From old council members to people born and raised in the area, Elkton residents came to talk on the contracted Kite property. Currently 300 acres of the property could be developed into 750 housing units Also, the plans include an 18-hole golf course.
The town would get a total of $4.76 million for programs, water and sewer lines, and remodeling the Kite home. The Kite home would remain in the hands of the town, but the golf course is the topic of controversy. Many were concerned about the economic and maintenance responsibilities. But council believes they have a solution.
"Development is a necessary evil and I think this plan has potential to be positive for our community but I think the golf course would be a financial burden and that is where the bottom concern is. I think the council has said they will have a golf course at any cost," says Mike O'Neil, Elkton Resident.
"I think everyone should understand that if the Park Authority operates the golf course there won't be any liability coming back to the town," says Randell Snow, Elkton Vice Mayor.
Mayor Wayne Printz was originally against the idea but he said that this contract puts the citizens first. He also said the contract will be signed soon, no specific time period, just soon. The project could take up to 10-15 years to complete.
Clyde McDaniel took the deceased council member Lucky Sigafoose's position. He said his passion is economic development and that will be his focus during his term.