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Proposal to have greens fixed by golf fees passes

OCEAN PINES — OPA General Manager Bob Thompson had a pretty significant “To Do” list when he came on board and near the very top of the list was to find a fix for the golf course, along with the deteriorating Country Club and Yacht Club.  As a longtime resident of Ocean Pines, Thompson understood… Read more »

CASA: ‘It’s simple. Do you like helping people?’

BERLIN — When Jennette Mears and Frank Dickson, independently of one another, read that there was a CASA program coming to Worcester County and that in order for it to work and be effective volunteers were needed they signed up without hesitation. Ten years on both are still happy that they have and on the… Read more »

Berlin has no qualms but no quorum

BERLIN — Although the Town Council was still unable to hold a vote on the proposed net metering measure because it lacked a quorum, members heard testimony from Dwight Davis of energy consultant company Booth and Associates about the reasons and necessity of passing the measure. Net metering is a process by which an electric… Read more »

MDE seeks increase in sewer rates

BERLIN — Last May, the Mayor and Council approved a sewer rate increase aimed at gradually bringing ratepayer’s bills up 21 percent to pay for the new wastewater treatment plant as it came on line. This week, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) said the hike wasn’t sufficient and asked for a five percent… Read more »

AGH CEO makes annual report to Berlin Council

BERLIN — Atlantic General Hospital CEO Michael Franklin made his annual presentation to the Mayor and Council as part of a tradition of staying in touch with the various political administrations who help to fund the hospital with annual grants. The relationship, though, is mutual. AGH is one of the largest employers in the area. … Read more »

Wastewater Plant soldiers on

BERLIN — The Mayor and Council approved a contract that would pay AP Croll $3.9 million for spray site addition. The company was the low bidder for a project that Town engineering consultant company URS estimated at $4 million. The addition would complete the spray site project and is to include a lagoon with a… Read more »

Solar Rules Considered

BERLIN — Before South Moon Under debuted its solar array this summer the company worked with the Town to ensure that any electricity that it generated but did not use could flow safely back onto the grid. Since then the Town has been working to establish a policy to ensure that as more solar arrays… Read more »

New Street Solutions Sought

BERLIN — While there may be many big changes for the Town’s festivals in store for 2012, the layout of the street closures is unlikely to be one of them.  In early December, local business owner Gail Lewis petitioned the Mayor and Council to consider including part of South Main Street — between Jefferson and… Read more »

Thompson makes facilities plan case to OPA membership

OCEAN PINES  — Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson did a lot of talking last week. After discussing his suggested facilities plan with the OPA board of directors during a marathon session Dec. 6, last Saturday he gave a less in-depth report to the membership over the course of about four hours. Nearly 200… Read more »

Cut likely for business electric rates

BERLIN — Town business could see a cut to their expenses sooner than anticipated, according to Town Administrator Tony Carson. For the last few months he and his staff, along with Dwight Davis of engineering company Booth and Associates, have been working on a proposal to cut commercial electric rates. When Carson told the council… Read more »