Sharpsburg briefs

November 04, 2004

Town to donate $200 to Toys For Tots

SHARPSBURG - The Sharpsburg Town Council voted 5-0 on Monday night to donate $200 to Toys For Tots after Councilman Jeffery Saylor asked if they wanted to repeat last year's donation.

Mayor to address curb, grass damage

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said he would talk to the foreman for the Potomac River bridge being built about damage to the curb and grass near Trinity Lutheran Church.

Spielman said the curb and grass were damaged by steel beams on trucks from the bridge construction site.

The beams lay on the truck bed and support girders. As the truck makes the turn at Shepherdstown Pike and Sharpsburg Pike, the beams hit the curb and grass, Spielman said.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said if there were any problems getting the matter resolved, the Maryland State Highway Administration should be contacted.


Town turns down fund-raising offer

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg officials turned down a request this week from a woman with Home Interiors who offered to hold a fund-raiser at Town Hall.

Home Interiors allows nonprofit groups to earn 20 percent of sales from orders, town resident Lorraine Hering said. She offered to invite town residents to Town Hall during Saturdays to place orders. A donation could be made to the town, she said.

Councilman Russ Weaver said town officials can't arbitrarily choose one person or company to have a fund-raiser in Town Hall. That would start them down a slippery slope, he said.

Town officials suggested Hering contact the town's fire or ambulance company to see if they were interested in doing a fund-raiser with Home Interiors.

Hering said her first thought was to have a fund-raiser for the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Inc., which is trying to raise money to renovate the former train station west of town.

Town officials suggested Hering contact the museum's president because Denise Troxell had stepped down as vice president. At a meeting last month with museum officials, it was announced Troxell was stepping down because of health problems.

Fee considered for parades, rallies

SHARPSBURG - A proposal for an administrative fee for parades, processions and rallies in Sharpsburg could be considered at December's mayor and Town Council meeting.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said he was still writing the proposal, but expected to present it at the Dec. 6 meeting.

The town does not charge a fee for that permit.

The issue arose after Wagaman went through the permit process recently when the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan applied for a permit for a parade and rally.

- Julie E. Greene

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