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County Briefs 11/21/14

Verizon for a year

The county currently uses a T1 connection for many of its Internet services, and Verizon is in the process of phasing out T1 lines in favor of Private Internet Protocol services.

Worcester County is designing a Virtual Private Network to handle its data load, but the solution won’t be ready in time for the T1 decommission.

Director of Emergency Services Fred Webster reported to the commissoners that the county should sign a one-year contract with Verizon at an increase of $262 per month over the existing $577 spent until the new Virtual Private Network is complete.

Weight limits installed

Due to the deteriorating conditions of Cedar Lane Bridge found during an inspection by Davis Bowen and Friedel Inc., a new weight limit, 20,000 lbs. for a single vehicle and 34,000 lbs. for a combination unit vehicle will go into effect immediately.

Commissioner Virgil Shockley was alarmed by this revelation, said the bridge was the only way to get through the area and noted that it isn’t too hard to reach 34,000 lbs. in a combine.

The bridge is too small to meet requirements of the federal bridge program.

Bid awarded

A-Del construction out of Newark, Del.hasn’t done any recent work for the Department of Public Works, but has a strong list of similar projects and an endorsement from EA, the firm hired to do the engineering services on the Ocean Pines force main replacement project, according to Director John Tustin.

The winning bid for construction totaled nearly $1.7 million; engineering services total about $73,000.

Legal advertising

Ocean City Today and the Gannett-owned corporate media interest Delmarva Media Group have agreed to continue carrying legal advertising at 2005 rates.

Auction site

GovDeals.com, where many municipalities sell surplus gear and other items, now offers buyer-facing payment services.

Previously, Worcester County would add a 7.5 percent premium to the total to handle the processing, but the site will now charge buyers 12.5 percent and accept credit cards and PayPal.

This move should save staff time and reduce expenses related to the sale of surplus items.

Crabs to Go

To facilitate more dine-in options, Crabs to Go wants to join the Ocean Downs Sewer Planning Area, which requires a small expansion of the area.

Crabs to Go will get 21 EDUs out of the deal, and will retire about 10 EDUs of conventional septic flow to groundwater.

Gudelsky Park

Dredging will once again shore up the foundations of Homer Gudelsky Park, which experiences considerable erosion due to storms, according to Worcester County Parks and Rec.

About 500 yards of material will be required according to personnel.

Pavilion repair

The Smith Park pavilion requires replacement of 14 structural posts to ensure it keeps standing for the foreseeable future.

The winning bid, awarded to J&L Services in Seaford, Del.will cost about $1,000 per post.

NASA in Newark

The facility, located in A-1 and A-2 zoned land, is allowed to conduct research as a special exception for transient use. NASA seems to really like its lab there and asked the county to amend the code to allow them to remain there permanently.

The lab is reported to conduct non-commercial atmospheric, astronomic, weather or biological data research.

 

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