by Lisa Tome
Nearly 400 Charlestown residents have snapped up their free parking passes which will entitle them to use the town amenities.
Non-resident parking pass sales have been sluggish, with only two of the $50 passes sold as of last week.
"We're trying to approach people at the busier areas, Long Point and Veterans Park to let them know that the tow truck will be here within 7-10 days," explained Charlestown town administrator Wib Pumpaly.
Those whose vehicles don't have the free resident parking passes or the non-resident passes can be subject to being towed. "The tow truck will be here at the request of a commissioner or the Cecil County Sheriff's Office," said Pumpaly.
The areas where a vehicle parking permit is always required are the following areas:
• Fairgreen Park across from Charlestown Fire Company
• Town Point Park, Beach, and Fishing Pier
• Veterans Park, Beach, and Municipal Bat Ramp on Water Street
• Parking spaces on Water Street across from The Wellwood
• Parking spaces on Water Street near the Municipal Boat Pier between Frederick and Caroline streets
The town has hired Chesapeake Service Center to periodically patrol the town. If the towing company finds a vehicle without a valid permit displayed, the vehicle will be removed.
The fee for this service is anticipated to be $275 and $50 per day storage. Residents who have not done so are asked to turn out at town hall for the "Resident Parking" pass.
These are provided at no charge to residents and property owners.
Passes are available for multiple vehicles. Residents and property owners must display these permits when parked in the designated areas.
Non-resident parking passes for out-of-town and out-of-state visitors are available at a fee of $50 per year. These passes are available at town hall 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on business days.
To obtain one by mail order at Charlestown Town Hall P.O. Box 154 Charlestown, Md. 21914. Passes are not being sold on weekends. The new regulations will be enforced 24 hours per day, everyday.
"We are doing this so residents will have a place to park and have access to the waterfront areas. Time will tell how successful this is," added Pumpaly.