Rock Hall con­tin­ues an­nual hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing con­test

Kent County News - - NEWS - By LEANN SCHENKE [email protected]­coun­

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.

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