Two Elkton taxpayers have asked the Circuit Court to issue an injunction stopping the Mayor and Commissioner from waving major facilities fees for a developer. The board approved a decision on Dec. 16 to put aside $150,0000 in charges in connection with a Cecil Bank owned building at 110 Collins Street and allow those credits to be transferred to the Ingerman Group, a developer building a senior citizen project at 142-149 E. High Street. In a controversial session that afterwards caused Mayor Fisona to remark “the meeting went off course” the board voted four to one to approve the bank’s request. Commissioner Storke opposed the action, while the other four elected officials voted in favor of the the credit transfer.
Filed by Bob Litzenberg and Jimmy Nicholson, the legal plea asks the court to issue an injunction voiding the transfer of $150,000 from one property owner to another because the board doesn’t have the authority do that and because there is a conflict of interest in nullifying the charges. It also asks the court to stop construction of a parking lot the Ingerman Group said it will build on Collins Street site because that is a violation of the zoning ordinance and stop the town from approving any plans or permits for the Ingerman Group in violation of the ordinance or charter.
Editor’s Note: As the only media outlet (new or legacy) regularly covering the Mayor and Commissioners of Elkton, we’re continuing to work on this breaking story and will have more information soon. In addition, the Mayor and Commissioners are in session this evening so it might come up there. In the past few years, the town has been involved in an unusually large number of legal proceedings. In those the board has entered into out-of-court settlements causing Commissioner Storke to remark after the last suit, “isn’t it about time we won one.”