A great start to a new year

Sunday Star - - OPINION - By ROBERT WILLEY Mayor of Easton Robert C. “Bob” Willey is in his fourth term as mayor of Easton. Email him at bob [email protected] md.com or call the town of­fice at 410-822-2525.

Now that the hol­i­days are over, we can turn our at­ten­tion to spring and the host of ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing planned. We are start­ing the bud­get process for fis­cal year 20192020. As al­ways, there are ex­pected to be more re­quests in the bud­get than dol­lars to fill them. Our au­di­tors will present the

FY2017-2018 re­port on our fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion dur­ing the Jan. 23 coun­cil meet­ing, which is ex­pected to be sup­port­ive of the town’s ef­forts for a great start into the New Year.

We are al­ways striv­ing to im­prove, and to that, the Plan­ning and Zon­ing De­part­ment has started early dis­cus­sions with ap­pli­cants re­gard­ing pro­cess­ing plan re­views and per­mits. Speak­ing of build­ing, the Easton Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion is at work with new hous­ing plans for the Easton Point Cor­ri­dor, along with at least five other hous­ing projects now ei­ther in the plan­ning or ac­tual con­struc­tion stages. Plans are un­der­way for the Easton Point Water­side Park, which in­cludes com­plet­ing an­other sec­tion of the rails-to-trails on the west side of the Tred Avon River at Easton Vil­lage. Sev­eral grants have been sub­mit­ted re­quest­ing fund­ing to help with the costs of con­struc­tion. In ad­di­tion, Easton Util­i­ties is busy with the sys­tem up­grade project to im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture for in­ter­net, ca­ble TV and dig­i­tal voice ser vices.

Above all, we are most thrilled to see our youth are get­ting in­volved. Girl Scout Troop #1305 made a But­ter­fly Park and Gar­den on the rails-to-trails and the Coun­try School’s fourth grade cre­ated a Lit­tle Li­brary in Idlewild Park. It is a de­light to get our kids in­ter­ested in this great com­mu­nity — they are the fu­ture!

So, as we await the re­turn of spring

which will have the in­crease of out­side ac­tiv­ity and con­struc­tion work, re­mem­ber Ben­jamin Franklin’s words of wis­dom, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neigh­bors, and let ev­ery new year find you a bet­ter man.”

Girl Scout Troop #1305 made a But­ter­fly Park and Gar­den on the rails-to-trails.

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