Per­ryville dis­cusses boat launch honor box specifics

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

PER­RYVILLE

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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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.

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