Issues and Initiatives

Mayor Brian L. Jones took office with a commitment to improving the quality of life for families in Rock Hall and has set forth a variety of strategies to support that vision. 



Community Designation Goals:

To become a HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Community: Click here for more information on this program. The Mayor and Council adopted the HEAL Resolution at the June 11th, 2015 Mayor and Council Meeting.

To become a Maryland Sustainable Certified Community: Click here for more information on this designation. The Mayor and Council plan to review the Maryland Sustainable Certified Resolution at the July 9th, 2015 Mayor and Council Meeting.

To become a Maryland Department of Planning Sustainable Community: Click here for more information on this designation. The Council approved the Sustainable Community Action plan at the October 8th, 2015 Mayor and Council meeting. A copy of the proposed plan to the state can be obtained here:

To participate in the Maryland Main Street Revitilazation Program: Click here for more information on this program and how it can help the Town of Rock Hall revitilize Rock Hall's Main Street.

Anti-Drug Campaign:

RHAD - Rock Hall Against Drugs: RHAD will innovate, adapt, and provide the tools needed to get the job done. We will establish drug awareness programs, partner with local organizations and make sure proper healthcare is available to help to guide those suffering from addiction into recovery.

Red Ribbon Week:

The Mayor and Council has issued a Proclamation regarding Red Ribbon Week. At the October 8th Mayor and Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to participate in Red Ribbon Week. The week starts on October 23rd and will last until October 31st. 

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Working Waterfront Enhancement Grant:

The Town of Rock Hall is pleased to announce the receipt of a $50,000 Working Waterfront Enhancement grant from the State Department of Natural Resources.

This newly-created funding opportunity was initiated to assist Maryland communities with working waterfronts to develop and implement master plans to guide and direct future growth.

The Town will establish a Working Waterfronts Committee comprised of a wide range of stakeholders. These stakeholders, assisted by a consultant hired by the Town, will be charged with developing an action plan and design guidelines for implementation.

The term of the grant is from February 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017.

Sustainable Community Designation:

The Town of Rock Hall is pleased to announce its designation, by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), as a Sustainable Community.  Rock Hall joins the ranks of cities and towns throughout Maryland that enjoy this status, including our neighboring communities of Chestertown, Betterton and Millington.  A Sustainable Community Designation (SCD) is a "threshold requirement" for eligibility to apply for a wide variety of DHCD programs aimed at strengthening communities.  Specifically, available funds target needs such as:  business retention and expansion, streetscape improvements, increased homeownership and home rehabilitation, and land acquisition. 

To attain our SCD, a committee of Rock Hall citizens, meeting for 5 weeks in September and October 2015, was charged with preparing an action plan for the Town in each of the following categories:  environment, economy, transportation, housing, quality of life and society, planning and land use, having first identified strengths and weaknesses in each category.  The SCD application was submitted in late October and, after a lengthy review process among various State committees and boards, we received notification of our designation in mid-March.

Mayor's Youth Advisory Council:


The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) shall be advisory in nature for the purpose of providing participation from a youthful point of view for the Rock Hall Town Council on community affairs and issues. Additionally, the program provides an overview of the complexity and variety of opportunities, through public service, and empowers youth from various backgrounds to become active members in their community, encouraging them to have an everlasting effect on the future of their Town.




The MYAC serves Rock Hall through community participation, taking initiatives directed toward effective change that benefits local youth and provides positive community impact through organized participation in various town sponsored activities and events.


Develop youth leaders committed to learning about local government and the roles they can have in it; make a difference in the community and the lives of youth; recognize and use their voice; and represent other youth in the Town of Rock Hall.  

To accomplish their goals they will have access to the leaders in the Town of Rock Hall and will work actively with them to create their shared vision of a Rock Hall that values its youth.