Town officials attend convention in search of improvements

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The Salisbury Police Department could soon be adding electric motorcycles and cars to their fleet.

A grant program from the Maryland Energy Administration already provides charging stations, but additional funding could finance these motorcycles and cars for the department. Vice President of the city council, Muir Boda, tells 47ABC these vehicles were on display at the Maryland Municpal League summer convention.

We’re told the city currently spends between $100,000 and $200,000 per year on police vehicles, which means those funds could be re-directed elsewhere if the city invests in these electric vehicles.

As of now, the city does not have motorcycles, according to Boda, but we’re told the addition of these electric motorcycles can improve the department’s patrolling.

“I think it’s a level up from the bike program. So it would be great for stuff like the Folk Festival or different things, might be able to get into the park better,” said Boda.

Boda tells us this will be discussed among the city council, adding that other cities making the change have experienced success.

Princess Anne officials were also on hand looking for ways to make their town more vibrant.

We’re told one of their top priorities from this event is looking into new playground equipment, like slides and swings.

Princess Anne is also looking into purchasing a new street sweeper. Town commissioner Garland Hayward tells us a street sweeper would be a big step forward for the town to beautify the area.

“A clean town fosters better behavior among individuals. So if you have a clean town, the behavior of individuals will also change,” said Princess Anne president of the town commission Garland Hayward.

Hayward says the convention, which is attended by many other officials across the eastern shore, is the perfect networking opportunity to talk with other towns about things like storm water drainage issues, behavior crime and budget issues.

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