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(Jan. 10, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners took the following actions during their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10: 

School report card 

The commissioners recognized the Worcester County Board of Education for achieving four- and five-star ratings for all public schools. The Maryland State Department of Education announced that Worcester County was the only county in the state to achieve this status. 

“When I took over, one of the things that I said that had to happen for our school system to move forward was for all of us, and I’ve heard former (commissioner) President (Diana) Purnell say, for all of us to work in a collaborative way to support each other,” said Superintendent Lou Taylor.

According to officials, the school quality, student success, academic achievement and English language proficiency progress contributed to the high rating. 

Mental health services 

The commissioners approved a provider proposal for the existing Mental Health Case Management: Care Coordination for Children and Youth. The Local Behavioral Health Authority recommended that the Salisbury-based vendor Wraparound Maryland Inc. 

According to Jessica Sexauer, the director of local behavioral health authority, the program will connect children and youth to medical, mental health, social, educational and other services. Many of these children and youth are at risk of living in poverty or losing basic needs. 

Madison Avenue 

The commissioners signed a resolution to prohibit boat and trailer parking on Madison Avenue in the northwest area of Ocean City. This stemmed from an email from Michael Lalli, the association president for the Portofino Condo Association on Madison Avenue. 

His email said boats and trailers can take up the entire street, thus making parking and maneuvering around the vehicles difficult, if not impossible. John Tustin, director of Public Works, noted that people were parking boats and trailers there because it is outside of Ocean City proper, which has a law against boat and trailer parking. 

“No boat or trailer parking” signs will be installed. 

Recreation and Parks 

The commissioners accepted a bid for the dredging of and replenishment of the beach and parking lot area in Public Landing. Approximately 4,000 cubic yards of sand and sediment will be dredged, with phase one bringing the channel to four feet deep. 

Murtech Inc. will complete the project for $192,000. According to Tom Perlozzo, director of recreation, parks, tourism and economic development, the project is fully funded through Land, Water and Conservation funds. The dredging window is January to April.

Perlozzo said he will be meeting with Murtech to possibly change the scope of the project to moving the beach farther out, rather than moving it toward the bay after receiving a nontidal wetland permit. 

The commissioners also granted permission to bid for the design/build package for a concessions and bathroom building at Showell Park. The current budget has $200,000 set aside for the Showell project. The state’s Project Open Space will provide 90 percent reimbursement and a 10 percent match will be performed by in-house labor. 

Perlozzo said this building would be centrally located next to field two. The old building could be used for general storage.

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