(April 30, 2021) Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following during the April 20 meeting:
The Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to a zoning law that stipulates that owners cannot reconstruct billboards that were destroyed by forces of nature. The current law says that after a certain amount of damage, a billboard can not be reconstructed. The amendment seeks to allow owners to reconstruct their billboards with the protection of existing reconstruction provisions.
On April 1, the Worcester County Planning Commission unanimously recommended amendments that stipulate unnatural causes of destruction are not covered, limiting reconstruction materials be the same as the original sign and prohibiting electronic messaging components.
The commissioners unanimously approved a request to submit a grant application on behalf of the Office of the State’s Attorney to the Bureau of Justice Assistance in order to fund an additional prosecutor. The application also requests funds to hire a coordinator of victim and witness services, a case manager for the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion project and three vans for use by case managers to dispatch to calls for service, according to a letter to the commissioners from Worcester County State’s Attorney Kristin Heiser.
The letter estimates a cost of $339,914 and claims the additions will “greatly” benefit Worcester County taxpayers.
The commissioners unanimously approved the Best Available Technology systems grants agreement prepared by the Maryland Department of the Environment. The grant agreement administers and enforces regulations promoted by the state that best remove nitrogen from septic systems.
The grants are a part of the state allowance, up to 10 percent, of the Bay Restoration Fund to cover the costs associated with implementing these regulations, according to a letter from county Director of Environmental Programs Robert Mitchell, to county Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins.
The county would be eligible for $38,000 of annual funding with the proposal.