(Dec. 26, 2014) The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following item during their meeting Dec. 16.
Crabs To Go
Crabs To Go on Route 50 at Route 589, has been added into the Ocean Downs sanitary service area and will tie into the lines that feed the racetrack’s sewer service using 21 EDUs worth of capacity but mitigating it with 10 retired septic EDUs.
The proposal passed the collective muster of the comprehensive plan, zoning and planning commission. An easement will be required, the particulars of which were still being worked out. The commissioners voted to allow the process to continue.
NASA facility to stay
A NASA facility in Newark has been operating as a temporary special exception to current zoning laws.
NASA likes its facility and wishes to remain, and so proposed an amendment to the zoning code, which would allow them to stay indefinitely. The proposal was accepted unanimously.
Surplus property auction
When publicly owned materials and equipment have been marked as surplus, the public has the right to object to the county’s disposal of those items.
Which doesn’t mean they will.
After being listed and advertised as surplus gear for the past month, the county moved to auction a number of vehicles and equipment without any objections raised by the public.
A number of bids were awarded during the board’s meeting.
Cooks property — Allstate Renovation $29,700
Purnell property — J&G Maintenance and Repair $48,260
Brittingham property (well) — Bundick Well & Pump $4,665
Brittingham property (septic) — Clark Disposal $10,006
Ocean Pines polybutelene line replacement — WM Water and Sewer $34,250
The commissioners, as part of Community Development Block Grant programs, are required to spend five percent of grant funds before Dec. 27 to qualify for reimbursement or to avoid fund reclamation.
Due to backlog and other factors, the county will not be able to meet this deadline. They had sought approval to start spending grant funds before they had been dispersed, but the approval and bid processes didn’t allow enough time, according to county officials.
Board President M. Jim bunting will sign a letter requesting more time to begin spending the grant money before penalties begin to incur.
Highway user revenue
Pursuant to House Bill 1059, local governments are required to submit a detailed report on how they used state highway user revenues, due Jan. 1.
The report will reflect that Worcester County used $472,202 in fiscal 2014 and $491,535 in fiscal 2015 to pave county roads.
Two bid specifications were approved for distribution, including portable restroom services at four county locations and a replacement chiller.
The chiller will replace the one currently at the Berlin Health Service, and has been budgeted to cost $75,000 or less, depending on the bids.
The restroom services are for the boat landings, parks, solid waste transfer stations and the sheriff’s firing range and are estimated to total about $18,000.