Perryville works to determine town boundaries
— The board got its first report Tuesday night on an ongoing effort to establish the town’s boundaries.
Donald E. Sutton, property line surveyor with McCrone Engineering, told Perryville’s board of commissioners last week that he has been using both air and ground searches to find all the stone markers that define the borders of the town.
“We’ve found parts that are missing and parts that don’t match,” Sutton said of his comparisons to older boundary maps so far. “Along the Susquehanna River there’s no information.”
Past maps merely indicate that the town’s boundary extends “to the Susquehanna River,” he said.
Commissioner Alan Fox said he’ll be curious to see how the town’s riparian rights play out.
“Perryville’s got a considerable amount of shoreline that’s subject to change,” Fox said.
For now, McCrone surveyors are working on a base of information using aerial maps and boots on the ground.
“The northwest corner is completely wooded and
blocks out our GPS system,” Sutton said. “Around Mill Creek there are variations we have to sort out.”
Areas around the railroad bridges are not clearly defined either, Sutton pointed out.
Another element of the study is comparing the boundaries with what Cecil County and the state of Maryland view as town limits.
Mary Ann Skilling, town planner, said some of the current maps date back to the 1970s even though there have been annexations since. To keep the map fresh in the future, Skilling suggested the town add language to its annexation rules that would require anyone seeking to join town limits to pay for updating the maps.
“So any future annexation will automatically tie in,” Skilling said.
Sutton expects to be able to present the final package to Perryville in the spring.
“When it’s finished, the town will get CAD (computer-aided design) files,” he said.
While paper maps would also be part of the package, Sutton said the computerized system allows for better viewing.
“With the CAD, you can zoom in or out and see the full picture,” he said.
Donald E. Sutton, property line surveyor with McCrone Engineering, explains to Perryville commissioners how he is establishing the location of boundary markers in preparation for drawing maps showing town limits.