Perryville's mayor and board of commissioners continued to consider a change to the town's zoning code during an Oct. 16 work session, following requests from one commissioner in favor of the change and a recommendation from the planning commission against it.

In July, Commissioner Michael Dawson requested the town's zoning code on signage regulations be changed to allow pylon signs in a commercial area near the I-95 interchange.

Local land owner Steve Feazell approached the town about the change, so he could erect a pylon sign on his property on Route 222.

Feazell is in talks with fast food restaurants to put a McDonald's, Wawa or something similar on the property.


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Mayor Jim Eberhardt and the other commissioners asked the planning commission to review the regulations and make a recommendation on the request, and they have recommended the town not change the sign regulations.

The mayor and commissioners still need to make a final decision on the matter.

Fire company agreement

The Community Fire Company of Perryville requested earlier this year that the town help fund its full-time career services program for a 24/7 paid EMS service.

The town and fire company have worked together since the request to draft a one-year grant agreement for $80,000.

"I anticipate that this will be voted on at the [Nov. 6] town meeting," Town Administrator Denise Breder wrote in an e-mail following the work session. "I am waiting on a final draft of the agreement, which the attorneys for the town and fire company are trying to find the right language to include regarding indemnification and liability."

Rental dwelling code

A "few minor corrections" need to be made to the town's rental dwelling code, Breder said, including making "rental dwelling /rental unit versus dwelling/dwelling unit/rooming unit language consistent throughout the code and possibly allowing the two-year fee to be prorated."

Dog park

Perryville residents have requested a dog park be created on vacant property near the river.

Town staff and the commissioner for parks and recreation reviewed the request and recommended to the mayor and town commissioners that they not establish a dog park at that location for the following reasons:

• Who could confirm that all dogs have been vaccinated and are up to date on their shots?

• Would all dogs being watched by their owners at all times?

• Possibly aggressive dogs, concern of people not cleaning up after their pets and waste runoff toward the river;

• Approval is required from the Maryland Department of the Environment;

• There is an insufficient amount of space needed for a dog park;