Sharpsburg briefs

December 07, 2004

Library getting a cleaning

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Public Library has two more heaters and soon will get cleaned.

Mayor Hal Spielman said the extra heaters were needed because it was cold in the front of the library, which is in Town Hall.

Town Council members voted 6-0 Monday night to hire a commercial cleaner to clean the library and shampoo the carpet.

Town Hall also had 12 new storm windows recently installed at a cost of $3,922 because, for years, the windows came out of their tracks, Spielman said.

Election workers getting a raise

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Election Board members are getting a raise.

Town Council members voted 6-0 Monday night to pay Election Board members $10 an hour.

Before the change, they were paid $50 per election year, Mayor Hal Spielman said.

Councilwoman Patti Hammond suggested the pay increase because the three board members work long hours on Election Day and spend many hours preparing for the election.

Equipment to aid in water testing

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Elementary students could help keep the town pond healthy by testing the water.

Town Council members voted 6-0 Monday night to buy equipment estimated to cost $164 that would allow students to test the pond for nitrogen, oxygen and silt levels.

Councilman Russ Weaver suggested the idea as an extension of Fairview Outdoor Education Center's Healthy Habitat program. Weaver said fifth-graders know how to test the pond.

Weaver said the pond contained a lot of algae this year.

Councilman J.W. Eichelberger said he wasn't sure whether John Mullican, a state natural resources biologist, was treating the pond.

Council considers parking limits

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members will decide at their Jan. 3 meeting whether they want the town to have a law placing limits on how long vehicles that don't belong to nearby residents can be parked on public streets, Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said someone was living out of a travel trailer parked on West Antietam Street.

Wagaman cited Smithsburg's law as a possibility.

According to a copy of the Smithsburg law, no one can park a vehicle on a street or alley for more than 48 hours without a permit. Permits cannot exceed 30 days.

That does not apply to vehicles in front of the immediate property owned by, occupied by or under control of the vehicle's owner.

The law states trucks, tractors, trailers, semitrailers and similar vehicles cannot be parked on any street or alley for more than four hours without a permit.

No one can park a camping trailer, motor home, trailer or travel trailer on a street or alley for longer than 48 hours without a permit.

The law also states no trucks, tractors, trailers, semitrailers or similar vehicles can be parked in front of a strictly residential property for more than one hour unless it is a commercial truck parked in connection with work or service for a person within a block of the property.

Parade committee meeting scheduled

SHARPSBURG - The Memorial Day Parade Committee will meet Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

-Julie E. Greene

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