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Pines to build new golf club, cart barn, expand PD station


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Saturday approved spending $3.185 million for three major projects: expanding the police and administration building, rebuilding the country club, and building a new golf cart barn. Discussions on each of the projects had dragged on for several years. Reports of mold… Read more »

Phillips named operations director


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) Colby Phillips has been named the new director of operations for the Ocean Pines Association. The position was created at the Saturday board meeting and on Monday Phillips was appointed to the role by interim General Manager John Viola. According to a motion by Association President Doug Parks,… Read more »

John Viola named interim OP GM


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board on Saturday voted 4-0 to appoint John Viola as general manager on an unpaid, volunteer basis. Viola has served as chairman of the association’s budget and finance committee for several years. Last June, he was appointed association treasurer, a role he will apparently continue… Read more »

Town Hall includes update on country club


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Ocean Pines Board members are still considering what to do about the golf and country club, but indications are the board favors a new building that would support both golf and community events. During a town hall meeting on Saturday, Harry Rutter of Nottingham Lane said amenities are… Read more »

Berlin resident to offer parking lot


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Berlin’s parking problems should improve somewhat, as resident and business owner Tiffany Lackner has pledged to create 50 new public parking spaces on her property that borders West and Broad streets. Finding downtown parking during the busy summer can be difficult, and the Town Council acknowledged as much… Read more »

OPA Board also weighs in on forensic audit


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) There’s no new news yet on a forensic audit started around this time last year in Ocean Pines, although association President Doug Parks said that could soon change. Parks, during a Saturday town hall meeting, said audit results were targeted by the end of this month. He said… Read more »

Crowded field for three Snow Hill offices

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Voters will have plenty of options to choose from when they go to the polls for the 2019 Snow Hill General Election. According to a Town of Snow Hill press release issued last Friday, the following candidates filed before the March 29 deadline: Mayor: Gary Weber, Richard Thompson… Read more »

Berlin Fire Co. budget ask totals over $900,000


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) While the Town Council looked at a general fund budget proposal 18 percent lower than the current year’s spending, Berlin Fire Company and EMS officials on the same evening asked for a significant funding increase. Several town officials also questioned some of the fire company’s accounting practices. The… Read more »

How has controversy impacted Berlin’s budget?

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Berlin Town Administrator Laura Allen, in an interview last Thursday, weighed in on how expected tax and fee increases would affect the fiscal 2020 budget, and what will happen next in the process. She also defended town staff after some workers were criticized during a well-attended budget hearing… Read more »

First look at proposed new 589 roundabout


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Ocean Pines officials on Saturday unveiled a proposal for a new traffic circle at the North Gate entrance. Association Vice President Steve Tuttle said Maryland Department of Transportation officials had asked if Ocean Pines would be willing to give them roughly three-tenths of an acre of land on… Read more »