Clear briefs for 2/12

February 12, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Officials prepare for water testing

CLEAR SPRING - As preparations continue for the long-awaited new water filtration system, town officials are taking advantage of "free" water testing offered by the two companies competing for the contract.

While the testing itself is free, the town will pay nearly $7,000 to meet all the requirements necessary for Kinetico and U.S. Filters to do the tests, said Mayor Paul Hose Jr.

"We have to provide two temporary trailers at the reservoir site, hookups for electricity and a plumber and electrician will have to be standing by," Hose said.

The bid from Mark Myers of LeRoy Myers Inc. was $6,712.

If the town were billed for the actual testing, it would have cost approximately $40,000, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm.


Kinetico is the company that markets the ceramic filtration system while U.S. Filters has the membrane filtration plan.

A state-mandated water filtration system will cost the town between $660,000 and $1 million. On top of that, plans are in the works for a 340,000 gallon treated water storage tower.

All these improvements are forcing an increase in water rates, the first in many years.

Trees will be replaced with same variety

CLEAR SPRING - Hopes for hardier replacement trees along the U.S. 40 streetscape were dashed Monday night.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said she received word that the trees along Cumberland Street that died after the streetscape project will be replaced in the spring with more serviceberry trees - the same variety of trees that had been planted there and died.

At the January meeting, Clear Spring Garden Club President Cindy Downs expressed her hope that the State Highway Administration would consider hardier varieties such as dogwood or holly trees.

Town hopes snow runs out before budget does

CLEAR SPRING - Every time snow starts to fall, Clear Spring town officials get a little worried that the town's snow removal budget will run out before the snow does.

"Right now, we have $978 out of our FY 2003 snow removal budget of $3,000," said Town Clerk Juanita Grimm Monday night.

Several recent snowstorms resulted in outlays for snow removal from the town's alleys and side streets.

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