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County Commissioners Briefs 11/07/2014

County orders Ebola kits

The Worcester County Department of Emergency Services will be purchasing new protective clothing for use in ambulances, in order to comply with new Ebola guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control.

The kits cost about $1, and each of the county’s 30 ambulances will require three kits. The commissioners approved $2,000 for the purchase, in excess of what was actually required to give the department “wiggle room” to keep up with changing federal guidelines.


Shore tribes presented with proclamation

The Assateague tribe, the Accohannock tribe and the People of Mother Earth-Wolf Clan were honored by the commission in proclaiming November as Native American Heritage month, in accordance with a 1990 joint resolution of Congress.


November National Adoption Month

The commissioners proclaimed November as National Adoption Month and presented a proclamation to the Worcester County Department of Social Services, which has placed five children into adoptive homes this past year. A department representative said they were on their way to meeting or exceeding that goal for next year.

The commissioners then named John and Rochelle Tyler as the 2014 Adoptive Parents of the Year.


State funds dispersal backlogged

Funds have been approved by the state to continue Worcester County’s Housing Rehabilitation Program, but have not yet been released to the county. The normal process, as described by Housing Program Coordinator Jo Ellen Bynum, would be for the county to spend the money and then seek reimbursement.

Bynum said she was advised by the state that the office in charge of releasing reimbursement funds was backlogged and the delay could stretch into next month.


Housing rehab projects OK to go to bid

The commissioners voted to move four housing rehabilitation projects to go to bid.

The first is for an owner-occupied home in Berlin that will be rehabilitated and treated for lead. The next is for minor construction and rehabilitation to an owner-occupied home near Pocomoke City. The third will install a septic system in a home near Stockton. The last project will also occur in Stockton, and will concern replacing a well.


Travel expenditure approved

Department of Recreation and Parks Director Paige Hurley got the OK from the commission to travel to Milwaukee, WI in April to attend the National Association of Sports Commissions National Conference. The funds will come from her department’s budget. The conference is free to attend due to membership in Team Maryland, and the money will be used for travel, lodging and meals.


Berlin flood mitigation crossing county lines

The commissioners agreed to work with the Town of Berlin to grant an easement for the town’s planned use of county land for stormwater runoff.

An area of Hudson Branch, between Flower and Bay streets, has been identified for use as a wetland area in order to reduce upstream flooding.

The county agreed to have county attorney Sonny Bloxom work with the town to iron out the legalities of establishing an easement over the necessary parcel.


Funds for Mystic Harbour upgrade sought

The US Department of Agriculture will be asked for $3.2 million to tie Eagle’s Landing Golf Course, Frontier Town, and Castaways Campground into the Mystic Harbour service area to bring the plant up to its full operational capacity of 450,000 gallons per day, from its current 250,000.


Replacement water line project in Pines

The commissioners agreed to reduce the scope of the water line replacement project in the Ocean Pines Sanitary Service Area after no bids were received in two rounds of offering. Ideally, splitting the work into smaller projects would allow it to be distributed to several local contractors.


Bid awarded for replacement glass

Two greenhouse structures at the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant require replacement glass.

The commissioners approved $157,918.27 to accept the winning bid from Erie Structures for the work.


New landfill fencing purchased

The commissioners found that a $30,000 budget for new fencing at the county’s central landfill will be used almost entirely for barriers to keep the garbage from escaping the confines of the site.

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