Board & Commission Meetings

All meeting dates are subject to change. Unless otherwise indicated as Closed, all meetings are open to the public.
Meetings are held at the Berlin Town Hall, 10 William Street, 2nd floor.
For more information about the members and function of a particular Board or Commission, click on the name.

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Board of Appeals (Meets as needed)
Upcoming Meetings

There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

Past Meetings

Rules in accordance with: Chapter 108, Section 137

Current Members:
Doug Parks
Woody Bunting
Joe Moore
Geren Mortensen
Jay Knerr– Alternate

Duties:
Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative officer in the enforcement of any zoning ordinance
Hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of an ordinance
Authorize on appeal in specific cases a variance from the terms of the ordinance.

Qualifications:
Understanding of and appreciation for zoning principles, knowledge of conditions for zoning principles, knowledge of conditions in the community and of its planning objectives and policies, general civic interest, as opposed to special or private interest, and a fair judicial approach.

Meetings:
As needed

Term:
3 years

Members:
At least 3 members

Staff Liaison:
Dave Engelhart, Planning Director, dengelhart@berlinmd.gov, 410-641-4143

Board of Supervisors of Elections (Meets as needed)
Upcoming Meetings

There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

Past Meetings
  • Jul 29, 2014 - Bd of Supervisors of Elections

    Rescheduled to Tuesday, August 12 at 5:30 PM.

  • Aug 12, 2014 - Bd. of Supervisors of Elections

    Rescheduled from Tuesday, July 29th.

  • Sep 9, 2014 - Bd. of Supervisors of Elections
  • Sep 30, 2014 - Bd. of Supervisors of Elections
  • Jul 12, 2016 - Board of Supervisors of Elections
    Public Meeting Packet
  • Sep 6, 2016 - Board of Supervisors of Elections
    Public Meeting Packet
  • Sep 27, 2016 - Board of Supervisors of Elections
    Public Meeting Packet

Rules in accordance with: Article VI

Current Members:
Lou Creter, Chair
Linda Bowen
David Briddell
John Briddell
Milton Schul

Duties:
In charge of the conduct of Town of Berlin Municipal Elections

Qualifications:
Appointed by Mayor with the approval of the Council
Qualified voters of the town
Shall not hold or be candidates for any elective office during the term of office

Meetings:
As needed during Election years and in alternate years if required.

Term:
4 years/eligible for reappointment

Members:
5 members

Staff Liaison:
Mary Bohlen, Deputy Town Administrator, mbohlen@berlinmd.gov, 410-641-4314

Ethics Commission (Meets as needed)
Upcoming Meetings

There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

Past Meetings

Rules in accordance with:Chapter 2, Article II, Division 2

Current Members:
Bill Burke
Milt Warren
Jane Briddell – Alternate

Duties:
Responsible for the review and enforcement of ethics issues for the Town of Berlin to include the Financial Disclosure forms

Qualifications:
Appointed by Mayor with the approval of the Council
Shall not hold or be candidates for any elective office during the term of office

Meetings:
As needed, but at least once annually for the purpose of certification of the Town’s compliance with the requirements of the MD State Annotated Code regarding Ethics Provisions

Term:
3 years/eligible for reappointment

Members:
At least 3 members

Staff Liaison:
Laura Allen, Town Administrator, lallen@berlinmd.gov, 410-641-4144

Historic District Commission
Upcoming Meetings
Past Meetings

Rules in accordance with: Chapter 104

Current Members:
Carol Rose – Chairperson
Mary Moore
Robert Poli
Laura Stearns
Betty Tustin
vacant – alternate

Duties:
Analyze and make recommendations concerning the preservation of sites, structures, or districts of historic, archaeological, architectural, or cultural significance within the area served by the commission.
Propose boundaries for sites, structures, or districts
Identify and designate particular sites, structures, or districts to be preserved
Consider only the exterior features of a structure and may not consider interior arrangements

Qualifications:
Are qualified by interest
2 members shall be residents of or property owners in the residential section of the Berlin Historic Zone
2 members shall be residents of or property owners in the business section of the Berlin Historic Zone
1 member shall be a resident or property owner in Berlin outside the Historic Zone

Meetings: As needed

Term: 3 years

Members: 5 members

Staff Liaison:
Dave Engelhart, Planning Director, dengelhart@berlinmd.gov, 410-641-4143

Housing Board of Review (Meets as needed)
Upcoming Meetings

There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

Past Meetings

Current Members:
Tara Downes-Chair
Leslie Gebhart
Lynn Kelly
Mary Moore
Jeff Ricks – Alternate

Duties:
Responsible to conduct the inspections and hearings authorized by Chapter 6, Article V

Qualifications:
Appointed by Mayor with the approval of the Council
Shall not hold or be candidates for any elective office during the term of office

Meetings:
As needed.

Term:
3 years/shall serve until a successor is appointed/eligible for reappointment

Staff Liaison:
Dave Engelhart, Planning Director, dengelhart@berlinmd.gov, 410-641-4143

Parks Commission
Upcoming Meetings
  • Jul 1, 2017

    Outdoor movie to be shown at Stephen Decatur Park beginning at 8:30 pm.  Bring a chair to enjoy the show.   Sponsored by the Berlin Parks Commission and the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee.  Alcohol strictly prohibited.

  • Jul 4, 2017
  • Jul 15, 2017

    Bring a chair and snack to enjoy a movie at Dr. William Henry Park.  Sponsored by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee and the Berlin Parks Commission.  Alcohol strictly prohibited.

  • Jul 29, 2017

    Bring a chair or blanket and a snack to enjoy a movie at Stephen Decatur Park beginning at 8:30 pm.   Sponsored by the Berlin  Arts and Entertainment Committee and the Berlin Parks Commission.  Alcohol strictly prohibited.

  • Aug 1, 2017
  • Aug 12, 2017

    Bring a chair and snack to enjoy a movie at Dr. William Henry Park.  Sponsored by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee and the Berlin Parks Commission.  Alcohol strictly prohibited.

  • Sep 5, 2017
  • Oct 3, 2017
  • Nov 7, 2017
  • Nov 11, 2017

    Free fun-walk in Stephen Decatur.   Join the Berlin Parks Commission and Worcester County Health Department for the 6th Annual Fall Just Walk Berlin!  1, 2 and 3 mile routes, every walker automatically entered to win raffle prizes, health screenings and much more.   Registration begins at 8:30 am in the main parking area of Stephen Decatur Park and the walk begins at 9 AM.

  • Dec 5, 2017
  • Jan 2, 2018
  • Feb 6, 2018
  • Mar 6, 2018
  • Apr 3, 2018
  • May 1, 2018
  • Jun 5, 2018
Past Meetings

Rules in accordance with: Chapter 22 of the Berlin Code

Current Members:
Mike Wiley – chair
Patricia Dufendach
Sarah Hooper
Loretta Brown-Briddell
Bruce Hyder

Duties:
Advise the Council on the quality of the recreational facilities
Assist in the provision of well-designed and maintained park facilities
Develop and coordinate cooperative working relationships with town officials and staff, local and state public agencies and civic clubs in the development of recreational facilities
Assist the Mayor and Council in the planning and provision of recreational facilities to meet current and projected needs through recommendations for land acquisition, facility development and funding sources
Develop a comprehensive program of facility management and maintenance

Qualifications:
At least 3 members must reside within the corporate limits
The absence of 3 meetings of any member during the calendar year without an excuse shall create a vacancy

Meetings:
Must meet at least 6 times per calendar year

Term:
2 year term
3 members for two years; 2 for one year; and 1 for three years

Members: 5 members (ex officio members when deemed necessary obtaining expert advice or volunteer services for individual projects or programs)

Staff Liaison:
Mary Bohlen, Deputy Town Administrator, mbohlen@berlinmd.gov, 410-641-4314

Planning Commission
Upcoming Meetings
Past Meetings

Rules in accordance with: Chapter 22

Current Members:
Chris Denny – Chair
John Barrett – Vice-Chair
Ron Casio
Newt Chandler
Pete Cosby
Phyllis Purnell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Barbara Stack                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Natasha Brittingham – alternate

Duties:
At least once every 6 years revise and amend the Comprehensive Plan
Recommend Capital Improvements
Charged with making decisions on the development activities within the Town of Berlin. Such activity consisting of Preliminary and Final Subdivision approvals, Site Plan review for specific project development, Annexation, Rezoning and Ordinance Text Amendments.

Meetings:
Must hold at least one regular meeting each month

Term:
5 years

Members:
5 or 7 members

Staff Liaison:
Dave Engelhart, Planning Director, dengelhart@berlinmd.gov, 410-641-4143