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Wastewater funding generates resident calls

November 09, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. on Monday said engineers are working on blueprints for the new wastewater treatment plant and that Town Council members will meet before the next monthly meeting to look over its progress.

"We have a long way to go until the project's done," he said.

The comment followed a discussion about funding for the plant. Crampton said the town has submitted applications for many grants and isn't likely to hear whether the town has received them until the start of the next fiscal year.

"We can apply for funding in the next fiscal year, too," Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said.

Town Council Member Kim Ramer said residents have complained to him that the state should have given $450,000 to the town for the plant. He said he has told those people to contact state representatives to support funding for the plant.

Haynes said after the meeting that the $450,000 was a grant the state would have given the town if it had opted to close its plant and hook up to the county sewer system.

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Ramer asked if there had been many calls to Town Hall from people complaining that they can't pay their bills.

Mayor Robert L. Kline said he argued with somebody for an hour on the subject. Haynes said the calls regarding the bills have been fairly constant.

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