Ryan hopes to con­tinue as Per­ryville town com­mis­sioner

Cecil Whig - - PERRYVILLE ELECTION - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Should Ray Ryan win his third term as a town com­mis­sioner in the May 10 elec­tion, he will be busy.

“There’s a se­ries of things that make me keep go­ing,” Ryan, 54, said of his de­sire for re-elec­tion.

Ryan is one of three names in the race for com­mis­sioner, which also in­cludes in­volved cit­i­zen An­thony “Tony” Gerst and Robert Ashby, a cur­rent mem­ber of the town plan­ning com­mis­sion. Also in the up­com­ing elec­tion, Mayor Jim Eber­hardt is

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run­ning un­op­posed for a sev­enth term.

Ryan grew up in town, grad­u­at­ing from Per­ryville High School in 1980. First on Ryan’s to-do list as com­mis­sioner is con­tin­u­ing to build a re­serve in the wa­ter and sewer fund.

“We’ve been rais­ing the rates 4 per­cent each year for the past few years,” Ryan said, adding the rates have been sta­bi­lized.

Ryan also wants to see the town hall com­plex to com­ple­tion. Bids for con­struc­tion of the first phase — the new Per­ryville Police Depart­ment — will be opened soon.

“And I still haven’t ac­com- plished as much as I’d like with get­ting new busi­nesses and res­i­dents in town,” Ryan said.

To do that, he said the town needs to do a better job of pro­mot­ing it­self.

“We have to start look­ing out­side the box. What are we miss­ing in what we of­fer?” he said. “And we have to find busi­nesses that will at­tract peo­ple in spite of the tolls.”

To get to Per­ryville from points south us­ing ei­ther Route 40 or In­ter­state 95, driv­ers have to pay an $8 toll.

While the town needs pro­mo­tion help, what Per­ryville does best is man­age its money, Ryan said. That in­cludes the check the town gets each month from Hol­ly­wood Casino.

“And we do have great parks and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties for the kids,” he said, adding that Lower Ferry Park will be the next lo­ca­tion to get a play­ground.

“It will be a mix of equip­ment,” Ryan said, not­ing there will be some­thing for tod­dlers up to older kids.

A life­time mem­ber and cur­rent fire chief of the Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany of Per­ryville, and a pro­fes­sional trainer and ex­er­cise plan­ner for Har­ford County Emer­gency Ser­vices, Ryan is among those con­cerned about the changes pro­posed for Har­ford Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal. He is es­pe­cially con­cerned with how the emer­gency depart­ment will op­er­ate at its new Bulle Rock lo­ca­tion, set to open in about five years.

“This is go­ing to be a lot more dif­fi­cult for our am­bu­lance crews,” he said of wait and travel times, in spite of as­sur­ances to the con­trary from Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake and Union Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials.

As he fin­ishes his sec­ond term, Ryan said he has no re­grets from those first four years.

“I work to do the best I can for the town,” he said. “I have the ex­pe­ri­ence and car­ing for this town I grew up in.”

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