CHESTERTOWN — The Kent County Commissioners on Sept. 3 approved having a letter drafted in support of moving 12 behavioral health beds from University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester to UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

County Administrator Shelley Heller said moving the beds could create as many as 70 jobs in Kent County.

Also during the meeting, Public Works Director Mike Moulds received approval for four contracts: two for county roads and two for water and wastewater.

The commissioners approved piggybacking on a Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration contract to complete line stripping and painting on county roads. The county budgeted $50,000 in its fiscal year 2020 budget for the project, which will be completed by Alpha Space Control Co.

The commissioners also approved the releases of Delta Heights project performance and payment bonds. Delta Heights is a housing complex located near Tolchester that is operating as a “lease-to-purchase” development for low- income families.

The commissioners also approved rental rates for county roads equipment and a request for a sewer allocation.

Rosemary Ramsey Granillo, director of the Kent County Local Management Board, also was given approval for two contracts.

Her first request was to extend a contract for the Homelessness Prevention Program between the Department of Housing and Community Development and St. Martin’s Ministries.

The second was to renew a contract with Due East Partners.

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