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Caroline, Port Royal agree on boundaries
The Port Royal Town Council and the Caroline County Board of Supervisors reached a compromise Wednesday night for new boundary lines for the town.
The two boards first looked at newly proposed boundaries that would split the land west of U.S. 301 between the town and the county. Instead of gaining 534 acres, the town would gain 406 acres, according to the proposed map.
But that did not satisfy the concerns of the farmers whose land would be affected by the boundary change.
The landowners, some of whom were at the meeting, indicated they did not want their land included in the town.
After the Town Council met in a separate room to discuss proposed changes, the two boards looked at a new compromise: to add about 26 acres west of U.S. 301. The land is made up of a boundary line that will be drawn about 500 feet west of U.S. 301. It amounts to about a quarter of the land west of U.S. 301 that was originally considered to be part of the town.
The rest of the boundaries that were proposed were left untouched.
The town would still grow, but not by 534 acres, which is what the town originally proposed.
One of the reasons the town wanted so much land west of U.S. 301 was to add a service road instead of turning lanes. With the modification, they would have to add the turning lanes.
“It’s a starting point,” said Port Royal Mayor Nancy Long after the work session. “Not necessarily the best, but it’s a compromise to make as many property owners happy as possible.”
The next step is for the two governing bodies to take the revised maps back to public hearings. That could be in November or December.
The town wants to expand from its current size of 78 acres to bring in more revenue so it can remain independent and not be absorbed by Caroline County.
Right now, money’s too tight in the town, and basic functions like turning on streetlights, repairing sidewalks and trimming the trees can’t be done regularly.
The town is also facing a need to replace the decades-old water system.
With the change, the town would fold businesses along U.S. 301 and U.S. 17 into its borders and onto its tax rolls. That would generate an estimated $60,000 more in revenue a year.
The town had 126 residents last year and generates about $18,000 annually.
Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413