Ocean City Today

One owner passes, one fails county nuisance deadline

By Brian Gilliland | Nov 09, 2017

(Nov. 10, 2017) Following up on a deadline set back in September, the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday applauded one property owner who had cleaned up his land, while deciding how to approach the problem of another owner who did not comply.

“It may be worse,” than when the commissioners first discussed the issue, Ed Tudor, development review and permitting director, said.

Tudor said he has had no contact with Kevin Evans, the owner of the property across from Ocean Downs. Commissioner Bud Church, who offered to lend Evans some yard equipment in September, said he had spoken with Evans after several attempts and that he was dealing with a health issue.

“I’m not making excuses for him, I’m just passing along what I was told,” Church said.

The problem with remedying the issue, Tudor said, was the land was so overgrown, there was no way to tell what was actually out there. Fearing damage to equipment, Tudor said contractors might be reluctant to submit bids.

“You can’t just roll in there with a mower,” Tudor said.

Asked how much to expect to pay for the work, Tudor said he didn’t think it would exceed the $10,000 threshold that would require a formal public process.

Tudor said he would continue to explore remedies for the situation.

On the other hand, the other property owner called before the commissioners in September, Willie Church of Pocomoke City, was ruled to be in compliance with codes and no further action will be taken in his case.

“Mr. Church was 80-90 percent in compliance when he was called here,” Tudor said.

Church said in September he collected the items on his land to sell so he could afford a hip replacement for himself and a knee replacement for his wife.

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