Pre­ston town com­mis­sion­ers OK bid, pay bills

Times-Record - - News - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.com

PRE­STON — The 25-minute Pre­ston town com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing on Mon­day, Dec. 5, be­gan with a greet­ing from el­e­men­tary school ad­min­is­tra­tors and ended with an in­vi­ta­tion to sam­ple a com­mis­sioner’s home­made veni­son jerky.

Prin­ci­pal Dr. Kari Clow and As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Rich Pet­roske were first on the agenda and greeted the com­mis­sion­ers and nine at­ten­dees. “We’re so ex­cited to ex­tend our friend­ship with the town,” Clow said.

She thanked Pre­ston res­i­dents for their do­na­tions of school sup­plies and food dur­ing a re­cent food drive.

Clow in­formed the com­mis­sion of a van­dal­ism in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the re­moval and de­struc­tion of lights from the ev­er­green tree at the front cor­ner of the school prop­erty on Main Street.

The lights, do­nated by the par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tion and lo­cal res­i­dents, will be re­placed in time for the an­nual PTA-spon­sored Christ­mas tree light­ing fes­tiv­i­ties on Fri­day, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Lt. Don­ald Baker of the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment re­ported that, of 107 to­tal calls for ser­vice, two ar­rests had been made, one for drugs, and one a DUI.

Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Works Dale Whitley re­ported that he re­placed eight wa­ter me­ters with touch-read me­ters and in­stalled a hy­drant on Winch­ester Road.

Af­ter bor­row­ing a cam­era to di­ag­nose a sewer prob­lem on Ap­ple Lane, Whitley said that a trough needed to be re­placed. Un­der­ground Con­struc­tion in Ridgely will fix this prob­lem and re­place a valve on Maple Av­enue at a cost of $1,680, which will be paid with bud­geted funds.

Pres­i­dent Jerry Stallings re­ported that Del­marva Power has a pilot pro­gram on the western shore to re­place street lamp bulbs with LED lights. He hopes that Pre­ston will be able to take ad­van­tage of the pro­gram if and when it is brought to the East­ern Shore.

Stallings said the com­mis­sion will “stay on top of it to be able to tap into it and save on the en­ergy bill” be­cause the new waste­water treat­ment plant is ex­pected to in­crease the elec­tric bill by 55 per­cent.

Stallings also held up the lat­est is­sue of “Mu­nic­i­pal Mary­land” mag­a­zine, say­ing that po­ten­tial fund­ing through Mary­land De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment may be­come avail­able. The com­mis­sion will pur­sue that fund­ing av­enue for side­walk re­pairs.

The com­mis­sion­ers voted to ac­cept a $7,376 bid from Ga­me­time/Cun­ning­ham Recre­ation of Queen­stown to in­stall re­quired en­gi­neered wood fiber at the play­ground in James T. Wright Park. A sec­ond bid re­quested by com­mis­sioner Doug VanDerveer was re­jected be­cause it didn’t in­clude in­stal­la­tion.

Plan­ning and zon­ing com­mit­tee Chair­man Bob Lorenz re­ported on a zon­ing is­sue that the com­mit­tee will be work­ing on. He and Town Man­ager Stacey Pin­dell dis­cov­ered, while re­search­ing set­backs for the new waste­water treat­ment plant, that the ex­ist­ing la­goons an­nexed to the town are zoned R2, sin­gle fam­ily and two-fam­ily res­i­den­tial.

Lorenz said, “I don’t know why it’s ‘water­front’ prop­erty.” Town at­tor­ney Wal­ter Palmer quipped, “I’m as­sum­ing it’s not go­ing to be a San­dals re­sort,” prompt­ing laugh­ter from the at­ten­dees and com­mis­sion­ers.

The com­mis­sion de­cided to move the next work ses­sion up to Mon­day, Dec. 19. The next busi­ness meet­ing will be Mon­day, Jan. 9, with the com­mis­sion­ers work ses­sion now sched­uled for Mon­day, Jan. 30.

Af­ter meet­ing ad­journed, Com­mis­sioner Doug VanDerveer placed gal­lon Zi­ploc bags of home­made deer meat jerky on the ta­ble and of­fered sam­ples to his fel­low com­mis­sion­ers and meet­ing at­ten­dees. the

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