by Lisa Tome
The future of the Stemmers Run boat ramp is in question.
The ramp was built in 1995 with waterway funds. The county sublets the property from the Department of Natural Resources.
The county may not renew the lease which expires in December.
Depending whom you ask, the cost for maintaining the boat ramp ranges from $5,000-$10,000 annually.
Before any decision is made, public input will be solicited.
Cecilton Mayor Joe Zang, who also works as a local realtor isn't waiting until that meeting to voice his views.
"People come from other places to use it (the boat ramp). Why would you do away with it? It gets a lot of use," said Zang. "If they (the county) wants to save $10,000, there's plenty of places they can look." He also said if cleaning up the boat ramp area is a concern, the community can organize a group for that purpose. "On my end of the county, we don't get much," said Zang.
Later last week, Zang spoke to County Executive Tari Moore regarding this issue.
"The boat ramp is an economic engine. The out of staters stop at a liquor store, stop at a food store, and buy gas. This revenue adds up. This ramp is the best resource to put a boat in. It fills a lot of needs," said Zang. "The county executive was open to discuss it. We'll see if we can find a way to make it work."
A public meeting has been set for October 13 at the Cecilton Public Library. Mayor Zang has offered the use of a larger facility, the community room at Parklands, which is next to the library.