Fed­er­als­burg takes Hur­lock Mayor Spratt chal­lenge

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

FED­ER­ALS­BURG — Ev­ery town-owned ve­hi­cle in Fed­er­als­burg now has a rear bumper with a de­cal read­ing “In God We Trust,” af­ter the mayor and coun­cil voted to take up an­other lo­cal mayor’s chal­lenge to do so.

A to­tal of about 30 ve­hi­cles, be­long­ing to the town’s pub­lic works, code en­force­ment and po­lice de­part­ments, have the de­cals, which de­buted Mon­day, Aug. 1.

The de­cals, made by Signs by Wil­lis in Fed­er­als­burg, are also avail­able to any cit­i­zen who wants to put one on a ve­hi­cle. Any­one in­ter­ested should call the Fed­er­als­burg Po­lice De­part­ment at 410-754-8966.

Mayor Chuck Plan­ner said the idea to ap­ply the de­cals to town ve­hi­cles was brought up by a cit­i­zen at the town’s July 5 meet­ing.

The cit­i­zen had seen a Face­book post by Hur­lock Mayor Joyce Spratt, an­nounc­ing her de­ci­sion to put sim­i­lar de­cals on Hur­lock’s town ve­hi­cles, and chal­leng­ing other towns to do the same.

Spratt said she was in­spired ear­lier this sum­mer by a Texas town that had put the de­cals on its ve­hi­cles.

She said she was happy Fed­er­als­burg was the first town to take her up on the chal­lenge.

“I lived in Fed­er­als­burg for 28 years, and I have a real love for the town,” Spratt said. “I’m glad Fed­er­als­burg was the first to step up.”

Plan­ner said he and the town coun­cil unan­i­mously voted to add the de­cals to town cars be­cause it sends a good mes­sage.

“’In God We Trust’ is a generic mes­sage,” Plan­ner said. “Each reli­gion has its own sym­bol­ism. It’s meant for ev­ery­body. We want it to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.”

Fed­er­als­burg Po­lice Chief Don­ald Nagel ob­served the phrase is al­ready on U.S. cur­rency.

Spratt said Hur­lock res­i­dents can also get their own de­cals, for a $5 do­na­tion.

Spratt said Hur­lock’s de­cals were do­nated by Hub­bard Graph­ics of Seaford, Del., which asked the town to do­nate to a char­ity or or­ga­ni­za­tion that needs it. The town’s coun­cil has not yet de­cided where it will do­nate the pro­ceeds from the de­cals, she said.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Hur­lock po­lice re­cently added “In God we trust” signs to pa­trol cars.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

In early Au­gust, Fed­er­als­burg took up a chal­lenge from Hur­lock Mayor Joyce Spratt to place de­cals read­ing ‘In God We Trust’ on its town ve­hi­cles. Pic­tured here with the newly-ap­plied de­cals are, left to right, Fed­er­als­burg Mayor Chuck Plan­ner, Hur­lock Mayor Joyce Spratt, Fed­er­als­burg Po­lice Chief Don­ald Nagel, Coun­cilmem­ber David Morean, Coun­cilmem­ber Scott Phillips, Code En­force­ment Of­fi­cer John Gar­lick, Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Scott Dy­ott and Coun­cilmem­ber Ed Wind­sor.

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