by Lisa Tome
A recent charter review in Port Deposit has resulted in changes in the way the town does business.
But, explained clerk Kathy Gray for the Town Of Port Deposit, it's merely the charter now reflects the way things actually run.
Town attorney Joe Herring has been reviewing the charter over an extended period of time. He recommended the changes. "It was mostly a matter of cleaning up the language," said Gray. In other words, most of these practices have been in place but the charter wasn't up to date.
One charter amendment changes the time of town meetings to 7 p.m., a half hour earlier than the charter states. Another amendment allows the town to grant and regulate franchises for no longer than a half century as long as they are advantageous to the town.
For zoning, the town will use the Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The town will also use adhere to items amended in the 1957 edition of the article. The Board of Supervisors of Elections will now verify the registration of voters, nominations, and all town elections. The only change was the addition of the word verify.
The town has abandoned the former title of town clerk-treasurer. Now, that position is known simply as town clerk.
Along the same lines, a change was made in a delinquent tax sale ordinance, giving the town treasurer jurisdiction over tax sales.
Similar amendments give the treasurer authority to collect service rates for utilities and other payments and taxes. There are similar changes regarding the administration of the Oath of Office for town officials, bonds, and more.