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Perryville rejects proposal to buy cell tower leases

Going with the recommendation of the town's financial director and administrator, Perryville commissioners voted not to accept an unsolicited proposal to buy the town's cell tower site leases.

AP Wireless had proposed to the town that it buy its leases with communications companies for cell towers and in return pay the town a lump sum up front based on the remaining time and amount on that lease.

Finance director Rachel Deaner recommended to the town's mayor and board of commissioners during Tuesday's town hall meeting not to accept AP's proposal and not "entertain any more unsolicited proposals."

Denise Breder, town administrator, noted that two other companies also asked to send unsolicited proposals.

"It's very time consuming," Deaner said of the process. "I don't think the town needs to sell their tower site leases."

Breder agreed, adding that if or when the town decides to seriously consider this kind of agreement, it would solicit bids.

The money the town earns from these leases go toward its water fund, Mayor Jim Eberhardt explained.

If the town were to ever enter into a similar agreement, instead of a steady stream of revenue it would receive one large payment, something Commissioner Michelle Linkey feels would impact the town's water fund negatively.

The commissioners and mayor ultimately voted not to accept the proposal from AP Wireless and not consider similar unsolicited bids in the future.

Boat tour agreement

Commissioner Barbara Brown said during her report that the town has drafted an agreement with Bay Runner Tours to use Lower Ferry Pier as the home for its business and dock its boat there during business hours.

The agreement, she added, is based on other town's agreements, but modified to be specific to Perryville.

A vote on the matter was originally scheduled on the night's agenda, but the mayor and commissioners agreed that because the town attorney needs to look it over it was best to postpone the decision to a later meeting.

Hawkins agreement

The town will modify an agreement with the owners of the Hawkins Court subdivision to reflect that the owners will pay a certain percentage of paving costs to Elm Street based on a previous bid and not based off a new amount once the town does infrastructure work that affects the road.

The town's current agreement state that 70 percent of paving costs and repairs to Elm Street will be paid by Hawkins because of stormwater management work that affected the street.

Now that the work is complete and repairs are ready to be paid for, the town decided to change the agreement because there will be major infrastructure work on Elm Street that would require the town to further damage the road.

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