Sharpsburg briefs 1/5

February 05, 2002

Sharpsburg briefs 1/5

Council to vote on charter amendment

Sharpsburg Town Council members will vote next month on whether to approve an amendment to the town charter that would prevent felons from running for public office in the town, Mayor Sid Gale said.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman presented the proposal to the council at Monday night's meeting.

Wagaman is proposing the Council amend the voter registration qualifications to include exceptions under state law.

The amendment would not list the specific exceptions. That way the Council doesn't have to approve changes every time the state makes them, Wagaman said.

Under state law, a person cannot register to vote if he or she has been convicted of theft or another infamous crime - unless the person was pardoned or, for a first conviction, completed the sentence and probation, the law states.

The proposal stems from the last town election, when a man with two felony convictions ran unsuccessfully for Town Council.


The only requirements for town election candidates is that they live in town and are registered voters.

Mayor to inquire about crosswalk, stoplight

Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale said he will ask Maryland State Highway Administration officials about the possibility of a crosswalk or stoplight at Town Square.

Town resident Richard Smith raised the issue of a crosswalk at Monday night's Town Council meeting because of speeding traffic on Main Street, also known as Md. 34.

"One takes their life into their hands when trying to cross" the highway, Smith said. Many residents cross that street to get to the Town Library.

Town Square has brick crosswalks the state installed a few years ago as part of Main Street renovations.

Councilman Ralph Hammond said he did not want to paint the crosswalk.

"Painting is not an option," Hammond said. He asked why anyone would want to paint brick, stating he believed the brick made the crosswalk official.

Gale said he will check with state highway personnel about the issue and also ask about a stoplight.

Councilwoman Marjorie Jamison said the intersection needs a regular stoplight.

Gale said after the meeting that he doubts state highway officials will approve a stoplight because of the heavy traffic flow on Main Street.

Fire company funding request anticipated

Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale told Town Council members Monday night they can expect a funding request from the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. for a new fire truck.

Gale said he doesn't expect the request until the end of March at the earliest.

He didn't have an amount, but a fire official did ask him how much the council had given the local ambulance company.

Last August the council approved $34,500 toward two new ambulances for Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services.

Chairs, drapes ordered

Sharpsburg Town Council members may soon be able to sit at town meetings and not worry about knocking the plastic arm covers off their chairs.

Councilwoman Patti Hammond has ordered new chairs for the council. Hammond said she ordered 10 chairs, which cost $275 each.

The Council got new chairs for the audience almost a year ago that are upholstered. The public used to sit on metal folding chairs.

Those 20 chairs cost $69 each, Hammond said.

She also ordered nine more chairs for the public. Those chairs cost $79 each because they have arms and will cost about $800 total with shipping.

The Council meeting room also got new drapes last year and drapes are being ordered for the back room in time for the Memorial Day lunch. The cost of those was not known.

- Julie E. Greene

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