Worcester

(Sept. 11, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners made the following decisions during their meeting last Tuesday:

Emergency Services 

The commissioners approved a series of requests from the Department of Emergency Services for the Emergency Number Systems Board. 

They authorized the department to seek a reimbursement of $7,470 for 30 computer tablets with Priority Dispatch protocol software. The tablets have the 911 call taking protocols that employees use to process calls if network computers are not functional. 

They also authorized the same for $2,485 in protocol recertification fees and $25,200 for licensing fees for the Priority Dispatch protocol software and card sets. 

Lewis Road 

John Ross, deputy of public works, got the commissioners’ permission to apply for a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utility Service to fund the Lewis Road sewer extension project. 

The project would connect the community along the stretch between Sinepuxent and Eagle’s Landing to the Landings Wastewater Treatment Plan. 

According to Bob Mitchell, director of environmental programs, the commissioners reviewed and approval a preliminary engineering report for the project in January 2018. Later that month, the county’s funding requested was rejected by the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration. 

In March 2019, the county submitted an environmental report to the department of agriculture rural development program, but the review process was hindered by staff issues. 

Board of Education 

The Board of Education was permitted to make several categorical budget transfers: administration, instructional support, student transportation, maintenance of plant and fixed charges. These items would increase the operating budget by $957,110

Decreases in instructional salaries, textbooks and classroom supplies and operation of the plant were transferred to make up the difference and keep the operating budget at $111,330,941.  

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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