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Grant to fund flood mitigation plan

September 08, 1999

Grant to fund flood mitigation plan

The Hancock Town Council Wednesday accepted a $17,800 grant from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to develop a flood mitigation plan for the town, Mayor Daniel Murphy said.

All funds for the grant must be spent by March 31, 2000. A state employee will help the town make the plan, Murphy said.

County ups police presence

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has increased its presence in the greater Hancock area, which is a positive move, Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage said Wednesday.

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A sheriff's deputy has been assigned to cover the part of the county west of Clear Spring, he said.

"That has been positive," he said. "That increased presence is good and is going to be an improvement."

The deputy and Maryland State Police troopers have been working well together, he said.

Police chief presents plaques

At Wednesday's Hancock Town Council meeting, Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage presented a plaque to the family of the late Melvin Fleegle, honoring him for his work as a Hancock police officer.

"We salute his service," Gossage said. Fleegle died in March.

Gossage also gave a plaque to former officer Terry Keefer. Keefer worked for Hancock from 1980 to 1983, when he started working for the Washington County Sheriff's Department. He moved to the Washington County Roads Department in May 1989.

He resumed working for Hancock police in 1990 but resigned last year. Despite that, he continues to be helpful to his department, Gossage said.

SHA to discuss Main Street improvements

State Highway Administration officials will brief the Hancock Town Council on the next stage of Main Street improvements at the next council meeting, Mayor Daniel Murphy said Wednesday.

The meeting is on Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.

The $1.4 million State Highways Streetscape Project includes improvements to Main Street, such as upgrading sidewalks.

Halloween parade set for Oct. 27

The Hancock Town Council decided to have its Halloween parade Oct. 27.

The council selected the date so employees can start planning for the event.

- Scott Butki

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