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Ocean Pines Association briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a Sept. 8 regular meeting: Agenda swamp Director Frank Daly asked to change a discussion item, on “Improving Management and Board Accountability,” to an agenda topic. Daly said a number of association facilities had deteriorated or… Read more »

Jeep Golf runs off course, as county posts stop work order

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Deer Run Offroad Jeep Golf on Logtown Road in Berlin remains closed following complaints from neighbors and apparent violations of a county agreement. A stop work order from Worcester County Environmental Programs hung on the front entrance as of late last week. The former Deer Run golf course… Read more »

OPA portion of lawsuit dismissed

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 21, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association was dismissed from a lawsuit that still involves a former director and interim general manager and a current board member, a representative from the Worcester County Clerk of Court’s office confirmed on Wednesday. Brett Hill, the plaintiff, is alleging his application to run for… Read more »

Pup pilot program next step in Pines goose mitigation

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) “Passion. Passion. Passion. I have been getting it from all angles you could imagine,” Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey said Saturday. The passion Bailey was referring to was the June culling of about 300 resident Canada geese and the subsequent protests outside board meetings, the formation of… Read more »

Ocean Pines voter error was lower

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Total ballots counted were down slightly and voter error dropped significantly during the 2018 Ocean Pines election, according to preliminary numbers released by the association elections committee last week. According a draft of the 2018 committee report, 7,614 ballots were mailed and 3,119 total ballots were counted, a… Read more »

Berlin HDC approves sign, shingles, replacement shed

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Burley Oak Brewing Company owner Bryan Brushmiller briefly previewed his new downtown shop, Viking Tree Trading Company, for the Berlin Historic District Commission last Wednesday. The commission was quick to approve new signs for the shop, which is coming soon to 114 North Main Street. Brushmiller said David… Read more »

Committee guidance suggests no operating growth

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) With plenty of time to address variables, the Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee on Saturday recommended no growth in the fiscal 2020 operating budget, according to Committee Chairman John Viola. Viola, on Saturday, presented the board of directors with an overview of a budget guidance document created… Read more »

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 »