(July 24, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners made the following decisions during their meeting on Tuesday:

Board of Education 

The Worcester County Board of Education requested a fund transfer regarding school construction items. The proposed FY21 operating budget had $267,000 for projects such as intercom system replacement at Snow Hill Middle School, resurfacing the gym floor at Pocomoke High School, a fence for the early childhood area at Snow Hill Elementary School and increased electricity capacity at Worcester Technical High School. 

Because of covid-19 financial restraints, these items were cut from the budget. However, there was cost savings when health insurance rates for FY21 were decreased. 

The board asked that the cost savings be used for the school construction items. 

Asphalt overlay 

The commissioners approved bids documents for the purchase for bituminous concrete. This will be used to resurface about 12.16 miles of county roads. 

There is $1 million in funding approved for this project in the FY21 operating budget. John Tustin, director of Public Works, said that bids must be in by Aug. 10. 

GIS request 

Commissioners denied a request to waive a fee for GIS data. 

Gerhard J. Norkus, a Jehovah’s Witness minister, had requested address point data for outreach ministry since they cannot conduct door-to-door visits for disaster relief assistance. The fee is normally $250 per data layer. 

Ed Tudor, director of review and permitting, said they do not generally waive fees and instead suggest they apply for a grant at budget time.

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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