NEWS IN BRIEF
SUDLERSVILLE — The Sudlersville Town Commission election scheduled for May 15 has been canceled, according to Town Clerk Michelle Marshall.
Two seats were up for election and only two interested individuals submitted applications before the 5 p.m. deadline on April 17, therefore, the election has been called off.
David Ruffner, a current town planning commission member, will fill the seat of current commissioner Gregory Clark as he did not file for re-election. Ronald Ford, a current town commissioner, filed for re-election and was unopposed.
The town has a policy that if there are no opponents in a given election it is to be canceled to save money, and the single candidates take office.
The current elected officials are President Bill Faust, Constance Engrem, Kevin Kerr, Gregory Clark and Ford.
The town holds its commission meeting the first Wednesday of every month at Town Hall, located at 200 S. Church St., Sudlersville.
QUEENSTOWN — The Queenstown Commissioners will hold a hearing on Proposed Ordinance 17-03 on Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the town office.
Ordinance 17-03 proposes the town adopt a general budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2018, and establishing a tax rate of .1773 per $100 of assessed real property value and a tax rate of .44 per $100 on all commercial or business personal property and public utilities; and also adopting an enterprise budget for the town’s water and sewer operations.
Copies of the proposed budgets are available at the town office or on the town website at http://www. queenstown-md.com.
CHURCH HILL — About 3 p.m. April 24, troopers from the Maryland State Police Centreville Barracks responded to a single-vehicle collision on MD Route 301, north of MD Route 405. The preliminary investigation found the vehicle, driven by Brian Marc Crossley Jr., for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway and into the median.
Crossley, age 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle, Daniel Joseph Ward, age 20, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Teo other passengers, Landon Tyler Verdonck and Alexandra Kay Dawson, also 20 years old, were transported via ambulance to University of Maryland Hospital at Chestertown.
According to Sgt. Todd Redpath, the passengers in the two-door Chevrolet car, were all looking down at their phones when the crash occurred; none of them were certain why the vehicle left the road. The investigation is on going.