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Sharpsburg briefs

February 05, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

Ex-mayor frustrated by zoning hearing problems


SHARPSBURG - Former Sharpsburg Mayor Ron Milburn complained at Monday night's Mayor and Town Council meeting about his problems getting a Zoning Appeals Board hearing for a prospective tenant.

Milburn said he submitted the paperwork to Zoning Administrator Charles Wagaman on Jan. 2 and hand-delivered it to Town Clerk Anna Louise Jamison.

When he didn't hear anything, he called Mayor Sidney Gale on Jan. 16, Milburn said.

Wagaman said he never got a fax from Milburn. He said he had just received the application for a special exception.

After the meeting, Milburn pointed out that the minutes of the January council meeting note that Wagaman had an application from Milburn for a satellite office of U.S. Loans at 100 E. Main St., Unit K-3, and that it would require Zoning Appeals Board approval. The minutes also state that Milburn would be sent a letter telling him to apply to the Zoning Appeals Board.

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Wagaman said it was a two-step process. After notifying him, the applicant must apply to the Zoning Appeals Board.

Town officials said town law doesn't dictate a schedule for the special exception process.

Gale said he would expedite Milburn's request. After the meeting, Gale called Zoning Appeals Board Chairman Brien Poffenberger to try to set a Zoning Appeals Board meeting date.




Mayor: Businesses need private trash pickup


SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Mayor Sidney Gale said he will send letters to businesses in town telling them they should have private trash pickup.

The town's official policy is to pick up trash only for residents, not commercial businesses, Gale said at Monday night's regular monthly Mayor and Town Council meeting.

After the meeting, some council members said they want to consider an exemption for churches.

The issue arose after Sharpsburg landlord and former mayor Ron Milburn asked why he couldn't get the town to pick up trash for his commercial tenants when the town was picking up trash for several local businesses.




Library officials want town to buy DVD player


SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Library officials have requested the town buy the library a DVD player to show children's programming, Town Councilwoman Patti Hammond said.

Hammond asked for $100.

Mayor Sidney Gale told Hammond the town would reimburse her for a player from its budget line for library expenditures.




Bluebirds plaque needs to be remolded


SHARPSBURG - A plaque honoring the Sharpsburg Bluebirds baseball team needs to be remolded because it contains mistakes, Mayor Sidney Gale said Monday night.

Many people reviewed the writing, but some spelling errors slipped through, officials said.

The plaque was unveiled last June at a reunion of players. The semipro Bluebirds played from about 1930 to 1958.

Gloria French, several of whose relatives played for the Bluebirds, thought up the tribute and paid for the plaque. She wanted to preserve a wooden bench in the square, where players regularly sat before games. The plaque will go in the square near the bench.

Councilman Russ Weaver said the new plaque will be installed when the weather improves.




Town, Little League to talk about leak repair


SHARPSBURG - A water leak that appears to have been in the Little League's bathroom resulted in a $3,000 water bill that the town of Sharpsburg will appeal, Mayor Sidney Gale said Monday night.

Water began leaking in December, and ultimately 278,000 gallons leaked, Gale said.

Little League officials were investigating the cause of the leak, he said. Town and league officials will negotiate who is responsible for the leak's repair.

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