05/12/2022 | Cops and Courts – May 13, 2022

School board stands by decision not to raise bus driver wages further

NEWARK — School board members this week defended their decision not to change the budget to address bus driver pay issues. At the Worcester County School Board meeting on Tuesday, school board members discussed compensation for bus drivers. They pointed out that while they appreciated the work of the contractors, the drivers were already paid fairly. “When you look…

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First Reading of Air Rights Ordinance Approved for Margaritaville Project

First Reading of Air Rights Ordinance Approved for Margaritaville Project

OCEAN CITY — Despite some backlash from the private sector, resort town officials this week approved on first reading an ordinance that would pass air rights over a city-owned lane to developers of the proposed Margaritaville project. On Monday, the mayor and council had before them a first-reading ordinance that, if approved, would forward the…

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The county fully funds the hospital’s request after initially keeping the grant flat

The county fully funds the hospital's request after initially keeping the grant flat

SNOW HILL — Elected officials have chosen to increase Worcester County’s grant to Atlantic General Hospital this week. Despite last week’s 5-2 vote for flat funding from Atlantic General, which would have provided the hospital with the same $100,000 grant it won last year, Worcester County commissioners revisited the issue on Tuesday. A motion to increase…

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Resort council approves stacked parking code changes to aid downtown redevelopment projects

Resort council approves stacked parking code changes to aid downtown redevelopment projects

OCEAN CITY — After much debate, station officials this week approved a proposed code amendment allowing tandem or stacked parking, with a valet system for some major downtown redevelopment projects, including the proposed Margaritaville project. The mayor and council reviewed the changes on Monday after the city’s planning commission held a public hearing in April…

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Joshua B. Speller