by Lisa Tome
If you're planning to build a new home, now is the time.
The Town of Elkton will even give you a significant discount on any one of the 400 available home building sites in that town.
Beginning September 1 of this year and continuing until August 31, 2019, Elkton is waiving $15,000 in connection fees for the town's water and wastewater systems. That fee includes the $5,000 water connection fee and the $10,000 sewer hook-up fee.
It's being billed as Elkton's economic stimulus package.
by Lisa Tome
Jennifer Dickerson is answering more history questions these days.
Dickerson, an administrative assistant for the Town of Elkton, is fielding questions about a large photo recently installed at town hall.
Town administrator Lewis George propped an historic photo on an easel in the area where Dickerson works and where water and sewer customers turn out to pay utility bills. That photo, of the town-owned property at 110 North Street, features the former town hall and Singerly Fire Department. The building currently serves as the Elkton Chamber/Alliance and visitors center.
Several times per day, visitors to Elkton's town hall ask Brie Humphreys why she's standing up on the job.
Humphreys is one of several Town of Elkton staffers who has gone ergonomic. That means instead of staying seated at a desk for eight or more hours a day, they stand.
"I got it last November. I really like it. I've been a secretary my whole life. It hasn't bothered me a bit. At first, my legs would bother me," said Humphreys. She also said she learned that standing while working is better for her health.
Elkton town administrator Lewis George said the town began looking at the stand up sit down option desks a few years ago. But they were cost prohibitive. Instead of abandoning the plan to allow employees the sit or stand option, they decided to have them made in house.
The more you know about how your town works, the better.
That's the philosophy for the Town of Elkton, which plans a renewed effort at educating the public about the town just in time for the new year.
Michelle Henson, Administration Office Secretary for the Town of Elkton said the town participates in the annual Maryland Municipal League "If I Were Mayor" contest. That event, for fourth graders, has sparked a desire to reach out to more citizens and share with them how the town operates.