(June 7, 2019) The Worcester County Commissioners took the following action Tuesday:
“Look ahead” signs and four-way stop signs will be installed at an intersection in West Ocean City.
Following a crash on May 24 at the intersection of Golf Course and Old Bridge roads, Commissioner Bud Church raised concerns about safety there.
County staff conducted a speed study at the intersection and found 85 percent of people were driving 39 mph or less. The posted speed limit is 30 mph and the average speed was 35 mph, according to the speed study.
Church moved to institute the traffic safety measures and Commissioner Jim Bunting seconded.
Diakonia work approved
The commissioners approved bids for the roofing and siding projects of one of the buildings at Diakonia.
Kim Reynolds, senior budget accountant for Worcester County, said the bids ranging from roughly $11,000 to $48,000. The low bidder, Robert’s Coastal Construction, was recommended. The funding comes from a state Community Development Block Grant.
Robert’s Coastal Construction bid $11,200 for the roofing job and $48,000 for the siding, according to the bid proposal.
“... When I see numbers this different it raises some eyebrows for me and I just was concerned, but if everything’s been gone through and everything is … it is what it is,” Commissioner Joseph Mitrecic said.
Mitrecic is also “the owner and president of Mitrecic Builders,” according to his commissioners’ biography. Commissioners Jim Bunting and Ted Elder also shared concerns with the prices.
Allyson Bernard Church, president of Diakonia Inc.’s Board of Directors, also vouched for the pricing and cited her own prior experience with construction and real estate, as well as fellow board member Mike Diffendal.
“Mike Diffendal is really spearing this up and heading it for us, and he talked to them extensively, and we felt that the fact that they were doing both the siding and the roofing made sense and mike is on the job watching it every day as it happens and so am I ... so we would watch it very closely because of your concerns, and we’ve already had extensive conversation with the contractor,” Church said.
Mitrecic still expressed concerns with the low cost of the bids.
“I don’t have a problem asking questions and reconfirming,” Church said.
Mitrecic moved to approve the bid requests, which Bunting seconded.
Commissioner Bud Church recused himself from the vote.
Boat competition location
Crab Alley Owner Phil Houck will be allowed to use the county harbor in West Ocean City for a staging area for the Offshore Powerboat Association National Championship Offshore Powerboat Race in September.
Tom Perlozzo, director of recreation and parks for Worcester County, brought the request to the commissioners Tuesday.
Perlozzo added the event would take place from Sept. 27-29. Last year’s event happened in June.
As part of the initiative, Perlozzo presented several conditions Houck needed to agree to, including working with the parks department to set up the parking lot as well as provide security and traffic control during the event.
“This is a great event,” said Commissioner Joseph Mitrecic, “I hope moving it to September doesn’t bring in the problems with the water that we had … but I make a motion we approve.”
Bunting seconded Mitrecic’s motion and the vote was unanimous.
AGH grant letter
The Worcester County Commissioners agreed to write a letter supporting Atlantic General Hospital Foundation’s grant application for an ambulatory surgery center near Ocean Pines.
The foundation is submitting a roughly $2.1 million application for a 2019 Hospital Bond Project Review Program grant through the Maryland Hospital Association, according to County Public Information Officer Kim Moses.
Commissioner Chip Bertino moved to approve the foundation’s request, and Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom seconded it.