County briefs

(Sept. 20, 2013) The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following topics and took the following actions during Tuesday’s meeting.

 

Housing rehab

The commissioners approved bid packages for the general rehabilitation of three single-family houses in the Berlin area.

The projects will be funded through the county’s current Community Development Block Grant.

 

Drug enforcement MOU

The commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This will enable the Sheriff’s Office to be provided a portion of overtime pay for its investigators participating in any joint investigation that could potentially be prosecuted federally.

Numerous suspects apprehended in the past by the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Enforcement Team met the federal threshold for federal prosecution.

The memorandum of understanding also provides equitable sharing of any seized assets stemming from these investigations to assist the Criminal Enforcement Team with its continued effort in drug enforcement.

 

Traffic safety

The commissioners approved the request of Worcester County Sheriff Reggie Mason and Lt. Ed Schreier for a Maryland Highway Traffic Safety Class.

The Maryland Highway Safety Office provides $16,200 for the project, which stresses enforcement of drinking and driving offences, seatbelt usage and aggressive driving.

In the last 12 years, there has not been a year without fatal motor vehicle collisions, but so far this year the county has had none.

“We’re working very hard to keep that at zero,” Schreier said.

The lowest number of motor vehicle fatalities during the last 12 years was eight in 2008.

“We’re far below what we’ve ever had,” Schreier said.

 

Construction management

The commissioners approved a proposal from EA Engineering to provide construction management services for $12,714 and part-time construction inspection services for $26,900 during the duration of a construction project for a new 500,000-gallon leachate storage tank at the central landfill.

“It will be on an as-needed basis,” Public Works Director John Tustin said.

 

Road goes private

The commissioners approved the request of Public Works Director John Tustin to delete a portion of Showell School Road from the county inventory.

An approved private road is being constructed as part of the Mapleton subdivision and will provide access to the Nichols and Bishop properties.

 

Nuisance abatement

The commissioners approved the request of Ed Tudor, director of the Department of Development Review and Permitting, to declare that two properties are public nuisances.

One property is on Trappe Road near Berlin and the other is on Hotel Road in Bishopville. Both properties have a dilapidated, unsafe single-family house that appears to be abandoned.

 

Compactor Bids

The commissioners approved the low bid of $51,550 by Tom’s Truck Sales of Manassas, Va., for the purchase of seven 40-cubic-yard, open-top refuse containers and three 40-cubic-yard compactor containers for the Solid Waster Division of the Department of Public Works.

The commissioners also approved the low bid of $170,341 by Barr Truck Group of Salisbury for one 2014 model cab and chassis with roll-off hoist for the same division.

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