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‘Mayor of Germantown’ to retire

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) When 86-year-old Jesse Turner closes the Berlin Shoe Box next month, it will not only be the end of a 68-year career, but also the end of an era. More than a mere cobbler, Turner is a U.S. Army veteran and the longtime organizer of the Old Fashioned Memorial Day Parade in Berlin as well as a past master of the Masonic Lodge, past president of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and member of the American Legion Post 231 – not to mention a husband, father and grandfather – and the winningest racer in the history of the Berlin Bathtub Races. In fact, Turner’s legacy and influence is so widespread that he is often referred to as “The Mayor of Germantown.” Born in Accomack County, Virginia in 1930, Turner moved to the area when he was five years old. He described it, back then, as a horse-and-buggy town.    The unincorporated community, based around Germantown and Bethel roads just southeast of modern-day Berlin, was the first Afric...
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Ocean Pines Board hopes new golf fee structure up to par

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) By unanimous consent, the Ocean Pines Association approved sweeping changes to the golf membership fee structure during a budget meeting on Friday. Board Vice President Dave Stevens said he met with President Tom Herrick and homeowner Bob Kessler the day before, and the trio banged out a three-page plan for golf that included all-new membership rates. The board voted 6-0 to adopt that plan after only a few changes. One director, Slobodan Trendic, was not present during the meeting.   Effective May 1, the new annual cost for an individual will be $1,200. An annual individual membership that allows play only after noon is $800. By contrast, the individual membership rate was $1,315 and the afternoon rate was $875. Annual family rates will be $2,000 per year, or $1,200 after noon. Adding a cart package would increase the family rate by $1,600 and the individual rate by $1,100. All memberships come with preferred tee times, discounts at the Ocean Pines Golf ...
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Bipartisan bill could save Snow Hill almost $18K

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) Late last year when it was revealed Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office misallocated a total of about $21.4 million, it was discovered that Snow Hill was the lone Worcester town to owe the state money. A new bill aims to forgive that debt. The matter wasn’t exactly pressing, since the state had already agreed to a 17-year payback schedule, outlined by Franchot in response to the discovery. “For those jurisdictions that owe money as a result of this reconciliation process, we are mitigating the financial impacts by providing ample time for long-term budget planning,” the statement read. “Those jurisdictions will not have to begin repaying what is owed until 2024, and they will have the flexibility to repay the funds over the course of ten years from that point forward.” Snow Hill was found to owe the state $17,784. Senate Bill 397, sponsored by George Edwards (R-1) and Richard Madaleno (D-18), is known as House Bill 1433 in the...
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Council discusses speed cameras vs. humps

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) The long, flat and straight roads of Pocomoke City are being used as drag strips, and the town is tussling with how to prevent local speedsters from using them in this manner. On the one side, much of the city council appears to be in favor of installing speed cameras along the affected streets, at least in the areas available to them. If not outright in favor, the council members seem at least interested in hearing from a vendor on the topic. City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot has offered a solution he’s used in other jurisdictions that he said is very successful: speed humps. Not the bumps in the asphalt drivers see in local parking lots, speed humps are a great deal taller and far more likely to damage an offending vehicle that attempts to conquer them at higher than the recommended rate of speed. The closest local analogue is on St. Louis Ave. in Ocean City, behind the Ocean Bowl Skate Park. Humps are generally broader and taller than normal speed ...
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Fins owner makes public show of affection for Berlin

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) In a somewhat unusual move, the first item on the council agenda Monday night in Berlin was a presentation from Fin’s Ale House and Raw Bar owner Jeff Hamer. Hamer recently had a positive experience opening a restaurant in the town, and he contrasted that with running eight other businesses in the Rehoboth, Delaware area. “I’ve had a love affair with [Berlin] for almost 11 years now,” he said. “I watched this town grow and blossom and never actually thought I would be able to participate and be part of it.” Despite advice from friends and colleagues to “never do business in Maryland,” he took a few calls last summer when a location opened up on Main Street.   At the time, he said, he had been working for close to a year on two other projects. Those – both based in Delaware – are still pending, while his Berlin restaurant opened in October. “Literally every part of the process and permitting ...
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Water interruption, Wed., cut nursery school classes short

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) Parents and caregivers had to scramble last Wednesday as the Snow Hill Christian Nursery School, the largest daycare facility in town, had to close early because of an interruption in water service. Wendy Kemmet, director of the school, said state law forbids a child care facility to remain open longer than 30 minutes without water service. The school, just north of town, does not use municipal water or sewer. “Comcast, for years, has been trying to sell us Internet access, but wanted us to pay to install the lines,” Kemmet said. “Finally, they were installing lines underground,” that the center wouldn’t have to pay for. During that work, the installers severed the power line running from the school’s well to the junction box, interrupting the pump from doing its job, Kemmet said. She said the installers used a locator service to determine where the other utility lines serving the building were, but they missed one. “...
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More road closures could come to Berlin’s Flower St.

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) Stormwater improvements on Flower Street in Berlin are in still in progress and more road closures could be coming, according to Town Administrator Laura Allen. “We’re in what we consider to be a transition period toward the end of the project where we’re wrapping a few details up,” Allen said. The construction is part of the town’s four-phase stormwater mediation plan designed to alleviate flooding and improve water quality along the Hudson Branch. A large stormwater retention pond was built behind the multipurpose building on Flower Street last year, and the current portion of work is focused on replacement of the existing stormwater piping under Flower Street and softening the angles of the streambed coming away from Route 113. That work started in December and was scheduled to finish last month, but weather and other delays have persisted. Allen said some maintenance was being done to the newly installed culverts, and that the...
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A&E Committee will again receive funding from town

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) Town of Berlin funding will be restored to the Berlin Arts & Entertainment Committee, ending a nearly three-year dry spell. The committee had operated during that span using public donations and self-funding, as well as in-kind services from the town. Before that, former Economic and Community Development Director Michael Day had earmarked $2,000 in annual support for the nonprofit group, taken from his annual departmental budget. That level of support will now, apparently, resume. Members of the committee met with Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, Town Administrator Laura Allen and current Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells last month in what both sides described as a productive summit. “We had a good meeting. It was something I think we’ll be doing on a regular basis,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said. “I think it was a good way to kick off the year and make sure we’re all on the same page and coming up with goo...
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Funding approved for new restrooms at Dr. Henry Park

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

 (Feb. 16, 2017) The Berlin Town Council, during a meeting on Monday, unanimously approved new permanent bathrooms for Dr. William Henry Park. The town will pay $119,885 to winning bidder Green Flush Technologies for the prefabricated outdoor restroom building. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen said the majority of funding for the project, about $96,000, would come from Community Parks and Playgrounds state grant. The total cost of the bathrooms, including hookups to town water, sewer and electric, was estimated at $135,035. Green Flush Technologies won an earlier round of bidding, but an apparent error in the process led the town to resubmit a request for proposals, causing a delay of several months. “The same vendor was again successful,” Bohlen said. “Several of the staff members have gone over the plans … and the unanimous decision was the Green Flush Technologies product was the superior product.” Councilman Elroy Brittingham j...
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Monna Van Ess to challenge Trotter in Pocomoke Dist. 3

Posted On: 2/16/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Feb. 16, 2017) Since her retirement as Pocomoke City’s finance coordinator in 2013, Monna Van Ess has been a fixture at council meetings. Now, she has decided to attempt to transition from the gallery to the dais as she seeks election to the District 3 seat, currently held by Dale Trotter. “I think I can make a difference. I know the people and I think I can bring them to the forefront,” Van Ess said. “I can get them to come volunteer, and come to the council meetings to express their opinions.” Van Ess said there are plenty of people in town who think there’s no point to coming to town meetings because their voices won’t be heard or acted upon. “I’m from the other side of the fence — I’ve seen government work from the inside,” she said. “I know the language they’re speaking and I’m up to speed on everything.” Van Ess said, if elected, she would focus on improving the town’s inf...
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