by Lisa Tome
While new businesses are good for downtown Port Deposit, they aren't good for resident parking.
Town officials decided last week to provide resident parking passes to four North Main Street residents. Vicki Singleton and her husband have been longtime residents of the unit block of North Main Street.
Their neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Abrams, also asked for permits to use a former bank parking lot.
Town solicitor Joe Herring said that the town can designate areas for resident parking. Those would be enforceable and those not abiding the law would be fined $50. The town has ordinances in place.
Both the Singletons and the Abrams' have physical limitations.
It was decided that they will received the designated spots and hang tags for their vehicles.
Future parking issues will be determined on a case by case basis.
In other business from the Town of Port Deposit:
• Councilwoman Judy Leonard was absent from the February 3 town meeting.
• Mayor Tome provided the Safety Tip of the Month. He urged residents to avoid slips, trips, and falls and to beware of black ice.
• Resident Rodney Reamer complimented the town's public works crewmen Steven Clark and Floyd Taylor for keeping the streets and sidewalks clear of ice and snow. Reamer walks his puppies and appreciates their efforts.
• The council took another look at Resolution 02-2015 which is adoption of the new zoning maps. These maps reflect a dozen years of changes. Councilman Bob Kuhs commented that with the new maps, his home is in the central business district. "I can open a store," quipped Kuhs.
• Council continued discussions regarding the wastewater treatment agreement extension with Cecil County Government. "It's crunch time with this. It's been pretty intense," said Mayor Tome. The agreement is now headed back to the county for additional fine tuning.
• By a 3-2 vote, Port Deposit's Council opted to not donate $500 for Perryville High School's Band. Councilman John Leeds said the reaction from the community was the trip to Florida does not provide a direct benefit to the community.
• The council decided to provide six $100 tax rebates to Water Witch Fire Company members who live in the downtown. The firefighters have to meet length of service requirements to get the rebate. Mayor Tome is one of the $100 recipients. The mayor did not vote on this action. This motion passed 4-1.
• The deadline for filing for the town election is March 9 by 4:30 p.m. The council seats held by Jeff Spangler, Judy Leonard, John Haines, and Mayor Tome are up for election.