We suggest Chestertown should have a few resolutions for the new year, like all good towns. The Chestertown Spy offers our suggestions below, but we hope readers suggest others as our community makes plans for 2013.
1) The Kent County Public School Board of Education will have the initiative and good luck to recruit a school superintendent with the gift of leadership to bring our schools to a level of performance that matches the community’s aspirations for its children.
2) Chestertown’s Renewal Initiative will unite the town’s governmental, educational, arts, philanthropic and commercial resources to create and complete a vision for Chestertown’s future that secures financial sustainability in a compelling and creative way.
3) The citizens of Chestertown will have a competitive mayoral election in November with the best ideas presented to voters to debate on the town’s future.
4) Town government of Chestertown will continue to increase financial transparency by participating in the Sunshine Review transparency guidelines and checklist program.
5) The University of Maryland Health Foundation will have a regional health strategy that is grounded in the practical health needs of the Upper Shore’s residents.
6) Washington College will have a welcoming egress from the newly installed Chestertown Trail to the Gibson Center for the Arts & Kohl Art Gallery, bringing a pratical and symbolic bridge to the community and the College’s own developing waterfront campus.
7) A new Andy’s will emerge in downtown Chestertown that matches the extraordinary venue Andy Goddard built and maintained for twenty years.
8) Chestertown will attract a new first-quality ethnic restaurant to complement the town’s increasingly diverse community.
9) The final resolution of the Garfield Center LCD sign will result in a national model for communities attempting to use new technology signage in historic districts.
10) Chestertown’s shopping center owners, and their tenants, will bring these important retail centers up to a standard of appearance and quality that reflects the community’s expectations.