Centreville Town Council Nov. 5

Centreville Town Council President Tim McCluskey speaks with his fellow council members during the Nov. 5 meeting.

CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Town Council voted to send letters of support for grant requests from the YMCA and from the town’s Office of Economic Development at the Nov. 5 meeting.

The Queen Anne’s County YMCA plans to break ground in Centreville the spring of next year, according to Town Manager Steve Walls. The Y has requested a million dollar grant from the state for the project.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Town Council President Tim McCluskey. “They’ve raised a lot of money already; they’re really on track.”

He said the Y already applied for the grant and CEO Robbie Gill had called and asked for the town’s support.

Council member Jeff Kiel made a motion to approve the support letter, and the motion passed unanimously.

Gill will provide an update on the project to the council at the Nov. 19 meeting, Walls said.

Centreville Economic Development manager Paige Tilghman applied for a $2,500 mini-grant from Stories of the Chesapeake to partner with the Maryland Women’s History Museum on print materials for the museum and an exhibit slated to open Jan. 15, Town Clerk Carolyn Brinkley said. If the grant is awarded, Tilghman has secured matching funds from the Upper Shore Regional Council, she said.

Tilghman was seeking a letter of support and $1,000 cash from the council toward the project.

McCluskey said the $1,000 from the town would help leverage an additional $5,000, a good deal, and he thought it was great exhibit as well.

Council Vice President Steven Kline asked about spending $6,000 for “print materials.”

Brinkley said the funding would go toward the panels for the exhibit, marketing materials for the town and print materials for the museum exhibit, plus the grant would include some in-kind time for Tilghman.

Council member Bob Hardy made a motion to approve the letter and $1,000 request saying it was a “good economic development activity.”

Council member Shelby Brown seconded the motion.

Kline noted the council had spent thousands of dollars since the meeting started.

The motion passed 4-1 with Kline opposed.

Later in the meeting, the council reviewed a request from the YMCA for a $250 sponsorship of the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Charity 5K — being held virtually this year.

McCluskey noted Centreville has $3,000 set aside in its budget for donations.

Hardy made a motion for the town to be a $250 sponsor of the 2020 Turkey Trot. That motion also passed 4-1, with Kline opposed.

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