by Lisa Tome
The retirement of Elkton's parking enforcement officer, Ed Davis, has opened the door for exploration in Elkton's downtown.
Elkton Town Clerk Michelle Henson said that the town board is currently weighing the options on whether metered parking will remain in place.
Currently, and through the end of the year, parking will be free.
"We are weighing it. The meters are out of service and it's not being enforced," said Henson. The free parking began on September 10, by consensus of the town board.
According to Town of Elkton Finance Director Steven Repole, between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, the town collected $24,115 in parking meter revenue. An additional $5,000 more, $29,345, was collected in parking fines during that same time span.
Elkton has 127 meters located on the municipal parking lot on West Main Street, and on Bow Street, West High Street, Singerly Avenue, Main Street, and South Street.
The fee for meters is five cents for six minutes, 10 cents for 12 minutes, and a quarter for 30 minutes.
In other business from the Town of Elkton:
• According to Henson, the town is looking to their waste hauler, Waste Management, as they are considering contracting yard waste pick up services. She said the town board is weighing the costs and benefits of adding this service instead of having town crews perform the task.
• During a recent storm in Elkton, town crews were burdened with hauling more than 100 loads of fallen trees, limbs, branches and more.
• Howard's Pond remains closed through November as valve work is being performed in preparation for another project. Henson said no one has complained about the closure of the pond, which is a popular fishing spot. "We haven't heard a peep," said Henson.