by Lisa Tome
Elkton publishes an annual guide for residents which tells them everything from how to participate in town events to how to bag their grass clippings for pick up.
Now, Mayor Rob Alt is working to bring that guide to life.
The mayor is creating a series of public service announcements which are being videotaped and then placed on the town website.
"The position of mayor needs to be the face of the town. I think people can visualize things better if they see me. I think I can articulate the messages better than they can just reading the words," said Mayor Alt.
What he's taken on is far from glamorous. Public service announcements created so far, provide guidelines for disposing of yard waste and how to properly dispose of kitchen grease.
In Elkton, grass, leaves and brush can't be mixed or placed in bags. Brush should be no longer than six feet. All tree limbs should be placed in a pile and facing the same direction.
The town equipment can't process mixed piles of yard waste. Alt demonstrates how that works.
Some of this came to light last spring when Elkton's public works crewmen picked up more than 100 tons of yard waste during the month of March. Alt said that amount pushed the PSA.
He also did a public service announcement regarding proper disposal of kitchen grease in an effort to keep it out of the town water and sewer systems.
Other announcements include the effect of leaves on storm drains and the impact of water leaks in the home.
"This certainly is important. I stress that in my normal (no mayoral) job, I am on construction sites all the time. These visual videos are better for people than trying to interpret the guide," said Alt.
He will have upcoming videos regarding single stream recycling and stormwater regulations.
"We are explaining why the rules exist," said Alt.