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Public hearing scheduled for Worcester infrastructure plan

Proposal contains $100M in spending, with half going to school projects, updates
By Brian Gilliland | Dec 07, 2017

(Dec. 8, 2017) Worcester County’s proposed $100 million expenditure on capital improvements over the next five years will be presented to the public at a hearing on Jan. 2, the county commissioners announced Tuesday.

More than half the requested amount is for the public schools, with the Showell Elementary School replacement project taking up the largest amount.

The Showell school project is now estimated to cost about $42.4 million, the cost of an addition to Stephen Decatur Middle is estimated to be $9.5 million and roof replacements at Pocomoke and Snow Hill middle schools are projected to cost about $3.6 million each. Wor-Wic community college is also listed with a $2.6 million expenditure for a new academic building.

The solid waste division has the next most expensive entries in the plan, with the construction of another landfill cell and a renovation of the existing administration building on the site expecting to cost about $33.6 million over five years.

The jail comes next, with $12.3 million in improvements sought to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems plus roofing replacement, mechanical piping and safety systems.

Public libraries, roads, wastewater disposal and parks all have requests listed in the plan.

The commissioners are expected to discuss and adopt a formal plan after the public hearing is held.

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