New Berlin Police Facility
The groundbreaking for the new Berlin Police Building was held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. This long-awaited project is being made possible through slots revenues received through the state from Ocean Downs.
Henry Park Permanent Restrooms
The initial bidding process for this project was completed on November 15th. Two bids were received and, following staff review, a recommendation was made to the Mayor and Council. Unfortunately, an irregularity in the bidding made it necessary to re-bid the project. It is anticipated that the award will be made in January, 2017 with work to be completed by spring.
West Street Stormdrain Replacement
Stormwater pipe installation at the culvert on West St. The project increases the pipe size from 18 to 30 inches.
West Street, from Washington to Buckingham, will be closed starting April 5th for storm drain installation. The road is expected to be closed weekdays through April 13th, but will be partially open in the mornings to allow school bus traffic and closed during regular work hours.
The road closure plan is subject to the weather and may change.
Hudson Branch and Flower Street Culvert Project
This project is the second half of Phase I of a four-phase stormwater mediation plan designed to alleviate flooding and improve water quality along the Hudson Branch. The Flower Street culvert, close to Dr. William Henry Park was completely removed and replaced with a larger box culvert to greatly improve the flow of water. The old culvert was under-sized and often resulted in “bottle-necking” forcing water to back up at the culvert, causing flooding upstream in the direction of Rt. 113. With the replacement of the culvert with larger box-culverts, the associated work to the streambed on either side of the road, as well as the Offline Wetlands project completed this fall, water flow through this entire was quickly improved. The overall benefits of this project will be a reduction in flooding and improved dispersment and filtration of stormwater through plant-life, soil and evaporation before the excess flows back into Hudson Branch and ultimately the coastal bays.
Additional information can be found here.
Hudson Branch and Flower Street Off-Line Wetlands Project
This project is phase I of a four-phase stormwater mediation plan designed to alleviate flooding and improve water quality along the Hudson Branch. The Off-Line Wetlands project will create an area behind the multi-purpose building that will allow stormwater during rain events to flow out of the branch and disperse through the plant-life, soil and evaporation before the excess flows back into the branch. This action will help prevent stormwater from building up and causing flooding and will improve water quality by provide natural filtration of nutrients and undesirable components before it reaches the coastal bays.
The offline wetlands project is complete. While it doesn’t look like much right now, warmer weather in the spring will bring the growth of vegetation, particularly grasses.
Welcome Center Facade Improvement
The Berlin Welcome Center recently received a facelift thanks to a Façade Improvement Grant that funded 50% of construction of the new windows and entrance.
The building was originally the Berlin Post Office and still had the same original glass. The glass had been damaged through the years and needed to be removed allowing for the installation of new energy efficient windows.
The design was approved by both the Berlin Historical Commission, Maryland Historical Trust and the Department of Housing and Community Development which granted the town $50,000 to use as a 1-1 match for improving the facades of it’s downtown buildings through their Community Legacy Program. For more information about the Facade Grant, and to find out if your business is eligible, please contact Ivy Wells at email@example.com or 410-629-1722.