Ocean City may up property tax
Property owners in Ocean City could face a five-cent property tax increase. City Manager Dennis Dare has proposed the increase to help pay for the tippingh fee imposed by the Worcester County commissioners for use of the county's landfill in Newark.
Rick Meehan, president of the Ocean City Council, said the tax increase would give the town an extra $140,000 each year, enough to pay the tipping fee, which the county imposed of offset state funding cuts. Ocean City's current tax rate is $1.25 per $100 of assest property value.
W. Ocean City phone numbers to change
More than 2,900 telephone numbers in West Ocean City have been changed from the 289 exchange to the 213 exchange to accommodate growth in that area. Mac Brittingham, external manager for external affairs for C&P Telephone, said the new exchange was necessary because there are more businesses and fax machines in West Ocean City than ever before.
The new exchange will extend from the U.S. 50 bridge to the Maryland State Police barracks in Berlin. Customers in South Ocean City will continue to use the 289 exchange.
Beach repair to begin soon
Work to repair beach damage in Ocean City caused by the Jan. 4 storm is scheduled to begin May 15. T.L. James Co., based in New Orleans, is the contractor for the $12.2-million project. Between 1988 and 1991, about $40 million was spent to complete two phases of work that included widening the beach and building a sea wall and protective sand dune lines.
However, during the January northeaster much of the sand was lost and many of the dunes were flattened.
By mid-July, when repair is expected to be completed, about 1.2 million cubic yaards of sand will have been pumped onto the beach, according to Nancy Howard, beach replenishment officer.
Jones named to interim post
Dorchester County Health Officer Dr. LeeRoy G. Jones has been named Worcester County's interim health officer, to replace Dr. Douglas Moore. Dr. Moore left to accept a job in Montana.
It is expected to take about a year to find a full-time replacement for Dr. Moore. Dr. Jones said he will devote about one day each week to working in Worcester County with Deputy Health Officer Debbie Goeller.