East New Market Town Dinner slated for Feb. 21

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EAST NEW MARKET — East New Market’s Commissioners are preparing for the town’s annual Community Dinner slated for Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. at the East New Market Volunteer Fire Department. Community members are asked to bring a covered dish.

Mayor Caroline Cline is scouting prizes that will be awarded in numerous categories including “the best covered dish.” Other categories include (but are not limited to): Oldest resident, youngest resident, largest number of family members attending, oldest home, and many more. According to chairman David Tolley the affair will not be fancy but promises a warm, friendly event that will give those who attend a chance to meet neighbors and make new friends. The entertainment promises to be enjoyable as well.
At the commission meeting on Feb. 9, Mayor Cline reported that the contractor scheduled to begin work on the Friendship Park walking trail has been delayed due to weather. She noted he is “ready to begin” as soon as weather permits.

Funding for renovation of the historical Depot train station is still pending. The funds are available from a partnership between the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Historical Trust.
Code enforcement officer Nancy Jackson reported that she has issued citations for several code violations. She has performed inspections and, following re-inspections, has issued abatements on several properties.

According to resident Gary Blackstock there is and has been a problem with an odor in the building’s hot water. A recently installed new water heater has not resolved the problem. The mystery is why the odor is noticeable only in the municipal building and no other locations. Mayor Cline asked Public Works Director Gordon Heck to send a water sample to a testing lab to determine if there is a problem with minerals or chemicals in the water.

A December meeting of people interested in furthering replacement of the aging Twin Cities Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP) was organized by former Sen. Rich Colburn and included 15 people from the state and local level. Mayor Cline noted that among the attendees was Suicide Bridge Restaurant owner David Nickerson who expressed concern about solving the problem of a failing wastewater plant at the facility.

The suggestion was made to connect the restaurant’s system to the Twin Cities plant in Secretary which would require running the pipe for approximately one mile. Since the December meeting an alternative suggestion was made to connect the system to Hurlock’s treatment plant. Mr. Blackstock said that no decision has been made and no hook-up costs between either plant have yet been determined. “There are a lot of ‘ifs’ going on right now,” he said.

The TCWTP Committee members include: East New Market Vice Mayor David Tolley, resident Gary Blackstock, Secretary Mayor Susan Dukes, and chairman Marc Bramble who is the requisite independent member who does not live in either jurisdiction.

Dorchester County Councilman Rick Price announced that the county Board of Education has called a meeting for Feb. 29, 6 p.m. at the high school. The architectural firm will attend to discuss planning, design and funding and attendees are encouraged to ask questions and/or make comments.

The Commissioners will meet in a public work session on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

Susan Bautz is a freelance writer for the Dorchester Banner.

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