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(Nov. 9, 2018) Several bids were solicited, proposed and approved during a Worcester County Commissioners meeting on Oct. 23.

Rehabbing Berlin homes

Rehabilitation projects were proposed for single-family homes on Friendship Road and White Horse Drive in Berlin. Four homes were proposed for renovations,  two on Friendship Road and two on White Horse Drive.

Interested parties can obtain bid forms from the Office of County Commissioners in room 1103 on 1 West Market St., Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. 

Anyone with questions can call Program Inspector Dave Walter at 410-213-2021 or Jo Ellen Bynum, housing program administrator, at 410-632-1200, ext. 1171.

Nuisance structure demo

County Commissioners unanimously approved demolishing a nuisance structure on 13412 Madison Avenue in Ocean City to sole bidder Delmarva Arborists LLC. 

The job would cost $25,300, according to the proposal. In the event that asbestos is discovered, there would be an additional cost for removal and disposal.

Commissioner Joseph Mitrecic made the motion, which was then seconded Commissioner Jim Bunting.

Dump truck purchases

A bid to purchase two dump trucks was approved 6-1 for $265,964 from Baylor Inc., DBA International of Delmarva, Salisbury, according to the proposal. Two bids were made after the process began on Sept. 24. There was $310,860 available in funding from the FY19 budget.

Mitrecic made the motion, which was seconded by Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw.

Commissioner Ted Elder expressed concerns about whether the county would be able to get warranty work done following a change in the company’s management.

County vehicles

Bids to purchase 35 vehicles for Worcester County were unanimously approved, with the addition of a 4x2 pickup truck designated for solid waste.

Director John Tustin said the 29 of the vehicles would come from Hertrich Fleet and six would be purchased from IG Burton, both of Milford, Delaware.  The vehicles ranged from pickup trucks, to sedans, to police vehicles, according to the proposal.

The pickup truck designated for solid waste was missed during the initial bidding process, but Tustin said he’d like it added to the listed recommendations.

The motion was made by Mitrecic and seconded by Elder.

Dump truck purchase

The motion to purchase a dump truck for the solid waste division was unanimously approved.

Four bids were entered, according to the proposal, but the recommended dump truck was the Alban Tractor CAT 725-C2, Tustin said. The tractor would cost $5,955.66 per month, and $500,275.44 over 84 months. 

The motion was made by Lockfaw and seconded by Mitrecic. 

Sole firm awarded bid

The county commissioners approved the bid to Peter Johnston & Associates, LLC. to work on the Atlantic Coastal and Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Ordinance Update.

The bid was for $9,750, according to the proposal. Robert J. Mitchell, director of environmental programs,said he anticipates the work beginning Nov. 1 and finishing in February or March.

Mitchell added the developer had experience working on similar projects in other areas. 

Bunting made the motion, which was seconded by Church.

Natural gas

Tustin introduced a proposal “get the ball rolling” on converting the health department’s Berlin office to natural gas. It was unanimously approved. 

The project would cost $19,749, according to the proposal. The health department is located at 9370 Healthway Drive in Berlin.

Tustin called the projects’ current status a “huge liability for [the] county.”

The health department is one of four projects, according to Tustin, who said the library, courthouse and jail are also without natural gas.

The motion was made by Church and seconded by Mitrecic.

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