Regular Mayor and Council Meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. Two specially scheduled Work sessions are held in the spring to discuss the General Fund and Enterprise Funds budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Occasionally, other special work sessions are held for specific purposes. Please follow the links for a complete schedule of Mayor and Council and other Board and Commission meetings.
If you have a topic you’d like to bring before the Mayor and Council and wish to be on the agenda for an upcoming meeting, please email Town Administrator Laura Allen or call 410-641-4144. Agendas are set by end-of-business the Wednesday prior to the scheduled meeting. There is also a public question/comment period at the end of each meeting.
Economic and Community Development
No. The Berlin Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that is completely independent of the Town of Berlin, though the Chamber and the Town have enjoyed a close partnership for many years on many projects and activities. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chamber, please contact them at 410-641-4775 or BerlinChamber.org. Please note, the Chamber of Commerce charges annual dues to its members that are completely separate and unrelated to the Town of Berlin Business License.
The simple answer is that anyone operating a retail or service business or who owns rental units needs to get a business license. Please click here for the business license application, which also contains information about license fees.
Berlin has a variety of special events throughout the year, but there’s always room for more! All organized special events must be approved by the Mayor and Council. For more information, please click here for an application or contact Administrative Assistant Sharon Timmons at 410-629-1716 or email@example.com.
Please click here for a Utility Application for Service – Residential or Commercial. You should contact Customer Service before submitting your application; the form must be printed out and completed and there are other documents that must accompany the submission. Please call 410-641-2770 for more information.
The various rates and fees charged by the Town of Berlin for Electric services can be found in the Town of Berlin Electric Service Tariff. Please keep in mind that calculating what your electric bill will be is not as simple as multiplying kilowatts used by the rate charged; there are other factors that go into the calculating of a bill and, while our rates for service types are established and cannot change without the Town going through the proper procedure with the Maryland Public Service Commission, other factors of the bill may fluctuate from month to month. If you have further questions about bill calculation and service fees, please contact Tim Lawrence by email or at 410-629-1713.
If you think your bill is too high in a given month, it is possible that the meter was “over” read. If this is the case, it is important that you contact 410-641-3401 or email the location to us as soon as possible; the sooner the meter can be read after the initial reading, the easier it is to ascertain if a mistake has been made and to fix it. You can also read your meter yourself to try to determine if the reading was incorrect.
If you think your bill is too high overall, we may be able to assist you by suggesting changes that could save you energy, thereby reducing your bill. While we can’t offer all services to all customers, you should still contact us to see if we can help. There are also numerous sources on the internet that you can research to determine some simple and inexpensive ways to conserve energy; use caution when making any purchase or hiring independent consultants or contractors.
If you notice a streetlight that is dark or not working properly (i.e. it doesn’t come on when it should, stays on during daylight hours, or flickers), please call us as soon as possible. We often don’t know about streetlight problems because our personnel is not typically at work during dark hours. If possible, have the pole number (there is a small metal tag on every pole), the nearest street address or cross the street. To report an outage online, please click here.
Although it is rare, electric meters, like any mechanical instrument, can stop working properly. You can request that your meter be tested at any time; however, we will only test at no-charge once every 18 months.
Utility bills can be paid online at Municipal Online Payments. Real property taxes are billed for Berlin by the Worcester County Treasurer’s office; more information can be found at www.co.worcester.md.us/trs/treasindex.aspx. Unfortunately, online payments are not available for other bills payable to the Town of Berlin at this time. Payments can be mailed to Town of Berlin, 10 William Street, Berlin, MD 21811. For more information call 410-641-2770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the back of your bill are explanations for most of the items. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please refer to our Tariff (for electric bill questions), or our Town Code regarding water and wastewater. Still have questions? Please call 410-641-2770 or email email@example.com.
The Town advertises its open positions on this webpage and in local and/or regional venues. For a current list of job openings, please click here.
Both Stephen Decatur and Henry Park have pavilions that can be reserved for use for activities such as picnics, birthday parties, etc. Please note: the pavilions tend to be reserved on weekends well in-advance; so you are advised to contact us as soon as you have a date in mind. Other areas of the parks are available for use at any time without a reservation. Please click here for a Parks Reservation Form.
Anyone wishing to use the parks for business-related purposes (in this case defined as any activity in which money exchanges hands for goods or services), must make application to the Mayor and Council. Please click here for the appropriate forms. For more information/to arrange an appearance before the Mayor and Council, please contact Mary Bohlen, Deputy Town Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-641-4314.
Planning and Zoning
Many of our forms and applications are available via our webpage, however, we are not yet set up for electronic submission. To view a particular form, and complete on your computer, please click here. At this time, you will need to print out the form and submit a paper copy to the office.
Public Works Department
The Sanitation crew starts its workday as early as 6:00 AM, so we recommend having your trash or recycling at the curb no later than that; it is acceptable to put it out the night before. We also recommend having it out that early because our route can sometimes vary – for example, we may typically be on your street at 7:30 AM, but something may occur on a given day which causes us to get to you earlier or later.
For information about when your street is scheduled for pickup, please contact the Public Works Department at 410-641-4001 or email email@example.com. Keep in mind that holidays or other closures may affect the collection schedule.
Yes, there are two Yard Waste collections and two Bulk Item collections scheduled each year. For more information, please click here.
Please click on the category below to email the responsible department, or you may contact Town Hall at 410-641-2770 for any of these concerns.
The best source for information about the Town’s water is in our annual Consumer Confidence Water Report, which is published every June for the preceding calendar year.
The various rates and fees charged by the Town of Berlin for Water Resources Department services are outlined in Resolution 2012-03, passed in March of 2012. Please keep in mind that calculating what your water bill will be may not be as simple as multiplying gallons used by the rate charged; there may be other factors that affect the total due. Rates for service types are established and cannot change without the approval and passage of a Resolution by the Mayor and Council. If you have further questions about bill calculation and service fees, please contact Jane Kreiter by email or at 410-641-3845.
No. All of these natural materials also pick up other materials such as oil, trash, feces, etc. as they travel through the storm water system, which then break down and contaminate our coast bays in various ways.
If you believe that your water bill is too high, there are several things to check for: First, there is a possibility that the meter was misread; you can compare your bill to the same period for last year either by looking at your own records, if you have them, by using the Town’s online utility payment system, or by contacting the billing department at 410-641-2770. If it seems that the meter is misread, we can reread it and you will be issued a corrected bill. Another thing to look for is a water leak; if you notice an area of your yard or the area under your house that is always wet, there is a strong possibility that you have a leak. While we can assist in determining that there is a leak and locating it, we can’t actually work to fix any plumbing that is between the meter and your building, but finding the leak is an important first step. Also, if you hear or see water dripping from a faucet or hear your toilet running, it can make a huge difference to your bill to get this fixed. A dripping faucet or running toilet can use gallons of water over time – water that runs through your meter.
The Town allows residents to pay only the water portion of a pool fill-up once a year. Pool owners must contact the water department prior to fill-up to submit an application and pay the $20.00 fee. It is very important to contact us after the pool has been filled in order to determine the proper credit. The Town also allows a resident with an in-ground irrigation system to have a separate meter installed to meter the water that is only being used for irrigation and does not charge for sewer on these particular meters.