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Sharpsburg briefs

December 03, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Certified letters being sent about cleanup



SHARPSBURG - Certified letters will be going out in a few days to three property owners on Chapline Street who have been repeatedly warned about junk cars and refuse cluttering town alleys, Sharpsburg officials said.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said the cleanup must be accomplished within 30 days or the town will have the items removed at the owners' expense.

Sharpsburg Town Councilwoman Patti Hammond said the next regular bulk pickup for the town is Thursday, Dec. 12, and perhaps the property owners could be reminded of that in their letters.

Town residents were also reminded that brush will be picked up Saturday, Dec. 7.




Water, sewer subsidies part of 2003 budget



SHARPSBURG - A copy of Sharpsburg's 2003 budget, which was approved at a late June meeting, includes money for water and sewer subsidies for town residents - keeping those rates the same for another year.

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As expected, the town is giving out less in contributions this year - $15,000, which includes $3,000 each to the fire and ambulance services and $9,000 to other unspecified groups.

The town annually donates to the fire company, ambulance company, Sharpsburg Heritage Festival and the Memorial Day parade, but the 2003 budget didn't name the latter two events.

The budget again includes the $18,000 water and sewer subsidy - the seventh annual break for residents. The subsidy was started to help cushion the blow of increasing water and sewer costs in Washington County.

Town residents were slated to receive a double subsidy this fiscal year but only the regular $18,000 subsidy amount appears in the final budget figures.

The budget shows the town's expenditures of $173,100 compared with income of $165,388.

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