Clear spring briefs

September 14, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

July 4th celebration draws more interest

CLEAR SPRING - At first, retired teacher Margaret Cornett was a committee of one - the only one interested in planning some kind of Independence Day celebration in the town next July.

But now Clear Spring Vice Mayor Julianna Albowicz has signed on. And David Wiles, president of the Clear Spring District Historical Association is also interested, Cornett said.

Earlier in the summer, Cornett set the wheels in motion for a 2005 event, which she said she hopes will include fireworks, a parade and other festivities.

Council discusses hunting permits

CLEAR SPRING - The question of whether hunting permits would be issued for town property around the reservoir came under some discussion Monday night, mainly because this year, workers might be in that area building the new water filtration/storage tank.


Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said contractors have expressed some concerns for safety if hunting is allowed.

Councilman Gary Grove, who hunts, said he favored expanding the safety zone around the work area so hunting could proceed elsewhere on the property west of Clear Spring at Fairview Mountain.

That idea appealed to Councilman Terry Baker, who also hunts. "Hunting only comes once a year and a lot of people love to hunt," Baker said.

Only people who apply for hunting permits at the Clear Spring Town Hall can hunt on the town property. Last year, 11 permits were issued, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm.

The mayor and council voted unanimously to again allow hunting on the property but only by permit. The safety zone around the reservoir and the work site will be expanded and marked for safety.

McDonald's sign request rejected

CLEAR SPRING - The manager of the McDonald's Restaurant on Md. 68 was told Monday night that a request to erect a 135-foot sign advertising the establishment would run afoul of not one but at least two town ordinances.

"No signs can be higher than 35 feet and only one sign is allowed for each 1,000 feet of frontage on the road and McDonald's already has one," said Mayor Paul Hose Jr.

Vicki Small said she was making initial inquiries to see if such a sign could go up at the site, which is just off Interstate 70.

When the restaurant opened in the early 1990s, the prospect of the impact of a large lighted sign on the town's quaint appearance brought loud protests from residents and the plan was scrapped.

Noting that the town must follow all county ordinances, Hose told Small that she can apply for a county permit. "But I think you will be turned down," Hose said.

Town accepting council nominations

CLEAR SPRING - Nominations for vice mayor and one council seat will be accepted at Clear Spring Town Hall until Monday, Oct. 4, when the office will be open from 7 to 9 p.m.

The two-year seats currently held by Julianna Albowicz and Terry Baker will be open. Mayor Paul Hose Jr. and Councilmen Mason Mundey and Gary Grove are in the middle of their two-year terms and won't be running this year.

Candidates must have resided in the town limits for at least two years immediately preceding the election and must be qualified voters of the town, according to the town charter.

The town election will be held Monday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Clear Spring Town Hall. Absentee ballots must be obtained by Oct. 14 and returned by the close of the polls on Nov. 1.

Kids Vote activities will be held on the night of the election.

Life Line Screenings to be held in town

CLEAR SPRING - Life Line Screening will be in Clear Spring Tuesday, Nov. 9, to offer stroke screening at Town Hall.

Anyone interested in those tests must pre-register by calling 800-324-1851. The cost for the three vascular screenings is $109. An additional screening for osteoporosis can be added to that package for a total of $129.

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