We’re blogging live from the town board meeting.
A budget amendment, which would reallocate police staffing resources from patrol to management positions, failed this evening in Elkton. Commissioners Piner and Jablonski voted to shift the funds, while Mayor Fisona and Commissioners Givens and Storke joined together to oppose the recommendation. The mayor said that at another time he might favor it, but right now, with the increase in crime, he wanted his resources concentrated in the field. This was an unusual line up for the board, since the mayor usually votes with Commissioners Jablonski and Piner. The proposal would have allowed the Elkton Police Department to exchange two field positions for two management posts, a lieutenant and a Deputy Chief.
Later in the session crime was on the minds of a number of citizens as they addressed the commissioners during the public comments section. Paula Newton, president of the Historical Society, talked about the environment downtown and said there was a need for more of a police presence on Main Street. She said that the occasional presence of a patrol officer would help deter some of the problems they’re encountering downtown.