Franchot tours Canal Museum, downtown Ches. City
— County and town officials rolled out the welcome mat for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on Friday during a tour of the C & D Canal Museum, the canal’s traffic control center and several businesses in town.
After a decade as state comptroller, Franchot has transformed himself from a liberal Democrat to an independent-thinking Democrat, who has been a fiscal conservative voice on the three-member Board of
Public Works, often siding with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
“I get along great with Hogan,” Franchot said. “He’s a breath of fresh air. He’s been reigning in spending and state debt, as well as improving the state’s customer service. It’s really a pleasure to work with him. We don’t always agree, but he’s objective and openminded and he listens.”
Franchot served for 20 years as a state delegate from Montgomery County prior to being elected comptroller, often supporting education and environmen- tal causes. Since becoming comptroller in 2006, he has taken his job of tax collector seriously, often going after tax cheats like those who avoid cigarette and alcohol taxes owed to the state.
He’s also adopted his own version of the “wooden nickel” that former Comptroller Louis Goldstein used to give to those he met.
“I had this medal made,” Franchot said, holding up a round medal engraved with Maryland State Comptroller and appropriate insignia.“I
like to give this to people as a way of thanking them for doing a good job.”
On Friday, Franchot gave one of those medals to Joe Pintal, chief engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Franchot stopped for a visit at the Canal Museum before heading into downtown.
Tracey Sampson, a member of the Chesapeake City Historic Commission, led the tour of downtown, which included stops at the Ship Watch Inn bed and breakfast, Old Gray Mare Gift Shoppe, Chick’s boutique, Inn at the Canal bed and breakfast, My Jew- elry Place and Prime 225 restaurant.
Though this was Franchot’s first visit to Chesapeake City, he has visited Cecil County many times; most recently this spring.
While strolling along Bohemia Avenue, Franchot and the group ran into Cecil County Tourism Coordinator Sandy Turner, who was in town distributing tourism brochures.
“I really like the feel of this town,” Franchot said. “It’s really nice.”
County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy, County Councilmembers-elect Jackie Gregory and Bob Meffley, Register of the Wills Mike Dawson, Lyn Nickle, Chesapeake City Mayor Dean Geracimos and Chesapeake City Councilman Harry Sampson joined Franchot on the tour.
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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is surrounded by shop owners and officials Friday as he toured downtown Chesapeake City.
State Comptroller Peter Franchot learns how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controls marine traffic in the C & D Canal.