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Clear Spring briefs

May 13, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Public skips hearing on rate increases


CLEAR SPRING - All prepared for Monday night's scheduled public hearing on water and sewer rate increases, the Clear Spring Mayor and Town Council members set up chairs and waited for townspeople to arrive.

No one did.

And so with Councilman Mason Mundey moving and Julie Albowicz seconding, the new rates will begin showing up on bills that customers will receive in October.

In-town water customers will pay $46.25 per quarter and out-of-town customers will pay $69.40 per quarter.

The old water rates, which were steady for the past 10 years, were $18 for in-town customers and $27 for those who live out of town.

The old sewer rate of $85 for all customers jumps to $102 per quarter for the first 12,000 gallons of water used. A charge of $3.45 is levied for each additional 1,000 gallons.

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Town Clerk Juanita Grimm compiled a chart showing how Clear Spring's rates stacked up against other county municipalities. That chart also showed that Clear Spring residents still have free garbage collection, including this week's spring cleanup of large items and brush.

Problem-solving teams honored


CLEAR SPRING - The enthusiasm was contagious Monday as Destination ImagiNation team members from Clear Spring Middle and Clear Spring Elementary schools showed up at the town meeting to receive kudos and a check for $300 toward their trip to the global finals May 22 to 24 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Destination ImagiNation is a national problem-solving competition. Students create storylines, backdrops, structures and skits and compete against each other.

In the global qualifying Maryland state competition in March, one Clear Spring Middle team took first place, another won second place and the elementary team took second place.

Team members are Megan Micco, Kyle Reese, Kyle Byrne, Derek Reichard, Adam Reid, Elliott Reid, Zach Repp, Wendy Lucas, Jessi Kissner, Sarah Holler, Sam Myers, Emily Myers, Emily Pinkham, Grant Simmers, Alexandra Bates, Mackenzie Blair, Asya Brown, Lilly Pinkham, Joel Bates, Matthew Blair and Gavin Myers. Their coach is Patty Blair.

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