Sharpsburg briefs

June 04, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

Tape recorder works for Town Council meeting

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale had Town Clerk Anna Louise Jamison check to make sure the tape recorder was working Monday night after it failed to record the mayor and Town Council's May meeting.

The minutes for the May meeting were written up from Gale's notes, he said.

The tape recorder was working Monday night.

Council votes to buy $1,800 oil painting

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg's Town Council voted 5-0 on Monday night to buy a $1,800 oil painting of Town Square to display at Town Hall.

"I think it would be a sin if we didn't buy it," Councilman Ralph Hammond said.

Hammond's wife, Councilwoman Patti Hammond, made the suggestion at last month's meeting that the council buy the original painting from the Washington County Arts Council Gallery.

As a member of the Arts Council, Hammond gets a 10 percent discount. That reduces the price from $2,000 to $1,800.


The 24-inch-by-30-inch framed painting by David Zimmerman is on the cover of Ogden Directories' The Big Book.

Councilman Russ Weaver was absent.

Design plan changes for Potomac bridge

SHARPSBURG - Once again, the plan has changed for the new bridge over the Potomac River between Sharpsburg and Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale said he received a new proposal from the West Virginia Department of Transportation with a "sleek steel design" rather than concrete.

"It looks very modern, ultra modern, and fits right in with our historic landscape," Gale said sarcastically.

The bridge is on Shepherdstown Pike.

Mayor to send letter to parents of youths

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Mayor Sid Gale said he will write letters to parents of local youths that have been using the handicap ramp in front of Town Hall and the library for skateboarding, rollerblading and bicycling.

Gale said he also will send the parents copies of the letter he received from Sharpsburg Library Board President Bobby Clipp, who attended Monday night's mayor and Town Council meeting.

"Our patrons are not safe. At best, the noise and jostling is unnerving; at worst, an errant skateboard or a misjudged stunt could cause bodily injury," Clipp wrote.

Town law prohibits such activity and there is a modest fine, town officials said. The skateboard or other equipment can be confiscated until the fine is paid.

Gale wanted to know if the town could change the law to permanently confiscate the recreational equipment. Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said he didn't think so.

Councilman J.W. Eichelberger said perhaps the council should raise the cap on the fine.

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