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OPA approves ad-hoc public works committee

Ocean Pines Director Frank Daly on March 9 proposes the creation of a public works advisory committee.

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(March 21, 2019) Ocean Pines Board members on March 9 authorized the creation of an ad hoc public works advisory committee.

Before the formal vote, Director Frank Daly proposed a board-appointed to advise the board on construction and maintenance of roadways, bridges, bulkheads, ditches and other infrastructure, as well as new building construction, renovation and maintenance.

According to Daly, “No permanent, board-chartered committee exists for public works. The creation of this committee would create one and enable the association to tap into the wealth of knowledge that exists within Ocean Pines related to construction and infrastructure.”

Director Slobodan Trendic said he agreed with the motion in principle, but would prefer the new advisory panel to be less formal.

“You’ve got 13 committees already. Are we in the business of creating new committees? I don’t think so,” he said. “But, we do have an obligation to solve problems and to improve the operations and the management of our community.”

Association President Doug Parks flashed a big “thumbs up.”

He said the concept was sound, but called another board-appointed committee “unnecessary administrative overhead.”

Daly offered to table the motion, but Association Vice President Steve Tuttle instead suggested, “Couldn’t we just amend it … to be an ad hoc committee and pass it right now?”

“I think everybody’s in favor of an ad hoc committee,” Tuttle said.

He was right. The board voted 5-0 to amend the original motion, and 5-0 for the original motion as amended. Two directors, Ted Moroney and Esther Diller, were not present.