Perryville discusses boat launch honor box specifics
— Now that town officials have agreed to try the honor box system for payment of daily use of its boat launch the conversation has turned to the payment plan.
Both Perryville and Charlestown have turned to Port Deposit recently for advice because of that town’s success with its honor box in Marina Park. Boaters take an envelope from the box, insert the fee — $5 for Maryland residents and $10 for anyone else — and drop it in the slot.
Amy Yackanech, administrative supervisor, spelled out several possible designs for the payment system paperwork, but Michelle Linkey, town commissioner, still had concerns.
“Is it going to be picked up every day?” Linkey asked, “And by whom? I don’t want money hanging out.”
Mayor Jim Eberhardt likes the plan but wants enforcement.
“It’s not fair to the people who do pay if there’s ones that don’t,” he said.
The mayor studied Port Deposit and Havre de Grace to see how both towns make the honor boxes work.
“At Tydings Park, they have an attendant,” Eberhardt said of Havre de Grace’s largest public boat launch. “At Jean Robertson Park, they have a tube with plain envelopes.”
Vicky Rinkerman, Port Deposit town administrator, said their honor box employs numbered envelopes.
“Our auditor has recommended we look at the envelope numbering system,” Rinkerman said. “People come in and take four to five envelopes at a time because they come frequently.”
That means the envelopes are often out of sequence in the honor box. Rinkerman said the auditor classified that as “not a concern, just something to fix.”
What makes the system work is how frequently the box is cleared she said, a job handled by Councilman Robert Kuhs.
“We are very fortunate we have a council person so dedicated to that,” Rinkerman said.
Perryville expects to have their honor box erected in time for spring boating season.
Port Deposit Councilman Bob Kuhs displays a large number of boat fee envelopes harvested from the town’s honor box last spring. Perryville will launch its own honor box next boating season.