Checking Out The Docks

Even though black bears are common in Garrett County, seeing one going about its business is almost always a thrill. This particular bear was spotted by, and photographed by, Pete Versteegen one morning a few weeks ago. The bear climbed a wild cherry tree, Versteegen reported, and munched on the cherries for about 15 minutes, then climbed down, but kept eating the cherries by bending the branches to his (or her) mouth. The bear was sporting two tags, one in each ear, so someone from the Department of Natural Resources had already met him. Versteegen said the bear wandered along the dock awhile, as if trying to decide whether or not to go for a swim. Apparently he decided against that and went on his way. The dock is on the Versteegen property in the Lake Pointe at Wisp development. All residents are cautioned, as always, to keep a safe distance away from the wild animals when watching them outside. Black bear attacks of humans are rare but not unheard of, so all are urged to be wary.

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DNR Moving Forward With PWC Docking Regulation Changes

From the Railey Realty blog:

By: Mike Kennedy
mkennedy@railey.com
301-616-6106
September 3rd, 2010

Deep Creek Lake manager Carolyn Mathews is reporting that DNR will proceed forward with the previously proposed changes in the PWC (personal watercraft) docking regulations. However, there was one major change – the proposal will not require the $100 permit fee for PWCs as was originally proposed.

This new regulation will essentially ban all PWC stands that currently exist along the shoreline of Deep Creek Lake. Once approved through the permit process lakefront homeowners will now have to moor their PWCs to their dock. Lake access homeowners will have to moor their PWCs to the community boat dock.

The proposal and public comments can be found at this link;

http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/western/deepcreeknrma.asp

If you are a dock permit holder you can probably expect to receive notice in the mail from DNR sometime in the near future.

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Commissioners Announce Plans For DCL Emergency Numbering System

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Aug. 19, 2010

Garrett County government is teaming with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to develop and distribute address signs around the Deep Creek Lake shoreline, the county commissioners announced on Tuesday.

The signs, which will be affixed to docks, allow emergency personnel to identify and relate a location on Deep Creek Lake to be a landmark, enabling responders to reach an incident without unnecessary delays.

Numerous calls for assistance come from boaters using cell phones, and determining a precise location of the caller is difficult, according to Director Brad Frantz, Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management,

“Presently, our 9-1-1 call-takers get information from such calls that display longitude and latitude,” Frantz said. “While this gives us a general location of an incident, with all the inlets and coves around the lake, it may not be precise enough to approach the call from the correct road. This can result in delays for fire, EMS, or police units.”

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Deep Creek numbering docks to assist emergency providers

Officials hope system will better pinpoint incident locations
Megan Miller
Cumberland Times-News

— DEEP CREEK LAKE — A new feature required for docks at Deep Creek Lake could help emergency services personnel respond more quickly to situations on the lake.

In the coming months, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will distribute a sign bearing a unique number to every dock at the lake. The numbers are individual 911 addresses specific to each dock.

The addresses and signs are intended to provide landmarks for the public and emergency services to pinpoint specific locations on the lake, according to Brad Frantz, director of the county Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management.

Frantz said it’s proved difficult to determine the exact location of people who call for help from cell phones while on the lake. That forces emergency responders to waste critical minutes searching for the correct route.

“Presently, our 911 call-takers get information from such calls that display longitude and latitude,” Frantz said in a prepared statement. “While this gives us a general location … it may not be precise enough to approach the call from the correct road. This can result in delays for fire, EMS or police units.”

Each dock’s location will be plotted in the 911 center’s computer-aided dispatch equipment, which will allow emergency services to determine the fastest route to reach it.

The address numbers will be based on mileage along the lake shore, using the dam as a start and end point. That means that the numbers will reflect each dock’s specific distance from the dam.

The numbering system will be similar to the system used to assign address numbers to buildings. Each one-tenth of a mile equals 100 increments in the address number. For example, a Sand Flat Road home located exactly one mile from the road’s starting point will have an address of 1000 Sand Flat Road.

In the same way, a dock that is exactly one shore mile from the dam will have an address number of 1000.

The dock addresses have no relationship to the 911 addresses of buildings on shore.

DNR will act as the enforcement agency to ensure dock signs are displayed. That agency will also be responsible for maintaining the signs, Frantz said, including rearranging signs if a dock is moved.

The joint project between Garrett County government and DNR will cost approximately $14,000, split equally between the two entities. Garrett County’s $7,000 portion will be paid through an allocation from the state Emergency Number Systems Board’s trust fund. The fund is fed by a fee tacked onto the phone bill of every customer in the state, and the money is only used for 911-related projects.

Frantz said the timeframe for distributing the signs is tentative and based on how quickly the vendor can make them.

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