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Funkstown council briefs

June 10, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Town passes fiscal year 2004 budget



FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Mayor and Town Council on Monday voted 4-0 to approve the town's $535,450 fiscal year 2004 budget.

Council Members Kim Ramer, Robert Rodgers, Jr. and John Phillips III were absent. Mayor Robert L. Kline voted so the council would have a quorum.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said some money will be added to the budget so Town Hall can get Internet service, but said she was still shopping for the best price.

She said there were no major changes from last year's budget, except for a decrease of $12,000 for highway user fees, which were decreased as a result of state budget cuts.

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"We made it a very easy flowing budget this year because of budget cuts," Mayor Robert L. Kline said.




Town seeks more money to fix lagoon



FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Mayor Robert L. Kline announced at Monday's Town Council meeting that the Maryland Department of the Environment has awarded the town a $150,000 grant to put toward fixing its lagoon.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said $1.2 million is needed to repair the lagoon, but said the town is leaning more toward replacing it, which would cost $1.5 million.

Haynes said she plans to apply for an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant by July 1. If the town receives the grant, it could put the funds toward repairing the lagoon.

She said $800,000 is the maximum a town can receive in one fiscal year.

In order for the town to qualify for the money, 51 percent of town residents must have between a low to moderate income.

She said the census reported only 43 percent of Funkstown fell into that category.

In the next couple of weeks, Haynes and Town Secretary Kelli Roser will go around to the homes of people in and around Funkstown who use the town's water and sewer to drop off surveys regarding their household income.

She said the incentive for filling out the surveys, which will come with self-addressed stamped envelopes, is that taxes and water and sewer bills won't have to be raised if the town gets the money.




Town buys aerial photo of Town Hall



The Funkstown Mayor and Town Council on Monday voted 4-0 to purchase a $199 framed aerial photograph of Town Hall.

Council Members Kim Ramer, Robert Rodgers, Jr. and John Phillips III were absent. Mayor Robert L. Kline voted so the council would have a quorum.

Council Member Sharon Chirgott asked if there was money in the budget to buy the picture.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said there was enough money to buy it.

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