Hancock briefs

October 09, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Town discusses 150th anniversary

The Hancock Mayor and Town Council on Wednesday discussed the town's upcoming 150th anniversary and how it will be observed.

The council voted 5-0 to move forward with sending out requests for donations to fund a $1,225 time capsule, which would be a safe that is sealed and displayed in the Community Center building, either in the Hancock Historical Society Museum or in the main hallway.

Council member Greg Yost said about $1,000 in donations already have been collected.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy asked that town merchants and organizations also be asked to contribute mementos toward the capsule.

The deadline for dropping off items to Town Hall during business hours is Nov. 12.

The mayor said the time capsule likely would be dedicated at the December Mayor and Town Council meeting.

Police officers sworn in as special deputies

Hancock Police Department officers on Wednesday were sworn in as special deputies to the Washington County Sheriff's Department, a designation that will allow the four-member force to expand its boundaries.


Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades said the municipal officers' special designation will allow for them to assist the county in emergencies and also to travel outside the town's boundaries to make arrests.

Hancock Police Chief Arnold Gossage said the request for the designation to the sheriff's department was made because cases, such as drunken-driving arrests, had been getting thrown out in court because judges have ruled the officers were outside town limits.

Mades said the special designation, which will be used only when the town officers work with the county, is "very restrictive, but it works."

Firm recommends razing old buildings

David C. Slater, vice president of a consulting firm, told the Hancock Mayor and Town Council on Wednesday that the town needs to get rid of old buildings and extend the sewer system if it wants to attract more visitors and residents.

Slater, vice president of Hammer, Siler and George Associates, an economic and development consulting firm, told the council that telephone and face-to-face interviews conducted with more than 30 Hancock and surrounding-area residents and merchants helped him to make a list of priorities for improving the town's appeal.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said that the council will vote on following through with any of Slater's recommendations at the next town meeting.

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