Sharpsburg briefs

September 14, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

Town's deeds moving to West Virginia bank

SHARPSBURG - The deeds to Sharpsburg Town Hall and other town properties are moving to Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Mayor Hal Spielman said he removed the deeds from the lockbox the town has at the M&T Bank branch in town because the branch is closing in October. After some discussion among Town Council members as to whether a bank lockbox was needed and, if so, where, a decision was made to rent a lockbox at Jefferson Security Bank in Shepherdstown because it's nearby.

Spielman did not know how much the new lockbox would cost. The one at M&T cost $59 a year. Other deeds in the lockbox included ones for the Little League park, the town garage and Mark Smith Park, Spielman said in a phone interview after the meeting.

Town may get $48,462 in highway user funds

SHARPSBURG - The town could get an estimated $48,462 in highway user funds from the state for this fiscal year, Mayor Hal Spielman said Monday night.


Spielman cautioned that sometimes the actual amount the town gets is less than the estimate.

The estimated highway user revenue for fiscal year 2005-2006 is $64,311, he said.

Memorial Day Parade Committee to meet

SHARPSBURG - The Memorial Day Parade Committee will meet at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, Mayor Hal Spielman said.

Cable franchise deal to expire on Dec. 31

SHARPSBURG - The town's franchise agreement with Adelphia cable expires on Dec. 31 so town officials will need to restart negotiations for a long-term agreement soon, Mayor Hal Spielman said Monday night. Last January, town officials extended the agreement for a year. At the time, the town and Adelphia were operating under an agreement that had expired more than two years earlier.

$2,500 approved for deputy's equipment

SHARPSBURG - After some delays getting equipment for Sharpsburg's resident deputy, Town Council members voted 6-0 on Monday night to approve $2,500 for the equipment.

The council voted in June to pay for the items, but Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy 1st Class Ken Cain still had not gotten the equipment, Councilman Russ Weaver said Monday night.

County officials thought there was a grant the town could be eligible for to pay for the items, but it turned out the town wasn't eligible, Weaver said.

Then town officials were going to buy the equipment when county officials said they could get special prices, Weaver said. Weaver said the county will buy the laptop, memory stick, Sony camera, case and software for the deputy and the town will reimburse the county.

Town to contact state about trees

SHARPSBURG - Some trees along Md. 34 are missing either via saw or natural death, Town Councilwoman Patti Hammond said Monday night.

Hammond said she thought the trees were a state project and should be replaced.

Mayor Hal Spielman said he would contact someone with state forestry or the Maryland State Highway Administration about the trees. The trees are outside town between Sharpsburg Elementary School and the former train station.

Tree branches overhanging an alley will be cut down

SHARPSBURG - Tree branches overhanging an alley off South Mechanic Street that are hitting a neighbor's windows and roof will be cut down, Mayor Hal Spielman said at Monday night's regular monthly town meeting.

Spielman will have the branches cut down because technically that part of the tree belongs to the town, Spielman said in a phone interview after the meeting.

The alley is parallel to Antietam and High streets, Spielman said.

Council discusses illegal dumping

SHARPSBURG - Someone has been dumping trash in the town run and town officials want it to stop.

Resident Ernie Wetterer said he found trash in the town run near his home and Councilman Russ Weaver said he's cleaned trash out of the spring three times this summer.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said the only way to catch the perpetrators might be to install a video camera in the area.

For now, Wagaman said he will write a note about not littering for the Town Crier and bring a proposal to the Mayor and Town Council next month to make littering a municipal infraction.

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