Hancock briefs

October 14, 2004

Town announces bulk item, debris pickup

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday announced the days it will pick up yard debris and bulk items.

Leaves and twigs will be picked up by the town's Public Works Department on Oct. 27 and Nov. 10. Leaves must be in containers or bags, and twigs must be bundled or in containers, according to the town.

Containers will be left after being emptied. Town residents who wish to have their yard debris picked up must contact the town office at 301-678-5622 by Oct. 22 for scheduling, the town said.

The Public Works Department will pick up bulk items on Oct. 25. There will be a $15 charge for each front-end loader bucket filled. The fee must be paid before the items will be picked up. Additional costs will be tacked on if the bucket limit is exceeded, the town said.


Items to be picked up must be placed curbside no earlier than 5 p.m. on the day before pickup and no later than 8 a.m. on the day of pickup, according to the town.

Only those items scheduled to be picked up - and paid for - will be picked up.

The pickup is for those who live in the town's limits only. Items from commercial places will not be picked up.

The Public Works Department will not accept liquids, hazardous materials, batteries, building supplies, tires, air conditioners or yard debris.

Those who would like bulk items to be picked up are asked to call the town office to schedule a time.

Police say they arrested 15 people in September

HANCOCK - The Hancock Police Department received 189 calls for service in September, according to a police report presented to the Town Council at Wednesday's meeting.

The department issued 67 traffic citations - 33 moving citations and 34 warnings - and wrote 159 parking tickets, according to the report.

Police arrested 10 adults and five juveniles and had five criminal cases, consisting of one assault, three thefts and one auto theft, the report states.

Hancock to hold trick-or-treat on Oct. 28

HANCOCK - Trick-or- treat in Hancock will be held on Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Hancock Town Council said at Wednesday's meeting. The rain date is Oct. 29.

The Town Council set an age limit for trick-or-treaters, saying that older kids have participated in the event. The Town Council said that trick-or-treaters should be for children up to 12 years old.

Explorer Post plans to recruit more members

HANCOCK - Hancock Police Officer Michael Ruppenkamp said Wednesday that Hancock Explorer Post 38 has six members this year, and that the group soon plans to recruit more youth to the program.

Ruppenkamp gave an update on the group to the Town Council.

The program, which began in 1997, is designed to give young people an opportunity to learn about law enforcement and to receive hands-on training in law enforcement procedures.

It's open to young people ages 14 to 20, Ruppenkamp said.

Members of the Town Council said they were impressed with the program.

Ruppenkamp said several past Explorers have moved on to college, became police officers and do other jobs.

"It's hard to believe we started back in 1997, and this is 2004," he said. "It's come a long way."

- Tara Reilly

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