No furlough days for Port Deposit employees

Port Deposit town employees are no longer facing furlough days and possible holiday changes after Tuesday's town meeting, where lingering budget issues were resolved.

At the meeting, a $21,000 accounting error was discovered in the 2012 budget, where an insurance line item was entered twice, according to Town Administrator Erika Quesenbery.

The error allowed the town to "stave off" furlough days, she wrote in an e-mail, as well as balanced the budget. Originally, the budget included a roughly $6,700 deficit which was leading the town to not only consider holiday changes for its six employees, but three furlough days as well, according to Administrative Assistant Kathy Gray.

With the $21,000 addition to the budget, however, Gray said neither the furlough days or the holiday changes would be necessary.

The town council also discussed a new grant Tuesday which would allow the installation of floating docks on the waterfront. Gray said they had already bought docks before, but could not install them because in the proposed location they found underwater sea grasses that are essential to theChesapeake Bay.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources signed a land use agreement with Mayor Wayne Tome and council members, according to Quesenbery, to move forward with the project to a new location at Navy Pier. It will add more than 200 feet of docks for boaters in Port Deposit.

Town council members also approved a park permit for the first-ever Cecil County Food and Wine Festival, featuring George Jones, to be held in Marina Park.

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