The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following during the Nov. 2 meeting:

Vehicle bids

The commissioners unanimously approved bid recommendations for the acquisition of various vehicles for the county.  Ten agencies have requested 16 total vehicles. Among them is the county library, which has a bid sheet for a “compact 4 x 2 cargo van with shelving” that lists two possible 2022 Ford Transit Connect utility vans to purchase.

Public hearing

The commissioners unanimously declared a parcel of land surplus and donated it to the Berlin Fire Company following a public hearing in which nobody spoke. The 18 x 22-feet parcel of land on the eastern side of Harrison Avenue, across from the Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library, will be used as surplus parking.

River Run pump station

The commissioners unanimously approved turnover documents for improvements to the River Run Pump Station Number 1 in the River Run sanitation service area.

The approved documents include the deed, bill of sale and assignment form executed by the owner for turnover of the facilities, the Release of Lien from all of the contractors and consultants used for the project, according to a memo from Department of Public Works Director Dallas Baker.

Newark spray irrigation 

The commissioners unanimously approved a request from EA Engineering, Science and Technology for a contract adjustment to cover continuing services provided due to the extended time for completion of the Newark spray irrigation project. The total cost of the adjustments is $20,335.46, according to a document from Baker.

Recurring grants

The commissioners unanimously approved and signed two annually recurring grant agreements between the county and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) — the Emergency Management Performance grant for $74,322 and the State Homeland Security grant for $92,273. Both grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

ARPA grant

The commissioners unanimously approved and signed an agreement between the county and MEMA for the Emergency Management Performance grant. The $21,224.56 grant, which the county must match 100 percent, will be used by the Department of Emergency Services toward field communications enhancements, according to a memo from DES Director Billy Birch. The grant is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

This story appears in the print edition of the OC Today on Nov. 12.

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