‘Moving Forward Together’ new celebration in Princess Anne set for July

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PRINCESS ANNE — To celebrate the adoption last fall of an official town motto the Princess Anne Commissioners on Feb. 1 embraced a citizen group’s plan to hold the first “Moving Forward Together” day the third Saturday in July.

Dale Parker of the Concerned Residents of Princess Anne said CROPA will host the activities and sponsor events that make the motto “come to life.” It is envisioned to be an annual event that puts into practice the slogan adopted by the commissioners last October.

In his motion endorsing the idea Commissioner Vice President Garland Hayward said this would be a time to get everyone involved. The vote was unanimous with Commissioner Orlondo Taylor not present.

CROPA has already encouraged and received commissioner approval to celebrate Juneteenth which will be held for the first time in Princess Anne on June 19.

It also was behind the recommendation and approval of a slogan for the police department, “Serving and Protecting Historic Princess Anne,” but this line has not yet been placed on police vehicles.

On that, Chief Robbie Wink said the expense is not in his budget to remove old and affix new lettering, and that would require authorization from the commissioners. Attorney Paul Wilber said the commissioners would have to cover the expense by moving money from contingency or another department’s budget to the police department, although no action was taken.

Mr. Hayward said the commissioners should first consult with Brenda Benton, a former town manager working part-time in the office to keep accounting and payroll going, for an opinion about how to best cover this unbudgeted expense.

Further discussion is planned for the Feb. 16 work session which starts 9 a.m. in the town hall meeting room.