by Lisa Tome
Elkton officials are looking at making major changes in the way water customers are billed.
And Mayor Rob Alt is excited about it.
"We are making a decision on smart meters. We may place new smart meters in that we can read right from the office," said Alt. He also said that the town could switch to a monthly billing cycle instead of the current quarterly billing.
"That could allow us to detect leaks and let customers know right away. Right now, we are still exploring the cost to make sure the juice is worth the squeeze," said Alt.
Elkton officials are also gearing up for budget preparation time.
In other business from the Town of Elkton:
• The Flaming Kabob is moving from Route 40 behind Royal Farms near Delancy Road, to the space most recently occupied by Pizza Wheel in Commercial Plaza.
• Two years ago, Elkton planted cherry blossoms in hopes of attracting visitors to see them.
The trees didn't bloom last year but the mayor remains hopeful.
He dreams that at some point, Elkton will be a destination, similar to Washington, D.C., to see cherry blossoms.
Back in 2015, a number of trees were removed from the area surrounding Elkton's municipal building on Railroad Avenue and North Street. The trees were taken out because they were touching overhead wires and buckling the sidewalk.
Now tree boxes were built and eight foot cherry blossom trees were planted. In all, about 20 trees were put in. "I'll be disappointed if they don't bloom this year," said Alt.
• Sue Whitaker, one of the founders of the Elkton Alliance will be named Citizen of the Year on March 30.