by Lisa Tome
Twice each year, Elkton's Parks and Recreation Department sends out program guides for residents. This year, the guide is expanded and includes much more than dance classes and sporting events.
Town of Elkton administration staffer Cheyne Hudson explained that Mayor Rob Alt wanted to provide residents with an Information Guide. Hudson gathered the information and more than 6,000 have been sent out. Additional copies are available at town hall.
Specifically, the guide provides a history of the town. There are photos of the mayor and commissioners and a town meeting schedule for the remainder of the year. Office hours and a schedule of holiday closures for the rest of the year is included. There is also a chart with water rates and information about how residents can pay their utility bills.
The Town of Elkton has its own permitting department. Those who want to build or improve may obtain zoning and/or occupancy certificates, renovation plans, grading information, and regulations for pools, decks, sheds, fences, plumbing, and signs.
An entire page in the guide is devoted to the Elkton Police Department. Offcers at EPD handle about 20,000 calls for service annually. The department has also provided information regarding hiring of police officers.
Taxpayers can see photos of the town-owned equipment in the public works section of the guide. There is also information about trash pick up and the town recycling center. Elkton also provides yard waste and bulk items pick up.
Water conservation is important. There are tips regarding saving water in the kitchen, laundry area, and bathroom. There is also information regarding landscape irrigation and other outdoor uses such as swimming pools. Regulations for stormwater management are also included.
There is a meeting schedule for the town's boards and commissions. Those include the Board of Housing Appeals, Board of Zoning Appeals, Supervisors of Elections, Ethics Commissions, Historic District Commission, Housing Authority Board, and Planning Commission.
The Elkton Parks and Recreation Guide is incorporated into the resident guide. There is a comprehensive listing of spring and summer activities. There are art and cooking classes for children. For holidays, there are craft classes. There are also daily classes for preschoolers. Elkton is also offering six upcoming Parents Night Out programs. Parks and Rec staff will provide five hours of care on select Saturday nights.
The Town of Elkton also offers pavilion rentals and room rentals. They also offer summer camps, a Junior Police Academy, Summer Dance Camps, Preschool Camps, and more. There is also a listing of upcoming Elkton events and activities.
Plans are underway for the Elkton Farmer's Market. Vendors can find all the information about signing on to sell their wares from April through October.
Those who just moved to the town can find a comprehensive listing of everything from motor vehicle registration to schools to banking. There are also listings for the library, health department, and transportation services.
The Town of Elkton election is set for Tuesday, May 24 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. All candidate forms must be submitted to town hall by May 3. Candidate information is included in the guide.
"People can still call us with questions. And we want feedback about the guide," said Hudson.