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(Nov. 30, 2018) The Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved two bid recommendations and a bid invitation for projects during a meeting last Tuesday.

White Horse Drive project

The county commissioners approved a $30,546 home rehabilitation bid from Ocean Tower Construction LLC. 

County approval was necessary because funding came through the state Community Development Block Grant program. 

There were four companies bidding on the project on White Horse Drive in Ocean Pines, and Ocean Tower Construction had the lowest bid, according to the bid recommendation. 

Commissioner Bud Church moved to accept the bid and Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw seconded the motion. 

Friendship Road project

County commissioners approved a $41,512 bid from Poseidon Plumbing and Home Services for a rehabilitation project for a home on Friendship Road in Berlin.

There was only one bid for this project, but it was originally listed at $29,402, according to the bid recommendation.

Housing Program Administrator Joe Ellen Bynum said after the company inspected further, they found a more extensive scope of work “due to the environmental hazards presented by waste infiltration under the home.”

After speaking with the state to confirm having one bid was allowed, Bynum then set a recommendation to accept the bid, according to the proposal.

Commissioner Chip Bertino moved to accept the adjusted bid and Commissioner Ted Elder seconded the motion.

Ocean Pines home

Contractors were permitted to bid on a rehabilitation project on a single-family home, according to a proposal.

Bids for the project, also funded by the Community Development Block Grant program, will be accepted until 1 p.m. on Dec. 10, according to the proposal.

Those interested can pick up bid specification packages and forms online at, by calling the commissioners’ office at 410-632-1194 to request a package by mail, or in person from the Office of the County Commissioners in Snow Hill.

Interested parties can submit their bids with “Housing Rehabilitation Bid – December 10, 2018” listed in the lower left-hand corner, and address their bids to Room 1103 of the Worcester County Government Center, 1 West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland, 21863.

Contractors with bid specification questions may call Dave Walter, housing program director, at 410-213-2021. Anyone with questions may also call Jo Ellen Bynum, housing program administrator at 410-632-1200, ext. 1171.

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