by Lisa Tome
There is new hope on Port Deposit's horizon.
Several long looming projects are moving closer to fruition.
One of which, will make both guests and visitors more comfortable. Plans to build public and permanent restrooms in Marina Park are moving forward. There will be men's and women's bathrooms as well as showers in the comfort station. There will also be drinking fountains at the site. Currently, those who turn out at Marina Park use portable toilets which the town rents.
Just down the street, a new antique place, rich with town history has opened. Martha Barchowsky and Lee Banks bought the former Jacob Tome carriage house on Port Deposit's South Main Street.
The building, built in approximately the 1850s, has a huge first floor where the carriages were stored. The second floor features a huge apartment, most of which is vintage.
Another key to Port Deposit's future is the Tome Gas House. That is being converted to an educational and recreational center.
Mayor Wayne Tome said last week that a waterfront staple in the town may reopen soon. The restaurant that was most recently the Susky Grill has new owners according to Tome.
He won't reveal who is taking over yet, but would say they have connections to several established restaurants.
On a smaller scale, the town is also getting two new vehicles for its maintenance department. An F350 truck and an F550 dump truck. The dump truck was paid for with VLT (casino) grant funds. Tome said it will be used for hauling debris and mulch, as well as getting rid of large items which are frequently discarded along the town streets. Both the new vehicles will have plowing capabilities. During snow, town crews are responsible for plowing parking lots and side streets. The State Highway Administration handles Main Street because it is a state road.