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Demolition plans moving forward for old park bldgs.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

Pines approves budget, $986 assessment

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors finalized a $12.8 million fiscal year 2020 budget on Saturday, and set the basic annual assessment at $986 per homeowner. Assessments fluctuated wildly throughout the budget process, from a low of $951 with the proposed budget released on Jan. 4, to a… Read more »

OPA Board votes to cut delinquent assessment fees

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Feb. 16 sharply reduced interest rates on unpaid assessments, citing the presumption of increasing collections. Legal reasons may have contributed to the reduction as well. Association President Doug Parks said governing documents require establishing the annual interest rate by February of… Read more »

Trailblazer Lockwood visits Berlin Police Dept.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Feb. 28, 2019) Former Berlin Police Department officer David Lockwood Sr., 70, walked into the new station on Decatur Street last Wednesday to share some history. Much to the surprise of members of the department, including Chief Arnold Downing, Lockwood had found an old newspaper article tucked behind his high school… Read more »

BFP Committee talks naming, park layout

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) Berlin Falls Park Committee members last Thursday discussed subcommittee reports on a park development map and how the grounds could find a permanent name. Roger Fitzgerald, in leading the physical park subcommittee, presented a plan that included small improvements like park benches and a viewing blind for… Read more »

Berlin considers property tax, utility fee hikes

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) Town of Berlin budget work sessions for fiscal 2020 began last Thursday with rate increase recommendations for utility fees and property taxes, with the latter possibly going up by a third or more. Stormwater fees are recommended to double for residents – from $50 annually to $100 –… Read more »