Commissioners ok tax credit

(Aug. 8, 2014) The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following topics and took the following actions during their Aug. 5 meeting.

Commendations

The commissioners presented a commendation to TJ Frampton, a Worcester Technical High School student, who won the bronze medal in the Community Action Project category at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Kansas on June 23-27.

Joseph Beebe, likewise a Worcester Technical High School student, also won a bronze medal but was out of town and unable to receive his commendation, which he will get at a later date.

Wyatt Brady, a 2014 Worcester Technical High School student, won the bronze medal in the Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology category for the second consecutive year at the Kansas City conference.

Paige Stanley, a 2014 Worcester Technical High School graduate, won the gold medal for the Related Technical Math category at the conference.

Hazard Mitigation

The commissioners scheduled the Hazard Mitigation Plan update for Sept. 16.

The 271-page update “will put you to sleep,” Commissioner Virgil Shockley said. He suggested people read it if they want to see how bureaucracy works.

The information will be distributed to towns, which are expected to piggyback on it. The draft plan will also be put on the county’s Web site, www.co.worcester.md.us.

Commissioner Madison Bunting, who had read the draft plan, questioned why it stated that the loss of the south station of the Ocean Pines Fire Department was expected in a flood. The fire station, Bunting said, had never been flooded. In the current plan, it is in the 500-year flood plain, but in the new FEMA maps, it will not be in a flood plain at all.

Tax credits

The commissioners approved a tax credit of $3,084.62 for the Berlin Community Improvement Association for fiscal year 2014/15. The association owns the former Flower Street Elementary School, which now serves the community as a meeting place for educational, social and recreational activities.

The commissioners also approved a tax credit for the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce of $9,254.63 for its main property and $2,586.43 for an adjacent property recently purchased for additional parking.

Bids

The commissioners approved the request of Public Works Director John Tustin to award the contract to provide six 30-cubic-yard recycling containers to Baker Waste Equipment of Lenoir, N.C., for their bid of $42,353.

The commissioners also approved Tustin’s request to award the contract for the reconstruction of the Gum Point Road boat ramp to Somerset Paving and Marine of Crisfield for its bid of $148,962.

The commissioners also waived the formal bid process and approved the purchase of one left over 2014 Chevrolet 2500 4×4 crew cab for use by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office at the discounted price of $27,994.

Boat ramps

The commissioners approved Tustin’s request to apply for general maintenance and repair grant funds for boat landings offered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Boating Services. The county will request $25,000 in Waterway Improvement Funding.

Because of ongoing revenue shortages, most of the applications requesting fiscal year 2015 funds were not approved for fiscal year 2015 funding. Counties that submitted requests and did not receive an approval letter or notification are being asked to resubmit the request for consideration in fiscal year 2016.

Land offer nixed

The commissioners decided not to accept an offer of two very small parcels of land at George Island Landing because they are predominantly tidal marsh, except for two very small areas comprising just a few square feet, and because the county has no use for the property.

Their donation would do nothing but remove them from the tax rolls, said Ed Tudor, director of the Department of Development Review and Permitting.

Rental assistance

The commissioners approved the annual grant application of the Worcester County Department of Social Services for The Rental Allowance Program, which helps county residents with rental assistance and security deposits.

According to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the county’s funding level for fiscal year 2015 is $40,000.

 

 

 

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