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Taylor tenure ends quietly in Keedysville

June 02, 1998|By SHEILA HOTCHKIN

KEEDYSVILLE - Ralph B. Taylor's 32-year-tenure as mayor ended without ceremony Monday night as he presided over his final council meeting.

Passing comments and a short speech of gratitude from a town resident were the only indications that his tenure was coming to a close. Taylor will relinquish the position to current Assistant Mayor Kenneth Lee Brandenburg II on July 1.

He conducted his final vote on a motion to change permit application fees. The measure creates a $20 permit application fee for improvements to property. A 7 cent per square foot surcharge will be added for house additions, and a 4 cent charge for garage construction.

All expenses incurred by the town while issuing permits will be paid by applicants.

Currently, applicants are charged $25 to build a house and $5 for improvements. The mayor personally issued permits throughout his term.

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"It's not a money-making thing," said Keedysville Planning Commission Chairman Matt Hull, who will become assistant mayor at the beginning of July. "It's just to cover their costs." He said the fees are similar to those in surrounding communities.

The vote also gave Hull the authority to search for a zoning administrator to issue the permits.

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