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Clear spring briefs Nov 12

November 12, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Swearing-in ceremony to be held at next meeting



CLEAR SPRING - A week after the town election, the official results were read into the record at the Clear Spring town meeting Monday night.

Julie Albowicz was returned to her seat on the council as vice mayor, earning 26 write-in votes for the post.

She said she plans to continue also as the town's sewer commissioner.

Newcomer Terry Baker sat in on the meeting Monday although he is still town councilman-elect for another month. Baker received 38 votes for the only open council seat.

A total of 63 voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 4 election.

A special swearing-in ceremony will be conducted for Baker and Albowicz at the next regular town meeting Dec. 9.

That meeting will be held at the L.P. Snyder Branch of the Washington County Free Library at 7 p.m.

Handling the swearing-in duties will be Dennis Weaver, himself just recently re-elected to his post as Washington County Circuit Court Clerk.

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Mayor asks for new bid on water project



CLEAR SPRING - A resolution of intent to construct a new 340,000-gallon water tank to serve the town was voted on Monday night by town officials, as well as the sale of bonds to finance the project to the tune of $368,000.

The project will be funded by the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration, which will loan the town the money to be repaid from the bonds.

But with that all said and done, Mayor Paul Hose Jr. introduced a motion to have the entire project rebid.

"We only got one bid and it was totally over the budget," Hose said. That bid was $200,000 over the estimated cost of the project.

Hose and Town Clerk Juanita Grimm will tour three water filtration systems in Virginia later this week to see how the ceramic membrane systems actually perform in regular use.

The proposed site of the tank is a clearing near the three town wells at the reservoir west of Clear Spring.

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