Sharpsburg briefs 6/4

June 04, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

Mayor to present proposed budget

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said he will present the town's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year at a special meeting on Monday night.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Typically, governments have to have their budget approved before the next fiscal year begins. The fiscal year starts July 1.

Spielman said he doesn't expect any surprises so it should be OK if the Town Council votes on approving the budget at the next regular monthly meeting on July 7.

FEMA to notify town of reimbursement

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg officials should learn in 60 days how much money the federal government will give the town for snow removal during the President's Day weekend storm, Mayor Hal Spielman said at Monday night's mayor and Town Council meeting.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may reimburse up to 75 percent of the $5,500 town officials asked for, Spielman said.


Spielman has said the town had to shell out $9,125 for snow removal from the storm.

Essay winner reads entry at meeting

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Elementary School fourth-grader Kayla Crampton read her winning "If I were Mayor" essay to approximately 30 people attending Monday night's mayor and Town Council meeting.

The Maryland Municipal League sponsors the annual statewide contest, but because of snow days this winter the school missed the submission deadline, Mayor Hal Spielman said.

So town officials decided to sponsor the contest for the school.

Kayla received a $50 savings bond and she and her classmates had an ice cream day at Nutter's Ice Cream, town officials said.

If Kayla were mayor, she said she would build a park where everyone could play. She would build an arcade and garden for everyone to plant. She also would have a lighted, paved path for in-line skaters, skateboarders and others.

Little League field to get new infield dirt

SHARPSBURG - The Sharpsburg Little League's minor league field will get new sifted infield dirt after Sharpsburg Town Council members approved the purchase Monday night.

Council members voted 5-0 to buy one load of infield dirt, which will cost approximately $400 to $500.

Town OKs equipment for maintenance work

SHARPSBURG - Inmates who do maintenance work around Sharpsburg will be using some new equipment soon.

Town Council members voted 5-0 Monday night to approve a request from the inmates for two new weed trimmers, two extra heads, two covers, three air filters, and three pounds of line at a cost of $652, Mayor Hal Spielman said. The town also will buy oil for the trimmers and a garden rake.

"You can't beat the price of the labor, so just get it," Vice Mayor Ralph Hammond said.

The inmates will level off the mulch at the town playground, trim weeds near the spring alley and pick up trash at the town pond, town officials said.

Board of Appeals position open

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members need to appoint a new member to the Board of Appeals after Chairman Brien Poffenberger turned in his resignation, Mayor Hal Spielman said Monday night.

The board has alternates, but needs a permanent member to replace Poffenberger, Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said.

In selecting a person for the post, Wagaman said council members should keep in mind that it should be someone who can attend the meetings regularly.

Town to support Boonsboro sports

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members will again support Boonsboro High School's fall sports program by buying a full-page ad for $100, town officials said.

Council members voted 5-0 to buy the ad.

Students, churches may get free flags

SHARPSBURG - The Town of Sharpsburg might give 1,000 small American flags to Sharpsburg Elementary School students and local churches.

The town had gotten the 4-inch-by-6-inch flags to distribute to children from a trolley during the town's annual Memorial Day Parade, but officials decided against doing that for safety reasons, Mayor Hal Spielman said.

Town Councilman Jeff Saylor suggested the town instead give the flags to students and churches for Flag Day.

Flag Day is June 14 so the flags would be given to the students on their last day of school, June 11, if the principal approves, town officials said.

More flags ordered to adorn utility poles

SHARPSBURG - The Town of Sharpsburg will buy some more 3-foot-by-5-foot American flags to hang along the utility poles through town, town officials said.

Ten more flags will be ordered to replace some missing ones, to add to some poles that didn't have them and to have as backups.

Mayor Hal Spielman said one of the flags near Sharpsburg Elementary School was missing along with part of the bracket. Spielman said he did not suspect recent strong winds were the culprit.

Town to celebrate Founder's Day

SHARPSBURG - A Founder's Day ceremony and celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 9, town resident Jennifer Silbert said.

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