As Elkton continues it decades long effort to revitalize what the Cecil Whig characterizes as a once bustling “’bygone’ Main Street,” that “seems deserted most days,” an editorial in the paper notes that what is most needed is “town leadership willing to make unpopular choices — men and women willing to take a risk towards making real, immediate change.” This column came about following a discussion at a town workshop about the need to do something about “the vacant or blighted buildings dotting the town.” The decline is multifaceted but in particular the impact of county government moving out-of-town and the economic collapse of the past five years are sources of the problem, the Whig wrote.
Commissioner Charles Hicks, taking note of conditions around the municipality, urged his colleagues to not worry about a “popularity contest” and make decisions that protect the community. “Something needs to be done. I think it’s about time.” The Whig agreed, saying that the paper hopes his passion is a sign of things to come.
The status of Elkton’s attempt to reinvigorate Main Street and improve the central business district has been the subject of in-depth reporting and editorials periodically for a long time now. Seven years ago, the editor said something similar in an opinion piece titled “County Seat Due a Major Overhaul.” Here’s part of what they said in that old column. “Elkton continues to have a problem with abandoned building sites . . . that hamper efforts to revitalize the town. . . County government officials are working on a plan for relocating some county offices. It’s a shame some of the abandoned building properties in Elkton cannot be utilized for future county government office sites.