Rock Hall continues annual holiday decorating contest
ROCK HALL — During a mayor and council workshop Monday, Osprey Capital offered to sponsor the Town of Rock Hall’s holiday decorating contest this year.
The company, owned by David May, donated $600 with cash prizes as $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.
Councilwoman Beth Andrews abstained from the vote to accept the donation as she is married to May.
After Councilman Brian Nesspor said there was an issue last year with participants in the contest being aided by the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company in decorating, the council decided residents are not allowed to receive special help in the contest.
Mayor Brian Jones said the people who received help were disqualified last year.
Nesspor said he heard from the community the contest needs to have an “even playing field.”
Councilman Tim Edwards said he also has heard from the community that a firetruck with a bucket was used to help people decorate their homes with holiday lights.
Additionally, the council voted to partner with Discover Education to publicize its “Operation Prevention” program.
Jones said the program works to prevent opioid use in the the community.
Town Manager Ron Fithian said he is applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant so the town hall can get its roof replaced.
Suzanne Einstien, from the Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend committee, said the group that puts on the festival is looking to reorganize and restructure. She asked if the town could take on the transportation aspect of the festival, which could result in a profit or breaking even.
Einstien said breaking the festival into smaller and more manageable parts with different organizations taking command of each helps ease the stress of putting on the event.
She said the Lions Club, for example, will still host the beach party and businesses in town can still participate as they choose.