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Tucker: two-year delinquent collections totaled $376,00

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) Collections and contract negotiations were among the major tasks assigned to law firm Lerch, Early & Brewer of Bethesda, Maryland during the previous fiscal year, according to a presentation by attorney Jeremy Tucker during the Aug. 11 Ocean Pines annual meeting. Tucker said his firm provided “a significant… Read more »

Viola: ‘lessons learned’ from historic losses

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) The numbers themselves were far from encouraging, but Ocean Pines Treasurer and Budget and Finance Committee Chairman John Viola was well received following a thorough financial presentation given at the association’s Aug. 11 annual meeting. Viola said total operating losses in fiscal 2018 were $1.247 million. He said… Read more »

Statement from BFC President David Fitzgerald

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) Berlin Fire Company President David Fitzgerald on Tuesday evening emailed a statement to the press on behalf of the organization. Fitzgerald was responding to an earlier statement from Mayor Gee Williams, which said talks on a new contract had stalled because the town was waiting for specific… Read more »

Berlin briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items last Monday during a public meeting at Town Hall: Appointments The council unanimously accepted several appointments to town boards, commissions and committees as proposed by Mayor Gee Williams. Bob Palladino, a new appointment, joins the board of zoning appeals…. Read more »

Parks, Bailey give annual reports

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) Wrapping up about 90 minutes of presentations during the Aug. 11 Ocean Pines annual meeting in the community center were overviews of the previous fiscal year from Association President Doug Parks and General Manager John Bailey. Parks, in his opening remarks, said the board this year “had the… Read more »

Ocean Pines elects new officers

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) Doug Parks will remain president of the Ocean Pines Association, following a 5-2 vote Sunday during the board of directors’ organizational meeting held annually after each election. It is the first time since 2013 an association president was elected during two consecutive organizational meetings. “Just wanted to share… Read more »

Pines Board orientation mtg to include tours of facilities

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) The newly formed Ocean Pines Board of Directors appears to favor early starts, with two upcoming meetings scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. They include an Aug. 24 orientation meeting and a Sept. 1 work session, both scheduled to occur at the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235… Read more »

Berlin Fire Company contract talks go cold

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) Talks between the Town of Berlin and Berlin Fire Company on a funding agreement for fiscal 2019 stalled earlier this week, with the town asking for more information and the fire company not responding until later. A major point of contention appears to be the fire company’s apparent… Read more »

New board members promise to address bulkhead staging

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) Several new members of the Ocean Pines board of directors on Sunday promised to find a solution to reportedly unsafe conditions at the Ocean Pines Swim and Racquet Club because of construction materials and vehicles left unsupervised there. The waterfront area, on 10 Seabreeze Road, has been used… Read more »

‘Berlin Gateway’ passes planning commission test

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 16, 2018) A proposed new gateway into Berlin took a crucial step forward last Wednesday night, as the town planning commission voted 5-1 to recommend adding two parcels of land at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Old City Boulevard to growth area three of the Town of Berlin… Read more »