by Lisa Tome
Wib Pumpaly is going to have a busy fall and winter.
Pumpaly, town administrator in Charlestown, at the request of the town board, is looking at ways to regulate the town's beaches, parks, and boat ramp.
"I am looking into new regulations for 2014. These are the earliest stages," said Pumpaly. One of the first things he has done is to contact tow companies. One of those companies may be tapped to tow those vehicles which don't comply with future parking rules in the area of the town-owned boat ramp.
"Our main problem is the boat ramp. On the weekend we have 80 trucks and trailers that have to be accommodated. Most park at The Wellwood. Some park at Lot B by the yacht basin. That's free parking allowed by the town," said Pumpaly. But not everyone uses one of those two options.
"We've been inundated with out-of-staters from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They're using town facilities and that's fine. That's why they're there. But they don't pay a fee," said Pumpaly.
So he is looking at ways to implement fees in exchange for using what is available.
"Nobody funds it except the taxpayers of Charlestown. We are looking at parking regulations and possibly a fee to use the boat ramp," he said.
This isn't the first time Pumpaly looked at making changes. He began looking at the issue three years ago. Those on the town board at that time, were not in favor of new rules. He said an incident on July 4 sparked the matter arising again.
Cecil Sheriff's Deputies tracked traffic July 4 weekend. They found numerous vehicles parked illegally. None of them were locals.
"We'd like to see the beaches used, but we'd like to see them used by those who pay the taxes," said Pumpaly.
"I don't think it's going to be the same old game in Charlestown in 2014. The residents are getting tired of it," added Pumpaly. "We have to take control of our assets; our beaches, our parks, our parking, and our boat ramps. It can't be controlled by those from out of state."