon, the properties making inquiry at the office of the board of assessment in such county concerning county taxes may be informed that special liens exist against the properties in the suburban community.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 24; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 528; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A.;

(a) The receiver of taxes and county treasurer for the county in which the suburban community is situated shall receive payment of the proportionate annual amount of the special assessment or levy, and shall turn over to the county government all such moneys when received. The county government shall confer with the receiver of taxes and county treasurer and determine upon a satisfactory method for the setting up of books of account to be kept by the receiver of taxes and county treasurer concerning his or her collections of the proportionate annual amounts of the special assessment or levy.

(b) The county government may require the receiver of taxes and county treasurer to enter into a bond conditioned upon the faithful performance of his or her duties in the making of the collections of the special assessments or levies.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 25; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 529; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

The receiver of taxes and county treasurer shall annually, on the date of the sending of the written notice prescribed by § 527 of this title, mail to each freeholder in the suburban community a bill for the proportionate annual amount of the special assessment or levy.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 26; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 530.;

(a) If a freeholder in the suburban community fails to pay the full amount of the freeholder's proportionate annual amount of the special assessment or levy within 1 year from the time within which it becomes payable, together with interest at 6 percent thereon, the entire amount of the special assessment or levy shall immediately become due and payable, and the receiver of taxes and county treasurer shall proceed to collect the full amount of the special assessment or levy by any legal process available to him or her by statute for the collection of state, county or school taxes.

(b) If any property encumbered by the special lien provided for in this section is sold by foreclosure or execution process and the proceeds from such sale are insufficient to pay in full the amount of the special lien together with all interest and penalties thereon, then the unpaid portion of the special lien shall not be discharged by virtue of the sale.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 27; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 531; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

The county government shall promptly deposit all funds received from the receiver of taxes and county treasurer from the collection of the special assessment or levy in a special sinking fund account, which shall be used for no other purpose than the retiring of the bonds and interest accruing thereon, after payment has been made to the Division of Highways for costs incurred as set forth elsewhere in this subchapter.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 28; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 532; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 60 Del. Laws, c. 609, § 7.;

Prior to the time of the retirement of the bonds, or any of them, or the time when interest shall become payable thereon, the county government shall make available sufficient funds to cover the retirement of such bonds or the payment of interest thereon.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 30; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 533; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A; 63 Del. Laws, c. 142, § 9.;

The county government may adopt such procedure as it deems proper in cancelling the bonds when paid.

45 Del. Laws, c. 123, § 29; 9 Del. C. 1953, § 534; 55 Del. Laws, c. 85, § 4A.;

All roads and streets situated in unincorporated suburban communities throughout the State shall henceforth be constructed or reconstructed in accordance with the requirements of Title 17 and any rules, regulations or standards adopted pursuant thereto, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

63 Del. Laws, c. 130, § 2; 64 Del. Laws, c. 357, § 3.;