East New Market tax and water rates stay the same

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Dorchester Banner/Susan M. Bautz
Maryland State Trooper Cpl. Moore of the Easton barrack addressed the East New Market commission on May 10. He agreed to assign personnel to patrol the town on a periodic basis in efforts to halt excessive speeding and other moving violations. According to Mayor Caroline Cline, “This gives us hope.”

EAST NEW MARKET — The budget ordinance for FY2017 was introduced at the May 10 East New Market commission meeting. Presented by Patty Kiss, town clerk, the final draft budget includes General Government revenue of $322,050 and Utility Revenue of $314,310. Total revenue of $636,360 balances the same amount of total expenditures. The figures are based on real estate tax rates of $.7109 per $100 of assessed value and personal property taxes of $1.60 per $100 assessment. There will be no property or personal tax increases and water rates remain the same.

Water rates for in-town residents include a base rate of $31 per the first 1,000 gallons with $8 per 1,000 gallons after the first 1,000 gallons. Out of town residents pay $46.50 on the first 1,000 gals. and $12 per 1,000 gal. after the first 1,000 gals.

Sewer Rates for in-town residents are $21 for the first 1,000 gals. and a $1 increase from $4 to $5 for each 1,000 gals after that. Out of town residents will pay a $62 flat rate per account based on flow monitoring, up from $60.

The FY2017 budget ordinance was introduced in May and will be voted on in June.

The town pays a stipend to the sheriff’s department for traffic control but still experiences problems with vehicles running through stop signs and speeding. Cpl. Moore from the MD State Police Barracks in Easton offered help. He said, “We will have one trooper from each shift come down and do patrol in the town for about an hour.” The trooper noted he will try to use grant funds for overtime patrol as well.

Cpl. Moore agreed that some enforcement in town “will give us a presence so people will know we are here and taking some action.” According to Vice Mayor David Tolley the prime times for violators are 6:30-8am and anytime from 3-6pm. He added that “Saturdays are wide open. You’d think it was the Delmar Speedway. Especially at 1 a.m. in the morning.”

In describing what often happens when she crosses Railroad Avenue to the post office, Mayor Caroline Cline quipped, “If I weren’t pretty fleet-footed for an old lady I would have been hit a lot of times already.”

Cpl. Moore explained “We’re going to open up a ‘CC’ card which is a Complaint Card and once they’re finished the enforcement in the town they’ll total the infractions and at the end of May they’ll report their statistics back to the town. We’re going to do our best.” He explained there are only two troopers in each county on the mid-shore.

Mayor Cline thanked Cpl. Moore and added, “This gives us hope.”

East New Market resident John Warner reported the latest information about his plans to re-open Mike’s Tavern in a “more family friendly way.” He has applied for the requisite permits and licenses and said they are “all green for go” with it. He addressed the commission to make sure they were happy with what he is doing and asked for their thoughts and ideas. “It sounds as though you’ve done your homework to this point,” said Mayor Cline. The commissioners will offer a letter of support for his project.

In her update on funding progress for restoration of the train station depot Mayor Cline referred to the ongoing attempt to receive funds promised a decade ago. In March an e-mail from Ann Bruder of the MD Historical Trust (MHT) promised a response within a few weeks on the funding agreement between MHT and the State Highway Administration (SHA). There was no response. Ms. Cline said, “We have had one more e-mail from Ann Bruder saying she needs a few more days to finalize the agreement with SHA and that would bring us up to Friday (May 13).” As of the Banner publication date, no response was received.

“We all remember that the reason we took ownership of that train station depot is that we were promised, since we didn’t have the money, that $40,000 was waiting for us to begin the restoration. We received no money. We, out of our shallow pockets, did go ahead and at least put a roof on it so it wouldn’t continue to deteriorate and also put pigeon barriers up. The town has spent money and shown goodwill in supporting this and that’s why it ‘sticks in the craw’ to have so many run-arounds.”

Mayor Cline said town officials met with Senior Apartments Manager Marc Bramble and Larry Porter, head of the corporation that manages the apartments. The group decided to arrange a monthly meeting with residents to address their concerns and update them on progress. Mr. Bramble will set a date and notify the residents.

Planning and Zoning code enforcement officer Nancy Jackson, reported on several properties that have been cited for violations most of which were abated after re-inspection because of conformance with town regulations.

Susan Bautz is a freelance writer for the Dorchester Banner.

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