Funkstown Town Council briefs

January 13, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Town will look into sidewalk maintenance

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Mayor and Town Council agreed Monday to look into how the town should approach residents who have sidewalks that cross their property and do not maintain them.

Town Council member Sharon Chirgott said that the town's sidewalks are in need of repair and asked how the town could go about getting its residents to fix bad sidewalks on their property.

According to the town's sidewalk ordinance, sidewalks that cross personal property are the owner's duty to repair, she said.

Chirgott said Antietam and Cemetery streets have sidewalks that are particularly bad.

"I'd say it's pretty much every street," Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes suggested that a reminder be sent out in a newsletter to residents asking them to repair their sidewalks.

She said she would bring a copy of the sidewalk ordinance to the next Town Council meeting for members to review and decide how they want to ask residents to fix their sidewalks.


Waste Water Treatment operator fails state test

FUNKSTOWN - Steven Saccone Jr., Funkstown's Waste Water Treatment Operator, announced at Monday night's meeting that he failed his test to become licensed by the state as a wastewater treatment operator.

Saccone, who's held the position for more than a year, said he got a 50 percent on a test he said was written in another language.

He's gotten direction on the 25 questions he missed on the test and will try again May 11.

"I knew that taking this job it would be tough," he said. "It's a learning experience."

Mikulski to visit Saturday

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Town Clerk Brenda Haynes announced at Monday night's Mayor and Town Council meeting that U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., will be at the Funkstown Fire Co. Saturday at 2 p.m.

She said she was not sure why the senator is coming to the fire hall, but council members speculated that it's a campaign visit.

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