Fairmount to get last of the $3.8 million in Sandy money, Crisfield gets nothing

Due to an editing error this story is incomplete in the Dec. 21 County Times.   PRINCESS ANNE — The last of Somerset County’s superstorm Sandy funds totaling nearly $3.8 million will be applied to the decommissioning of the Fairmount wastewater treatment plant and the extension of sewer lines through Manokin to link the system […]

Commissioner Frederick guilty of extortion, malfeasance in office

PRINCESS ANNE — Princess Anne Town Commissioner Lionel D. Frederick II was found guilty Nov. 15 of extortion as a government official and malfeasance in office following a court trial in Somerset County Circuit Court. Presiding over the case was visiting Wicomico County Circuit Court Judge S. James Sarbanes. Remaining free on his own recognizance, […]

Applicants wanted to succeed retiring Circuit Court Judge Long

ANNAPOLIS — There is an upcoming vacancy in the Circuit Court for Somerset County due to the retirement of the Honorable Daniel M. Long on Dec. 31, 2016. This vacancy is to be filled by appointment of Gov. Larry Hogan.   Appointed to the bench in July 1990 by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Judge Long […]

End of an era: Judge R. Patrick Hayman retires from the bench for good

PRINCESS ANNE — Seven years after achieving what legal scholars call “legislative senility,” R. Patrick Hayman hung up his black robe for the last time on New Year’s Eve. “All good things come to an end,” he said. The District Court judge since 1999 had long ago reached Maryland’s mandatory retirement age of 70 on […]

Next project for Long Term Recovery is to elevate houses

CRISFIELD — The construction of new houses by the faith-based Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee is coming to a close. A two-day celebration to thank those who stepped up after superstorm Sandy washed through the county is being scheduled for August.

The non-profit group that organized in late 2012 and partnered with 42 agencies is on track to build 21 replacement homes. Where initially it was expected to end operations and close the Kamp Kairos work camp on Sept. 30, board members are pursuing an opportunity with FEMA to be the Agency of Record for a project that will elevate homes out of the floodplain.

A memorandum of understanding will be signed once it passes legal review.

The plan is for FEMA to provide the funding to lift homes onto new foundations and coordination of this will be with MEMA and the SCLTRC’s construction manager, Kim Hopkins, who is committed to stay on for one more year. Work crews will be used as an in-kind contribution toward the resident’s 25 percent financial commitment.

Pastor Phil Huber, a key leader of the SCLTRC as coordinator of Lutheran Partners in Disaster Response, said some 25 homeowners met about the opportunity to elevate their homes and at least eight have remained committed to the process. “Eighty to 90 percent of the homes in Crisfield could stand to be elevated,” he said. Each will be raised two feet above the floodplain.

The work is not in direct response to the damage caused by the late October 2012 hurricane, but Pastor Thom Sinnott of Lutheran Disaster Response said these houses will stand ready for the next weather emergency.

Of the more than $4.2 million spent by the recovery committee, just over $1 million was from the Lutherans with the Episcopal congregations adding some $750,000. The American Red Cross injected more than $1.5 million which demonstrates the diversity of the donor pool which also included the United Way with more than $150,000.

Councilman wants council to approve marina nominees

CRISFIELD — Who gets the last word on approving the mayor’s nominees to the Somers Cove Marina Commission is being challenged by Councilman Mark Konapelsky. When the state devised the commission it provided for the mayor to be the sole determiner of the two appointees that would be seated on that seven member board for four year terms.
The city’s code book, however, says mayoral candidates to boards and commissions are finalized only with the approval of the City Council. The current members on the marina commission, Councilman Mike Atkins and Tillie Doyle, the wife of Mayor Kim Lawson, were appointed by Mayor P.J. Purnell without a council vote. Ms. Doyle is completing the term of former member Casey Todd, and Dr. Atkins is now the commission’s chairman.
Mr. Konapelsky investigated this distinction in how appointments are made with Maryland legislators and even the Attorney General but was told it was a local issue. At the Jan. 28 City Council meeting he motioned that council members bring to the next meeting names for consideration, even if that includes the current representatives.