Sharpsburg briefs

May 08, 2002

Two little lanterns replace lights at tavern

The lights neighbors complained about at Pete's Tavern are gone.

They were replaced by "two little lanterns" in April, Sharpsburg Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said.

Wagaman said Monday night he still had to check to make sure the lights at the tavern on Main Street were satisfactory, but couldn't imagine they wouldn't be.

The tavern is owned by Willis Baker and Councilman Ralph Hammond.

Mumma House to be relisted with a Realtor

There are no prospective buyers for the historic Mumma House so the Sharpsburg Town Council decided Monday night to relist with a Realtor.

The town had several inquiries, but their proposals included having the town hold the mortgage, Mayor Sid Gale said. The town will not be the lender, he said.


The town took ownership of the 135 W. Main St. house in June 1999 after acquiring it at a tax sale for $42,500. Town officials bought the property to ensure it would not be used for a major business.

The house was home to the privately owned Antietam National Museum from at least the 1970s until about four years ago. It has been vacant since then.

Less money needed for festival than expected

Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale said Sharpsburg Heritage Festival officials have told him they don't need as much money from the town as expected.

Earlier this year, festival organizers asked the council for $5,000 to help maintain the level of music and lectures provided at the September event. Usually the festival gets $3,000 from the town.

Festival spokeswoman Skip Lushbaugh told the council in January she was concerned about whether the festival would be able to compete successfully for funds from the county's hotel tax revenue.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted in April to give $4,000 in lodging tax revenues to the Heritage Festival.

Gale said Monday the town will budget $3,000 for the festival.

Town may warn owner about home's condition

The owner of a rundown home may get a letter from town officials soon to clean up his property if the state of disrepair continues, town officials said Monday night.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman described the property at 114 W. Main St. as "pretty dilapidated."

The town received a complaint about the property from a neighbor.

Part of the home is lived in, Mayor Sid Gale said. The house is a two-story log structure that was built in the early 1800s as a hotel.

Mayor, Town Council to review proposed budget

Sharpsburg's mayor and Town Council will review a proposed budget at a work session Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m., at Town Hall, Mayor Sid Gale said.

Gale said he doesn't expect any major changes to the budget from the current fiscal year's budget.

The council is expected to take the first of two votes on the budget at the next regular voting session on June 3.

A final vote on the budget is expected at the July 1 meeting. The fiscal year begins July 1.

Mayor does not know cost of premium yet

Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale said the town hasn't been told what its annual liability insurance premium will be, although the town is supposed to renew its policy by May 31.

Gale said he expects to know the amount before deciding whether to renew.

The Local Government Insurance Trust in Columbia, Md., provides insurance to local governments, Gale said.

Trust officials told Gale they can't help not knowing the premium yet, Gale said. The insurance industry is still feeling the repercussions of Sept. 11's terrorist attacks, Gale said.

Boy Scout Troop cleans up town park

Boy Scout Troop 51 cleaned up yard waste and trash at the town park last month, Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale said.

Memorial Day Parade Committee to meet

The next Memorial Day Parade Committee meeting will be Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale said.

Town Council to buy an ad in sports booklet

Sharpsburg Town Council members voted Monday night to buy a $100 full-page ad in Boonsboro High School's fall sports program booklet.

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