From the Herald-Mail . . .
HANCOCK — After representing Hancock during the past Maryland General Assembly session, representatives of the Greenwill Consulting Group last week shared some ideas for the future.
Ivan V. Lanier and Katie Nash of the government-relations firm presented a list of what they called some “key initiatives” during a Hancock Town Council meeting on Wednesday evening.
“We’re kind of your eyes and ears in dealing with the madness in Annapolis,” Lanier said.
The list ranged from public-works efforts, such as wastewater-treatment upgrades, to qualify-of-life issues, such as funding for senior-citizen activities.
One of the town’s interests is keeping a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park maintenance facility open in Hancock, Nash said.
“Everything is a little bit up in the air” concerning federal funding, she said.
Passage of the Clean Water Commerce Act of 2017 could open opportunities for the town to apply for grant money for wastewater-treatment plant upgrades, Lanier and Nash said.
“That’s something we want to make sure we keep on everybody’s radar screens,” Nash said.
Medical marijuana also is an issue of interest to the town because Harvest of Maryland LLC plans to run a cultivating operation at the former Fleetwood Travel Trailer facility in Hancock.
Lanier and Nash said they believe there will be a special session of the General Assembly this fall to address the issues of additional licenses and minority participation in the state’s program.
Nash urged Hancock officials to address not only social and medical topics at issue in the cannabis debates, but also the “real, tangible benefits” to the town, such as additional jobs.
When it comes to budget issues, Lanier urged town officials not to wait until the session starts to begin talking about the area’s needs.
“That starts now,” he said.
Among other things, the firm also suggested:
• Researching Main Street facade funding opportunities.
• Brainstorming about creating a business association, as well as a business appreciation week.
• Attracting more visitors to the town by working with existing organizations, such as Hancock in Motion, and establishing new events, such as a Hancock triathlon.
• Looking into opportunities for Hancock residents to serve on state boards and commissions.