Incumbent Elkton commissioner Piner sworn in
Candidates line up for VanReenen’s seat
— Earl Piner was in a familiar place Wednesday night: taking the oath of office after another successful re-election campaign.
Although familiar, the incumbent town commissioner said he was still welcoming a new chapter in his fourth term.
“Now, I’m gonna start off fresh and new. You’re not even going to know this guy today,” he said.
Among some of his goals for this term are addressing crime, increasing involvement with homeowner’s associations and reducing sewer and water bills.
During Wednesday’s meeting, Piner addressed some of the projects he would like to take on or look into.
Piner asked John Downs, town attorney, to look into adding “public property” into the town’s property nuisance abatement ordinance. Right now, the ordinance primarily pertains to commercial and residential property with some exceptions.
Piner also addressed a question he read on social media about an ordinance that prevents people selling items from the back of their vehicles. Michelle Henson, administrative office secretary for the town, said a notice about having a transient vendor license to sell items is posted on the town’s web- site. Henson advised residents who see vendors who are selling goods out of their vehicle and think they may not have a license to contact the police.
Piner also expressed his interest in taking a more proactive approach with the town’s homeowner’s associations and the issues they raise. He said he’d like to be the liaison for them, attending their meetings when possible. Piner said different areas have issues that the board may not know about unless the associations com- municate their issues.
“I’m not saying we’re going to solve all of your problems, but at least we’ll be aware of some of the issues that you’re talking about in your meetings,” he added.
Piner also discussed a desire to reduce residents’ water and sewer bills, noting that the town has a water audit being done now.
After the meeting, Piner said he is looking forward to being more involved with the community issues and not just listening to the issues.
On Thursday, Alt said he is already pleased with some of the items Piner discussed during the meeting and shares Piner’s desire to reduce town utility rates. Alt said there would be no refund for utilities, but he was targeting a minimum 10 percent reduction in sewer rates.
Incumbent Charles Givens, who also won re-election in the May municipal election, was not sworn in during Wednesday’s meeting because he was out of town, but he will be sworn in at the June 15 meeting.
The Town Board of Commissioners also have another seat to fill: the one vacated by DJ VanReenen, who resigned last week. Mayor Rob Alt said there are nine individuals who have expressed interest in filling the seat. The board will accept entries until June 15, and will make a decision during a closed meeting on that same day. The new commissioner will be sworn in on July 6, Alt said.
Elkton Mayor Rob Alt (left) swears in incumbent Town Commissioner Earl Piner on Wednesday night.