Ocean City Today

County Briefs 09/08/2017

Sep 07, 2017

(Sept. 8, 2017) The county commissioners addressed the following issues during their most recent scheduled regular meeting on Sept. 5 in Snow Hill.

Shockley replaced

The commissioners replaced former commissioner Virgil Shockley on the board of the Maryland Broadband cooperative with county Information Technology Manager Brian Jones.

Jones will represent Worcester during the cooperative’s annual members meeting scheduled for Oct. 19 in Annapolis, and will serve a two-year term.

Two directors on the board must be residents of Somerset, Wicomico or Worcester counties.

Suicide prevention

Commissioner President Jim Bunting recognized September as Suicide Prevention Month in the county, coinciding with the national observance, and said he hoped residents would participate in the annual Out of the Darkness Walk scheduled for Sept. 23 in Ocean City.

Accepting the proclamation were employees of the Worcester County Health Department, and Kim Klump, founder of the Jesse Klump Memorial Foundation and Jesse’s Paddle.

OC Chamber credit

As in years past, the county authorized a tax credit of nearly $13,000 for the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, pursuant to an exception granted by state tax code.

Sheriff grant

The commissioners authorized the Sheriff’s Office to accept a grant of about $2,000 to participate in traffic enforcement initiatives during the current fiscal year.

The sheriff has received this grant in the past, and under its terms, the money will be used to conduct public awareness, training and media programs aimed to reduce aggressive driving.

School budget

The Worcester County Board of Education requested and was granted permission to perform inter-category budget transfers and approved budget amendment of almost $620,000 to cover increased expenses.

Textbooks and classroom supplies, special education, student transportation and plant maintenance costs exceeded their budgetary restrictions, and were offset by reductions in the instructional salaries and plan operation categories.

Effluent solids

A portable filter press has solved the problem of periodic effluent permit violations and operational difficulties at the Mystic Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant, however, that equipment was meant to supplement operations at four county sites, not one.

The county agreed to hire engineering firm George, Miles and Buhr in Salisbury to develop a long-term plan and a program to better manage the solids at Mystic Harbour.

The cost is $12,000.






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