by Lisa Tome
Welcome to Port Deposit, you may soon be on camera while you're here.
Mayor Wayne Tome wants the town to be more safe and secure. Among the ideas he is considering is posting surveillance cameras at the entrances to town. Tome said one of his motivations is the theft of HVAC units from in town properties last year.
Town funds won't be used to pay for them. The surveillance cameras and other public safety upgrades will be the subject of a Video Lottery Terminal Local Community Grant.
The purpose of the VLT Local Community Grant is to provide funds to mitigate the impact of the Perryville VLT gaming facility on local resources and communities.
Town administrator Vicky Rinkerman said that grant, which is being written for $25,000, will include security cameras in various areas of town. There is also a request for high tech smoke alarms/motion detectors for town hall and the public works building on South Main Street.
A second VLT grant request, if approved, will be for $16,000. That will pay for additional upgrades at the Tome Gas House and hook-ups for the town's work in progress comfort station.
The VLT grant application deadline is June 1.
The town is also applying for a Historic Trust Grant to fund hazard mitigation based on recommendations from the Army Corps of Engineers.
In other business from Port Deposit:
• The Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce is putting final touches on their plans for a self-guided cell phone tour of the town. Sites along the tour will include Gerry House, Merchant's Mill, Town Square drinking fountain, Tome Institute, Paw Paw Museum, Jacob's Ladder, post office, Tome Carriage House, Jacob Tome, Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, Cecil National Bank, Port Deposit Presbyterian Church, and Tome Gas House.