Charlestown com­mis­sion­ers dis­cuss Long Point Beach

Cecil Whig - - & - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Town com­mis­sion­ers are hop­ing to stop fur­ther move­ment of rocks to­ward the wa­ter at Long Point Beach.

In­stalling a new tow and fix­ing the rock revet­ment were among the sev­eral projects dis­cussed at Tues­day’s town meet­ing, which also in­cluded a brief look at the com­ing fis­cal year.

The com­mis­sion­ers agreed to a mo­tion to al­low Wib Pumpaly, town ad­min­is­tra­tor, to pay King­fisher Con­struc­tion $18,650 to han­dle the project. The Elk­ton com­pany’s plan is to lay down 400

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to 800 pound rocks at the bot­tom of the revet­ment to stop fur­ther move­ment of rocks to­ward the wa­ter, Pumpaly said.

An­other project in the works is up­dat­ing the mi­nor per­mit process for build­ing per­mits out­side the his­tor­i­cal district – which is needed for such con­struc­tion as fence re­place­ments.

The pro­posed change in­cludes giv­ing the town ad­min­is­tra­tor or a code en­force­ment of­fi­cer the abil­ity to ap­prove the per­mits on site or within a few days, Andy Thomp­son, com­mis­sioner at-large for the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Board, ex­plained. Thomp­son said he is in fa­vor of the change be­cause the board will have more time to fo­cus on ma­jor per­mits and per­mits within the his­tor­i­cal district.

Pumpaly said the plan­ning board would look over the ap­proval at the board’s next meet­ing, but the work would prob­a­bly be com­pleted by then.

Com­mis­sioner Bruce Hech­mer sug­gested Thomp­son get to­gether with the board and cre­ate a pro­posal. Then the com­mis­sion­ers will vote on whether to make an amend­ment to the plan­ning and zon­ing code.

Also dur­ing the meet­ing, Re­nee Ca­pano, com­mis­sioner pres­i­dent, asked the com­mis­sion­ers to think about the town’s fis­cal year 2016- 2017 bud­get, which yielded sev­eral ini­tial sug­ges­tions.

Pumpaly dis­cussed the idea of elim­i­nat­ing the spe­cial rev­enue fund, which does not sup­port it­self. Elim­i­nat­ing the fund would re­sult in hav­ing only the gen­eral and util­i­ties funds, and money from the spe­cial rev­enues fund would go into the gen­eral fund, he said.

The com­mis­sion­ers will have to de­cide wether to in­crease or de­crease prop­erty taxes as well, Pumpaly said.

Pumpaly added he has two items that he thinks should be in­cluded in the bud­get.

“We ab­so­lutely need a new stain- less steel salt spreader that would fit in one of the trucks,” Pumpaly said.

The salt spreader the town has now is rust­ing away, and the town needs two salt spread­ers, he said. The sec­ond item the town needs is the new ex­ca­va­tor loader, Pumpaly said.

No de­ci­sions were made dur­ing the bud­getary dis­cus­sion.

In other busi­ness, the com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved a mo­tion to pay for re­pair on a Kub­ota trac­tor and to look into other op­tions which in­clude how much a new and used trac­tor would cost, as well as the op­tion of the cost to rent.

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