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(Jan. 8, 2021) The Worcester County Commissioners made the following decisions during their meeting on Tuesday. e

New roof 

Stephen Decatur Middle School will receive a new roof following damages from Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4. The estimated cost is about $240,000. The insurance carrier estimated it would cover $48,000, leaving the county to cover $192,000. 

Superintendent Lou Taylor asked the commissioners to reallocate the $200,000 for HVAC for the new roof. 

The commissioners agreed that the new roof was necessary, but instead took the remainder from the fund balance and kept the $200,000 for HVAC. 

Trucks 

Two county departments, emergency services and public works, received approval to purchase trucks off the lot from Pittsville Ford, under the assumption that they would negotiate lower prices. 

Emergency services requested a three-quarter ton truck to be designated as a special emergency response vehicle, not for everyday use. The price was listed at $40,069 and can be paid for through a Homeland Security Grant. 

The Department Of Public Works requested permission to buy three replacement vehicles - one utility truck and two pick-up trucks. It estimated it would spend $93,973 for the three vehicles. 

County Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom expressed disappointment that the vehicles would not be purchased from a Worcester County company. 

Courthouse 

The commissioners rejected a request from the courthouse to replace the carpet. Although the courthouse intended to use Value Carpet One as the sole provider for a total of $58,725, the commissioners asked for the courthouse to put the project out to bid instead. 

The commissioners added that they would rather have the project completed by a Worcester County company.

Legislation 

The commissioners rejected a request for emergency legislation from the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. The chamber asked the county place a cap on the amount of fees third-party delivery companies, such as Uber Eats, can collect. 

In a memo, the chamber stated that since most delivery services typically charge a 30 percent fee, this is negatively affecting restaurants that are already suffering under the covid-19 pandemic. It suggested adjusting the fee with the provider to avoid paying the driver less. 

Without much discussion and without a representative from the chamber, the commissioners rejected the proposal.

 

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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