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Commissions seek standards pattern book

BERLIN — In the wake of several difficult decisions by the Planning, and Zoning and Historic District commissions, the chairs of those bodies, Newt Chandler and Carol Rose, respectively, sought direction from the Mayor and Council on developing architectural guidelines and neighborhood definitions. The two said that developing better neighborhood definitions and architectural standards would… Read more »

Humphreys Foundation to soldier on

BERLIN — Ellen Lang has been in Berlin politics a long time and in the town itself even longer so it is likely she’s prepared to find a way to appease the Berlin Historic District Commission. Lang, who represented the Humphreys Foundation before that body, was told last week that the proposed Chamber of Commerce… Read more »

Small Business Development Center advises in Berlin

BERLIN — The Small Business Development Center at Salisbury University has been among the better kept secrets of the business community for some time. Although many people are familiar with the fact that it is a program of some sort, fewer understand the breadth and depth of the non-profit’s services for both startups and established… Read more »

BLC weighs in on open containers

BERLIN — After the Town passed an ordinance last year giving the Council the authority to suspend the local container laws, everyone involved said they understood there would be a bit of a learning curve, and the Town got its first lesson from the Worcester County Board of Liquor Control (BLC) this week. Although they… Read more »

Annexation worries table Briddeltown water issue

BERLIN — When the water system serving Briddeltown, an area just beyond Town limits near Stephen Decatur High School, fail a little more than three years ago, Worcester County officials worked with Berlin to have water connected as a temporary solution. Since then, the County has been paying the Town a flat rate based on… Read more »

Town makes deal to save $1.5 million on MDE loan

BERLIN — The Mayor and Council passed a measure that could save the town as much as $1.5 million on the new wastewater treatment plant. Under an agreement with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) the Town will issue a bond for $3.5 million and use the cash it raises to pay off that… Read more »

OPA to seek referendum on Y.C. first

OCEAN PINES — The Ocean Pines Association board of directors elected this week to set aside potential plans to rebuild or rehabilitate the Country Club in favor of a plan that could have a new Yacht Club open for business as early as next spring. Faced with growing opposition to the notion of doing both… Read more »

Golf Club lifetime membership passes

OCEAN PINES — After months of planning, negotiation, re-negotiation and presentations galore, the OPA Board of Directors this week passed a measure allowing Association General Manager Bob Thompson to sell lifetime memberships to the golf club.  For between $12,500-$25,000 (see Page 4) a limited number of golfers can join the Ocean Pines Golf Club for… Read more »

OPA Board of Directors passes FY 2013 budget

BERLIN — The OPA Board of Directors passed the fiscal 2013 budget with little fanfare or argument — although there were plenty of speeches — over the objection of Dave Stevens with a vote of 6-1. The $9.7 million budget includes a basic annual assessment of $873 and capital expenditures totaling $3.9 million. Although the… Read more »

Main Street tenant swap a net gain

By Tony Russo Staff Writer BERLIN — Although they will begin finessing the edu application and deposit process over the coming weeks, the Berlin Mayor and Council approved a deal that will provide sufficient edus to complete the renovation of 113 North Main Street — formerly the Town Center II building — clearing the way… Read more »