Clear Spring Town Council briefs

August 13, 2002

State house speaker makes stop at meeting

Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor, D-Allegany, turned out at Clear Spring Town Hall Monday night to reintroduce himself to the community he represented during his first 16 years in state office.

With Maryland legislative lines recently redrawn, the winner of the November election will represent both Allegany and parts of Washington County from the Conococheague Creek west.

"It will be good that we bridge both counties," Taylor said.

As an example of that, he listened intently as Councilmen Bill Albowicz and Mason Mundey described the benefits the town reaps through the prisoner/work program.

In Washington County, state prisoners nearing the end of their sentences are formed into work crews and ferried around the county on work details where needed.


"Now that we have the Western Correctional Institution in Allegany County, we can do something like this," Taylor said. "I'm going to see about getting it started there."

Albowicz honored for his years of service

What started out to be a regular monthly town meeting took on a party atmosphere as one Town Council member was honored for his years of service.

Bill Albowicz was listening intently to special guest, Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, talking about town business when a House of Delegates proclamation was unveiled.

Taylor presented the honor to Albowicz for his 26 years of service to the town, both as mayor and council member.

When the applause died down, Albowicz found himself holding notice of his induction into the Maryland Municipal League Hall of Fame, which is reserved for those who have served at least 20 years in government.

Town Mayor Paul Hose Jr. read a letter from Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, who thanked Albowicz for his service to the state and to the town.

Hose also presented Albowicz with a proclamation from the town.

Officials tour water filtration plants in N.H.

Some questions about the future of water filtration in Clear Spring were answered after a recent tour of two state-of-the-art plants in New Hampshire, but Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said others were raised.

Hose, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm and Washington County Water and Sewer Department Director Greg Murray learned that the ceramic filtration method requires a backwash lagoon, something the state of Maryland doesn't allow.

"We were told we could put the backwash into the sewer," Hose said. "But the problem with that is there aren't any sewer lines at the reservoir where the filtration will be done."

Later in the meeting Monday night, town officials voted to pay $2,800 for a hydrogeologic survey of the area, to find better water if it exists.

Councilman Bill Albowicz took the plan before council, saying he believes an alternative source needs to be found so the town would have a backup if the current wells should fail.

Hose, who voted for the expenditure, said he was unconvinced it would do any good.

"It seems like we're just throwing money at this," Hose said.

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