TOWN OF BERLIN, MARYLAND
Office of the Mayor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Information Contact:
Town Administrator Laura Allen
Making Berlin Resilient Meetings Begin
Town hosts community meetings to hear citizens’ ideas
(March 12, 2019) — This week the Town of Berlin is preparing its first Resilience Element for the Comprehensive Plan by hosting three community meetings to ask citizens what they want to be considered and included in that document.
“Our community has a strong environmental ethic. It’s one of the values that came out strongly in our strategic planning meetings,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “The ‘Making Berlin Resilient’ meetings are a great opportunity for the community to share their concerns about climate change, growth and financial sustainability,” he added.
The Town received a $20,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prepare the element. The Town’s comprehensive plan is updated every 10 years.
“We’re partnering with the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center to facilitate the meetings and to draft the Resilience Element,” said Town Administrator Laura Allen.
The community meetings are scheduled as follows:
Thursday, March 14th from 6 pm to 9 pm – Buckingham Elementary School
Saturday, March 16th from 10 am to 1 pm – Worcester County Library, Berlin Branch
Monday, March 18th from 6 pm to 9 pm – Town Hall
The Town is also partnering with Worcester Youth and Family to provide free youth activities for the children of parents attending the meetings on March 14th and March 16th.
The Berlin Youth Club will be offering an activity and a light meal for children during the meetings. Parents can drop their children off at Worcester Youth and Family (124 North Main St.) 30 minutes before the start of the Making Berlin Resilient meetings and pick them up when the meeting is over.
“The thoughts and ideas that come from the Making Berlin Resilient meetings will form the basis of the Resilience Element,” stated Town Administrator Laura Allen. “We expect to post the draft document to the Town’s website for additional public review and comment by June.”
“Our goal is to have the draft Resilience Element to the Planning Commission before the end of summer and to the Mayor and Council before the end of the year,” she added.
“I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to participate in the community meetings and be a part of co-creating Berlin’s future,” stated Mayor Williams.