Perryville town leaders debated Tuesday whether to send a request to Cecil County officials to make a portion of Cedar Corner Road a one-way street in order to address complaints about traffic issues from neighborhood residents.
They decided to discuss the matter more during an upcoming work session and did not take a vote Tuesday.
Mayor Jim Eberhardt recommended to the town commissioners that the two-lane Cedar Corner from the railroad underpass to Route 40 (Pulaski Highway) should be made one-way going toward Route 40.
The Perryville town boundary extends slightly east of the intersection of Cedar Corner and Ingleside Avenue, and the remainder of Cedar Corner, going toward Route 40, is maintained by Cecil County.
Eberhardt told the commissioners that the county would need to approve making that section of road one-way.
The county-maintained portion of Cedar Corner is about a quarter of a mile long, and the section between the underpass and the highway is about 200 feet, according to Town Administrator Denise Breder.
The mayor said residents who live in the neighborhood along Cedar Corner have expressed concerns to town officials about three months ago about traffic safety in their community, especially as the road is used as a shortcut from Route 40 to Route 222 (Perryville Road).
Residents had also mentioned there is no deceleration lane for drivers traveling west on Route 40, which would allow them to safely slow down and make a right turn on Cedar Corner – Eberhardt said even he checks his rearview mirror carefully when turning right on Cedar Corner.
"In looking at that situation, it certainly seemed to be a better alternative to make it one way out to Route 40," he explained.
The mayor said he had "been bugging the heck out of" county officials on the matter in response to a question from Commissioner Raymond A. Ryan about why it had taken at least three months from the time when residents expressed their concerns during a town meeting to the point where the commissioners were voting on sending a request to the county.
"I could tell you I have way too many questions to be able to address this now," Ryan said.
Commissioner Barbara Brown made a motion to send the request to the county, saying she wants the town to work to reduce traffic, especially in residential areas, as it becomes a greater issue for Perryville.
"If you can reduce it in a residential community, I think that's a good thing," she said.
Brown did not get a second on her motion, however, and it died.
Commissioner Michelle Linkey, who also said she wants to gather more information about making the change to one-way, made a motion to bring the matter up at the town's next work session, to give commissioners time to compile "questions and concerns" and send them to town staffers to gather more information to present at the work session.
The commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of Linkey's motion; Brown voted against it.
Insurance policy changed
The town commissioners voted unanimously to accept a bid from the Local Government Insurance Trust, or LGIT, to serve as Perryville's insurance carrier.
Breder said the policy, which has an annual cost of $105,825, would cover all municipal insurance needs other than employee health coverage.
The town administrator said the LGIT policy would take effect Nov. 15.