Hancock election set for 2003

January 09, 2003|by TARA REILLY

The town of Hancock may be seeing new faces on the Town Council in the new year.

In addition to the town election, Hancock officials expect 2003 to bring the completion of renovations to the old National Pike Road Toll House at Md. 144 and Locher Road, new sidewalks along Main Street and a new refreshment booth at the Kirkwood ballfield.


The town will elect a mayor and two council members on Jan. 27.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy is up for re-election, along with council members Randy Pittman and David Smith.

Town Manager Larry Logan said the mayoral term is two years, while council terms are four years.

Murphy will run against current Councilman Darwin Mills, who once served as the town's police chief.

Pittman and Smith will face William Mills, Darwin Mills' son, and Frank Courtney, Logan said.

The deadline for candidates to file for the race was Nov. 29, and residents can vote in the council's chambers at Hancock Town Hall, 126 West High St.

Toll House

Logan said the town has received grants and donations totaling $30,000 for renovations at the Toll House, which included interior and exterior work. He said all that's left to complete is new sidewalks and possibly improvements to parking.

Hancock officials several years ago obtained the property deed from Toll House owners William and Dorothy Dugan to begin restoration of the historic structure, which was used to collect tolls from travelers on the old National Road, also known as the National Pike.

The road was charted between Hancock and Cumberland, Md., in 1819 and completed in 1822, following an 18th century frontier trail.

"It's a beautiful facility now," Logan said.

Kirkwood Park

Logan said a refreshment booth for the Kirkwood ballfield is about 70 percent to 80 percent complete, and that the project should be finished by the spring.

The town received $61,000 through Program Open Space to pay for the refreshment booth.


New sidewalks will be put in along parts of Main Street during the first half of the new year, Logan said. The project is part of the State Highway Renovation Program and calls for 1,224-feet of sidewalk renovations.

Logan said the town also may receive a Community Legacy grant from the state that would allow the town to perform a study on ways to improve the downtown area.

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