Secretary commissioners sworn in at commission meeting

 

Dorchester Banner/Susan M. Bautz  Secretary Mayor Susan Dukes proudly displays the Maryland Municipal League’s Hall of Fame Award presented to her at the organization’s recent convention for her 25 years of community service.

Dorchester Banner/Susan M. Bautz
Secretary Mayor Susan Dukes proudly displays the Maryland Municipal League’s Hall of Fame Award presented to her at the organization’s recent convention for her 25 years of community service.

SECRETARY — At the July 5 Secretary commission meeting Town Clerk Yvonne Pritchett swore in two residents who won election in May. William Lauck has served the town in various public offices for many years and was re-elected as commissioner for a 2-year term. Michael Dennis served as commissioner from 2012-2014. After a brief hiatus, Mr. Dennis won election as a write-in candidate defeating incumbent Thomas Shimek.

Mayor Susan Dukes was inducted into the Maryland Municipal League’s Hall of Fame for 25 years of service to the community. The mayor said, “It was a very nice ceremony and I certainly appreciate the recognition.”

A major thorn in the side of town officials is the ongoing problem with boaters using the boat ramp and haphazardly parking trailers and trucks on grassy areas. Mayor Dukes spoke with Keith Lackie, regional planner with the Maryland Department of Planning about removing the grass and adding additional paved parking spaces. She reported he saw no problem if the project complies with state regulations. Mr. Lackie agreed to meet with town representatives to visit the site and review a draft plan drawn up by Public Works Manager B.J. Gullion.

Ms. Pritchett spoke with Sandi Pepe from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who said the project is considered “grant eligible.” Following the meeting with Mr. Lackie cost estimates will be gathered and presented to the DNR as a grant proposal. Mayor Dukes said, “Hopefully next year we can get additional parking over there because that boat ramp is constantly packed, even on non-holiday weekends.”

Henry Short, who has served the town as a commission member and mayor, was elected commission president.

Mr. Short recently met with Tammy Shay, director of programs, policy and communications for the Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) network. He said, Ms. Shay “works with small towns to set up after school programs with the local schools.” Mayor Dukes suggested that a meeting be arranged with commissioners, a board of education representative, and newly assigned Warwick Elementary School Principal Vaughn Evans. Mr. Dennis noted that “getting something going to benefit local children would have a really positive outcome.” MOST is a statewide youth development organization, dedicated to offering opportunities for young people during after-school hours.

The commission voted unanimously to begin preparing an application for a Community Parks and Playground grant to refurbish the tennis court and possibly remove and replace the mulch from the playground.

The community yard sale is slated for July 16, 7 am, with a rain date of July 23.

Susan Bautz is a freelance writer for the Dorchester Banner.

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