Chestertown councilmen say farewell at their final town meeting
— Monday’s Chestertown Mayor and Council meeting was the final meeting for Councilwoman Liz Gross and Councilman Sam Shoge. Both opted not to seek re- election.
David Foster succeeds Gross in the First Ward and Ellswor th Tolliver succeeds Shoge in the Third Ward. The new councilmen will be sworn in at the Jan. 2 meeting.
Mayor Chris Cerino listed projects and accomplishments that the council has completed in the past four years during the mayor’s report, as a way of reflecting on the end of his first term, he said. Cerino ran unopposed for re- election this year.
“I started making a list of all the things that have happened in the past four years,” Cerino said. “And I just want to read some of the highlights, and some of the issues that came up in these guys’ terms.”
Cerino listed the work the council has done in Fountain Park, new zoning regulations for food trucks in Chestertown and other milestones.
Councilman Marty Stetson spoke briefly about his experience working with Gross and Shoge, before reading his ward’s report.
“I really have enjoyed working with Sam and Liz,” Stetson said. “They’ve been a real asset to this council. I don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed working with any other two colleagues as much before.”
Shoge was brief in saying goodbye to the council. Being educated on the issues and educating yourself to the issues was a crucial part of being a councilman, he said.
“I don’t want to be too sentimental or too long winded,” Shoge said. “I’ve enjoyed my time on the town council, four years have gone by remarkably fast. I just want to thank the residents of Ward Three and the residents of Chestertown for all that you do.”
Gross also said a brief goodbye to the mayor and council.
“I’ll always cherish the friendships I’ve made among the members of the council and the staff,” Gross said. “I wish my successor David Foster all the best, and I hope he knows he can call on me at any time.”
Chestertown resident Ellen Stone and her family at- tended Monday’s meeting to honor Lewin Blackiston and Louis Mancuso. The two Town of Chestertown employees returned a stolen lockbox to Stone last week, after they discovered it while clearing brush near the Gilchrest Rail Trail.
The box had been missing for nearly seven years.
Stone presented a gift for Blackiston and Mancuso, though Mancuso was not in attendance. Each received a glass mug with their names stenciled into it.
“I wanted to make sure they were recognized, going beyond their job duties,” Stone said. “Thank you very much for what you did.”
Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker presented his department’s report for the month of November. There were 348 calls for ser vice, he said.
Baker also spoke briefly about police presence in local schools, and his hopes for a better relationship with students.
“We wanted to look at a way to have a more positive image and a more comfortable relationship with the students,” Baker said. The CPD has had an officer in Kent County Middle School about twice a week. “One had lunch with the kids last week,” Baker said. “So far I think that’s been ver y positive, not only for the students but for the parents.”