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Troy Purnell, who testified before the council and recused himself as a councilman for the process, said the hope is to eventually extend the development through to
Old Ocean City Boulevard
The legislation was put off at the October meeting to limit the amounts and kinds of lights such a facility could have and minimize the intrusion on neighboring residences.
Alane Capen, president of Coastal Hospice, said they were working to create a hospice in
“Unlike a hospital or Coastal Hospice by the
The new facility’s focus would look more like independent living than its more hospital-like
She said that
Councilwoman Paula Lynch pointed out the requested change was closely tied to another resolution that had yet to have its first hearing and suggested tabling the measure so both could be voted on at once. Otherwise, she reasoned, the council would be committed to passing legislation regardless of the second public hearing’s outcome or be forced to live with only partial legislation.
The council delayed voting on an ordinance that would change the district regulations for the R-1 residential district so they could consider it in tandem with a potential change they are to consider at the next meeting. The other piece of legislation provides a clearer definition for what counts as a nursing or hospice facility.
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The council also heard the first reading of a resolution exempting the town from requiring fire sprinkler systems in all new construction. Citing the fact that the town receives no tax-differential from the county as well as the “more than adequate” coverage provided by the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company, the town proposes to opt-out of the state building code modification.
The council passed a measure allowing it to act as a conduit through which $6 million in federal funding would be funneled to the state. Mayor Gee Williams said federal funding rules required the grant be directed through a town but the town has no option to spend it.
According to town administrator Tony Carson, the state chose
*The council granted permission to the Berlin Lions to hold the Berlin Christmas Parade, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.
“It’s the highlight of Victorian Christmas,” Williams said. “And it just gets better and better every year.”