After a controversial decision on Dec. 16 cited Elkton’s new blight control policy as a reason for approving the waiver of $150,000 in major facilities fees, Someone Noticed decided the policy was worthy of a news story. Unfortunately, the policy, as of this week, is still being developed and hasn’t moved beyond some sketchy ideas, if that much!
Realizing that this was a precedent setting policy the town used to justify the waiver, Someone Noticed immediately started working on the story, asking to see a copy of the document the next December day. Nothing was available so we waited until February, when we filed a Freedom of Information Act. Each time the town informed us that the policy is still being developed so we assured municipal officials that we were okay with a draft, an outline, or whatever they used to frame the waiver decision. To that we were advised that there was simply nothing to review. This beautiful spring week in April seemed like a good time to follow-up since some four months have passed by, but the framework or any level of details has not been produced.
In connection with the controversial fee waiver, two Elkton taxpayers asked the Circuit Court to issue an injunction stopping the Mayor and Commissioners from waving the major facilities fees for the developer. A hearing is scheduled Friday since attorneys for the town have filed a motion for dismissal. We’ll try to cover this so readers have information on where the injunction stands.