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Another Successful Summer at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park
Story by Marilyn VanWagner, General Manager 

It is hard to believe another Season has come and gone. We want to offer a special thanks to all of you who came to visit us this summer! 

ON SALE NOW: The 2015 Season Passes are on sale now and are available on our website. We are offering our special Early Bird discount between now and January 31. This means that on February 1, the prices will increase. Water Park Season Passes make great Holiday gifts! This way you can offer Fun-in–the-Sun to your special loved ones all summer long. 


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Calling all teens, adults and seniors too! We have positions open for all ages. If you are looking for fun Summertime Employment, we will be posting employment opportunities soon. We will begin accepting interview requests as early as December on our website and interviews will start early in 2015. Stay tuned to Facebook or check out our website for more information on these dates.

RECAP OF THE 2014 SEASON:  We hope you were able to enjoy our Chesapeake Beach Appreciation Days again this season. As a reminder for the upcoming 2015 Season, EVERY TUESDAY, all Chesapeake Residents and their Guests get in for half price; then from 4 to 7 p.m., we offer Free Admission for all Chesapeake Beach Residents. 

You spoke and we listened! This past summer, we launched our New Group Program Schedule. Our Groups and Summer Camps were only allowed to visit us on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and we opened an hour early for them. All groups were required to leave by 2 p.m. This helped to alleviate overcrowding of the Park and created a more enjoyable experience for all. We also offered Twilight Rates on those days starting at 3 p.m.  Our guests were happy to know exactly when they could plan their visits around these groups. We will continue to offer this same Group Schedule for the 2015 Season. 

In 2014 we launched our new “Party Place.” This is a place in the Water Park, where you can have an exclusive space that you can call your own for the day. This is the perfect spot for a Family Reunion, Graduation Party, or even a Supersized Birthday Party!  It is a shaded area, roped off and is exclusive for you. It will hold up to 30 of your guests comfortably. This spot comes with your own personal wait staff, chairs and tables, and water bottles too!  For more information, visit our website and click on “Parties.”  

We hope you were able to make it to the Halloween Family Fun Night.  A fun time was had by all! The Water Park was thrilled to sponsor the Baby Pool area this season where we again created a scene from The Little Mermaid, complete with a live Ariel and Prince Eric! The weather that evening was beautiful and the event was a great success. Kudos to Connie O’Dell who leads Economic Development and Special Events for our Town. It was her enthusiasm again this year that led us all into making this the best Halloween Event ever! The “scary” was gone, and we had games, lots of Story Book Characters, an Enchanted Forest, Princesses and Super
Heroes. The Twin Beach Players did a Flash Dance version of The Monster Mash. Thank you Nancy Feuerle for all the great photos !   We would like to give a special thank you to all of our local businesses who sponsored this event and helped to make it such a fun evening! Another very special thank you goes out to Jay Berry and his Public Works Team. We could not have done this event this without you! 

This Season we had some new characters visit us for our Character Days. Elmo made his way back again, and we also had many Princesses and Super Heroes! They held some fun activities and also played games with the children. Auditions are being held for the 2015 Cast of Characters this month. The final selections will appear in both the Spring Newsletter and on our website in our Calendar of Events.

Did you have a chance to see the freshly painted murals? The very talented Adam Kohn painted many murals around our Park. Adam is a 2014 graduate of Huntingtown High School, and he has definitely left his mark on our Park.  Adam is currently attending the Savanna College of Art and Design, SCAD, studying illustration and graphic design. Thank you Adam!

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: Our Water Park Advisory Committee is currently working hard on a maintenance list to revamp and give our Water Park a new face- lift! We have a great committee with lots of momentum for capturing the improvements necessary to keep the Water Park looking fresh and beautiful.

For more information, email us at waterpark@chesapeake-beach.md.us

Attention All Property Owners / Tenants
Re: Water/Sewer Billing Procedure for Town of Chesapeake Beach

July 1, 2014 marked the first day of the new Water/Sewer Rate Schedule for the Town of Chesapeake Beach. The schedule was adopted by the Town Council on May 15, 2014. The schedule was mailed to all property owners in early June. Please call Town Hall if you would like a copy mailed to your address. Also, you can download a copy by clicking here .

The following is a brief explanation of how our billing procedure works: The Town of Chesapeake Beach invoices Town residents quarterly for their water and sewer usage. Billing dates are April 15, July 15, October 15 and January 15. Most likely, if you live in the “town limits” you are on the Town’s utility system. Please check your bill for the supplier information. Town bills are clearly marked “Town of Chesapeake Beach.” 

The sewer usage is directly related to the water that flows through your water meter, unless you have a sub-meter installed. When you receive your bill you will notice that your consumption usage is plainly listed on the bill. That usage is based on the meter reading we receive from a radio signal that is emitted from your meter to our receiver located in a Town vehicle while riding through your neighborhood. 

If there is no signal coming from your meter, we must read the meter manually to obtain an accurate reading. Sometimes that is not possible, since in certain locations meters are located inside of the home. If your bill has “ESTIMATE” printed on it, your usage is being based on your average consumption over several quarters
because we have not been able to read your meter either manually or through the radio signaling system. You should contact our office at (410) 257-2230 and ask for the Utility Billing Clerk.  We will make an appointment to come change your meter reading equipment. The Town does not charge for replacing your existing equipment. However, it is your responsibility to allow us the access to make repairs. If arrangements are not made to have equipment repaired or replaced, the Town has the authority to turn off water until repairs and/or replacements are made. 

The Town has a policy stating that the quarterly utility bill must be sent to the property owner. This policy is enforced to protect the property owners from tenants being delinquent with payments. Payment delinquency can result in water turn off and eventually in property going to public tax sale. 

You always have at least 30 days to pay your bill without incurring a penalty. Bills may be paid online. You must register (click here , leaving site) or visit the permanent link on the Town's website .  Should you encounter problems logging in and creating a password, please contact Town Hall and ask for Fran who will gladly help you set up the online payment access. 

Of course, you can simply mail your payment in using the address of PO Box 400, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. We also take payments by phone (410) 257-2230 using a credit / debit card.

We are aware that the new rates are impacting your household budget. We take these issues seriously. We strive to offer you the best possible service available. Please call our office for assistance.

We are happy to answer your questions.

Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Contract Award (Bruce Wahl, Mayor)

At the January (2013) Town Council Meeting, the Council approved the award of the upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to Bearing Construction, Inc. of Sudlersville, MD, and the management of the project to the design firm Whitman, Requardt, and Associates, LLP. The total amount to be funded is $16,158,930, which includes funds allocated for administrative and legal fees. The approval of this contract award secures State grant funding of 45.34% of the total amount. The balance of $9,287,117 will be shared among the partners of the plant: Chesapeake Beach, North Beach, Calvert County and Anne Arundel County. The Town of Chesapeake Beach’s share is $4,611,982.30 and will be financed through a low- interest loan from the Maryland Department of the Environment. This low- interest loan was also at risk had the Town Council not approved this contract award at the January meeting. Thankfully, that risk was averted by approval of the contract award.

Although this is a huge amount of money, we were fortunate that nine firms bid on the project, with Bearing Construction being the lowest bidder. You can rest assured that the Town is spending your money as prudently as is possible.

What is ENR? Simply stated, the purpose of this project is to reduce pollution in the treated effluent that is discharged into the Chesapeake Bay. Particularly, there is a Federal EPA requirement to meet a “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) standard of the amount of Nitrogen and Phosphorous that can be discharged. These nutrients cause algae blooms that absorb oxygen in the Bay and block sunlight from reaching submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), hence stunting the growth of these beneficial plants.

In addition to the nutrient reduction, this project replaces much aging and failing equipment; some Items have been in service for over thirty years. At the time we are doing this, the plant is being expanded from 1.32 million gallons per day (MGD) to 1.5 MGD, the capacity that is specified on our permit. This expansion was unanimously approved by an action of the Town Council in 2005 by an irrevocable resolution. Four of the 2005 Council members are still serving as elected officials in the Town: myself, Council Vice-President Patrick Mahoney, Councilman Stewart Cumbo and Councilwoman Valerie Beaudin.

The ENR project has been in the planning stages for over five years and is critically important to the future of our Town and to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. I am pleased to be able to report to you that it is finally about to happen!

Bill Paying Just Got Easier! (Leslie Porter, Town Treasurer)

The Town is pleased to offer the added convenience of paying your water and sewer bills online, using Visa, MasterCard or Discover with no additional service fees.  To access the site, click here (leaving site).  

The first webpage you will see is a login page. You will need your account number and password to login. Your account number is located on the top portion of your water / sewer bill. It consists of seven characters – five numbers with a period separating the fifth and sixth number. The first digit of your account number will always be a zero. The last two digits will also be zero. For example, account #123 would be listed as 00123.00 

First-time user passwords are preset.  Your password will be the first four letters from the last name on the account, plus the first two letters from the first name, plus  “00.” For example, John Smith’s password would be “SmitJo00.”

If your name contains a special character such as an apostrophe, you do not know your account number, or you have problems logging in, please contact Town Hall at 301-855-8398. One of our staff will assist you.

Once you login, you will be given an option to choose a new password. Interested in going green? You will also be given the opportunity to sign up for e-billing. With this option, you will receive your utility bills via e-mail. If you do not sign up for e-billing at your initial login, and wish to do so, please contact Town Hall for assistance.

Once you have obtained access to the site, you will see a summary page. This page shows your most recent billing data, payments made, and your remaining balance due. To make a payment, click on the “Pay Now” button.  You will be directed to the billing page. Click on the “Credit Pay” button. On the next screen, you will enter your credit card and billing information. The Town does not charge a convenience fee for this service. Once you have entered your information, click on “Submit.”  That’s it!


Message from the Sheriff's Department
-- REMINDER:   Unfortunately, there have been more thefts from vehicles lately. Due to these recent thefts, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office asks that you remove all valuables from your vehicle and lock the vehicle doors.  Report any suspicious persons or activity by calling 911 or 410-535-2800. 

Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors that may not receive Nixle Alerts. 

To sign up to receive Nixle Alerts or those from the new Calvert County ALERT notification system (which replaced Code Red as of July 4, 2013), click here and then  press on the link to Nixle and / or Calvert County ALERT notification system.   If you do not have internet access, please call 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up.

For more safety tips from the Sheriff's Office, click here.

The Town of Chesapeake Beach is Participating in Geocaching -- A geocache trail is a series of geocaches tied together by a common theme. The theme of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Geocache Trail is Celebrating Maryland’s Cities and Towns. The trail is comprised of 78 city/town caches located in the 11 MML Districts (regions) throughout the state. A collectible, highly coveted geo coin will be given to the first 500 geocachers who locate a minimum of 22 city / town caches throughout the state.  To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must pick up a passport at any participating visitor center, use the stamp in each cache on their passports and write in the cache code word. After at least 2 municipal caches in each district are discovered, geocachers may return to one of the county visitor centers and have their passports validated to receive a collectible coin.   To view press release, please click here

If any business wishes to participate by bringing items to the Town Hall, we will make sure that your item gets put into the geocache box.  We are looking for anything that may have your business name or logo on it to attract people to your business.

 

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