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Pines could forgo traditional GM

Ocean Pines

Director says three models being considered, board to evaluate existing staff Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) In looking to find their third Ocean Pines general manager in four years, association board members may pursue a nontraditional approach in attempt to alleviate some prior mistakes. John Bailey, the most recent general manager, served from… Read more »

Berlin to consider commercial annexations


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) Three upcoming annexation proposals could be headed to the Berlin Planning Commission and Town Council, and each could have an impact on the town economy, according to Mayor Gee Williams. Of the proposals, the lowest impact is said to be the IG Burton Chevrolet dealership on Old Ocean… Read more »

Berlin to host public meetings on resiliency


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) The Town of Berlin will begin a series of public meetings on environmental and operational resiliency next week, capping a nearly decade-long group of sessions designed to gather public opinion on a variety of subjects, including stormwater and community growth. According to a press release from the town,… Read more »

Lead tests at elementary school above normal levels


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) Seven sinks at Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin have tested above normal levels for lead. According to a Worcester County Board of Education letter sent to parents last Thursday, sinks in six bathrooms and in one classroom tested above the “compliance action level” for lead of 20 parts… Read more »

Business owners speak out as downtown shop shuttered


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) Several Snow Hill business owners, including one who is running for mayor, spoke on behalf of Toy Town Antiques last week. The business is facing legal action by the State of Maryland for operating without an occupancy permit, with Snow Hill Code Enforcement Officer Jon Hill listed as… Read more »

Demolition plans moving forward for old park bldgs.


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) Plans to demolish several of the smaller industrial buildings at Berlin Falls park continue to take shape, based on discussions during last Thursday’s parks advisory committee meeting. The 64-acre former chicken processing property is slowly being redeveloped as both a passive and active-use public park, with a current… Read more »

Water Resources, PW Director puts in for retirement


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) Longtime Berlin Public Works and Water Resources Director Jane Kreiter is turning in her retirement papers. Human Resources Director Jeff Fleetwood shared the news, which he said was bittersweet, during a Town Council meeting on Monday night. According to Fleetwood, Kreiter was hired in September 1991 and her… Read more »

Trendic again votes in opposition


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) Ocean Pines Director Slobodan Trendic on Saturday said he was not yet ready to vote for the fiscal 2020 budget. He made good on that promise, marking the third time in three years he voted against budget finalization. “The issue I have basically goes to how we, as… Read more »

Trendic takes clubs cmte. to task


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors “has a serious concern” with how the clubs advisory committee has been operating, according to Director Slobodan Trendic. Trendic, during a committee meeting last Thursday, called out the committee for involving itself directly with the previous general manager and the Matt Ortt… Read more »

BCIA to transfer multipurpose building site


Town will take over, begin process of planning new Berlin community center By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) After several months of public discussion and debate, the Berlin Community Improvement Association has reached a tentative agreement with the Town of Berlin to transfer its 130 Flower Street property, which encompasses the multipurpose building and… Read more »