Worcester County Commissioners

(Dec. 7, 2018) The Worcester County Commissioners took action in several areas during their meeting Tuesday:

President, vice president

The Worcester County Commissioners re-appointed District 2 Commissioner Diana Purnell as president and District 7 Commissioner Joseph Metricic as vice president.

Metricic made a motion to reelect Purnell, which was seconded by District 3 Commissioner Bud Church.

Church then nominated Metricic as vice president, which was seconded by newly elected District 1 Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom.

Both motions were unanimously approved. The members will serve through December 2019, according to a statement from the county.

Rehabilitation project

The county commissioners unanimously approved a $19,826 home rehabilitation bid from Shoreman Construction Company, Inc.

The project is funded through a grant from the Community Development Block Grant Program, according to Program Administrator Jo Ellen Bynum.

Two companies bid on the project: Shoreman Construction Company Inc., and a $26,990 bid from J&G Maintenance and Repair.

Church moved to approve the low bidder, which was seconded by District 4 Commissioner Ted Elder.

Homeless shelter

The commissioners unanimously to pursue state funding through a CDBG grant to repair and renovate the Diakonia shelter.

Kim Reynolds, senior budget accountant, said there is $276,128 in funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s grant program.

Reynolds recommended that Diakonia Inc. pay the invoices and be reimbursed by the county. Metricic called for a vote to approve the funding and was seconded by Church.

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