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February 15, 2005

Clerk says money for plant would be a loan

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Town Clerk Brenda Haynes told the mayor and Town Council at its monthly meeting Monday that the $1.9 million in the state's proposed fiscal 2006 capital budget for the Funkstown Wastewater Treatment Plant would be a loan.

"We don't have to take that whole loan amount," she said. "We're not obligated for $1.9 million. We may in June say we only need a half million."

Haynes said the town will apply for a Community Development Block Grant in March.

She said that by June, the town should know how much of the loan it would be able to take, depending on how much grant money it receives.

School CAC members address town council

FUNKSTOWN - Two Boonsboro High School Citizens Advisory Committee members approached the Funkstown Mayor and Town Council Monday to see if they would be interested in joining a proposed Washington County Council of Governments.


The council agreed to think about sending a representative to the proposed group's meetings. They agreed to reach a decision by next month's meeting.

Donna Brightman, chairwoman of the high school's CAC, said that she would like a broader discussion among county governmental bodies about growth, especially as it relates to schools.

She and Karen Reilly, a school CAC member, said that they have done research on council of governments formed in other areas of Maryland and believe that it can be effective.

"We need to build some kind of consensus and a COG is the way to do that," Reilly said.

Town Council member Sharon Chirgott asked why the Maryland Municipal League was not considered as a possible forum for discussion about growth.

Brightman said "a serious discussion" is needed. She said talk of growth over dinner and cocktails doesn't work.

Mayor Robert L. Kline asked, "How do you stop the school board?" He questioned "$93,000" salaries of some in the school system.

Brightman said, "I think you have some very unhappy parents in this county. The conversation would be driven to address concerns."

Before the meeting adjourned and after the CAC representatives left the meeting, Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. suggested that Town Clerk Brenda Haynes talk to representatives from the Washington County Commissioners and the Washington County Board of Education to see where they stand on the proposal.

Chirgott and Crampton expressed interest in the proposal.

Lion's Club to hold basket bingo event

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Lion's Club will hold a Longaberger Basket Bingo Saturday, March 19, at Funkstown Fire Hall, Gail Mongan said at Monday's Mayor and Town Council meeting.

Tickets cost $20 for 25 games, he said. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and the first game will be played at 2 p.m., Mongan said.

- Pepper Ballard

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