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Perryville passes supplementary snow contract

Perryville's board of commissioners approved a budget amendment of $297,396 for the public works building under construction and $15,600 in engineering consultant services for water and wastewater during its meeting Wednesday night.

The board also approved a request to ban parking in front of condos on Roundhouse Drive and voted 3 to 2 to approve a contract to help with winter snow removal, supplementing the town's public works staff.

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Commissioner Michael Dawson and Mayor Jim Eberhardt voted against the supplementary contract.

Dawson suggested going out to bid with the contract, while Commissioner Michelle Linkey and Mayor Jim Eberhardt said time constraint is the issue, as the time to bid would be in the spring.

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Dawson said he thinks 30 days is plenty of time to get it out and get it back by the next meeting.

He said he just wants to see companies get a fair chance to work with the town, and ensure the town would be getting "the best deal, the best service, the best price."

He made a motion to seek three competitive bids for supplementary snow removal, but no one seconded the motion.

Commissioner Barbara Brown replied if the proposal went to bid, the conditions for it should be made very clear.

Linkey made a motion to accept the contract but revisit it in March.

Several residents, including a recent town commissioner, were recognized by Mayor Jim Eberhardt for being volunteers in the community.

Eberhardt presented former town commissioner Gary Tennis with a plaque recognizing his service from 2007 to 2011.

Tennis was voted off the board during the last election.

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"It's not always an easy proposition when we need folks in town as we do to serve as town commissioner," Eberhardt said.

He said Tennis put a lot of hours into the job and oversaw a number of issues, such as the town's water system.

"Gary did an outstanding job and that's not the only thing he does," he said. "It just seems like when you find people who volunteer in the community and give back in the community, it's not a one-time thing… and it certainly isn't with Gary."

Steve and Denise McGee, of All About You Hair Salon, made a donation of about $200 to the police department.

Eberhardt thanked the McGees, as well as all volunteers, including Tennis, in the town.

"It is a real testimony to the fact that volunteers are really needed in this community, volunteers make this community work," he said. "That's what makes a small town work."

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Eberhardt said the town is getting set for its Christmas events, including a tree lighting Dec. 10.

Commissioner Alan Fox introduced Michael Hamilton, a Perryville High School graduate who lives in Rising Sun, as a new town employee for the wastewater treatment plant.

Town administrator Denise Breder said the pier is back under construction and Mary Ann Skilling is looking into mitigation for it.

Eberhardt said he had heard Port Deposit had been awarded a "quiet zone" designation at a railroad crossing, but Breder said that is not true.

She said it is very expensive for a railroad area to be considered a "quiet zone" and costs at least $700,000 to create, and that very few such zones are given out anymore.

Finance director Rachel Deaner said the town has $2 million in PNC bank, an increase because the town got its local impact money from Cecil County.

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She also said she just got word $84,000 would be coming from Hollywood Casino as part of the local impact funding.

She also said the town is finished with its audit as of Wednesday.

Fox asked if the local impact fees will be dispersed monthly, and Deaner replied she believed they would.

Eberhardt asked Lt. Allen Miller if there is anything residents can do about a recent rash of burglaries.

"We are happy with the way the investigation is going," Miller said. "A lot of it is just common sense. If you see something suspicious, call 911. We don't mind coming out; we'd rather come out and have it be nothing."

He also said Hollywood Casino has been having a problem with its phone system and it has been dialing 911 when nothing is happening.

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The town has received five calls for service from the casino for the month.


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