County OKs using superstorm Sandy recovery funds to improve Smith Island drainage

PRINCESS ANNE — It will take a public hearing and a final vote to become official but the Somerset County Commissioners signaled their support to reallocate superstorm Sandy recovery funds originally earmarked for dredging to be used for drainage improvements on Smith Island. The dredging of Sheep Pen Gut will not proceed because the $1 […]

State grant expected for Norris Harbor Drive culvert

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Board of Public Works is expected to approve up to $82,004 for Crisfield to replace two parallel culverts running beneath Norris Harbor Drive. The culverts allow tide to pass between Daugherty Creek and Somers Cove but one is collapsing jeopardizing the road which serves businesses, residents, marina services and the U.S. […]

Farmer leads effort to save derelict skipjack ‘City of Crisfield’

It doesn’t seem possible, but one man is saving a skipjack folks thought was destined for the burn pile. Farmer Bob Fitzgerald, of Venton, thinks he can rebuild the famous City of Crisfield. Dry-docked at Scott’s Cove Marina in Chance, the skipjack has been out of the water since 2016. It was captained by owner, […]

Princess Anne working to refine policy to sell surplus assets, junk cars

PRINCESS ANNE — How the Town of Princess Anne disposes of its unused or out-of-date assets as well as abandoned vehicles is being put into a policy that will reflect state guidelines. Currently the charter, according to town attorney Paul Wilber, “just says the town can sell things,” but the goal is to have a […]

Princess Anne wants some teeth in law about picking up after your dog

PRINCESS ANNE — It may be time to put some teeth in Princess Anne’s dog ordinance after a resident complained to the Town Commissioners that one man’s dog may have deposited over three-quarters of a ton of feces on private property over the last four years. The allegation is a Church Street resident has a […]

Courts fall back again to Phase II operations

ANNAPOLIS — Two weeks after pulling Maryland courts back from fully operating at level five to Phase III operations, the judiciary has fallen back one more notch to Phase II. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued the administrative order Nov. 24 and it became effective Nov. 30. Clerks offices in both […]