Piner wants to see long-sought dreams realized
— After three terms on the Town Board of Commissioners, incumbent Earl Piner wants to see the fruits of the labors that he and others have worked for years.
Piner is one of four candidates running for two open seats on the Elkton Town Board of Commissioners in the May 24 town election. The top two votegetters will earn the seats along incumbent commissioners Mary Jo Jablonski and DJ VanReenen, and Mayor Rob Alt.
Piner, 59, said three of his goals include filling positions within the Elkton Police Depar tment, increasing community involvement and moving forward with a plan to build a community recreation center.
He is one of four candidates vying for two seats in the May 24 town election.
The Elkton Police De- partment needs to fill the eight open police officer positions within the department to continue to effectively combat crime, Piner said, noting he believes the department is doing a “phenomenal job” at responding to calls and addressing issues. Piner said he plans to be more involved with the police department in a fourth term, as far as giving input and comments from the community and following up with local concerns that involve the department.
“I like to be the citizens’ ears when it comes to connecting to the town is- sues,” he said.
Piner also wants more of the Elkton community to become informed on the issues confronting the town and have more people bring their ideas and thoughts to the board members to identify local needs and concerns.
“I’m willing to listen and learn from others to find out the issues we need to attack,” he said.
He said issues such as drugs, prostitution and vagrancy have come up multiple times within the community. Piner said the board would need to sit down with town residents to develop a plan to address the concerns.
“I listen to the citizens and try to follow up on their concerns,” he said.
As a well-known youth basketball coach, Piner has long been a proponent of a community center, which he believes would give children a place to go after school and residents somewhere to socialize and exercise. He said he still identifies the center as “a need for the community.”
Piner said he would like to see the recreation center become a reality. In the past, the commissioners have faced issues such as land, location and funding, but with a new offer on the table, he wants to see his dream finished.
He said when it comes to economic development, he would like to see the vacant storefronts in the downtown area occupied by businesses, such as restaurants and stores catering to specific needs.
Piner attended Wilmington University from 1977 to 1978 for business and finished his Associate in Arts degree for business from Cecil College in 2009. He is currently employed at W.L. Gore and Associates.