by Lisa Tome
Those who live in Charlestown will soon have permits which allow them to use the town facilities and park on the streets.
Those who visit the town, will have to pay for theirs.
"We're diligently working on permit parking starting January 1. We've contracted with Chesapeake Service Center as our towing company. We will have an electronic gate on the boat ramp. Everyone (who lives) in Charlestown will get resident parking permit passes," said Charlestown town administrator Wib Pumpaly.
Pumpaly said although the number isn't set in stone, those non residents who want to use the town boat ramp and want to park their boat trailer, will now have to pay up.
The current number is $100 per year. That fee amount is subject to change.
"The citizens have no place to park. People come here from Philadelphia, Wilmington, and from all over. We want to preserve parking and the boat ramp for the town citizens," said Pumpaly.
The electronic boat ramp gate should be in place within two weeks.
In other business from Charlestown:
• A town tradition is being revived. A town Christmas tree will be installed and lighted at the corner of Market and Bladen streets, in the area of the post office and stockade.
Town staffers said that the electricity has been in place. Now the tree will be put in place and decorated, hopefully, before Thanksgiving.
• The Charlestown town board will host a Community Open House on Friday, December 13 from 1:30-5 p.m.
• The town's nautical-themed Christmas decorations will also be put up. "Nothing says Merry Christmas like a seashell in front of your house," joked Pumpaly.