Sharpsburg briefs

August 07, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

Dog walkers shirking their doody duties

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg officials will consider what to do at Mark Smith Park after residents complained dog walkers weren't doing their doody duty.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman suggested signs be posted reminding dog walkers the law states they must clean up after their dogs.

Mayor Hal Spielman said he asked Town Crier Editor Jan Wetterer to put a reminder notice of the law in the monthly town newsletter.

When Wagaman asked Spielman if there was a trash can at the park, Spielman said he couldn't remember.

The park is a small patch of land on South Church Street that has a couple of picnic tables and some spring toys for children.


At Monday night's mayor and Town Council meeting, council members also discussed some ways to spruce up the park, including fixing the spring rides and possibly adding a pavilion.

Councilwoman Patti Hammond said they shouldn't make any changes that would encourage noisy activity at the park because it is close to several residences.

Councilman Russ Weaver said the council should decide whether to maintain the park or fence it in so it is no longer a park.

State to study traffic at intersection

SHARPSBURG - The Maryland State Highway Administration will study the intersection of Md. 34 and Church Street after a constituent expressed concerns about traffic to State Sen. Donald F. Munson, Mayor Hal Spielman said Monday night.

Munson requested the study to see if traffic signals or stop signs are needed, Spielman said.

The study should be complete around Oct. 1, according to a letter from the highway administration.

Town to donate againto railroad museum

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members agreed Monday night to make another contribution to the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Inc.'s efforts to restore Antietam Station west of Sharpsburg.

Council members voted 4-0 to pay $375, which is half the cost of an attorney, to update the deed documentation for the station. The deed documentation was needed by the Maryland Historical Trust to secure a grant, Museum President Jeff Jones said.

The model railroad club got word three weeks ago that it will receive a $17,500 emergency grant from the trust, said Denise Troxell in a telephone interview after the meeting.

Troxell, the club's publicity and grants chairwoman, said the money will be used toward utility work in restoring the station.

The historical trust previously awarded the project a $50,000 grant, Troxell said.

Jones said club officials hope to have the station far enough along to hold a Christmas open house with a train display.

Council members Patti Hammond, J.W. Eichelberger, Jeffery Saylor and Russ Weaver voted. Council members Ralph Hammond and Marjorie Jamison were absent.

- Julie E. Greene

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