Cephas elected Hur­lock town coun­cil pres­i­dent

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.com

HUR­LOCK — Long-time res­i­dent Charles Cephas was elected pres­i­dent of the Hur­lock town coun­cil at its reg­u­lar meet­ing on Monday, Nov. 14.

“It’s an honor to serve,” Cephas said. “I’m thank­ful for all the cit­i­zens who came out tonight ... we have a won­der­ful com­mu­nity.”

About 40 res­i­dents, in­clud­ing sev­eral mem­bers of Cephas’ fam­ily, at­tended the 6 p.m. meet­ing at the town of­fice on 311 Charles St.

“This (pres­i­den­tial) elec­tion has brought out the worst in this na­tion,” Cephas said. “But al­ways give a per­son a chance. If you never give me a chance, you don’t know what I can do,” he con­cluded as the au­di­ence ap­plauded.

As coun­cil pres­i­dent, Cephas will con­duct meet­ings in the event of Mayor Joyce Spratt’s ab­sence.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil told Ced­er­ick Turner of the Down­town Com­mit­tee that a work ses­sion would be set up early in 2017 to dis­cuss the com­mit­tee’s re­quest for fund­ing and sta­tus as a “quasi”-part­ner­ing with the town in a way sim­i­lar to the fire com­pany re­la­tion­ship.

Turner ex­pressed con­cern that ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion the mayor and coun­cil mem­bers needed was not re­quested prior to the meet­ing. When he of­fered the pa­per­work to the coun­cil, it was de­clined.

Cephas said, “We have a fidu­ciary duty” to care­fully con­sider the re­quest for $6,000. “In­stead of hash­ing out ev­ery­thing right here, we can come to com­mon ground at a work ses­sion,” he told Turner. “You need to re­vise your bud­get.”

District 1 coun­cil mem­ber Jerry Rhue said the coun­cil needed to over­see the Down­town Com­mit­tee’s use of town fund­ing. “If we give you money, and I have no say,” he said, “I can tell you just straight out, you ain’t get­tin’ no money.”

The day af­ter the meet­ing, Turner, who was born and raised in Hur­lock, said he was “a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed” that the coun­cil didn’t ap­prove the fund­ing re­quest. “But over­all, I think it went well,” Turner said.

“It’ll work out,” Turner said. “It will just take more time and more plan­ning.” The Down­town Com­mit­tee’s pur­pose is “to work to­gether with the town to pro­mote a safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment and bring in new busi­nesses,” he said.

District 2 coun­cil mem­ber Bon­nie Franz re­minded the au­di­ence of a clothes and coats drive at the Hur­lock Train Sta­tion on Gay Street from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 19.

Color­ful fly­ers about the annual Christ­mas Pa­rade were set out for meet­ing at­ten­dees. The annual Christ­mas Pa­rade will be held at night for the first time in its 20some year history — at 7 p.m. Dec. 10, with a rain date of Dec. 11. Pa­rade grand mar­shals will be Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot, and life­long res­i­dent Luther Fletcher.

Town Manager John Avery ex­pects a cou­ple of thousand peo­ple to at­tend the pa­rade which will travel down Main Street be­gin­ning at Jack­son Street. Be­tween 80 to 100 en­tries will be fea­tured.

The day will be­gin with a craft show at the Amer­i­can Le­gion on Le­gion Drive from noon to 5 p.m. The Le­gion and Town’s fes­ti­val of trees and wreaths will be­gin at noon and end with an auction at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best dec­o­rated trees and wreaths.

The vin­tage train cars across from the Amer­i­can Le­gion will host ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren, in­clud­ing the movie “Po­lar Ex­press,” from 4 to 6 p.m. At the same time free car­riage rides will be avail­able at the train sta­tion. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at 410-943-4181.

The town coun­cil en­cour­aged town res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in its Christ­mas Light­ing Con­test. Prizes will be awarded at the town meet­ing on Monday, Jan. 9.

Avery re­ported the day af­ter the meet­ing that the re-paving of town roads is go­ing well. He ex­pects the paving of Oak Street, Po­plar Street, Wright’s Av­enue and Dog­wood Drive to be fin­ished by Thanks­giv­ing. Paving on Gay Street will be held off, he said, so that it can be done “at one time in­stead of piece­meal.”

PHOTO BY CON­NIE CON­NOLLY

Rev. Charles Cephas, wear­ing his iconic three-piece suit, and his wife Doretha, are sur­rounded by their fam­ily as they cel­e­brate his elec­tion as pres­i­dent of the Hur­lock town coun­cil on Monday, Nov. 14.

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