COUNTY BRIEFS 03/07/2014

COUNTY BRIEFS 03/07/2014

 

(March 7, 2014) The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following topics and took the following actions during their Tuesday, March 4, meeting.

Proclamation

The commissioners proclaimed the month of March as National Women’s History Month and encouraged citizens to learn more about the accomplishments of the many women who have contributed to the betterment of society.

They presented a proclamation to Donna Main, chairwoman of the Worcester County Commission for Women, and Eloise Henry Gordy, co-chair of the organization.

Out of state travel

The commissioners approved the request of Economic Development Director Bill Badger to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend the International Council for Shopping Centers Global Retail Real Estate Convention.

The convention will be held May 17-20.

The conference is the premier event for the encouragement of retail development in the country, Badger told the commissioners.

Badger said it is important for Worcester County to be represented at the event because of the coming water and sewer connection from the Riddle Farm to commercial interests on the opposite side of Route 50, and an area on the same side of Route 50, and the resulting interest by retailers and developers in those areas.

Funds for Badger to attend the event are available within the travel, training and expense meetings/conferences/shows account to cover the estimated expenses of $1,855.

Bond approved

The commissioners approved the bond resolution for bonds that will provide $48.3 million to finance all or a portion of the costs of renovations and additions to Snow Hill High School, as well as various improvements to the water and wastewater systems in the Ocean Pines Sanitary Service Area, plus costs and fees incurred by the county in connection with the issuance and sale of the bonds and related costs.

The bond sale is expected to occur March 18.

Mosquito control

The commissioners approved the proposed mosquito control budget for the upcoming season for $83,940.

Public Works Director John Tustin said that although participation was down last year, the program ran smoothly. Collecting the $65 fee per residential household upfront seemed to work well. He recommended that the program remain the same this year.

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