Coun­cil sets fire­works, dis­cusses eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — At the first meet­ing of the Cen­ter­ville Town Coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary, James Watson was ap­pointed to a three-year term to the Cen­ter­ville Board of Su­per­vi­sors of Elec­tions. Watson was sworn into of­fice by Cen­ter­ville Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler.

Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Chief Charles Rhodes pre­sented be­fore the coun­cil his com­men­da­tions for 2016. Lt. Con­rad Meil and Lt. Kenneth Rhodes, both with Cen­tre­ville Po­lice, and Ma­jor Dwayne Board­man, Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, were rec­og­nized by Chief Rhodes for their quick ac­tions in ren­der­ing first aid to a child in­jured in a lawn mower ac­ci­dent in the sum­mer of 2016. Rhodes said he per­son­ally ob­served the men ren­der­ing first aid. “No doubt if they had not taken such quick and de­ci­sive ac­tion, the out­come would have been sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent,” said Rhodes.

Lt. Rhodes was also rec­og­nized in front of the coun­cil for re­ceiv­ing the Mary­land Po­lice Train­ing Com­mis­sion In­struc­tor of the Year award. An ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tor with more than 20 years of teach­ing, the nom­i­na­tion for Rhodes said he has a strong tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, com­bined with an un­selfish per­son­al­ity and pas­sion for his job.

In other town busi­ness, the coun­cil agreed to host fire­works again for the 4th of July cel­e­bra­tion. This year, fire­works will be dis­played on Sun­day, July 2; more spe­cific de­tails will be forth­com­ing.

In fi­nan­cial news, the coun­cil agreed to par­tic­i­pate in the Mary­land Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­vest­ment Pool. Martha Dar­ling Sparks, fi­nance of­fi­cer, pre­sented the ben­e­fits of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pool, in­clud­ing, a cur­rent in­ter­est rate of 0.58 per­cent, a safe, high yield­ing place to deposit funds, state trea­surer ap­proved and rec­om­mended and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for with­drawals if needed.

The coun­cil also agreed to in­vest $1 mil­lion in funds — $500,000 from the Gen­eral Fund and $500,000 from the En­ter­prise Fund — in a higher yield CD for 21-month at a rate of 1 per­cent de­posited at Queen­stown Bank.

Hu­man Re­sources Man­ager Krys­tel Ebaugh pre­sented to the coun­cil in­for­ma­tion on the de­ferred com­pen­sa­tion plan, al­low­ing town em­ploy­ees to pro­vide ad­di­tional re­tire­ment con­tri­bu­tions on their own to one of two in­vest­ment com­pa­nies ap­proved by the town. This op­tion would be avail­able to em­ploy­ees who may be in­el­i­gi­ble for state re­tire­ment through the town or who would like ad­di­tional op­tions in se­cur­ing re­tire­ment funds. All W-2 em­ploy­ees would be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate, agreed the coun­cil. Com­plete de­tails are avail­able through the town’s hu­man re­sources depart­ment.

At the Jan. 23 Cen­tre­ville Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity meet­ing strate­gies were de­vel­oped and rec­om­mended to the Town Coun­cil for ap­proval re­gard­ing a six-month plan to in­crease eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The plan in­cludes gath­er­ing town wide busi­ness data, such as num­ber of em­ploy­ees and square footage, plans for expansion, and ser­vices or re­sources needed for busi­nesses to thrive; en­hanc­ing the town’s busi­ness link on the web­site and in­creas­ing a Face­book pres­ence by adding a com­po­nent to the Cen­tre­ville Main Street page to share each is­sue of the Cen­tre­ville Cir­cu­lar; and de­vel­op­ing a dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing plan and de­velop a bud­get to con­tinue fu­ture dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing.

The plan em­bod­ies mea­sures that are all de­liv­er­able, said Coun­cil­man Jim Beauchamp. The town plans to con­tinue work­ing with Main Street Man­ager, Carol D’Agostino to see the plan de­velop.

The coun­cil also voted to make a $2,000 do­na­tion to the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil. The do­na­tion was pre­sented by Sigler to the Arts Coun­cil at its af­ter­noon tea on Feb. 4.

HAN­NAH COMBS

From left, Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil­man Jim Beauchamp, Ma­jor Dwayne Board­man of the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Lt. Kenneth Rhodes and Lt. Con­rad Meil, both with Cen­tre­ville Po­lice, Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler, Coun­cil­man Tim McCluskey and Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Chief Charlie Rhodes. Board­man, K. Rhodes and Meil were rec­og­nized for ren­der­ing first aid to a boy in­jured in a lawn mower ac­ci­dent last sum­mer.

Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Lt. Kenneth Rhodes, left, re­ceived the Mary­land Po­lice Train­ing Com­mis­sion’s award for In­struc­tor of the Year. He was nom­i­nated by fel­low of­fi­cer, Lt. Con­rad Meil, right.

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