Fran­chot vis­its Hur­lock, talks eco­nomic cli­mate

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

— Comptroller Peter Fran­chot met with the Hur­lock Town Coun­cil Mon­day, Jan. 23, to dis­cuss the state’s eco­nomic cli­mate and var­i­ous projects go­ing on in Hur­lock and Dorch­ester County.

Join­ing the Mayor Joyce Spratt and the Hur­lock Town Coun­cil were Dorch­ester County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent

Ricky Travers, County Man­ager Jeremy Gold­man, Hur­lock Po­lice Chief Les Hut­ton and Dorch­ester County Sher­iff James Phillips.

Fran­chot com­pli­mented Hur­lock for work on sev­eral projects, in­clud­ing side­walks along Main Street, the new Hur­lock Po­lice Sta­tion and the fu­ture North Dorch­ester High School just out­side town lim­its.

“Hur­lock is on the rise,” Fran­chot said. “I’m de­lighted to hear the town is get­ting some new eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity. Gov. (Larry) Ho­gan is well aware of Hur­lock, send­ing some side­walk money down.

“You have a new school that Gov. Ho­gan and I will be talk­ing a look at, at the Board of Pub­lic Works meet­ing,” he said. “You have a new veter­ans park in the works. I can help you on that. I wanted to stop by and say keep up the great work. Thank you to all the coun­cil mem­bers, and to Mayor Spratt for your fine lead­er­ship and vi­sion.”

Fran­chot said the state is on the edge of a 10-year eco­nomic boom.

“I’m talk­ing new jobs, new wages, new in­fra­struc­ture,” he said. “This is all go­ing to hap­pen with what we see go­ing on with the econ­omy right now.

He said cer­tain things need to fall in place for the boom to oc­cur, in­clud­ing a cor­po­rate in­come tax cut in Wash­ing­ton and bring­ing money back from over­seas.

“Reg­u­la­tory re­lief has to be pro­vided a lit­tle bit through Congress,” he said. “Democrats have to get their act to­gether on an in­fra­struc­ture plan so we can spend it. We have to avoid get­ting into a trade war with China. That would not be good for lo­cal eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

“If we can ma­neu­ver our way through that, my ex­perts tell me that wealthy peo­ple are mov­ing their money out of safe har­bors and putting it into in­vest­ments,” he said. “I tell that to Gov. Ho­gan and he gets ver y happy be­cause we have a tremen­dous state in Mary­land as far as the econ­omy.”

Fran­chot said a big rea­son for Mary­land’s suc­cess has been Ho­gan.

“It is pretty im­pres­sive when you see what I’ve seen un­der the per­vi­ous four ad­min­is­tra­tions,” he said. “That is 20 years in the leg­is­la­tor and 10 years as comptroller. Gov. Ho­gan, give the guy credit, he is a breath of fresh air. He is unique.”

Spratt an­nounced the Hur­lock would be cel­e­brat­ing its 125th an­niver­sary and the town would have a new down­town veter­ans me­mo­rial park. She said the town hopes to ded­i­cate the veter­ans me­mo­rial park dur­ing the fall fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber. The project has been spear­headed by Frank and Faye Fra­ley, who have served on the veter­ans me­mo­rial com­mit­tee with Spratt and John Avery, the town ad­min­is­tra­tor.

“We have had a good year,” Spratt said. “We were able to get the new po­lice depart­ment done. We are get­ting ready to start the Hur­lock Mu­seum, which will be where the old po­lice depart­ment was.”

Just out­side of town, con­struc­tion has be­gun for the new North Dorch­ester High School. Fran­chot, who pushed to get fund­ing for the new school, joined Dorch­ester County of­fi­cials for the ground­break­ing in Septem­ber. The build­ing is ex­pected to be com­plete in Au­gust 2019, in time for the class of 2020 to be­gin its se­nior year of high school. The pro­jected cost is $48.8 mil­lion.

Travers said the school is com­ing along very well. He said the wells for the geo­ther­mal sys­tem are un­der con­struc­tion, and crew will be con­struct­ing the new ath­letic fields soon. He said the school’s struc­ture should be un­der con­struc­tion in two to three months.

“We are very ex­cited about the things that are go­ing on — some we can talk about and some we can’t,” Travers said. “We are meet­ing with some in­di­vid­u­als in ref­er­ence to some new things go­ing on in the county. There is some as­sis­tance, of course from your side, we have been work­ing with.

“We are very pleased in gen­eral with how things have been go­ing with our re­la­tion­ship with the state,” he said. “I’m just re­ally pleased with the amount of peo­ple from An­napo­lis com­ing to Dorch­ester County to show con­cern. The state is work­ing with us on the 500-block of Race Street in Cam­bridge, and on Woods Road. We ap­pre­ci­ate all of your sup­port with the new North Dorch­ester High School.”


Comptroller Peter Fran­chot meets with Hur­lock and Dorch­ester County of­fi­cials dur­ing his visit to Hur­lock on Jan. 23.

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