Charlestown discusses next steps for Long Point Park
— The town commissioners voted to use funds leftover from the Long Point Park restoration project to pay for the addition of several new pieces of equipment at the park.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, Wib Pumpaly, town administrator, said the town has $16,703 remaining from the $125,000 bond sale from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development that was used for the restoration.
He suggested the money go toward installing three benches, a new handicapped accessible picnic table, lighting and money to go toward the Green Team’s rain garden project. Pumpaly said the benches cost about $1,000 a piece, while the table ranges ranges from $1,200 to $1,500. Another $5,000 to $6,000 would go toward the rain garden.
In August 2014, the town received the tax-exempt bond as part of the depart-
ment’s Local Government Infrastructure Financing program for the erosion project at Long Point. In September 2015, $78,000 was paid to Kingfisher Environmental Services to install stone riprap along the shoreline to stabilize the embankment, Pumpaly said. An additional $7,000 went toward bond and loan placement fees, he added.
Pumpaly’s suggestion comes after he spoke to the department about the remaining amount.
“I’ve had several discussions with the Maryland Department of Housing (and Community Development) and they will not allow us to pay back our loan with the $16,000,” Pumpaly said. “They said if it was a $1,000 or maybe $2,000, they would accept that payment, but they are not going to accept almost two years of payments by our not using that money and reverting that money back to the Department of Housing.”
He said the town cannot give back that sum of money to reduce their loan, but the department would allow the town to use the money for another approved project. In order for that to occur though, the town would have to re-submit paperwork to the department for its attorneys to review, which would cost around $4,000.
But while the town board agreed in general with Pumpaly’s suggestions, members weren’t sure on his specific recommendation for bollard lighting.
Board President Renee Capano said she didn’t like that type of lighting because they could be broken and she’d rather see flat lighting. She suggested there could also be solar lighting.
Commissioner Bruce Hechmer said he didn’t like the type of lighting suggested either because those are more like “get around lights, not see me lights,” when it comes to having people in the area after dark.
“We’ve got to have something,” Commissioner Joseph Letts said. “It’s dark, it’s definitely dark down there.”
Pumpaly said he plans to go back to the board in January and review the suggested items for approval.
Charlestown hopes to install some benches, a picnic table, lighting and a rain garden at Long Point Park.