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(Feb. 8, 2013) The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following topics during their Tuesday, Feb. 5, meeting.



The commissioners proclaimed the month of February as Children’s Dental Health Month and urged all to learn more about maintaining healthy smiles. They presented the proclamation to Health Officer Debbie Goeller.


Help for businesses

The commissioners approved a funding request of $20,000 for the Small Business Development Center at Salisbury University. That amount is equal to fiscal year 2013 funding.

Economic Development Director Bill Badger said the center had been an extremely valuable resource for the county’s economic development initiatives.


Conservation easement

The commissioners approved a revised agreement of sale for the Dividing Creek Rural Legacy Conservation Easement in the southern end of the county. They had approved the original agreement in March 2011.

The latest revision is a change in the boundary line and results in a savings of $45,9971.

The purchase price of $434,029 will be paid or reimbursed by the fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2010 Dividing Creek Rural Legacy grants and a federal grant to be awarded to the Lower Shore Land Trust.


Grant applications

The commissioners approved grant applications for voluntary easement purchases in the Dividing Creek and Coastal Bays Rural Legacy areas for fiscal year 2014.

The applications request $3.25 million, of which $1.3 million is for the Coastal Bays Rural Legacy Area and $1.95 million is for the Dividing Creek Rural Legacy Area. No county funding is offered or required for the applications.

Because the county has a policy of alternating between the two areas, the Dividing Creek Rural Legacy Area will be the preferred area this year.


Amended sewer agreement

The commissioners approved an amendment to the sewer agreement for the River Run Sanitary Area near Ocean Pines.

Because of the economic downturn of the past few years and its impact on the River Run development, the developer, Lew Meltzer, wants to keep the existing community facilities as they are and use any excess sanitary capacities in other areas of the community.

The amended agreement, which is an amendment to the 2008 document, reallocates the 12 units of wastewater treatment capacity from the original clubhouse, a restaurant building, for uses within the community. Meltzer may expand the existing restaurant building, but is not required to build the clubhouse previously shown on a site plan.


Pines Plaza consultant

J.W. Salm Engineering of Berlin will provide design services for extension of the water and sewer lines for the Pines Plaza area at a cost of $17,855. The completion time for the project is 45 days.

Public Works Director John Tustin said Salm had the lowest cost proposal and the shortest completion time of all of the submitted proposals. The commissioners voted to award the work to Salm.

After the design is complete, a phased approach for construction and implementation will be considered.

Pines Plaza will be connected to the Ocean Pines wastewater treatment plant because of its need for public sewer. At their Feb. 7, 2012 meeting, the county commissioners authorized a study for the creation of the Pines Plaza Sanitary Area.


Inspection services

EA Engineering, Science and Technology of Ocean Pines will continue to provide construction inspection services at the Mystic Harbour wastewater treatment plant.

The services had been contracted through the end of 2012, but because the construction period has extended, the services need to be extended as well, Public Works Director John Tustin said.

The commissioners approved the cost of $86,723 for the continued services. That covers the balance of the construction as currently scheduled and that amount is available within the project’s budget.


Sheriff’s Office vehicles

The commissioners approved the purchase of five new 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicles will be purchased from Hertrich Fleet Services of Milford, Del., which submitted the low bid of $26,956.

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