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Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, the Eastern Shore’s first com­mu­nity col­lege, will be built al­most in the cen­ter of the four-county area of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caro­line, and Tal­bot.

It was an­nounced this week that the Board of Trustees has options on two pieces of prop­erty, con­sist­ing of 146 acres lo­cated in a “tri­an­gle” that is bor­dered by U.S. Route 50, and Mar yland Routes 662 and 404, just west of the traf­fic sig­nal at Wye Mills about seven south of Centreville ... in Queen Anne’s County.

The prop­erty in ques­tion is known as a part of the Wil­liam H. Fletcher Es­tate and part of the Hi­ram B. Ham­mond Farm. It is hoped the col­lege will be open to stu­dents by the fall of 1967.

• • • Con­tracts to com­plete the du­al­iza­tion of U.S. Route 301 through Mary­land’s Eastern Shore have been awarded by the Mary­land State Roads Com­mis­sion.

At the same time, it was an­nounced that nearly 16 miles of the newly du­al­ized north-south high­way would be opened to traf­fic by the mid­dle of July through Queen Anne’s County.

The high­way lead­ing from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge has been dual only as far as Queenstown since the bridge was built.

• • • Based upon the rec­om­mended stan­dards for health­ful hous­ing of the fed­eral and state health de­part­ments, the hous­ing in gen­eral in the Kent Nar­rows is un­suit­able for hu­man habi­ta­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­ceived by the county com­mis­sion­ers on the re­cent Nar­rows sur­vey.

The pur­pose of this sur­vey was to de­ter­mine over­all hous­ing qual­ity, the types of prob­lems present, and the ex­tent and in­ten­sity of their distri­bu­tion, whether or not the dwellings are suit­able for habi­ta­tion, and to rec­om­mend pri­or­i­ties of ac­tion to as­sist in im­prov­ing con­di­tions to at least min­i­mum stan­dards.

Two field sur­vey­ors stud­ied a total of 164 dwelling units in 80 build­ings.

Af­ter a se­ries of stormy hear­ings on the Queen Anne’s County bud­get pro­posal and some bat­tles with the board of ed­u­ca­tion re­cently, the county com­mis­sion­ers adopted a bud­get last Tues­day that is about $1.4 mil­lion more than the cur­rent bud­get.

The $31.8 mil­lion bud­get will al­low the new el­e­men­tary school to open on Kent Is­land while hold­ing the prop­erty tax rate at $2.17, but does not pro­vide enough money for the sher­iff’s de­part­ment to hire six more deputies.

Wil­liam V. Riggs III, pres­i­dent of the county com­mis­sion­ers, told the county’s de­part­ment heads ear­lier Tues­day morn­ing that this was the “most gut-wrenching” bud­get process he had been through in his six years as com­mis­sioner.

• • • The Church Hill town com­mis­sion­ers passed a 16-cent prop­erty tax in­crease last Mon­day that raised the cur­rent tax rate from 69 cents to 85 cents.

The com­mis­sion­ers adopted the bud­get with the 16-cent tax hike af­ter the county com­mis­sion­ers shot down a three-cent prop­erty tax in­crease pro­posal and in­stead im­posed a $25 per­mit fee to dump trash at the county’s trans­fer sta­tions.

“We had choice. We had to do it,” said Com­mis­sioner Mar­garet Em­bert of the prop­erty tax in­crease. The com­mis­sion­ers had stud­ied other options but a tax hike seemed to be the most rea­son­able op­tion. “It was ei­ther that or we wouldn’t have the money to pay the bill,” she said.

• • • Sixty grams of crack co­caine val­ued at nearly $7,000 was seized Thurs­day night in what po­lice say is the largest quan­tity of crack co­caine ever seized in Queen Anne’s County.

The Queen Anne’s and Caro­line County Drug Task Force [was] con­duct­ing a three-week sur­veil­lance of the Ch­e­sa­peake Mo­tel lo­cated on Route 50 in Gra­sonville.

“The cit­i­zens have helped im­mensely and that’s how we’ve been mak­ing all these ar­rests,” said an un­der­cover of­fi­cer in­volved in Thurs­day night’s ar­rests.

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