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The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following during the Nov. 16 meeting:

OP library heating valve

The commissioners voted 6-0 to approve additional funding to the Ocean Pines Library heating valve replacement project, which is currently underway. According to a memo from Department of Public Works Director Dallas Baker, the project cannot be completed without the funding, which is meant to modify the system per engineer recommendation.

“It is paramount that heating deficiencies get resolved to meet the current and future heating demands of the facility,” Baker wrote.

Training, plows, cleaning

The commissioners voted 6-0 to approve a $24,251.04 funding request from the public works department to cover the cost of two new snowplows, snow plow training and office and restroom cleaning services. 

“These are articulating plows for smaller three-fourth-ton trucks which are highly useful and better suited for caring roads in subdivisions as opposed to the larger six-wheel truck with fixed-wing plows,” Baker wrote in a memo.

The training will occur at Delaware Technical College. The cleaning service will replace a rotating schedule that road workers had signed up for to clean the office, freeing them up to do the work they were hired to do.

The breakdown is $17,538 for the snowplows, $2,380 for the training and $4,333.04 estimated for the cleaning service.

County meetings 2022

The commissioners voted 6-0 to approve the commissioners’ meeting and budget schedules for 2022. After the vote, Commissioner Chip Bertino moved to strike the commissioners’ last meeting of the year, unless something pressing occurs. Bertino said it is typically a meeting that seems like they can skip. The commissioners approved the motion 6-0.

Public hearing denied

The commissioners voted 2-4 to deny a public hearing that would have discussed an amendment to expand the sewer planning area in Pocomoke City to include a Royal Farms located just across the state border in New Church, Virginia. Commissioner Josh Nordstrom backed the expansion, saying that the current septic system serving the property has failed and could be an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

One of the arguments from the opposing commissioners — Bertino, Jim Bunting, Ted Elder and Bud Church — was that it was the responsibility of the proper legislative body in Virginia.

Nordstrom argued in vain that geographical logistics made it sensible that Pocomoke handles the issue, and that it would be more of a Pocomoke issue than a Worcester issue.

This story appears in the print edition of the OC Today on Nov. 19.

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