The more you know about how your town works, the better.
That's the philosophy for the Town of Elkton, which plans a renewed effort at educating the public about the town just in time for the new year.
Michelle Henson, Administration Office Secretary for the Town of Elkton said the town participates in the annual Maryland Municipal League "If I Were Mayor" contest. That event, for fourth graders, has sparked a desire to reach out to more citizens and share with them how the town operates.
"Cecil Manor (students) recently came to town hall. That was an amazing group of young people," said Henson. Those students toured the town visiting the Singerly Fire Company, court, and met with Judge Will Davis.
Henson said town hall tours are being encouraged. They will also show students and those interested how the wastewater treatment plant operates, show off the public works operations, and more.
"We need to be more accessible to young people. We need to impress upon the students the inner workings of the town," said Henson.
She also said students touring the town will learn about water conservation. "We will do that in such a way that that will be their mindset," she said.
Town hall and other department tours are open to schools, 4-H clubs, scouts, and other groups.
"We would live for people to have a better understanding of what's under the sidewalk and what's under the street. The more they know, the easier our job becomes," said Henson.
The town also has a museum inside town hall. There are a large number of historic photos, antique fire hydrants, and other memorabilia. To schedule a Town of Elkton tour call 410-398-0970.