WESTERNPORT - Commissioner Tim Jackson is spearheading the efforts for construction of a new playground in the Westernport community and an updated report was given during the recent town council meeting.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - Commissioner Tim Jackson is spearheading the efforts for construction of a new playground in the Westernport community and an updated report was given during the recent town council meeting.
Jackson said a $174,000 grant was issued to the town, and is “a 100 percent grant” for play equipment to be constructed at Creekside Park.
The funding is through the Community Parks and Playgrounds of Maryland, an organization that has allowed for nearly 700 playgrounds to be established across the state.
Jackson said that he has been working with playground equipment companies for the completion of the design stage, and mayor Daniel Laffey added that he is hopeful that the start or near completion may take place “before winter.”
Jackson gave credit to Renee Morris, town clerk, and Barb Morris, assistant clerk, for their assistance with the grant paper work, making “the funding for the playground possible.”
According to Jackson, another addition was placed in the Creekside Park, and that is security cameras.
During the council meeting street commissioner Fred Pritts spoke about the several recent rain storms, causing some of the town’s catch basins to run over.
He said that within an hour, “About two inches of rain fell, and the catch basins were full.”
“We didn’t make it rain,” Pritts said, and, “There is only one rainmaker.”
He said that during the storms, “The town workers did what they could under the circumstances.”
In other business, town attorney Matt Gilmore gave the first reading for a new zoning ordinance involving requirements for residential property.
He said the changes within the ordinance would not “conflict with the Comprehensive Plan for Westernport,”
The process will continue at the September council meeting with a second reading of the ordinance and a vote will be taken.
Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next Westernport council meeting has been changed to Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the regular time of 7 p.m