Funkstown briefs

March 11, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

Water, sewer costs to go up in April

The cost of water and sewer for Funkstown's customers will go up in April.

Town Council members approved a 3.5 percent water rate increase on Monday night.

Since the sewer rate is 75 percent of the water rate, sewer costs will go up as well.

Water customers have been paying $29.28 per quarter for up to 6,000 gallons of water, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes has said. They pay an additional $4.27 per extra 1,000 gallons of water.

The rate increases start April 1 so customers on a quarterly billing schedule will notice the increase on their July bill.

A public hearing was held Monday night on the water rate increase, but no one asked any questions or made comments.


Dump truck to be fixed as soon as possible

Funkstown officials aren't taking any chances with Mother Nature.

Town Council members voted 5-0 Monday night to get the town's dump truck, which also serves as a snow plow, fixed as soon as possible for no more than $1,800.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr., filling in for an ill Mayor Robert Kline, said he wasn't convinced there won't be more snow this winter.

The 1988 dump truck broke down during the President's Day weekend storm. The town has two plows. The other is on a pickup truck.

Town officials are planning to buy a new dump truck in three years because they can't afford a new one now. A new dump truck will cost about $40,000, Crampton said.

Town officials also plan to buy a salt spreader for the pickup truck.

Volunteer firefighters incentive plan tabled

Funkstown Town Councilman Robert D. Rodgers Jr.'s incentives proposal to get volunteer firefighters to live within town limits was tabled because of budget concerns.

Rodgers refined the proposal he pitched in February.

He proposed giving active volunteer firefighters with Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. a $25 quarterly credit on their water and sewer bill starting with 2004's first billing cycle.

To be eligible, volunteers must own or rent property within town limits or own or rent property outside town limits and use Funkstown water.

They also must respond to at least 40 fire or emergency medical service calls a year and have at least 50 points from attending training sessions and meetings. They would have to maintain their local residence at least six months of the year

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