Council sets fireworks, discusses economic development
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.
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.