Keedysville briefs for 7/2

July 02, 2002

New councili members sworn into office

KEEDYSVILLLE - Newly elected Town Council members Richard Walton and Jackie Stranathan were sworn into office by Town Clerk Amy Simmons during Monday's meeting.

Walton and Stranathan replaced incumbent council members Jim and Judy Kerns, who did not run for re-election.

Resident deputy program highlighted

KEEDYSVILLE - Councilman Richard Walton inquired about the town's resident deputy program during Monday's meeting.

Mayor Lee Brandenburg told Walton that Keedysville and Sharpsburg contract with the Washington County Sheriff's Department to have a deputy patrol the towns. The deputy also covers portions of southern Washington County.

He said the town uses its annual tax set-off money to pay for the service. Each month, the deputy provides Brandenburg with a report of calls for service, arrests, tickets issued and other information, he said.


New park restrooms to be finished this year

KEEDYSVILLE - Mayor Lee Brandenburg told Town Council he anticipates the new park restrooms to be completed by end of the year.

The town received Program Open Space money to replace its 30-year-old bathrooms, he said. The new restrooms will be equipped with automatic shut-off spigots to prevent people from turning them on and not shutting them off as they have in the past, he said.

The new bathrooms will be placed near the stone house and pavilion, he said. The town picked the location because of complaints that old bathrooms were too remote and people were afraid to use them at night. The old bathrooms will be used for storage, he said.

Council discusses tennis courts at park

KEEDYSVILLE - If the public shows interest, the town may be able to put tennis courts in the town park, Mayor Lee Brandenburg said.

Councilman Richard Walton asked about the possibility of installing tennis courts during Monday's meeting.

Brandenburg said the town inquired about tennis courts about 10 years ago, but there was no public support.

Softball fence to be placed in sections

KEEDYSVILLE - Town Council voted to replace 4-foot fencing around the softball field at the town park in sections at a time during Monday's meeting.

Mayor Lee Brandenburg said it would cost about $11,600 to replace the fence with a 6-foot fence, so it would be best to replace it gradually.

Brandenburg suggested that fence have one entrance for pedestrians and one gate for vehicles.

KEEDYSVILLE - Representatives from M&T Bank attended Monday's Town Council meeting.

They thanked the municipality for their business and explained the range of services they offer.

KEEDYSVILLE - A dilapidated pigeon shed on the town park property was recently torn down, Mayor Lee Brandenburg said.

Brandenburg said some grass seed and straw is needed to replaced the sod.

KEEDYSVILLE - The planning and zoning commission will meet the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. until further notice, town officials said.

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