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Berlin Briefs

(Feb. 26, 2015) The Berlin mayor and council discussed several issues during a public meeting at Town Hall on Monday, Feb. 23.

High Heel Races return
The council approved the 2015 High Heel Races, setting the date for June 5, 2015 from 5-9 p.m.
Mary Henderson from Women Supporting Women presented Mayor Gee Williams with a trophy for his part in the 2014 race.
“He did an awesome job,” she said. “And you do look mighty fine in those heels.”
Henderson said the event helps keep the services of the nonprofit organization’s services – providing wigs and prosthetics for breast cancer patients – free
Williams, Henderson and Councilmember Lisa Hall encouraged participation in the event.  
Snow days
Water Resources / Public Works Director Jane Kreiter said the town responded to more than 30 emergency calls for broken pipes during the recent cold snap.
Kreiter said public works staff also spent three days working on snow removal in the town.
“We’re still continuing [to monitor] iced areas,” Kreiter said. “The snow is melting and freezing, so that’s an ongoing [project]. We’ve been very, very busy.”
Police Chief Arnold Downing said the town’s CodeRED notification system alerted residents not to park on the street before the snowstorm. That helped crews clear the roads and led to “one of the safest snow storms” in Berlin in recent memory.
Public works also provided a fresh coat of paint on the multipurpose building on Flower Street.

New peak

Electric Utilities Director Tim Lawrence said the town experienced a new electrical peak on Friday, Feb. 20.
“The peak last year was during the first week of January, about 14.3 megawatts,” Lawrence said. “Friday at 7:45 in the morning we hit a peak of 15.1.”
Lawrence said the regional load also hit a new high, topping 144,000 megawatts on Friday morning. Last year’s high was 142,000 megawatts.
“I was very concerned about that,” Lawrence said. “I was actually scheduled to be on vacation Friday, but with the temperature, I was really concerned about the load and what could occur. I came in [during] the morning and we actually had to do some switching between some circuits to balance the load out just to assure that nothing would go wrong during that time period.”
Annexation update
Planning Director Dave Engelhart attended the Worcester County Commissioner’s meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13. Engelhart said the county made a motion to concur with the town of Berlin’s annexation and development agreement regarding the Seahawk Road annexation near Stephen Decatur High School.
“This just frees us up to move toward a public hearing on March 23,” Engelhart said.
Engelhart also provided an update on the Cannery Village construction project, saying things are “down to the wire.”
“I would think within the next 10 days we’ll have building permits in place,” Engelhart said.
Date change
Berlin changed the date of the annual Peach Festival from Saturday, Aug. 8 to Saturday, Aug. 1.