CHESTERTOWN — After County Administrator Shelley Heller presented repayment options for the former Millington Elementary School, the Kent County Commissioners unanimously approved Aug. 29 to repay in full $155,446.63 to the Maryland State Department of Education.

Heller said the commissioners’ other option was to make payment in installments to the MSDE.

County Attorney Tom Yeager said, however, the county budgeted paying off the debt owed for previous renovations in full in the county’s fiscal year 2020 budget, which went into effect July 1.

The former Millington Elementary School was closed due to consolidation in 2017. The commissioners unanimously agreed to take ownership of the building from Kent County Public Schools during a May 21 meeting.

Also during the Aug. 29 meeting, per a recommendation by Heller, the commissioners approved changing the meeting time for the third meeting of the month to 10 a.m. Previously, the third meetings began at 6 p.m. This change will affect upcoming meetings on Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

The commissioners signed a letter in support of ShoreRivers and Sassafras Riverkeeper Zach Kelleher’s pursuit of funding from Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Watershed Assistance Grant to perform assessments on the four creeks in Kent County that feed directly into the Chesapeake Bay.

Kelleher said these creeks — Still Pond, Churn, Worton and Fairlee — never have been formally monitored by any agency. He said ShoreRivers is working to add the Bay creeks into his monitoring zone, which is currently limited to the Sassafras River.

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