Perryville to in­stall honor box at town boat ramp

Pro­jected to bring in $13K

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Town of­fi­cials plan to in­stall an honor box at Perr yville’s boat ramp off Round­house Drive for a one- year trial pe­riod start­ing in March.

Perryville com­mis­sion­ers cleared the way Tues­day night for a $ 1,200 ex­pen­di­ture to pur­chase the lock­ing box to be in­stalled at the pub­lic ramp. Boaters would fill out a form ver­i­fy­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of their boat and trailer, place it and their ramp fee into an en­ve­lope and then in­sert the en­ve­lope into the hon-

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or box. Cur­rently, boaters must come to Perr yville Town Hall on Broad Street and ob­tain a one- day pass to use the ramp.

In both Perryville and Port De­posit, which has a sim­i­lar honor box sys­tem, in- state boaters pay $ 5 per day to use the launch, while out- of- state boaters pay $ 10 a day. Sea­sonal stick­ers are sold for $ 25 to in- state boaters and $ 50 for those out­side of Mary­land.

“( Port De­posit’s) process is the same, just they have the honor box and we don’t,” said Amy Yack­anech, ad­min­is­tra­tive su­per­vi­sor.

In fis­cal year 2015, Port De­posit col­lected $ 21,309 from its honor box. Yack­anech told the board that in the first year, she ex­pects the earn­ings to come in around $ 13,000.

“If we do get a large in­flux of boaters with the honor box, we’ve identi- fied prop­erty for over­flow park­ing,” she said, adding that the easy ac­cess and bet­ter park­ing should give Perr yville’s ramp the edge.

With the ad­di­tion of the honor box, the town may want to con­sider chang­ing the in­for­ma­tion needed to ob­tain the one- day pass, Yack­anech said. In this age of iden­tity theft, she said the honor box form should not re­quire sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion such as driv­ers li­cense num­bers. She said the town may want to stream­line the process as well by only ask­ing for the boat reg­is­tra­tion num­ber and not the trailer reg­is­tra­tion num­ber as well.

Denise Breder, town ad- min­is­tra­tor, agreed.

“The state of Mary­land only cares about the boat reg­is­tra­tion. They get their money for wa­ter­way im­prove­ment projects from the boat reg­is­tra­tion fees,” Breder said.

“I like the idea of only get­ting the boat reg­is­tra­tion,” Com­mis­sioner Ray Ryan III added.

Mean­while, Yack­anech also told the board that changes may be needed to en­force the honor box.

“Our code says only a code en­force­ment of­fi­cer or law en­force­ment can is­sue tick­ets,” she said.

In Port De­posit, Coun­cil­man Bob Kuhs po­lices the honor box and writes tick­ets for non- pay­ment, Yack­anech ex­plained.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Perryville is hop­ing to mimic Port De­posit’s suc­cess with an honor box to be in­stalled at its boat launch off Round­house Drive.

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