by Lisa Tome
When the Town of Elkton needs something special created, they don't have to order it over the internet.
The Town has its own iron man, Ed Dowell.
Dowell, who works for the Department of Public Works, doing maintenance and mechanical tasks, also creates special projects that help spruce up the town.
Dowell specializes in creating one of a kind items using recycled materials.
He created an ironwork archway for the corner of Main and North streets. He also made a decorative gate for Meadow Park and another for Marina Park.
He created an archway and handrail at the Elkton Alliance and a sign at Delancy Village.
Not everything he creates is ornamental. He also made a flatbed for a town truck.
"I started out as maintenance and worked my way up to the sewer crew then to here," said Dowell. "I try to make the town look good."
He also made the frame for the sign honoring Hoppy Hammond that was unveiled recently. "He (Hammond) makes me feel good to see him out there," said Dowell. "It took me three or four hours to make the frame. Once I get it in my head, I go with it."
Right now, there's a birdbath in the town shop that Dowell has created from a damaged light pole and an old stop sign. He's been working on that project, when time allows, for a year.
"I like this job. It lets me be creative," said Dowell.
When he started working for the town a decade ago, Dowell brought with him a host of experience as a welder. He uses that to repair trucks and equipment.
"I kind of fell into it. I did a few signs and I had ideas. Then they kind of let me go with what I wanted to do," said Dowell. "Now when they ask me to make something, they expect some flair to it," he said.