(May 22, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners made the following decisions during their meeting on Tuesday via Zoom:

Tourism grant 

Commissioners agreed to extend its grant from the Maryland Tourism Development Board. The board decided to suspend many marketing efforts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Because of this, it offered a grant modification that would allow Worcester County to spend the funds by September instead of July. There are $53,728 remaining in the funds. 

Covid-19 funding 

Worcester County will hold a public hearing for the Community Development Block Grant funding for the coronavirus pandemic. That grant is typically used for senior services, food programs and homeless assistance. 

The funding could be used to help the Commission on Aging, Diakonia and Samaritan Shelter with costs associated with the pandemic. The public hearing will be on June 2. 

Mystic Harbour 

The commissioners voted to close out the Mystic Harbour effluent disposal project and to purchase a skid steer loader. For the past few months, the county had been working with Davis, Bowen and Friedel to resolve minor operational issues with the effluent disposal system for sending treated effluent to Eagle’s Landing course. 

The issues have been resolved and to finalize the project, the county needed a resolution of final costs from the engineer and schedule the closing of the supplemental loan. 

With $16,276 for additional engineering services and an extra $21,092 for onsite inspection time, the county expects to have $40,000 in unused grant funds for the project. John Tustin, director of public works, said the funds can only be used for something related to improving the project and suggested the county purchase a skid steer loader. 

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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