(Feb. 14, 2020) A motion from Worcester County Commissioner Bud Church for a Verizon tower off Route 90 at the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant failed to receive a second from the other county commissioners during their meeting last Tuesday. 

The area has been known for dropped calls and generally poor service for years. Church said he brought the issue forward after Verizon Wireless approached him about it. 

Bud Church

Bud Church

He added that Verizon said that the service will continually worsen without a solution. 

It’ll be brought up again as an issue because the service is so poor,” Church said. “They [Verizon] may want to bring it up again.” 

He added that the spotty service is especially an issue for emergency services personnel. 

In December 2018, Worcester County Commissioners rejected a five-year lease agreement for a cell tower site at the wastewater facility. Calvert Crosslands would have sub-leased space on the tower to Verizon. 

During that vote, county commissioners Chip Bertino and Jim Bunting, who represent the area where the lease space is located opposed the agreement after hearing from constituents who live nearby and objected to the tower’s presence.

One such possibility that may be discussed, however, is an antenna on the north water tower in Ocean Pines. This option was brought up last month when commissioners approved a request from Public Works to open bids to repaint the water tower. 

County Commissioner Joseph Mitrecic advised asking if Verizon could use the water tower after the project was complete. John Tustin, director of public works, said that the idea would be explored. 

The paint project is estimated for completion around May.

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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