Perryville to install honor box at town boat ramp
Projected to bring in $13K
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-
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.
Perryville is hoping to mimic Port Deposit’s success with an honor box to be installed at its boat launch off Roundhouse Drive.