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Directors reach compromise on Diller outsourcing motion

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) A motion to seek “comprehensive turn-key HOA Management Services” in Ocean Pines was significantly scaled back on Saturday. Director Esther Diller, in her first official motion since being elected, said the association for decades has used “outdated and poorly integrated software that has limited functionally and a costly… Read more »

OPA again schedules mtg. on country club renovations

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Plans to renovate the Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club have veered off course again, according to General Manager John Bailey, whose assertion prompted the board of directors to schedule a special meeting this Saturday morning. During a regular board meeting last Saturday, Bailey said the due date… Read more »

Requests for proposals to release for pier, bulkheads

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) In separate motions approved Saturday, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors cast a wide net in gathering information on two hot waterfront topics: bulkhead staging and the sanctuary crab pier. A parallel debate concerned whether board members should be involved in operational issues. On bulkheads, the board ordered… Read more »

Hazmat spill from tractor trailer in Girdletree

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) More than 600 gallons of sodium hydroxide was spilled when a tractor-trailer overturned Tuesday in Girdletree, according to Maryland State Police. Sodium hydroxide, which is more commonly known as lye and caustic soda, is corrosive to metal and can cause severe burns to the skin and eyes if… Read more »

Despite setbacks, town tattoo committee to continue

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) By opining that county laws can’t be tailored to just one community but must apply countywide, the Worcester County Commissioners have blocked the effort to allow tattoo businesses to operate Berlin. Nevertheless, the town’s Tattoo Ordinance Committee on Wednesday night vowed to keep pushing for change. The catch… Read more »

Worcester County braces for rainy, windy weekend

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Worcester County could see several of inches of rain and some wind this weekend, but appeared to be far enough away from Hurricane Florence’s projected landfall as of midweek to be spared its more serious effects. Brendan Schaper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Center, said Tuesday that… Read more »

Berlin briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during an Aug. 27 public meeting at Town Hall: Appointments Mayor Gee Williams swore in several new and returning appointees to town boards and commissions. They were: Robert Palladino, board of appeals; Preston Whaley, board of supervisors of elections;… Read more »

No decision yet on Ocean Pines crabbing pier

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey said on Saturday two bid requests would be released this week related to the sanctuary crab pier: one to remove the existing floating pier and a second to replace it. Bailey said alternate sites are also being explored, with his office recommending… Read more »

Apparent consensus as OPA winds down reserve study

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Saturday indicated they were close to finalizing a long-gestating reserve study, but were also interested in developing a parallel mechanism to deal with new capital purchases more appropriately. General Manager John Bailey said Design Management Associates, the company that developed the… Read more »

Irony, technical difficulties plague Pines work session

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) A four-hour Ocean Pines Board of Directors work session Saturday morning, which was moved from its original location and plagued with technical difficulties, was punctuated by assertions that the OPA needs more meeting space and should stop deferring maintenance. During a discussion on how to proceed with plans… Read more »