Funkstown Town Council briefs

August 12, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Letter to express rezoning opposition

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown mayor and Town Council on Monday unanimously approved sending a letter to the Hagerstown Planning Commission opposing a proposal to rezone an area off Edgewood Drive from a highway commercial zone to a regional shopping center zone, a designation that Funkstown's clerk said might allow a franchise such as Wal-Mart to build near the small town.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said if the zone is changed to a regional shopping center zone, or a C4 zone, it might mean that a shopping center like Wal-Mart could build in that area. She said the C4 designation does not limit the size of freestanding buildings.

Haynes said the letter will be sent out immediately. She said the planning commission will hear the zoning proposal Wednesday night.

Trees causing sidewalk damage

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Council Member Richard Nigh on Monday asked the Funkstown mayor and Town Council if some trees lining the streets of the town could be removed because they are breaking the sidewalks over their roots.


Mayor Robert L. Kline said after the meeting that the more than 150 Bradford pear, Japanese cherry and maple trees that were planted for free in the town nearly 10 years ago now are causing problems because they are growing larger than the town anticipated.

"There are a lot of homeowners who want to uproot them," said Town Clerk Brenda Haynes.

She said she would talk to the Department of Natural Resources to see what it would charge to remove some of the troublesome trees or at least cut some back.

Town to explore hiring deputy

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Town Councilman John Phillips III on Monday asked the mayor and Town Council if something could be done to better monitor the crime in the town's limits, citing concerns from residents.

He said he has heard many complaints that vandalism is on the rise.

Town Councilwoman Sharon Chirgott asked Town Clerk Brenda Haynes to figure out what the increase in town taxes would be if a deputy were hired to patrol the town. She said if council members had an idea of what a police officer would cost, it would help them explain to their constituents how a police officer would affect taxes.

Phillips asked that a Town Council meeting be designated for citizens to voice their concerns about crime.

A special meeting has not yet been set.

Halloween parade guest list discussed

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. on Monday asked the Funkstown mayor and Town Council which schools they should invite to participate in the town's Halloween parade on Oct. 30.

He said that normally, Funkstown Elementary School is invited to participate, but since the school has partnered with Emma K. Doub Elementary School, he worries that the number of kids from the combined school might be too much for the Funkstown American Legion to handle.

The Town Council agreed that the students of both schools should be invited, but an official decision cannot be made until Crampton contacts the legion to find out its capacity.

He said the legion traditionally holds a costume party for the children and awards prizes.

Donation to duck race is approved

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Town Council unanimously voted to donate $50 to the annual Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.'s Antietam Creek Duck Race to be held Aug. 30.

Nontoxic liquid to be used in lagoons

FUNKSTOWN - Steve Saccone Jr., Funkstown's wastewater treatment plant operator, announced at Monday's mayor and Town Council meeting that the chlorine and sulfur used in the town's lagoons will be changed in the next few weeks to a nontoxic liquid "that will do the same job."

"If something went wrong with that chlorine down there, we'd have to evacuate the entire town of Funkstown," said Mayor Robert L. Kline.

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