Charlestown dis­cusses next steps for Long Point Park

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Charlestown hopes to in­stall some benches, a pic­nic table, light­ing and a rain gar­den at Long Point Park.

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