Perryville denies request to change signage regulations

The Perryville Board of Town Commissioners voted to not change the town's zoning code on signage regulations during Tuesday's town hall meeting.

It had been previously requested by Commissioner Michael Dawson in July to change the regulations to allow pylon signs in a commercial area near the I-95 interchange.

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

It was Feazell's hope that having the option of a pylon sign would attract a fast food restaurant or convenience store to the property.

Mayor Jim Eberhardt and the other commissioners asked the planning commission, which Dawson sits in on, to review the regulations and make a recommendation on the request.

The commission recommended the town not change the sign regulations and that recommendation was upheld.

Fire company grant

After months of back and forth, the town approved a $55,000 grant for the Community Fire Company of Perryville to partially fund its full-time EMS service.

"The agreement runs through the balance of this fiscal year and provides $55,000 of funding now, with an additional $25,000 if and when appropriated by the board," wrote Town Administrator Denise Breder in an e-mail Wednesday.

The fire company made the grant request earlier this year, hoping to fund the 24/7 program.

Dog park

Voting in line with staff recommendation, a request from the residents to create a dog park on vacant property near the river was denied.

Town staff and commissioners raised questions during October's work session over the safety of the dogs and residents, if there was enough space for a dog park and who would be responsible for maintaining the park.

Modification to revitalization grant award

Arrowhead Properties, the owner of the Shops at Perryville, will have its grant for downtown revitalization changed to reflect the project in which the money will be used.

"They were granted $10,000 to install a standing seam metal roof and some related work, which was expected to cost approximately $42,000 in total," Breder wrote. "They requested to change that grant to installing a shingle roof for a cost of approximately $11,000 with $10,000 of that being grant."

The grant review committee reviewed the request and recommended if Arrowhead chooses to accept the grant that it still be required to install the standing seam metal roof with a 6-month extension to do the work.

In other business during Tuesday's meeting:

Outward Bound Baltimore was given permission to camp out at the Community Park on Nov. 13.

A Government Works' Proclamation was read and a presentation was made to April Sumpter, owner of Box Car Avenue Ice Cream Shop, as the first to complete a Downtown Revitalization Grant.

$5,250 was reserved from local impact grant funding last year to install security cameras at various parks in town. A budget amendment was approved to take that money out of reserve and use it this fiscal year.

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