Aberdeen city clerk honored

Aberdeen City Clerk Monica Correll, right, is congratulated by City Manager Doug Miller, left, and Mayor Mike Bennett after she was named Municipal Clerk of the Year during the recent Maryland Municipal League convention in Ocean City. (BRYNA ZUMER | AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead / July 10, 2012)

Aberdeen city officials said Monday the results of the feasibility study for the MARC/Amtrak station area master plan will be announced in public meeting Aug. 6.

The plan for what is being called "Aberdeen Station Square" will be presented from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by questions for the council from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

According to a flier, the concept "creates a more welcoming, convenient, and attractive crossing of the rail track with a terraced public plaza and daylighted undercrossing."

The presentation will detail plans for the east and west entrances, the under tracks pedestrian crossing and the station area.

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The session will be held at city council chambers and is being co-sponsored by the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor.

Bennett said the station redevelopment "very vital project" shows the city is trying to start doing some improvement in and around its Route 40 corridor.

Everything within half a mile of the train station is being considered part of the "transit-oriented development" project.

Unsafe buildings law

The city council also introduced an ordinance to set forth regulations for the abatement of unsafe buildings in the city.

City Manager Doug Miller said the city is trying to address three burned-out buildings, two of which are on Paradise Road and North Deen, which have been a focus of concern for years.

About the bill, he said: "In essence, the city attorney has found a gap in the way we order the demolition of an unsafe structure."

"We have three in the city now that we have been grappling with, so this is his attempt to fill that gap," he said.

Miller noted the ordinance is "rather complicated," so the council will undoubtedly want to discuss it during their upcoming work session July 16.

After that work session, the council will not meet again until Aug. 6.

Vandalism, beautification

Police chief Henry Trabert discussed the juveniles and one adult who were recently arrested for the ongoing vandalism at Grove Presbyterian Cemetery.

"We connected them to most, if not all, the vandalism in the graveyard, and we're working with that church now and seeing if we can find a way to keep that graveyard secure," Trabert said.

Bennett said he appreciated the detectives' work on that.

"That's a lot of surveillance, I'm sure, that went on," he said.

Public Works Director Matt Lapinsky said the enhanced nutrient removal project at the wastewater treatment plant is about 69 days from "substantial" completion.