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Council session cancelled, rental rules have to wait

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) Without enough Town Council members to establish a quorum Monday, the council cancelled its regular evening session and will reschedule both its work session on short term rentals and its bi-monthly meeting. According to Berlin’s bylaws, in order to hold a council meeting there needs to be… Read more »

Treated effluent found effective to water golf greens

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) Employing treated wastewater to irrigate golf course greens has become an increasingly popular and environmentally sound alternative to tapping ground water at clubs across the U.S., according to a national study of the practice. Glen Riddle Golf Course Superintendent Butch Howard said advantages have been noted since local courses… Read more »

Choptank upgrades its infrastructure in Pines

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) Aiming for improved service delivery in Ocean Pines, Choptank Electric Cooperative this week began several months of infrastructure upgrades to replace lines and equipment, which will piggyback on the golf clubhouse construction project. Valerie Connelly, Choptank vice president of government affairs and public relations, said contractor Tuckahoe Underground will… Read more »

Sound investments for high fidelity

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) After investing roughly $50,000 with Mid South Audio for high fidelity gear, vastly improved acoustics are anticipated at the Ocean Pines Association Yacht Club ballroom, along with superior sound at the still-under-construction golf course clubhouse. Marketing and Public Relations Director Josh Davis said the new budget includes approximately $32,000… Read more »

OPA board sets budget for next year at $13M

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Some fees will rise, capital reserve fund to receive $167,000 By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20,2020) The Ocean Pines Association Board approved the fiscal 2020/2021 budget by a 6-1 vote Monday, with director Steve Tuttle abstaining because of his concerns with earmarking funds for the new capital reserve fund. Although avoiding increased assessments for non-waterfront properties,… Read more »

Bylaws debates email vote process

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) Concerns over legalese in the Ocean Pines Association bylaws that permit the board of directors to vote by email in circumstances outside a public meeting were raised by the OPA Bylaws and Resolution Committee on Friday. Committee chairman Jim Trummel said bylaws concerning informal actions taken by the board… Read more »

Board liaison concerns examined

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) Members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors should have a greater understanding of the association’s governing documents, the Bylaws and Resolution Committee said last Friday. Apparently, committee members concluded, board liaisons to the association’s advisory committees don’t always report a committee’s findings to the full board, or… Read more »

Berlin Planning Commission approves plans

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 20, 2020) Two site plans were approved and one concept plan was reviewed during the Berlin Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday. Main Place site plan Developer Palmer Gillis asked for and received the commission’s endorsement of plans to place a fifth building in Berlin Main Place on North Main… Read more »

Planning doesn’t dig concept

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Heavy equipment as tourist attraction? (Feb. 20, 2020) A construction site tourist attraction is seeking a potential new location in Worcester County, and approached the Berlin Planning Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 12, regarding a concept plan to plan the site on Evans Road. Heavy Metal Playground is located in Boonsboro,… Read more »

Derrickson Square concept approved by Berlin Planning

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 20, 2020) The Berlin Planning Commission approved a concept plan review by Property owner John Derrickson on Wednesday, Feb. 12, that promotes his concept plan for two multi-purpose buildings that will be used for both commercial and residential use. Derrickson and Architect Steve Cirile approached the commission for approval… Read more »