Funkstown briefs

November 09, 2004

Tentative Olde Tyme schedule distributed

FUNKSTOWN - A tentative schedule of events for Olde Tyme Christmas was passed out Monday evening at the Funkstown Mayor and Town Council meeting.

The schedule includes wagon rides, Santa Claus' arrival and the time prizes will be announced.

Rich Gaver, chairman of the annual event, said a poetry reading would be included in the Dec. 10 schedule and that E. Russell Hicks Middle School's band has been calling to see what it can do for the event. He said the band tentatively is scheduled to play around the town.

Gaver also announced that the featured Christmas ornament this year will have a picture of "The Jacob Funck house 1765."

The ornaments will cost $7.50 each, according to the handout. Olde Tyme Christmas cookbooks, also priced at $7.50, will be sold. According to the handout, both items will be available at Town Hall.

At 6 p.m., a first-grade class will sing in front of St. Paul's Church, at 6:30 p.m., the E. Russell Hicks band will play around town and at 7 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive, according to the handout.


Anna Thomasson will sing at 8 p.m. and the winners of the ornament and decorating contests will be announced at 8:30 p.m., according to the handout.

Wagon rides will be given every 15 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8:45 p.m., according to the handout.

"As we speak, there's an army making luminaires at my mother's house," Gaver said Monday.

He said there will be a dinner and a craft sale at the town's fire hall in conjunction with the event.

References for contractors sought

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Mayor and Town Council on Monday agreed to wait for references before hiring a contractor to install a bathroom at Funkstown Community Park.

Three contractors submitted bids to build the bathroom facility, but council members agreed to exclude Excel Construction Co. from being considered. That company offered a $63,000 bid to do the work, which some council members said was too high.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said the money for the project would come from Project Open Space funding.

He said the bid on the construction of the bathroom facility does not include the water and sewer line, which he said would be bid separately.

Crampton said he felt GRC General Contractor Inc., which bid $54,950, and Excel had "a better idea of the process and what all has to be done" than Shoemaker Brothers Inc., which submitted the low bid of $52,200 on the project.

Crampton said he'd like to see three references for each of the low bidders before a decision is made. He said he'd also like to have in writing from Shoemaker Brothers that no additional work would be done on top of what they outlined.

Kline being honored at League dinner

FUNKSTOWN - Most Funkstown Town Council members said Monday that they would attend a Maryland Municipal League November dinner, at which Mayor Robert L. Kline will be honored for his more than 20 years of service as mayor.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said Kline could not attend the original ceremony, in which others were inducted into the Maryland Municipal League's Hall of Fame, because of surgery.

"The top officials are coming down to this dinner to present him with this award," she said.

The dinner will be Nov. 22 at Clear Spring American Legion, said Kelli Roser, town secretary. Prime rib and shrimp will be served, according to an MML letter.

Council Member Robert D. Rodgers Jr. said he could not attend the dinner.

- Pepper Ballard

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