Local briefs

August 07, 2000

Local briefs

Town wants historic district designation

KEEDYSVILLE - The Keedysville Town Council agreed to submit an application for a historic district designation from the U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday.

The designation would apply to select homes on Main Street and surrounding areas. Residents in those areas can chose to participate in the home restoration program. Homes in the historic district that do not have historic value would not be eligible for the program.

Sharpsburg wants deputy coverage

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members want the Washington County Sheriff's deputy who is covering the town to keep up the good work.

The deputy has made arrests recently for vandalism at the town's park and for some compact discs that were stolen from a car, Vice Mayor Sidney Gale said.


Still, Council members Russ Weaver and Denise Troxell said they want to see the deputy in town late at night and early in the morning when there often are reports of trouble with young people.

Residents at Monday night's Town Council meeting mentioned parties on Sharpsburg Elementary School's roof, a youth jumping in front of cars with his skateboard and loud cursing as problems.

Troxell also said there seems to be more speeding on the town's side streets.

Councilman Ralph Hammond said the Council should ask the deputy to target certain areas and problems.

Sharpsburg backs water-sewer subsidy

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg's Town Council said Monday night it doesn't want a state requirement dropped that requires Washington County to annually subsidize water and sewer funds.

Council members voted 6-0 to write a letter to the Washington County Commissioners, State Sen. Donald F. Munson and Del. Chris Shank - who represents southern Washington County - saying they want the subsidy to remain.

Last month, County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook asked the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly to consider dropping the requirement because the subsidies could hurt the county's bond rating.

Town Councilman Russ Weaver raised the issue because he doesn't want the requirement to help pay down the $52.3 million water and sewer debt removed.

The debt has caused the commissioners to raise rates in the past.

Earlier this year the Town Council voted to subsidize its residents' water and sewer bills for the fifth year in an effort to keep the rates from becoming a burden.

Volunteers sought for town solicitation

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg officials are looking for people willing to go door to door to solicit sponsors for the town's special events programs.

Volunteers used to help gather sponsors for programs for the Memorial Day Parade and Heritage Festival, town officials said. That request hadn't been made in recent years, but some people would like to see it return.

Residents would be asked for $1 if they want their name printed in the program. They also could order a program to be delivered for $1, said Skip Lushbaugh, secretary with the Heritage Festival.

The Heritage Festival will be Sept. 16-17.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to get sponsors for the programs should leave a message at Town Hall at 301-432-4428, Lushbaugh said.

Tree limbs to be trimmed in alleys

SHARPSBURG - Extending and overhanging tree limbs will be trimmed in Sharpsburg's alleys, Vice Mayor Sidney Gale said after Monday night's Town Council meeting.

Councilwoman Patti Hammond requested the limbs be trimmed because they were scraping cars going through the alleys.

Gale said he wasn't sure how soon the contractor will get to the alleys.

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