Commission Wrong To Ignore Funding Formula

Commission Wrong To Ignore Funding Formula

For Worcester County schools, the mantra “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” comes to mind in regard to the legislation from the Kirwan Commission.Last week, while acknowledging there are positives with the commission’s recommendations, Senator Mary Beth Carozza said her main concern is the commission ignored the state’s wealth formula, which uses property… Read more »

Same Issues For 911 Calls 25 Years Later

Same Issues For 911 Calls 25 Years Later

Ocean City wants to revisit its long-held quest to handle its own 911 calls. Expectations for any changes on this front should be low.For at least 25 years, Ocean City officials have tried to convince Worcester County to allow 911 calls originating on the island to be answered in the resort. It makes sense. Currently,… Read more »

Land Donation Merits Public Discussion

Land Donation Merits Public Discussion

The Worcester County Commissioners should as a body at least discuss in public a proposal to donate 10 acres of land on Route 611 to a non-profit entity focused on conservation.The commissioners should be the deciding body on what gets discussed before them. Since staff does not support the land donation concept in exchange for… Read more »

Blame Game Not Among Solutions

Blame Game Not Among Solutions

City Manager Doug Miller reported after a closed session this week there were six specific areas of focus Ocean City officials are considering when the H2Oi crowd returns next year. He said future meetings will also tackle legislation for a tougher special event zone.While we support adding some teeth to the special enforcement zone, particularly… Read more »

Special Event Zone Sends A Proper Message

Special Event Zone Sends A Proper Message

You are not wanted.Is that the ultimate message the special event zone in Ocean City hopes to give disorderly motorists intent on creating a ruckus here? We hope so.The great majority who attend the major motorized special events in Ocean City, such as the two Cruisin events and Bike Week, have good intentions. They are… Read more »

Berlin Entering Transition Period

Berlin Entering Transition Period

What a year it has been in Berlin. This week’s firing of the town administrator over “multiple issues’ is the latest in what has been a tumultuous 2019 by all accounts.Much of the early part of this year involved the significant budget problems that were discovered after an audit last year revealed mismanagement of funds… Read more »

Funding Requests Need Unique Review

Funding Requests  Need Unique Review

The concept of how much and for how long Ocean City should fund special events is a complicated matter, resulting in efforts to create a formal policy to guide government officials likely being doomed.While Councilman John Gehrig’s intentions are sound, there are too many practical factors that make his goal of creating a policy to… Read more »